When going back to meet my family, there are no direct flights from Perth to Mumbai, and I have to suffice with flight options with at least one layover. And so, planning a trip to India always involves planning a really good connection. As a globetrotter, this always presents me with the exciting possibility of exploring a country other than India itself. Having taken the Singapore route countless number of times, I have explored every nook and cranny of Changi airport to death. This time I decided to venture out to the city itself to spend my 7 hour layover. Hopefully, you will be able to draw some inspiration from this itinerary and it will help you create your own special stopover! 😊
In a snapshot
- Stopover: Singapore City
- Airport: Changi International Airport
- Places of interest covered: Singapore Chinatown (Chinatown point shopping centre, Segar restaurant, Buddha Tooth Relic temple and some wall murals by Yip Yew Chong)
- Stopover time: 7 hours
- Immigration information: Australian citizens qualify for 96- hour free transit visa. We just need to go to the immigration, fill out the necessary forms, present our filled immigration forms, passport and next flight ticket to the immigration officer, who will then stamp our passport with a transit visa. If you are not from Australia, click here to get more information.
- Luggage storage: It’s a smart option to consider storing your carry-on if it is on the heavier side. Remember that you will be walking around quite a bit. Get more information here.
- Transport used: Singapore metro, also known as MRT, offers the best value for money option. It costs between $2-$3 and takes about 45 minutes one-way to Chinatown. Taxi costs $30 and upwards and roughly the same time to get to Chinatown.
- Changi Airport’s metro station, CG2, is located in the basement of Terminal 2 and 3.
- Take the metro from the airport to Expo station (next stop). From here, jump onto the Downtown (DT) blue line going to the city centre and get off at Chinatown station (16 stops away).
- There are plenty of information centres spread throughout Changi airport and metro stations, so if you’re confused- just ask someone.
- Here is an MRT map clarifying it all.
Cover photo: Chinese New Year celebrations on the intersection of Upper Cross Street and New Bridge Road