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Singapore - Getting There By Air

Singapore’s main airport is the Changi Airport of Singapore. More than 80 different international airlines serve it and there are more than 5,000 weekly flights out of Singapore. Some of the airlines include Qantas, United Airlines, KLM, British Airways, and Singapore Airlines. There are also budget airlines such as Tiger Airways and Valuair. Because of Singapore’s central location, Changi Airport is connected to cities all over the world, from the United States to Africa. More than 200 destinations are served by the various airlines.

The airport itself is considered one of the best in the world. It boasts restaurants, shops, gardens, medical clinics, hair and beauty services, showers, fitness and spa services, and even a swimming pool. It has also been voted as one of the best “sleeping” airports in the world. There are free resting areas and nap centers available.

Changi Airport of Singapore
Singapore 6541 2222

Singapore Airlines is the national airline and is also considered to be one of the best in the world. It serves destinations all over the world and is known for being comfortable with good service. They use the Airbus, known as the "executive coach" where seats are large and there is a lot of leg room. The food served on Singapore Airlines is also well regarded by travellers. From New York, flights leave from JFK and generally layover in Frankfurt, Germany.

Singapore Airlines
(65) 6223 8888 (Reservations)

Some of the budget airlines that serve Singapore include the following:

Tiger Airways
Changi Airport Post Office (PO Box), (S)918143 Singapore
6538 4437

Jetstar Asia
800 852 9507 (+61 3 9347 0091)

Air Asia
+65 6307 7688 (AirAsia X Premium Line)

Scoot Airlines
+65 3158 3388

The published flying time from London to Singapore on a non-stop flight is 12hrs 45mins. From New York, there are two ways of getting to Singapore: east or west. From Los Angeles, the flight is about 23 hours long, including a layover that usually happens in Japan. New York is an extra 4-6 hours in addition to that. From New York going east, you can expect to travel about 18-20 hours, again with a layover.

Changi Airport is located about 20 km (12 miles) from the city center and is easy to get around. Public transportation, car rentals, and taxis are available. It will generally take around 30 minutes to get to the center, depending on traffic conditions and mode of transport.

Taxi is the easiest way to travel to the center. Taxis are available from the taxi stands at the Arrival levels of each Terminal. Cost to the city center is between $18.00 and $38.00 and takes approximately 30 minutes. The fares are metered.

$5 airport surcharge - 5.00pm to 12.00am (Fridays to Sundays)
$3 airport surcharge - all other times
Midnight surcharge of 50% of final metered fare - 12.00am to 6.00am (daily)

If you have a large family or a lot of luggage, you might want to try a maxi-cab. These can be arranged in advance. Visit http://www.limousinecab.com or call (+65) 9657 3453 or email booking@limousinecab.com. Bookings can be made daily, even on public holidays. Rates are around $65.

If you don’t have much luggage, then you can also take the train service through the MRT (Mass Rapid Transit). You will need to transfer to the west bound train at Tanah Merah to get to the city. The last train leaves the airport at 11:18 pm. This will allow you the transfer time at the Tanah Merah station. For more information, visit: http://www.smrt.com.sg

A public bus service (36) runs from the airport to the center. The last bus leaves the airport at midnight. A single fare is $2.00 and the ride takes about an hour. The bus stops are in the basement bus bays of Terminals 1, 2, and 3. For more information, visit: http://www.sbstransit.com.sg/iRIS/overview.aspx or http://www.smrtbuses.com.sg/ebusguide/busguide.asp.

Lastly, cars can be rented at the airport as well. Car rental agencies can be found in all three terminals. It is recommended that you rent a car in advance.

Terminal 1
· Avis - Tel: (65) 6545 0800
· Budget - Tel: (65) 6214 9057

Terminal 2
· Avis - Tel: (65) 6542 8855
· Budget - Tel: (65) 6543 9114
· Hertz - Tel: (65) 6542 5300

Terminal 3
· Avis - Tel: (65) 6447 9011
· Budget - Tel: (65) 6441 0764
· Hertz - Tel: (65) 6446 7211

The counter operating hours are from 7.00am to 11.00pm.

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