How to see the best of Singapore in two hours, free of charge
Despite Singapore’s Changi Airport being consistently voted as one of the world’s best in global polls, hanging out there on an extended layover is bound to get old after a while.
For passengers stuck in transit for at least five hours, there’s always the Free Singapore Tour.
As the name suggests, the two-hour tour is free. It’s been around since 1987, but airport officials have just launched an updated version that includes new attractions as well as a brand new night tour.
The revamped Heritage Tour takes visitors on a ride past the usual "must see" attractions of the city: Singapore Flyer; Gardens by the Bay; Marina Bay Sands; Esplanade; Merlion Park; Colonial District; Chinatown; Little India; and the central business district.
This one departs four times a day, at 9a.m., 11:30a.m., 2:30p.m. and 4p.m.
The new "City Lights" tour sets off every evening at 6:30p.m. Heading from Changi Airport towards Benjamin Sheares Bridge, travelers get a panoramic view of the Singapore Flyer, Marina Bay Sands and Esplanade before heading to the Helix Bridge, which was inspired by the double helix of humans' DNA structure.
There's also a 15-minute stop at the Marina Bay Waterfront then a visit to Bugis Village and Raffles Hotel.
To register for any of the tours, head to the Free Singapore Tours registration booths in terminals two and three at least one hour before the start of the one you want to join.