Arriving at a foreign airport for the first time can be quite scary, the many modes of transportation to the city can be intimidating if you have no clue on which one to choose.
But that’s not for Singapore Changi Airport.
In Singapore Changi Airport, every piece of information you need for the city is readily available either on the booth brochures or from Information Counter staff themselves.
Upon arrival, seconds after walking out of the plane, visitors are almost instantly bombarded with tons of information on where to go, where to go for those who needs to transit, immigration clearance counter, where to take Skytrain to other terminals.
By the way, Changi Airport has 3 terminals. Terminal 1 being the oldest of the 3. Terminals 3 is the biggest.
Check out which terminal your plane will be arriving at.
The yellow coloured arrow pointed to the Immigration Clearance Counter.
Straight away after immigration clearance, a rack filled with brochures are there for you. Maps, attractions, city tour, eat and dine, hotels and accommodation, transportation, you got it all, everything you need to know about moving around Singapore is at your fingertips from now!
Information on transportation to the city is readily available at the baggage area.
After picking up your luggage, just before exiting the arrival hall there is a police security check counter, you may want to check if you are running against the law of Singapore.
Dangerous weapons, cigarette, carrying too much cash is an offence. Drug trafficking is an offence liable for death penalty. One thing for many who do not know, possession of chewing gum can get you a fine also.
Your guide or friends or relatives or colleagues probably are waiting for you outside the arrival hall.
In Changi Airport, the arrival and departure area is an enclosed air-conditioned area, non-travelling people can only wait outside the floor-to-ceiling glass. If you are there fetching your friends, you are really close to the baggage pick-up area.
Again, there are so much information available. Singapore Tourism Promotion Board and Changi Airport are so scare of tourists who lost their way. So at Changi Airport, they armed you with countless information.
Taxi To Town
Already decided on where to go? Ok, the taxi stand is just meters away after your exit from the arrival hall.
For a more detailed guide on the cost of taking a taxi to your destination, you may want to visit the official website: http://www.taxisingapore.com/taxi-fare-calculator/
As a general guide for taking a taxi in Singapore:
- All taxis in Singapore are metered.
- The fare indicated includes the highway charges.
- Standard taxi sits four passengers.
- The boarding fare starts from SGD$3.
- For boarding at the airport , there is a surcharge of $3.00.
- Receipt must be issued upon request.
- Other surcharges could apply, such as midnight charges.
The authority has very strict rules for those who do not adhere to the rules:
There are plenty of taxis there. The waiting time for taxi is almost immediate, or within 1-5 minutes if the queue is long.
MRT To Town
Singapore is a small island-country, generally, taking a taxi to town from east to west probably cost you $30-40. The most economical ride out of the airport is still by MRT- Mass Rapid Transit. A mere $2-$3 should get you to your destination.
A trip from Changi Airport to the extreme end Joo Koon Station in the west cost takes about 83 minutes and cost just SGD$2.03. A trip to the city area takes about 30 minutes, almost the same as taking a taxi.
The best thing about taking a MRT? You get to see first-hand how the country looks like, as MRT passes many places you usually would not take it as an attraction.
In Singapore, most MRT stations are within walking distance of attractions and hotels. train-system-map-dec-2015-large
The train to/from Changi Airport only serves 2 stations, Expo/Changi Airport Stations, as such it is usually not crowded. Most commuters can easily get a seat for the 10 minutes ride.
I have been to and from the airport countless times using the MRT, I rarely see a crowded train, there are always ample vacant seats around, especially at both ends of the train.
The train will stop at Tanah Merah Station, all passengers will have to alight here and transfer to another train, either the East bound train ( going towards Pasir Ris Station) or the West bound train (going towards Joo Koon). The travel time from airport to Tanah Merah Station is a mere 7-8 mins.
Bus From Changi Airport
The convenience offered by MRT has made bus services from airport almost irrelevant to tourist. Today, perhaps, only those who stay nearby or work at the airport would prefer the bus service. Since so, I would not go into details on it over here.
Nevertheless, bus terminals are available at basement 2 at all 3 terminals.
Bus services available :
Welcome to Singapore!