Getting a free tour in Singapore

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On our round the world trip we visited Singapore a few times. It’s a great hub for different destinations around South East Asia.

If you’re in transit on Changi airport in Singapore, be aware that you may get a free city or heritage tour if your layover is long enough.

  1. How long has to be my layover?

At least 5.5 hours for the heritage tour and 6 hours for the city tour, but not longer than 24 hours.

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Changi Airport
  1. When are the tours?

The tours are group tours, so your layover has to match with the tour timings.
Heritage Tour
9.00am to 11.30am
11.30am to 2.00pm
2.30pm to 5.00pm
3.30pm to 6.00pm

City Sights Tour

6.00pm to 8.30pm
7.30pm to 10.00pm

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Photo stop πŸ™‚ And yes, you’ll be stamped with a sticker so you won’t get lost
  1. How do I join?

You just go to the registration booths in the Terminals 2 or 3, both on Level 2. For a detailed description, where to find them, visitΒ Changi Airport.

You need your passport, boarding pass and VISA (if needed – good news: Slovenians don’t need one). Be aware, you have to register at least 1 hour before the tour starts and you can’t book in advance, it’s on first come first serve basis.

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  1. I have a lot of hand luggage. Can I take it with me?

No, you can take your purse or small day bag, but not a suitcase, big backpack etc. Therefore you just use the Left Luggage counter, where your bags will be stored secured and for a small fee (No Singapore Dollars? don’t worry, you can pay by card).

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The famous Singapore Lion
  1. What to see?

As I said, they offer 2 tours: the heritage tour and the city Sights tour. I’m sure both are nice, but we took just one (actually you are allowed to take just 1 in one day).
The City Sights Tour was a great introduction to Singapore, as our guide delivered some information about Singapore’s history, current conditions and attractions. We drove past the financial district, before we had our first stop in Merlion Park, where everyone took a picture of the famous white Lion and we all enjoyed the view on the Singapore Flyer, Marina Bay Sands and the Esplanade. From there the bus took us to the other side of Marina Bay Sands, where we were marvelling at the Gardens by the bay. This second stop is long enough to take a short walk around, unfortunately you’ll have to come back if you want to visit the conservatories or the skywalk. From here the bus drove us back to the airport, from where we continued our journey to the Philippines.

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The last stop are Gardens by the Bay

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