When I figured out that my flights to Thailand were not booked in a smart way (smart me, eh!), I had two options: sleep in Singapore city or sleep at Singapore airport.
As I’ve been to Singapore a few times and I am pretty often disappointed with the accommodation and their prices, I thought I could stay at the transit hotel during my long stopover.
Well, I was wrong – you got to book a room at least two weeks prior to your flight which I didn’t think of. That being said, I wasn’t able to sleep at the Transit Hotel and I decided to sleep at Singapore Airport.
As Singapore is one of the best airports in the world, I thought it would be finally my time to make the most of it.
If you are wondering if you can you sleep at Singapore airport, it’s a big yes!
Changi Airport has many comfortable spots to pick from when it comes to sleeping in this airport. In the transit area, you can find transit hotels, snooze lounges and hundreds of comfortable and modern chairs. You can also access a lounge that includes a pool, a gym, and a buffet. Although you have to pay to get in and honestly, it’s not that cheap.
I decided to spend my night in Terminal 3 (I was flying in and out of Singapore in Terminal 4, but I was able to take a shuttle to stay in the transit area to terminal 2 and then the Skytrain to terminal 3. If you tell the shuttle bus staff your will to spend the night in the transit hotel, they should be able to clear the immigration for you.
Why did I pick Terminal 3? There’s a free cinema on site and there’s a lot to do in this terminal. Terminal 2 could also be a great alternative as they also have a cinema and other great things to do.
After having a nice meal and watching tv shows on Netflix, I struggled to find a spot where to sleep. It was already getting late. All the longer couches were already taken and so were the snooze lounge chairs. After walking a few times in this area which is pretty quiet by the way, I finally found a massage chair (which gives you free massages). This chair became my bed for the night and I did enjoy a few massages while I was there too. Of course, it wasn’t the best spot, but I can’t really complain.
I managed to sleep for about 7 hours which is pretty fair considering how I normally struggle to sleep in airports.
The next morning, I had to go through immigration and re-enter at Terminal 4 which wasn’t a big deal to me since I still had time to kill.
It turns out that terminal 4 was not bad either. In fact, it was less busy and there were a lot of comfy chairs to pick from too. (And there is also a snooze lounge in this terminal.) That being said, it would have probably been easy to sleep there too. Although, during night time, you can’t take the Skytrain or shuttle to other terminals. I didn’t want to risk it as it’s a smaller terminal.
Would I Sleep in Changi Airport Again?
Yes. I was pretty desperate when I realize there were about 17 hours to kill. It went by fast and I didn’t feel too much pain – in fact, my legs were pleased with the massage chair and I managed to watch a whole TV show on Netflix. Ha!
What to Do in Singapore Airport?
There are a lot of things you can do while in Singapore airport. There are gardens, cinemas, gyms, TVs, many shops and restaurants to pick from. Honestly, it’s the perfect airport for longer stopovers. You could even get a free city tour if you register to one of the desks at the transit lounges. The tours can be full quickly, so make sure you do this first if you have a long stopover. It’s a great opportunity to see the city.
What to Bring for a Comfy Sleep?
If you’re like me, you will likely get cold at Changi Airport. Make sure to bring warm clothes or a blanket to be able to fall asleep. As the light will stay on, you might want to bring a sleeping mask and earplugs too.