Layovers have gotten significantly longer because many airlines fly bigger planes and have reduced the number of flights. Whether its 2 hours, 12 hours, or sometimes even 20 hours that you’re stuck in an airport, there’s no doubting that there are some locations you’d rather be at than others!
If you have a choice of where to wait between flights, here are some of the world’s best airports for layovers:
Changi Airport, Singapore
With a butterfly garden, a sunflower garden, free movie theatres, and a huge 40-foot swirling slide that’s the tallest in Singapore, Changi Airport feels more like Alice’s modern-day Wonderland than an airport. Passengers can also take a refreshing dip in the airport’s Balinese-themed rooftop swimming pool, relax in quiet zones, catch up with some work with the airport’s Wi-Fi, have fun in the gaming areas, delight in a massage, and take kids to the play areas. And that’s before you even factor in the excellent shopping and dining opportunities! Changi Airport has earned hundreds of awards, and it continues to add new delights to its already-impressive list of passenger features.
Haneda Airport, Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo’s Haneda Airport was rated as one of the world’s most punctual airports by CNN. You can watch the impeccably-timed planes fly in and out, and get some fresh air too, from the outdoor observation deck. It’s sure to captivate kids and adults alike and is a terrific way to pass some time whilst waiting for your flight. Grab a bowl of ramen or a plate of sushi from one of the eateries, browse the free Internet in one of the many comfortable seating areas, peruse the variety of goods in the airport shops, or take a visit to the high-tech restrooms, which have heated toilet seats!
Dubai International Airport, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Grab a day room at the Dubai International Hotel for a shower and a nap, and enjoy facilities like the pool, gym, steam, sauna, and Jacuzzi. The Marhaba Lounge provides free Wi-Fi, food, comfy seats, and other perks. It’s a top place to chill in the company of others. There are also, of course, plenty of shops and restaurants in which you can pass your time.
Heathrow Airport, London, UK
Heathrow Airport is a great place for shopaholics, housing an 11,000-square-foot Harrods! There are numerous other shops too. Culture vultures shouldn’t miss the gallery that showcases sculptures by up-and-coming British artists. You are sure to find something that tickles your taste buds at the 105 airport restaurants. Heathrow is also the only airport in the world that provides passengers with onboard picnics from a host of restaurants that will pack up a meal for you to take on the next leg of your journey. Comfortable waiting areas add to the appeal of Heathrow Airport.
Incheon International Airport, Seoul, South Korea
You can get a peek into Korean culture without even leaving the airport if you have a stopover at Seoul’s Incheon Airport. Airport highlights include a day spa, where you can relax and indulge in an array of treatments and techniques to arrive in your next destination feeling refreshed and raring to go, an ice rink, where you can burn off some excess energy, a cinema showing all the latest releases, and even a concert hall! There are areas where you can sit and work, places where you can enjoy a spot of people watching, and numerous eateries and shops.
San Francisco International Airport, California, USA
As well as the usual restaurants, shops, lounges, and seating areas, San Francisco International Airport offers some pretty cool attractions. There’s a small yoga room where you can do some stretches, work on your breathing, and feel generally relaxed and well, the Airport Museum that hosts interesting exhibits related to art, science, and culture, and, a great place to take the kids, you’ll even find a branch of the Steinhart Aquarium, which has aquatic wildlife from all around the world.
There’s no need to feel bored on a layover any more, especially if you find yourself in one of these excellent airports!