Singapore has resumed free tours of the city for transit and transfer passengers who have a layover of at least 5.5 but less than 24 hours. Transfer and transit passengers have the the opportunity to enjoy the best of the city’s rich culture and attractions after a two-year pause. Each tour is 2.5 hours long, and jointly organized by Singapore Airlines, Singapore Tourism Board and Changi Airport Group. Tours are conducted in English only. Participants need to have a valid entry visa for Singapore to take part in the tours. There are four different tour routes.
1. Changi Precinct Tour
Once covered by forests, swamps, rubber plantation and sand quarries, Tampines today is one of four regional centers in Singapore. This special town won the United Nations World Habitat Award, for being an exemplar of high-quality, high density and affordable housing.
Tampines Central Park is a beautiful green social space for residents here, explore some of the uniquely design playgrounds in this park and grab a variety of instagrammable photos. Then check out Our Tampines Hub, Singapore’s largest integrated community and lifestyle hub.
A popular recreational getaway for locals, feel a sense of calm as you wander around the quiet Changi Village and its surrounding coastal walks.
Changi Beach Park features stretches of pristine white beaches dotted with coconut trees. This is a great place to simply let go and unwind.
2. City Sights Tour
Witness the growth and progress of Singapore as you contrast old national monuments such as the National Gallery and the Padang, against modern skyscrapers in the central business district. Hear stories of some of Singapore’s most significant moments in history.
The Jubilee Bridge connects two famed landmarks – the Esplanade Theatres and the Merlion, giving you an unhindered view of Marina Bay.
An icon of Singapore, the Merlion was unveiled in 1972 to welcome all visitors to our sunny island. This is a great spot to take photos against the iconic Marina Bay and the city skyline.
Gardens by the Bay is a horticultural oasis nestled in the heart of the city features more than 500,000 plants across more than 2,200 species. Marvel at the Avatar-like Supertrees that come to life in a display of lights and sounds at night.
3. Jewel Walking Tour
Explore idyllic landscapes bathed in natural sunlight, with intriguing plants from all around the world carefully selected to thrive within the Jewel complex. Slow down, breathe, feel the mist on your skin and find a sense of calm amongst the trees.
Spectacular by day, stunning by night. The Rain Vortex is the world’s tallest indoor waterfall at 40m high will mesmerize you as the sunlight catches the spray and turns into a mystical light-and-sound show against a night sky.
In this first-of-its-kind digital attraction, experience the magic of technology, learn about aviation and what makes the airport tick through immersive projections, shows, and interactive games at the Changi Experience Studio
Jewel’s top floor, the Canopy Park is a 14,000 sqm recreational wonderland for all. Follow your guide through the creative gardens or hide in bowls of gentle mist. This park welcomes the young and the young at heart with an array of exciting attractions.
4. Heritage Tour (from June 2023)
Singapore’s core financial and commercial district impresses with its modern skyscrapers. Situated in the middle is Singapore’s most historic Hawker Center, Lau Pa Sat, home to a variety of local hawker fare and a bustling night street food scene.
Chinatown is a culturally rich precinct featuring a mix of pre-war shophouses and iconic places of worship. Explore street murals painted by local artist Yip Yew Chong that depict the daily lives of locals in the past.
In this first-of-its-Known as the lifeline of Singapore, the Singapore River and its quays were where the economy of Singapore began. You will be able to see the former godowns and warehouses along Boat Quay and Clarke Quay as you cross the river.
One of Singapore’s oldest urban quarters. Kampong Gelam is an alluring neighborhood where age-old traditions meet trendy lifestyles. With a strong Malay-Arab influence, admire the golden dome of the Sultan Mosque set amidst modern art galleries and cafes.
Important things to note
Registration will close 1 hour before the tour start time and participants will be guided as a group to clear immigration before the tour starts. Availability of seats is on a first-come-first-serve basis. Transit passengers are allowed to enter and exit Singapore only once during their layover period, as per guidelines stipulated by Immigration & Checkpoints Authority of Singapore. Therefore, passengers are not able to join more than one tour. Tour itinerary is subject to changes, depending on weather and traffic conditions.