Whether your situation calls for a short nap or an overnight slumber, this sleep guide will give you the essential information needed to prepare you for sleeping in Singapore Changi Airport.
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Sleeping in Singapore Changi Airport
Locations & Seating
A frequent winner of world’s best airport, you’ll find plenty of seating options here: comfortable chairs, benches, and couches. Look for the free Snooze Lounges with comfortable, reclining chairs. Prefer to spread out? Relax on the carpeted floor – you won’t be the only one. Note that the pre-Security area is not nearly as plush as the Secure areas: travellers who choose to sleep in the public areas have a much different experience than those who rest inside Security.
Singapore Changi Airport offers designated Snooze Lounges where you can get a quick nap without spending any cash. Snooze Lounge locations:
- Terminal 1, inside Security: Transit East, Level 3.
- Terminal 2, inside Security: Oasis Lounge, Transit North Pier, opposite Gate E1, and Sanctuary Lounge, Transit North Pier, opposite Gate E5.
- Terminal 3, inside Security: Snooze Lounge, Transit North Mezzanine, next to Singapore Food Street.
- Terminal 4, inside Security: Snooze Lounge, Departure Transit, Level 2M.
Surprisingly, we haven’t received any recent reports related to the overall terminal environment – perhaps because it is quite comfortable. In general, here are some good expectations:
- Temperature: Expect the airport to cool down at night, with air conditioning running and fewer people inside.
- Noise: Even as overnight flights slow down or stop entirely, the airport may still run announcements and cleaning crews may make the rounds, so anticipate some noise.
- Lighting: The airport may stay bright thanks to around-the-clock lights, but certain corners may be dimly lit.
Arrive prepared! We recommend earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones, an extra layer of warmth, and eyeshades or something else to cover your eyes, such as a shirt or towel.
Freshen up (and loosen those stiff muscles) with a shower before your flight. Shower facilities are located in pay-to-use lounges and spas, including:
- Terminal 1, inside Security: Airport Wellness Oasis and Plaza Premium Lounge.
- Terminal 2, inside Security: Ambassador Transit Lounge, TranSpa, and Spa Express.
- Terminal 3, inside Security: Ambassador Transit Lounge and Be Relax Spa.
See our Singapore Changi Airport Guide for details.
Food & Drink
When you get the midnight munchies or give up trying to sleep and need a coffee to stay awake, you have your pick of 24-hour food concessions. Each terminal has 20 or more eateries and cafes that are open 24-hours, both pre- and inside Security.
If you prefer the comfort and privacy of a hotel room and you don’t want to leave the airport, you are spoiled for options! Travellers in transit can access one of 3 transit hotels depending on your location: Aerotel Transit Hotel and 2 locations of the Ambassador Transit Hotel (Terminal 2 and Terminal 3). Rooms are rented in 6-hour blocks. Otherwise, check out the Haven by JetQuay, a hotel located pre-Security in Terminal 3’s Arrivals Hall, where nap rooms start in 3-hour blocks. The YotelAir Hotel (Landside) offers comfort with modern amenities (rain shower en-suites, etc.). A Crowne Plaza is connected by skywalk to Terminals 1 and 3. Additional hotels are located nearby. See the hotel section in our Airport Guide for locations or visit Tripadvisor to find hotels deals at Changi Airport.
If you are looking for a private place to nap for a few hours in between flights, check out some pay-to-use lounges, including the Dnata Lounge (Terminal 1), Plaza Premium Lounge (T1), Ambassador Transit Lounges (T2 and T3), The Havey by JetQuay (T3), and Blossom Lounge (T4). In addition to offering a comfortable place to hang out, these lounges have a few private sleep rooms that can be rented. For more information, check out our Singapore Changi Airport Guide.
Security & Safety
At the time of this update, we have no reports from travellers commenting on safety issues at Singapore Changi Airport. As a precaution, here are a few tips to ensure you have a safe airport sleeping experience:
- Know Where Security is Located. Whether you are sleeping in the airport by yourself or with friends, it is good to know where security is. Know where their office is located and look for video cameras in the spot you decide to stay the night. Ask security where it is safe to spend the night. They’ve probably seen many airport sleepers before you and they will direct you to a safe spot.
- Don’t Seclude Yourself. If you are travelling alone we recommend that you sleep near other travellers or close to security.
- Hide Your Valuables. Don’t leave all your mobile devices out in plain view. We have received reports from people who woke up with earphones and no ipod and a laptop bag strap and no laptop bag (or laptop). Same goes with important documents and money. Keep these secure on your body, so that no one can get them without waking you up.
- Secure Your Bags. If you are a deep sleeper, you may want to padlock your bag to something. If your bags have zippers turn the bag upside down (zippers to the floor) or sleep with your bag up against the wall, so that it would be hard for someone to access.
- Choose to Stay Alert. If you don’t feel safe, drink coffee and stay awake and be alert. You can always sleep on the plane!
Pro-tip: If you are sleeping in the public zone, don’t be surprised if you receive an early morning wake-up call. Security is known to make the rounds waking people up as travellers begin to arrive for morning flights.
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