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Travelling by Plane

Approximate flight times
From Sydney to Singapore is 7 hours

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At the Airport

Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) : Tel: 6541 2222. Fax: 6542 1231.

Changi is located 20km (12.4 miles) from Singapore centre. It consistently tops international polls as the world's best airport and is currently the 24th busiest. More than 29 million passengers passed through in 2002. A total of 63 airlines operate out of Changi, with 3400 flights weekly to 141 cities in 49 countries worldwide, making it the airport with the most air links in the Asia Pacific region. To cater for growth in demand, an extension to Terminal 1 was completed in 2000 and the building of Terminal 3 is underway, due for completion in 2006.

Passengers may check in up to 48 hours before their flight, at the Singapore Airlines office in the Paragon Shopping Centre, Orchard Road. They may also check in by telephone (tel: 6243 2546) to get a confirmed allocated seat number. In these cases, passengers must still bring their luggage to the airport at least one hour before flying.

Airport facilities

While Changi's legendary efficiency means travellers need spend the minimum amount of time in the airport , the facilities on offer mean that days could happily be spent there. These include showers, gym and sauna, fitness centres, putting green, rooftop pool and Jacuzzi, hairdresser's, laundry service, karaoke lounge, Science Discovery Centre, mini supermarket, children's play area, nursery, smoking room, medical centre and prayer room.

To get back to nature, even in an airport, there are also cactus, bamboo and orchid gardens and a Koi pond. There are the usual banks, bureaux de change, ATMs, postal and telecommunications offices, shops, restaurants, car hire (AB Budget Car Rental, Sintat Rent-Acar and Hertz), hotel reservation counters, tourist information and baggage storage facilities. Transit and transfer passengers can also take advantage of free two-hour guided coach tours of Singapore.

Arrival/departure tax

A S$21 Passenger Service Charge is incorporated in the price of the ticket.

Transport to the city

The MRT now has a station at the airport, which is a quick and cheap option for getting anywhere in Singapore. Trains run 0530–2318, approximately every ten minutes. Tickets to the city centre cost S$1.80 (journey time – 30 minutes).

Singapore Bus Service (SBS) (tel: 1800 287 2727) operates regular buses into the city. Public bus stations are located in Terminal 1 at Basement 2 and in Terminal 2 at basement level. Public buses cost S$1.50 (exact fare only) and depart every 6–14 minutes 0600–2400. Bus number 36 goes along Orchard Road (journey time –50 minutes).

The airport is about 20–30 minutes from Singapore centre by taxi. Taxi fares are about S$15 (plus a standard S$3 airport surcharge, S$5 weekends, as well as any other surcharges – see Taxis in Getting Around). Limousine taxi service counters are located at the arrival hall on Level 1 of both terminals. They charge a flat rate of S$35 to anywhere in the city and operate 0600–0200 daily.

The six-seater MaxiCab, the airport shuttle service, run by CityCab (tel: 6542 8297), costs S$7 and stops at almost every major hotel in the city centre. It leaves from Terminal 1 and 2 every 30 minutes 0600–1800 and every 15 minutes 1900–2100.

Travelling by Rail

Trains run to Kuala Lumpur , Johor Bahru and Malacca (Malaysia) on a route which extends to Bangkok (Thailand). Services operate daily between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur; some offer air conditioning and dining cars. There are also overnight trains with sleepers.

Travelling by Road

Singapore is connected to Malaysia and the mainland of Asia by two causeways: one which crosses the Johor Strait; the other linking Tuas in Singapore; bus and coach services operate to the Malaysian town of Johor Bahru and beyond.

For required documentation, see Travel – Internal section. Buses arriving from Malaysia and Thailand terminate at the Lavender Street terminal.

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