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Pritha Manchanda May 12 2014

Which are the best airports for layovers?

Kanika Nevatia May 12 2014
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Long distance air travel can mean long periods spent in transit. Knowing the best airports for layovers can help you decide the routes you might want to take. Spending time between flights at an airport that offers scope for a lot of activities is definitely better than spending hours at an airport that has none. So here’s a list of airports that will ensure you have the best layover possible.


Planning a layover in Dubai? No matter what the length of your wait, you’re sure to have plenty to do. Go on a shopping spree at the world’s most elaborate duty-free area, which is spread over 58,000 square feet, or take a quick nap in the ‘Snoozecube’. You could also get a nice massage at one of the 24-hour massage points to let go of all your travel stress. The minute you land from a Delhi to Dubai flight, you will at one glance notice the drastic difference of infrastructure and service. Eating options are also in abundance at the Dubai Airport ranging from food courts to fine dining restaurants. And incase you're flying Emirates business or first class, the lounge offers spa facilities.

Photo of Dubai Duty Free (by mamamusings)


Ranked among the best airports in the world, the Changi Airport in Singapore is definitely one of the best airports for layovers. Lush with picturesque open air gardens, you’ll find it tough to get over the beauty all around. There is also a rooftop Balinese pool at Terminal 1. And if you’re a gaming fanatic, don’t miss the entertainment deck at Terminal 2 for complimentary Xbox and Playstation gaming. The reclining snooze chairs ensure a good night’s sleep as well. Fish and foot spas are also a common sight at the airport. Also, if your layover is for more than five hours,you can opt for the two-hour guided city tour that the airport organises.

Photo of Singapore Airport (by Robert.S)


A layover at the Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam is all about art and history with a host of museums, art galleries and even a library featuring classic Dutch literature. And if you’re in the mood for some gambling, the in-house casino is sure to keep you occupied. Stroll down the sunny terrace or catch up on some sleep in the sleep pods that are available on hire. The Airport Park is the perfect spot to sit back and relax. If you have a visa you could also take the Floating Dutchman, an amphibious bus tour that start from the airport and is designed just for day-long layovers.

Photo of Amsterdam Airport (by Aaron C)

Hong Kong

If digital gaming rocks your world then you must plan your trips through Hong Kong. The airport is home to Asia’s largest 4Dcinema offering a multisensory experience.There is also interactive cockpit station at the Aviation Discovery Centre and a dedicated free PlayStation gaming area. The main highlight of the airport is that it is home to the largest IMAX giant screen in Hong Kong. Itcan accommodate up to 350 people. So while away the time by watching the latest flick, making this your best airport layover ever. Incase you have half a day in hand and are willing to get a Hong Kong visa, you could visit the miniature Disneyland that is 15 minutes away from the airport.

Photo of IMAX at Hong Kong Airport (by HKphotopoint)


Known as the busiest airport in the world, London Heathrow is a place that you are bound to transit at if planning a visit to say the USA. With all possible high-end brands present here including a mini version of the oh so famous Harrods right in the middle of the airport, shopping is something you must indulge in during your layover. There are many gaming arcades, pubs, restaurants and cafes as well to make sure you stay occupied. If you have a visa and some time, simply catch a tube from within the station and head to Windsor, which is pretty close by, and take a look at Windsor Castle.

Photo of Heathrow Terminal - 5 (by Colourlines)


Bangkok is another place where layovers are very frequent for travellers abroad. Though not too fancy, the airport is beautiful and presents you with various lounging and rest options. There is a large playground for kids to have a good time and a recreational area as well. Shopping and dining options are also available in abundance. Since getting a visa is not too tough, you could opt for a day tour, with various operators available from the airport itself. Taking a tour to the nearby temples would be a good idea.

Photo of Bangkok Airport (by Roger Price)

Now that you know exactly what to expect at the best airports for layovers don’t fret if your transit time is a long one. Make the best of the time you have and ensure that you make it the most memorable airport layover you’ve ever had!
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