Amsterdam is one of the busiest international airport hubs in the world and it handles a lot of transfer passengers on a daily basis. If you happen to have a layover in Schiphol, you do not need to worry because there are so many things that you can do here. You will find a list of things that you can do during your layover at the Schiphol International Airport that is less than four hours.
Take a rest at one of the easy chairs. Most of these easy chairs can be found at the upper level of the terminal.
If you have brought your mobile device or laptop with you, you can browse the internet using the free WiFi that you can find at the airport. There used to be a one hour limit to the WiFi usage but now you can use it for as long as you want, or even spend time taking pictures for your photography website if you have that as a hobby!
You can also take a shower at either the Yotel or Mercure Hotel for a certain fee. But if you want to shower for free, you can do it at the public toilets that you can find near the lounges or meditation rooms. You have to bring your own towel and soap though.
If you want to have a little more insight on how the airport runs, then take a tour of the Schiphol airport but you’ll be seeing the way things work behind the scenes. All you need is an extra hour to spare since the tour lasts for an hour.
If you want to catch up on sleep, you can book a room in either Mercure or Yotel which can be found in the airport’s terminal. For Yotel, the minimum stay is four hours.
Want to enjoy looking at planes as they takeoff and land? Head to the Panorama Terrace to enjoy this view then.
Visit the Rijksmuseum in Schiphol which is located at the Holland Boulevard. Be reminded though that this will be closed until summer of 2016 because of an airport renovation.
If you have an access card, visit one of the airport lounges in Schiphol to just sit back and relax.
If you need to have a little quiet time, head up to the meditation center that is located at the upper level of the airport.
Try your luck at the Holland Casino which is located between Pier E and Pier F.
Relax your body and mind with a massage from Xpress Spa or Rituals Spa.
If you happen to be a health bum who does not want to miss a day of working out at the gym, do not worry because you can get a day pass for the Sheraton Hotel Fitness and Spa.
And the Schiphol Airport would not be complete without the shopping stores either. So why not take a look at the different stores that are there and see if you can find anything to your fancy? You can also find a supermarket at Schiphol.
There is a wide range of food choices at Schiphol as well.
Incheon International Airport is one of those airports where you do not need to worry about having a layover at. It has been awarded as one of the best airports in the world. There is free hospitality service in the airport. You will be able to find a golf course with seventy-holes and you will be able to find indoor gardens as well. With these things that you can find in the airport, there is no doubt that the Incheon International Airport deserves to be one of the best airports in the world.
Here are some things that you can do at the airport:
1. Experience the traditional culture of the Koreans
Even though you do not have the chance to go to the city and do a little exploring of the Korean culture, do not worry because you can do it right there at the airport. The airport has a cultural museum that visitors can visit. They can also watch traditional music performed at the museum.
2. Massage Treatments
If you’ve been stuck in your plane seat for hours, a nice massage definitely would sound like heaven, wouldn’t it? Drop by the Spa on Air at the Incheon International Airport where you can choose from the many massage options that they offer. They also have a sauna, sleeping rooms, shower booths, snack bars and meeting rooms. What is even better is that the sauna is available 24 hours a day. You can also experience a Korean bathhouse experience here.
3. Stunning Golf Courses
This is still part of the facilities of the airport and you only need to ride the free shuttle bus for a five-minute trip to reach this destination. It would be better if you made bookings ahead of time with the golf course though.
4. Kangwon Land
Korean nationals are not allowed to gamble anywhere in Korea except for Kangwon Land which can be found in Korea’s northeastern part, the Kangwon Land. If you are a foreigner living or visting Korea, you have the right to exercise your right to gamble at the Paradise Casino Incheon. You can take the shuttle bus from the airport for a two-minute trip to the casino.
5. See the eco-gardens
Not too many airports have indoor gardens and Incheon International Airport is one of the few airports that have it. And it does not just have one airport but it has seven instead. There is a wide range of plants in the gardens. What’s even better is that you do not have to pay anything to see it and it is always open. So if you have time to spare, feel free to visit these gardens in Incheon.
6. Do some ice skating
You won’t be able to find real ice in the skating rink of the Incheon International Airport. But it does not mean you cannot practice your ice skating skills on the synthetic ice. You only need to spend around $5 USD to get the equipment that you need to get started with ice skating. It opens at ten in the morning until eight in the evening.
Now Incheon International Airport would not be complete without shopping choices for the many travelers. You can find almost anything in here.
Heathrow Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world today. At the moment, it has around 67 million passengers every year and one-third of these passengers are only in Heathrow for a stopover as they travel to their destination. As a result, Heathrow is capable of catering to the needs of the passing passengers and it can handle connecting flights very well in its four terminals. The first terminal of the airport is used for domestic flights in the UK or other cities in Europe. Terminal 3 takes care of long-distance destinations like Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Terminal 4 has the same purpose as well. Meanwhile, Terminal 5 is used solely by British Airways. One of these days you might find yourself in Heathrow so here are a few important things that you need to remember.
Traveling To and From the Airport
There are two reliable ways to reach the city center of London. You can opt to use the Tube or the Heathrow Express Train. The express train is a little bit more expensive compared to the Tube but it is recommended for layovers that are below six hours. There are buses too that can take you to the nearby hotels should you choose to go to one. You can find the shuttle buses right outside the terminals. If you need to go to Terminal 3 from Terminal 1, you can simply walk but if you wish to go to Terminals 4 & 5, you can use the free buses and trains. If you will be headed to other places that is not in London, then your best bet would be to take a taxi.
Regardless of your budget, you will be able to find an accommodation in one of the many hotels within the airport and nearby area as well. You can find Yotel in Terminal 4. It is a hotel that is pod-style and it looks like the first class airline cabin. You have the option of renting a room for a certain number of hours which is perfect if you have a layover and badly need to get some sleep. But if you intend to stay overnight, you can stay at the Sofitel Heathrow. You can directly access it from Terminal 5 and use the courtesy train if you need to transfer from the other terminals. There are cheaper options too nearby the airport like the Holiday Inn and Premier Inn. Travel time to these inns take about five minutes only.
Passing the Time
You will never run out of shops to visit while at the Heathrow Airport because it is like a huge shopping mall where you can get bargains that are tax-free. There are so many shops to choose from to shop for clothes, shoes, electronics and so on. There is a wide range of food choices as well. If unwinding is what you want to do, get a day pass to get access to Sofitel’s spa.
Heathrow does not have free wireless internet though. You will need to pay to get connected. But if pay to get access to the executive lounge, you can get the complimentary access to the internet.
Being stranded or having a stopover at Singapore’s international airport is not something that many people would be bothered about. As they say, Changi International Airport is a destination in itself and a few hours to spare is probably not enough to enjoy everything that the airport has to offer. Try picturing this out: starting your day at the airport with a quick workout in the gym facility and then freshening up by taking a quick dip in the pool’s airport. If you are in for a bit of relaxation, you can enjoy a massage treatment in the spa. Then for a little sightseeing, you can visit the butterfly garden or the other gardens that you can find in this bustling airport.
It is this airport that virtually started the concept of having an airport that is a destination itself. Even though Singapore is a small city-state that only has around five million residents, it has managed to build a reputation for itself as an important transit link to Europe, Australia and Asia.
The airport itself has three terminals and a budget terminal as well. It offers amenities to its passing travelers that other airports have yet to think of. Here are some of the things that you need to know about the airport and the things you can do while there:
Changi Airport is only eleven miles away from the center of the city. There are many ways that one can go to and from the airport. These options include: shuttle buses, MRT, car rentals and taxis. For the latter option, you can reach most areas of the city for less than $20 USD.
There are a lot of hotels in and around the airport. The Crowne Plaza can be found in Terminal 3. Changi Airport is one of the few airports that offer transit hotels and full hotels without going past the immigration counter. Yes, you got that right. If you go past it to retrieve your luggage then you won’t be able to stay in these hotels any longer. Each of the airport terminals has a transit hotel but if you want to access the rooftop pool, visit the transit hotel in Terminal 1.But if you do not want to pay for hotels, there are napping areas in the airport too. The napping areas are equipped with lounge chairs that has alarms that vibrate to help ensure that you can wake up prior to your flight.
You can also find massage and shower facilities in the transit lounges in the terminals. You can even get a free fifteen-minute foot massage. You can also find the usual boutiques that are duty-free and other shopping choices. Among other things, you can find drug stores, a salon and changing rooms that parents with infants can use. There are many food choices in the airport too. If you want to experience an authentic Singaporean meal then go for the food gallery in Terminal Three which is open twenty-four hours a day. Visitors can also enjoy the free Playstation and Xbox consoles in the 3rd level of Terminal 2. You can also find a movie theater there.
"Terminal 2 has always held a special place in my heart, as whenever I went past it I always saw that six-year-old looking out into the big wide world. My flight may have ended at Heathrow, but my journey with my new life started at Heathrow."
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