Great Layover Cities Around The World
Do your travel itinerary include incredibly long layovers? Fret not! Try to work out a day’s trip exploring the center of your layover city. Here are a few examples of airports that make your layover a tad easy. Take a look.
1. Changi Airport, Singapore
The Changi Airport or SIN is said by some to be the sexiest, passenger-friendly airport on the planet. Travelers can easily access all the popular sights of Singapore while waiting for your connecting flight there. Public transportation is available to and from the airport. Taxis are inexpensive and easy to catch if you’d rather not ride the subway. You can check out Orchard Road, the Singapore Zoo for the exotic white tigers and grab a bite to eat at the hawker food stalls. Just remember that Singapore is quite humid, therefore, you might want to get back to the airport early enough to catch a quick shower in the airport lounge or simply bring a change of clothing.
2. London Heathrow
LHR, London Heathrow, has a reputation for being incredibly rigid when it comes to customs and security screenings. On the other hand, the airport’s location makes any day-long excursion to London quite easy. The Heathrow express, while costly is quite quick. You can reach the popular Paddington Station, located in Central London, England in under 25 minutes. Moreover, you have the option of the subway or “Tube” as Londoners call to commute. That will take approximately an hour but is somewhat cheaper. From there it is surprisingly easy to check out many of London’s main attractions due to the centralized city planning and efficient public transportation. Experts state a wise traveler can see a number of popular tourist attractions in a 10-hour layover.
3. San Francisco International
The San Francisco International or SFO not only makes it easy to get in and out of the city of San Francisco but it is also easily accessible to any of the nearby Bay Area cities. There’s the local subway or The BART that is a preferred choice of commute when travelers need to get out of the airport and explore the city, especially popular tourist destinations including East Bay destinations as Berkeley, Emeryville, and Oakland. Moreover, the trains run a 1-stop south of the SFO which permit people to traverse to Caltrain. Caltrain is a state commuter railway. It allows a transfer to Caltrain and runs across the peninsula. It reaches such tech-savvy cities as Palo Alto, San Jose, and Sunnyvale. Mind you, there are lots to see and do in San Francisco. You can check out Chinatown or take a walk along Fisherman’s Wharf during lunchtime. Frequent visitors will tell you, however, that the seafood stalls outside the fancy restaurants on the wharf serve a similar quality of food (in an obvious more laid-back manner). Finally, if you like a nice view and a great drink, visit the Top of the Mark bar at the popular restaurant Intercontinental Mark Hopkins.
4. Hong Kong International Airport
The Hong Kong International Airport or HKG is a stopover for many travelers going to such exotic locations as Bali, Thailand, and Vietnam. If you have a layover of up to 12 hours, you can get a great gander at the city of Hong Kong. The HKG is connected to both the Kowloon and Island sides of Hong Kong via an express train running every 10 minutes and can take you to the heart of the city in under 25 minutes. You can avoid potential lines by purchasing your ticket at the desk located right before the customs exit area. The express train leaves from that same exit. You can enjoy a boat tour out of the harbor, take in the scenic view from Victoria Peak, or visit Kowloon's famous Peninsula Hotel and partake in the afternoon tea service. When you come back to the train station you can also use the station’s full-service, check-in reception desks to check on your next flight.
5. Paris Charles De Gaulle
The CDG is actually a bad airport if you have a tightly scheduled flight connection. On the other hand, if you have a layover of 10 to 12 hours, the City of Light’s airport is easy to exit. This airport is linked to the central part of Paris and other parts of the country, by both a local metro and a high-speed train. For most visits, the much cheaper metro will work for a layover visit. The local stops at Chatelet Les Halles that offers visitors a lot of choices for taking other subway lines. With its art galleries, cafes and museums there is a lot to see in the city. Veteran visitors suggest stopping to check out sites that don’t generally require you to wait in long lines such as the Eiffel Tower or the boat cruise down the Seine.
6. Dubai International Airport
The Dubai International Airport or DXB is the primary airport for people traveling to and from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. It is reportedly the busiest airport in the world, with a staggering number of international passengers traveling to Dubai each year. Dubai is known for its interesting blend of futuristic vision and significant traditions. Dubai is famous for its hot nightlife, famous luxury shopping and ultramodern architecture including the world’s tallest building the Burj Khalifa (which stands 2,722 feet high). The city center is just 40 minutes from the airport so travelers have plenty of time to check the place out. In fact, if you have a four to five-hour layover you could even work in a half-day tour of the city and still get to the airport and back with minutes to spare.