Great Layover Cities Around The World 2

Author: Will Phoenix


Do your travel plans sometimes include quite lengthy layovers? Don’t stress! Just work a day trip to the center of your layover city into your plans. Here are a few more examples of airports that make it comparatively easy to exit the terminal.

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 only 10 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 a specific express train that runs 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 of the harbor, take in the scenic view from Victoria Peak, or visit the famous Peninsula Hotel in Kowloon and partake in nigh legendary afternoon tea service. When you come back to the train station you can also use the station’s full-service check-in desks to check into your next flight.


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 central Paris (and the rest 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 which offers visitors a lot of choices for taking other metro 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 waiting in long lines such as the Eiffel Tower or take a boat cruise down the river Seine.


Dubai International Airport

The DXB or Dubai International Airport is the main airport for people coming in and out of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. It is reportedly the world’s busiest airport in terms of international passenger traffic. 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.

(All photographs are courtesy of the original owners unless otherwise indicated) 


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