Great Layover Cities Around The World

Author: Will Phoenix


Do your travel plans include incredibly long layovers?  Fret not!  Try to work a day trip to the center of your layover city.  Here are a few examples of airports that make it easy to exit the terminal.


1. Changi Airport, Singapore

The Changi Airport or SIN is said by some to be the sexiest, sleekest, passenger-friendly airport on the planet.  Travelers can easily access all the popular sights and sounds of Singapore while on a layover there.  Public transportation is available to and from the airport too.  

Taxis are inexpensive and easy to catch if you’d rather not ride the subway.  You can check out Orchard Road, the white tigers at the Singapore Zoo and grab a bite to eat from the hawker food stalls.  Just remember that Singapore is often hot and humid so 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 location of this airport makes any day trip to London very easy.  The Heathrow express, while costly is quite quick.  

You can be at the popular Paddington Station in Central London, England in under 25 minutes.  The subway or “Tube” as some call it also runs to and from LHR.  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 compact nature of the city and the easy-to-use public transportation.  Experts state a wise traveler can see a great number of the major tourist attractions in one 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.  The BART, the local subway, can take travelers from the airport to the city proper, then through such East Bay destinations as Berkeley, Emeryville, and Oakland.  The trains run a one stop south of the SFO which permit people to transfer to Caltrain.  Caltrain is a state commuter railway.

It allows a transfer to Caltrain and runs up and down the peninsula.  It reaches such tech-savvy cities as Palo Alto, San Jose, and Sunnyvale.  Mind you, there is lots to see and do in San Francisco alone.

You can check out Chinatown or take a walk along Fisherman’s Wharf for lunch.  Frequent visitors will tell you, however, that the seafood stalls outside the fancy restaurants on the wharf will serve almost exactly the same food (in an obvious more casual manner).  Finally, if you like a nice view and a great drink, visit the Top of the Mark bar at the popular Intercontinental Mark Hopkins.

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


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