There is nothing more inconvenient than being stuck in a busy airport. Layovers are quite common, and they can cause a lot of irritation and anxiety. However, you can turn this seemingly negative experience into a rich, learning adventure by taking a tour of the city.
Do you know that there are airports in the world that offer a free city tour for guests who are having a layover? This brilliant idea is receiving positive feedback, and turning an inconvenience into an opportunity to market to a prospective future paying visitor to the city. Who knows, maybe a short city tour will make you fall in love with the city and you’ll look forward to visiting it on purpose. If you are a frequent traveller, consider taking out annual travel insurance to be covered all year long and not to think of it every time you plan a trip. Better safe than sorry, right?
Here are five of the best free layover tours:
- Singapore Changi Airport
First of all, Changi airport is one of the most beautiful airports in the world. In fact, it was voted as THE best airport in the world in 2011. Changi Airport provides free city tours if you have a layover of at least five hours. However, the airport itself has many interesting finds and attractions, such as the Kinetic Rain art installation, Cactus Garden, orchid Garden, Entertainment Deck, Butterfly Garden, and Movie Theatre. These are all free. Singapore is a small city-state, so a five-hour layover is sufficient time to see the major sights of the city. After registering, you have an option to choose between the City of Lights Tour and the Heritage Tour. There are five tours each day, and guests will get to see Chinatown, Gardens by the Bay, The Esplanade, Little India, and Marina Bay Waterfront.
- Istanbul Atatürk International Airport
Turkey’s free city tour is available for passenger of Turkish Airlines who are having a layover of 6to 24 hours. Once you register, you can choose from several schedules from 8:30 am to 9:00 pm. Dubbed as the TourIstanbul Program, visitors will get a free meal and get to visit major attractions like the Basilica Cistern, the Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome of Constantinople, and many other stops, depending on the time available.
- Doha International Airport
This free layover tour is available for passengers flying Qatar Airways. If you have a layover from 5 to 12 hours, you can schedule a free tour of the city and see beautiful Doha attractions like the Museum of Islamic Art and Souq Waqif. The duration of the tour is approximately 2 hour and 45 minutes.
- Incheon International Airport
Incheon International Airport in Seoul, Korea is voted as one of the best airports in the world. This huge airport, the largest in South Korea, boasts of a gold course, a spa, a casino, and many more. Those who have layovers from one to five hours can avail of one of seven available scheduled tours which will introduce you to the Korean culture for a fee of $10. If you want to while away your time in this huge airport and not pay an extra fee, you can wander around one of the seven gardens, visit the Korean Cultural Museum in the Transfer Lounge, or view traditional Korean art.
- Salt Lake City International Airport
The only airport in North America offering a free tour, Salt Lake City International airport is for passengers with a minimum of 2 hours layover time. Visitors will get a grand tour of the Temple Square. However, the free tour is not available on Sundays and public holidays.