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8 Best Layover Airports In The World

Posted on 27 July 2017

Whether it's two hours, 8 hours or sometimes even 20 plus hours, that you’re stuck in transit, there’s no doubt that you'd much rather be at your destination.

We've listed the world's 8 best airports according to The World Airport Awards that will make those long hours fly by. Think ice skating rink, a local brewery or spa treatment, you’re likely to have more choices than you do transit time. 

1. Singapore Changi Airport

With over 400 awards under its belt, Changi Airport has something to offer travellers of all ages and interests. Explore the five different gardens including the world's only butterfly garden in an airport. Have more than 6 hours to spare? Take a complimentary 2.5 hour guided tour of Singapore.

Highlights include: tallest airport slide, rooftop pool, movie theatre, gaming station and a spa.

2. Tokyo International Airport Haneda

Sushi for breakfast? Yes, please! Scattered in the terminal you'll find a hair salon, barber, oxygen bar, health clinic and duty-free shops. Have afternoon tea under the stars at the Planetarium Starry Cafe

Highlights include: Hakuhinkan Toy Park, free lounges, panoramic terrace and massage chairs. 

3. Incheon International Airport, South Korea 

South Korea’s largest airport gives travellers a taste of Korea through cultural performances and an impressive museum. Head to the cultural centre to learn traditional Korean paper handicraft.

Highlights include: ice skating rink, 18-hole putting course, free city tour and two movie theatres, spa and sauna

4. Hong Kong International Airport

From Michelin starred dining, high-end retail shops to world-class lounges, Hong Kong International Airport is a travel hub for many travellers. Take a swing at the outdoor nine-hole golf course open 24/7 to passengers looking to squeeze in a round or two.

Highlights include: IMAX theatre, Dream Come True Education Park, PlayStation gaming area, Aviation Discovery Centre

5. Hamad International Airport, Doha

The Vitality Wellbeing & Fitness Centre is made for layover travellers. Book a treatment and get free access to the swimming pool, squash court and hydrotherapy tub. Zen!

Highlights include: Oryx Lounge, airport hotel, free tour of Doha City

6. Munich Airport, Germany

The most famous attraction in Munich airport is undoubtedly the Airbräu, the airport’s own microbrewery. Enjoy Bavarian beer and food in the open-air beer garden (open May to October). During summer months take your turn at surfing or ice skating in the winter months.

Highlights include: mini-golf course, nap cabins and day spa

7. Zurich Airport, Switzerland

Swiss chocolates! Need we say more? This is the only airport in the world where you can watch the pilots at work via a special walkway from the observation deck. For something more adventurous, explore the area around the airport by bike or skates, which you can rent.

Highlights include: rooftop terrace, transit hotel, free showers 

8. London Heathrow Airport

One of the busiest airports in the world, Heathrow airport has over 100 restaurants, retail and duty-free shops. Feel like indulging? Book yourself into one of their lounges, they have everything from massages to yoga classes. On your way to your flight grab a hamper from Fortnum & Mason.

Highlights include: Five-star spa, observation deck, complimentary personal shoppers

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