Taking a flight with one or two stops in between can often reduce your travel costs considerably, so it’s becoming more and more common to find airports going that extra mile to make your stops less stressful and more memorable. Here, present to you a list of airports of the that have gone way above and beyond to ease your travel woes. Check them out!
Changi Airport, Singapore
Most airports will have a wide selection of things to occupy your time with, but Changi Airport is the only one that can boast the world’s first butterfly garden. Passengers with time to spare can see some 1,000 tropical butterflies from 40 different species. Also, if you need to sit down, you can enjoy a film at the free cinema or a drink at the duty-free bar.
Hamad International, Doha, Qatar
Since its inception in 2014, this 24-hour hub of life is more like a mall than an airport. Top high-end brands and shops have packed many of the floors and offer a unique international shopping experience. However, it’s the ongoing art exhibition that truly sets Hamad airport apart from the rest by hosting renowned artists like Urs Fischer and other big names.
Heathrow Airport, London, Britain
The newly opened Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport is now offering a full London shopping experience, making it perfect for those travellers who don’t have time to visit the bustling shopping streets of the capital. The airport also offers luxury options with both Harrods and an official Harry Potter store on-site. Elsewhere, the Michelin-starred restaurants and spas aren’t too bad, either.
Hong Kong International Airport
As the world’s busiest airport, it should come as no surprise that passengers have the opportunity for quality dining and exclusive shopping time at Hong Kong International airport as it houses more than 300 stores. Opt for something different and check out the golfing options available, such as the Green Live Air 18-hole simulation.
Munich International Airport, Germany
You can’t even begin to think of visiting Germany without sampling some of the world’s best beers. To honour this, Munich International Airport houses the world’s first on-site airport brewery, which also provides tours and which is accompanied by a massive indoor beer garden. And it’s not only the adults who have all the fun—children can also enjoy the huge outdoor playground for hours of layover fun.
Seoul Incheon International Airport, South Korea
South Korea is constantly dazzling with its pop culture and fashion, so it’s fitting that Seoul Incheon International Airport offers the same experience for travellers. Enjoy traditional plays at the cultural centre or take part in the local arts and crafts in the heritage centre. And for an ideal selfie spot, pop over to the ice-skating rink and try taking the perfect picture without falling down.
Vancouver International, British Columbia, Canada
As we have mentioned before in our 5 Cities to Begin Your Canadian Adventure in 2017 article, Canada is stunningly beautiful, so it is only fitting that Vancouver Airport should embrace this natural beauty as well. If the famous mountain backdrop isn’t enough for you, you can enjoy the 114,000-litre aquarium that houses 850 indigenous sea creatures. Don’t be too afraid of any of the wildlife as 16 trained wildlife biologists are on hand to take care of any problems.
Zurich Airport, Switzerland
Out of all the airports on this list, Zurich has the most trains leaving regularly to take passengers on the 10-minute ride to the city centre. The airport is also one of the most family-friendly you will find, with great services offered in both the A and E departure areas. These include baby-care products, playrooms and even PlayStations for older kids.
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