Similar free tours appeared back in 1987. The initiators were Singapore Airlines, Singapore Tourism Board and Changi Airport Group.
Since about 30 percent of Changi's passengers were in transit before the pandemic, the tours were a successful find by the Tourism Board, which is seeking to attract new travelers to the region.
Up to 2019, more than 800,000 foreign citizens used free tours annually. Three tours were running at the time: City Sights Tour, Jewel Tour and Heritage Tour. Now they are all restored. At the same time, a new excursion product appeared: the Changi Precinct Tour.
City Sights Tour. The sightseeing tour showcases the cityscapes of Singapore with stops at two iconic sites in the city – the symbol of the city, the Merlion Park and the Jubilee Footbridge.
Jewel Tour includes an organized tour of Changi Airport visiting various iconic hub attractions, including the HSBC Rain Vortex — the highest man-made waterfall in the world.
Heritage Tour — this is a brief immersion in the history and culture of the region. It includes visits to the Citizens District, Chinatown and Kampong Glam.
The new tour will immerse you in Singaporean life, passing through a residential area and a quiet village, before culminating in Changi Beach Park.
Tours are held daily, each lasting about 2 and a half hours. There are nine excursions per day. Tours are recommended for travelers who have at least 5 and a half to 24 hours of free time.
Tour routes, full schedule and booking information are available on the official website of Changi Airport Group.