As I have been to this airport quiet a few times and toured around it, this time I wanted to go visit the downtown to check out the attractions on the reclaimed land in Singapore. Also, I had scheduled couple of meetings with my long lost college mates, both of whom I last met was in 2007. Phew! Long time indeed.
There are few conditions and restrictions while obtaining a transit visa at the airport. Having an Australian Visa allowed me to pass through immigration where a temporary transit visa is issued. For all other passengers, who might want to have a look at the requirements, more in detail, click here.
I was carrying just about $20SGD which I exchanged at the airport. Credit card was a back up options which I only wanted to use in worst of the scenarios that I can get into.
After clearing the immigration, I took a train ticket from Changi Airport to Bayfront, where in I had to change trains first at Tanah Merah onto the green line and then at Paya Lebar to get onto the yellow line to reach my destination. The ticket cost was about $1.65SGD. The train system here is one of the best that I have seen. This is the most preferred and the quickest commuting option for the locals.
After passing through some tunnels and taking those train transfers I had finally reached Marina Bay station that led into the convention centre and onto the road in front of the Marina Bay Sands, standing tall with some elegant and splendour.