How to Make the Most of Long Layovers


Hate long layovers? You’re looking at it all wrong. Layovers can be a great time to enjoy a new destination or get some work done, with a little bit of planning.

Some Ideas to Pass the Time on Long Layovers

There are a ton of ways to pass time on long layovers. Here are some of our favorites.

Hit the Spa

You could spend your layovers getting pampered at various airports that offer full service spas including Newark Liberty International Airport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Nashville International Airport and JFK International Airport.

See the City

Have enough time leave the airport? Hire a private driver or jump on a city bus tour to see the sights. At the Frankfurt Airport you can take a train into the city to drink a beer check out a museum, or enjoy a little nightlife.

Explore the Airport

Try some wine tasting at Vino Volo in Sacramento Airport, get married at Schiphol in Amsterdam, golf at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and, for longer layovers, venture outside via shuttle and feel the electric vibe of south beach in Miami for $2.00 per ride.

According to sleepinginairports, a wonderful resource with bountiful information on airports around the world, Singapore’s Changi Airport was ranked best in 2010 for its wide range of activities available to travelers.

Changi has seven gardens, two koi fish ponds, a swimming pool, Entertainment deck with 3D experience zone, three movie theatres, free wireless internet and so much more. With all that is to offer, there’s really no reason to leave the airport.

These are just a few examples of the wide range of opportunities available to travelers worldwide. Layovers can provide plenty of options, and, with a little bit of research, you could be on your way to having an enjoyable addition to your vacation.

So next time someone asks you what you’re going to do when your flight gets delayed, just tell them, “having fun!”

What are some of the best and worst layovers you’ve had? Favorite places to get stuck?


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  1. When I moved to Buenos Aires I had a 12 hour layover in Miami. I had my dog with me so I couldn’t leave the airport at all. Luckily, it was during the world cup so I was able to catch 3 games on TVs in the food court area. I mostly read, ate and strolled around with my dog. Had I been alone I definitely would have gone out into the city.

  2. I had a great layover in Zurich! There’s a train that takes you from the airport to the the city in just minutes. And because Zurich is such a walkable city, even if you only have 4 hours between flights, you can still see quite a bit.

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