The 10 Best Airports in the World for a Layover

We’ve all been there: stranded, lost, daze, confused…. Just kidding, McDonalds is three feet away. There are hundreds if not thousands of people around. But we feel our sanity slipping, nonetheless. Whether its 2 hours, 12 hours or sometimes even 20 hours that you’re stuck in an airport, there’s no doubting that there are some locations you’d rather be than others. Here are the world’s 10 best airports according to The World Airport Awards & what you should do whilst you’re there….


The Best Airports in the World

#1 – Changi Airport, Singapore

An airport with a slide? Check. An airport with the world’s tallest airport slide? I’m there.

Highlights include: the airport slide (obviously), forest-themed playground, arcade games, rooftop swimming pool, wellness oasis, cactus garden, sunflower garden, and SO much more.

#2 – Incheon International Airport, South Korea

You can get a peek into Korean culture without even leaving the airport if you have a stopover in Incheon. Oh! And they also have a 0.0001% baggage mishandling rate. AKA no, it will not happen to you here.

Highlights include: a day spa, an ice link, a cinema, and a concert hall.

#3 – Munich Airport

As a major hub for Lufthansa and Star Alliance airlines, chances are you may score a stopover in Munich Airport at some point on your travels. Wondering what to do? We’ve got you covered.

Highlights include: a day spa; nightflight bar; audi forum; Brants barber shop.

#4 – Hong Kong International Airport

Hong Kong International Airport will give you more of an education on a layover than you ever recall from school.

Highlights include: Exhibition Central — shark exhibition; Bruce Lee exhibition; Cantonese Opera exhibition; Childhood memories exhibition…

#5 – Tokyo International Haneda

Because where else in the world can you have sushi for breakfast and get away with it?

Highlights include: Eating sushi at 5:00am, 6:00am, or 7:00am… no really.

#6 – Zurich Airport

A central European hub like Zurich Airport is sure to have some perks, right?

Highlights include: While comfortable and clean, there aren’t too many perks to Zurich Airport. If you can, try escape to the city for a look around – its totally worth it.

#7 – Central Japan International

Another great excuse to eat sushi for breakfast.

Highlights include: sushi, yeah?

#8 – London Heathrow

Heathrow is busy. It is many things, but it is always busy. Patience needed.

Highlights include: Free beauty sessions in all terminals are a plus!

#9 – Amsterdam Schipol

An airport that hosts weddings? Move over Vegas!

Highlights include: Holland Casino; Rijksmuseum airport edn.

#10 – Beijing Capital

Any excuse for Chinese dumplings.

Highlights include: Anyone for dumplings?


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Brooke Saward
Brooke Saward

Brooke Saward founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen, with a particular weakness for French pastries.

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