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The Best Places for Long Layovers

Don’t miss out on a destination just because the journey includes a long layover! Sometimes, layovers can be just as great as the final destination.

We found some of the best places to have layovers around the world that are worth a trip all on their own!

•Amsterdam
•Frankfurt
•Reykjavik
•Dubai
•Hong Kong
•Beijing
•Singapore
•Fiji
•Las Vegas
•Los Angeles

Amsterdam

Amsterdam

Amsterdam is another city that is easily connected to its airport. A train runs underneath Schiphol airport that goes directly into Amsterdam Centraal train station. The distance from the Amsterdam airport to city center is less than 6 miles apart and the trip takes only around 20 minutes. It’s perfect for travelers because everything is so centrally located to the train station and consequently the airport.

Ultimately, if you have more than a four-hour layover in Amsterdam, you should be leaving to see the city. An overnight layover still means that you should get out and explore because Amsterdam doesn’t go to sleep early. For those travelers who want to get at least a little bit of sleep, Schiphol has the Yotel – a capsule type of hotel right inside of the airport. It gives guests the basic amenities and is perfect for single or double travelers.

Frankfurt

Frankfurt is a German city that is often overlooked by larger cities. However, its airport is a major international hub that has hundreds of flights traveling though every day. Frankfurt am Main airport has a train station underneath it and has trains that run to the center of the city. If you choose to tae the train, get off at the Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof. That’s the main train station that places you in the middle of the city so you can grab yourself a German pretzel or two.

Reykjavik

Reykjavik

WOW Air is dramatically increasing travel to Iceland because all of its transatlantic flights stop in Reykjavik. Iceland is a large country but there are still lots to do near the airport. The famous Blue Lagoon is only a short distance from the airport and is a favorite among layover travelers.

An added bonus of WOW Air is that they make it easier for passengers to book an extended layover in Reykjavik. A connecting flight can be postponed for up to three days There is so much to see in and around the city that their flexible flights allow travelers to make the most of their time in the city. Visit in the winter and you may have front row seats to the beautiful Northern Lights.

Dubai

Dubai’s airport is conveniently connected directly to the city center via the Metro. All of Dubai’s main sites are a short Metro ride away. Travelers can go directly from the plane to the airport, to the Metro, to the Dubai Mall and back without ever having to step foot outside in the desert heat! If you’re on a time crunch, the Burj Khalifa is the biggest site in Dubai – literally, because it’s the tallest building in the world. The area around the Burj Khalifa is a big layover attraction for people in Dubai because it is easily accessible from the airport.

The Dubai airport also has spa services, free showers, and even pods for you to nap in, since everyone knows that airplane seats aren’t good for sleeping. Emirates business and first class travelers can also take advantage of the extraordinary lounges that offer nearly everything imaginable. Overnight guests have the option of staying in the Dubai International Hotel, which is located between terminals 1 and 3.

Hong Kong

The lights and glamor of Hong Kong are drawing large numbers of layover travelers. People traveling to Asian countries tend to have layovers in Hong Kong and are even extending their layovers. Since the Hong Kong airport is located 25 miles away from the center of the city, it’s really only accessible to those on long layovers. If you do have enough time to go into the city the Airport Express is the quickest and most affordable way to get there.

If you have an overnight layover, the Regal Airport Hotel is conveniently connected to Terminal 1. There are also several hotels nearby. The airport is also home to an interactive themed entertainment center where travelers can learn about the local film industry.

Beijing

China is becoming a popular layover destination and Beijing is responding to that. They now offer foreigners 72-hour visas, which allow travelers to get out and explore the city for 72 hours and not have to pay expensive visa fees.

Beijing is home to lots of attractions. A layover in Beijing won’t let you see everything the city has to offer but you’ll definitely be able to see a few things! Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Imperial Gardens are all great choices. The Great Wall of China is even feasible!

Singapore

Visitors to Singapore don’t even need to leave the airport to have an incredible experience. Singapore boasts one of the most spectacular airports in the world. For those who do decide to leave the airport, Singapore offers various options for its short-term visitors. The airport has two hours tours for travelers on a short time schedule that showcases the highlights of the city. Layovers over 5 hours are a perfect way to see big sites like the infinity pool on the Marina Bay Sands Hotel or the Gardens by the Bay.

All three terminals offer playgrounds for young children, movie theaters, and an arcade. If you’re tired of the stale airplane lifestyle and need some fresh air, just check out one of the many gardens or take a dive in the swimming pool. There’s even a slide in Terminal 3! No wonder the airport has been named the best airport in the world!

Fiji

Fiji

Travelers to the land down under must endure an excruciatingly long flight across the Pacific. A stop in Fiji may be exactly what they need in order to help repair their sanity after a lengthy flight. Fiji has so much natural beauty that everyone should take advantage of! Since the airport is only six miles away from Nadi, it makes it even easier for travelers to get into the city. Additionally, the Nadi airport has duty free shopping and lots of dining options if you decide to stay inside the airport.

Las Vegas

Even Sin City is a good place to have a layover. Most layovers here will be if you’re traveling within North America, which can be good if your connecting flight is domestic. The airport is just at the south end of the Strip and it doesn’t take long to travel between the two. So go ahead, play some slots, and enjoy as much time in Vegas as you can instead of waiting in an airport. Who knows, you may make enough money at the casinos to upgrade your seat to first class!

Los Angeles

LAX is famous for its long lines and famous travelers. Even though it can be a bit of a hassle to go through TSA, a long layover here isn’t always a bad thing. Ensure you have enough time between your connecting flight before leaving LAX because Los Angeles traffic can be very unpredictable. The airport is fairly close to the beach and is extremely close to an In-N-Out Burger – a California staple. If your layover is over 5 or so hours, you can even take a taxi or Uber to Hollywood or downtown to make the most of the Golden State.

If you do find yourself traveling through LAX, keep an eye out for celebrities. There are constantly celebrities at the airport and you just may find yourself sitting next to someone famous!

That’s the best part about layovers. You can use them to your advantage and have a mini-vacation within your other vacation. It is sometimes cheaper to book each leg of a journey separately so you can maximize your time at a layover destination. Layovers used to be the worst part of a trip and travelers avoided them like the plague. Now, layovers have taken on a whole new meaning and can actually be fun! Whatever you do, don’t stay holed up in the airport. Get rid of that jet lag and step out into the fresh air of a layover city.

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About the Author

 

Marisa Martin // The Traveling Story Girl

Marisa has over 19 years of traveling stories collected, which she shares on her blog, The Traveling Story Girl. She is currently documenting her study abroad trip to Heidelberg, Germany, while also writing about her adventures in all 50 states and 35 countries. Check out her travel blog to learn more about her adventures and travel tips.