The Best Airports for Booking Flights With Long Layovers

Changi Airport, Singapore
Changi Airport, Singapore. Photo by Yash Berawala on Unsplash

Generally speaking, we actually kind of like airports—there’s something about that in-between feeling of having nowhere to be and nothing to do as you wait for your flight that we find sort of comforting. Having said that, being stuck in the terminal is a lot less enjoyable when the journey to your destination contains several legs, and for these times, some airports are definitely better than others. If you’re planning a trip with a layover and have the option to choose where, read on to learn more about some of the most layover-friendly airports around the world.

Changi Airport, Singapore

Singapore’s largest airport is consistently ranked as one of the best in the world, and we totally understand why. The architecture of its terminals is a marvel in itself, only improved by the presence of lush gardens, green spaces, and even an indoor waterfall. The airport has a vacation-like feel that makes it an ideal place to just sit back and relax, but it also has a movie theater, art installations, and a wide variety of dining options for passengers looking to pass the time.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Atlanta, Georgia

The international airport in Atlanta has been the busiest global airport for over 20 years, and its layout and amenities are impeccably designed to handle all of the traffic. Boarding gates are quite spread out, and while there is a train available to shuttle passengers around, we find walking to be much more enjoyable. Between airport terminals you’ll find one of the largest public art displays in the Southeastern US, including a dedicated Zimbabwe exhibit as well as a colorful light show.

Hamad International Airport, Doha, Qatar

For layovers in the Middle East, you can’t go wrong planning your stop at Hamad International Airport in Doha. Its futuristic architecture, featuring the iconic “teddy bear” lamp, along with other installations from global artists offer passengers a taste of luxury and local culture, while sleep pods and lounges throughout the airport are available for those looking to rest between flights.