Best Airports for a Long Layover

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  1. vickers

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    The only value LHR provides for a long layover is that it is reasonably easy to get into London and actually enjoy yourself. Otherwise, not so much. Ditto for ZRH. It is quaint and clean and such but really not worth spending much time in. AMS has both things on-site (Casino, museums, etc.) and easy access to town. SIN has lots on-site and reasonably easy access to town but I probably wouldn't bother going in on most occasions <8 hours. On a 8 hour HKG layover in December we did a quick trip in to the city and saw a bunch of stuff; similar to LHR I'm not sure why I'd want to spend a lot of time in that building though.
     
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    LHR can be horrible. Also YVR because of the way transborder flights are segregated.

    I would add DTW and possibly MUC, which has a brewery on the airport grounds. KIX isn't bad and IMO is roughly comparable to HKG and ICN. Much of the charm of HKG lies in the CX lounges and the airport train, including the possibility to check luggage at the train station any time on the day of travel.
     
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    You really must get out more.

    Fully agree with Wandering Aramean's analysis on the 6 listed I've been in.

    WRT YVR's segregation of the transborder area, you can't fault the airport. The segregation is due to the fact that to get inside the transborder area you have to enter the US, so you can't have people wandering back and forth. But the "culprit" here would be Homeland Security.
     
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    People might disagree but LAS would be up there for me... taxis to the Strip aren't expensive, plenty of entertainment to pass time, freeze booze on the casino floor, and cheap hotels to spend a few hours or a night at.
     
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    I agree with HKG, I can't agree with YVR and SFO though.

    SFO's terminal design is horrific IMO. If I'm flying VX in T2 and want to use the AA Admiral lounge for a shower or some sort, I'd have to exit security, reclear, walk/take the train. clear security again.

    YVR is better than SFO slightly, although we have to blame DHS for that.
     
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    MSP has a cheap train to Mail of America and you can easily spend several hours there, movies and restaurants. You don't have to be a shopper.
     
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    I don't agree that YVR is great for a long layover. Although, easy enough access to downtown by mass transit so that's a plus. We usually just head into town if we have a long (6+ hour) layover.
     
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    :confused:

    Both AA and VX are in the same pier at SFO in terminal 2. The Admirals Club is in the same area of the D gates as the VX operations are in.
     
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    Whoops. Sorry. Thanks for point that out. I was thinking of the United Club.
     
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    That's (unsurprisingly) rather ridiculous for CNN to say "closer to home" regarding SFO. As if the whole of the US lives near/flies through there...

    From that list, I definitely can't see how LHR and ZRH belong, though Seth already had the same sentiments. If we could include an airport's proximity to points of interest, then I'd nominate NRT, but that's unreasonable for those who'd need a visa/etc.

    I don't have any airport to list here though, because most of the attractions airports might pride themselves in having, I wouldn't care to notice. Maybe DXB (though the last time I was there was before T3 opened) because of being able to check out airlines I probably won't see flying to my home airports anytime soon.
     
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    If you do not want to leave the airport; Schiphol and Changi are a league above the rest. You have enough to do and see to occupy your time between long layovers.
     
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    2nd NRT... only if you're in the *A side, not the 1W side.
     
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    But a lot of people need a visa to visit outside at LHR or ZRH, too. :confused:
     
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    Ah yes. Then HKG might be one of the more lenient ones, no?
     
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    I would add CDG Paris Charles De Gaulle to this list.
    1. Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport – CDG is an absolute mess to transit. Be grateful for your long layover because you’re gonna need it. Pack your walking shoes and plenty of patience. Expect long lines through security and passport control and airport employees that move without purpose. Do you remember that movie, The Terminal, with Tom Hanks where he was trapped inside an airport terminal for years? Well, it was based on a true story where a man was trapped inside CDG for 17 years. I hope you guys packed some extra underwear.
    Just kidding. That was a joke.

    But not mentioned about ICN was that they offer a six hour city tour to the DMV (demilitarized zone border between North and South Korea) and back in six hours. You can actually get off, take a quick picture and then board the bus back to ICN for about $100. How cool is that??

    Here's my personal list.
    http://pursuedadventures.com/best-airports-long-layover/
     
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    The Queen Alia International Airport in Amman (AMM) has been completely redone. AMM went from a somnolent quasi-third world airport to a world-class modern airport, with the new airport. :)
     
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