|Heungryunsa Korean Buddhist Temple, Seoul, South Korea|
Photo taken by a traveller on the Incheon Airport free layover tour
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You may be surprised to learn that in some cities, there are tours that include roundtrip airport transportation. Some are free - such as the one offered by Singapore's Changi Airport (see below) - while others are packaged, private tours.
So, if you're hankering to get out and see a castle or a volcano, check out our list below:
Bangkok Transit Tours from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
|Wat Patum Buddhist temple in Bangkok|
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Berlin (Schönefeld or Tegel)
Private Layover Tour: Berlin City Sightseeing with Airport Transport
Have some extra time between your flights at Berlin Tegel Airport (TXL) or Berlin Schönefeld Airport (SXF)? Then take a tour of the city. Visit the Berlin Wall, Alexanderplatz, Potsdamer Platz, Checkpoint Charlie, Brandenburg Gate and more on a private 5-hour sightseeing tour, with round-trip airport transport included. Explore museums, do some shopping, grab a popular local snack and tour any attraction you like. This private tour has an itinerary that can be customized to your interests.
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While between flights at the Bogotá airport, why not venture into the Colombian capital for some sightseeing while you wait? This five-hour panoramic city tour is specially designed for travelers who come to Bogotá in-transit to other destinations. Your knowledgeable guide will conveniently pick you up curbside and drop you off in time for your next flight. This private half-day tour can be modified according to your schedule, depending on the amount of time you have available during your connection.
Doha Transit Tour from Qatar Airways at Doha Hamad Airport - FREE
The complimentary city tour from Doha Hamad Airport is offered by Qatar Airways and Qatar Tourism to passengers with a layover of 5-12 hours. The tour includes 4 landmarks: The Pearl-Qatar (shops and restaurants), Katara Cultural Village, Souq Waqif (traditional jewellery, spices and handicrafts) and the Museum of Islamic Art (and seaside park). A bottle of mineral water is included.
Frankfurt Layover Private Sightseeing Tour with Round-Trip Airport Transport
|Frankfurt layover iphoneography|
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Private Hong Kong Layover Tour: City Sightseeing with Round-Trip Airport Transport
While on layover in Hong Kong, get to know Hong Kong Island on a private five-hour tour, including round-trip airport transport by private vehicle. Hong Kong International Airport is approximately 21 miles (34 km) from downtown, making for an easy-to-do layover tour! Whether this is your first visit or you wish to refresh old memories of ever-changing Hong Kong, you’ll enjoy visiting Aberdeen’s fishing community, browsing for souvenirs at Stanley Market, seeing famous landmarks and learning about the island’s history – all with an informative local guide. Tip: in-transit Bangkok tours are also offered by this company.
Istanbul Transit Tour from Turkish Airlines at Istanbul Ataturk Airport - FREE
|Stand in Europe with Asia over your shoulder on an Istanbul layover|
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Private Kuala Lumpur Layover Tour: City Sightseeing with Airport or Hotel Drop-Off
While you’re between flights in Kuala Lumpur, go sightseeing on a private full-day city tour! An informative local guide introduces visitors to old and modern Kuala Lumpur, traveling by private vehicle. Visit top landmarks like Petronas Twin Towers, Royal King’s Palace, the Craft Cultural Complex and National Museum. The airport is approximately 37 miles (59 km) from the city center, making for an easy-to-do layover tour! Your itinerary can be customized to accommodate your private group's interests and requests, with drop-off at the airport or your hotel for an overnight stay.
London (Gatwick or Heathrow)
Independent Layover Tour to Windsor from London Gatwick or Heathrow Airport
|Yes, you can see Windsor Castle on a London layover!|
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Manila Layover Tour: Overnight City sightseeing with Round-Trip Airport Transfer
Stay overnight in Manila in your choice of standard studio or deluxe accommodation, and explore Makati and Old Manila on a half-day sightseeing tour. Meet your private guide in the morning or afternoon and receive an overview of Philippine history as you travel by air-conditioned vehicle to sites like Fort Santiago and the UNESCO-listed San Agustin Church. With an understanding of Manila’s colonial and modern-day culture under your belt, you can enjoy the flexibility of exploring at your own pace. This semi-independent experience includes breakfast and round-trip airport transfers.
Narita Transit Tours from Tokyo Narita Airport - FREE
|Narita-San Shinshoji Temple |
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Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Salt Lake Transit Tour from Salt Lake City Airport - FREE
|Learn about Mormon history on a Salt Lake City layover|
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San Salvador, El Salvador
Have a layover at El Salvador International Airport (SAL)? If so, there are 4 tours you can take right from the airport:
- San Salvador Layover Tour: City Sightseeing and Joya de Cerén - Get out and explore San Salvador and nearby Joya de Cerén on this 4 hour tour.
- San Salvador Layover Tour: City Sightseeing and El Boqueron National Park - Take 4 hours to tour the city and visit the majestic volcano affectionately known as El Boquerón.
- San Salvador Layover Tour: Mayan Route Including Joya de Cerén - Embark on this 4-6 hour private tour of Joya de Cerén, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and San Andrés.
- San Salvador Layover Tour: Private City Sightseeing and Museums Tour - Hit the highlights of San Salvador on this 4-6 hour private sightseeing and museums tour.
Seoul Transit Tour from Seoul Incheon Airport - USD 10
|Pick from 7 free tours at Seoul Incheon Airport|
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Singapore Transit Tour from Changi Airport - FREE
|Nicely branded ID for the free Singapore tour|
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Taipei Transit Tour from Taipei Taoyuan Airport - FREE
|LOVE photo opps near entrance to Taipei 101|
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Taipei Layover Tour: Private City Sightseeing with Round-Trip Airport Transport
See the best of the Taipei on a private layover tour, with round-trip transport from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport! Taipei Taoyuan Airport (TPE) is approximately 24.5 miles (40 km) from Taipei city downtown, making for an easy-to-do layover tour! This customizable half-day tour is ideal for business travelers and short-term visitors – specifically designed for those with limited time to spend sightseeing in Taipei City. A private guide will introduce you to the city’s major historical sites and most captivating landmarks, such as Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, the Taipei 101 skyscraper, Confucius Temple and Baoan Temple – a UNESCO World Heritage Site.