Every airport is different and some are far better than others. While many airports are simply a means to an end. A place to wait for your plane to jet you off to tropical climes to enjoy your holiday, some airports are a pleasure to spend time in, and you find yourself setting off to the airport early just to enjoy the facilities. We’ve selected ten of the best, most beautiful airports in the world, places you’ll definitely want to linger in.
Last updated: December 12th, 2019
10. Chubu Centrair International Airport – Japan
A visit to Chubu Centrair International Airport is almost like a holiday in itself. It’s well worth getting there early so you can experience the beautiful bathhouse. This is a delight, it’s such a pleasurable experience, but it also benefits from fabulous runway views. The perfect way to relax before a long flight. Then head to Sky Town where you’ll feel almost as if you’re strolling through real streets. You’ll find cuisine from all over the world here.
9. Munich International Airport – Germany
Sometimes you can feel a little confined in an airport, but not at the light and airy Munich International Airport. There’s a great playground and mini-gold course, you can look inside some historic aircraft and the airport even has its own brewery complete with a lush tranquil beer garden!
8. Denver International Airport – Colorado, USA
This airport is huge: Denver International Airport is the second largest airport in the world. Denver International Airport also doubles up as an art gallery. There are beautiful works of art to discover around every corner. Finding them is a fun way to fill your time, but look carefully, some are underfoot or overhead!
7. Haneda Airport – Tokyo, Japan
From the beautiful Nihonbashi bridge, to the traditional architecture of the Edo-koji area, Haneda Airport is a true delight. You simply must stop for coffee at the planetarium dome where you can marvel at the light show of 40 million stars.
6. Kuala Lumpur International Airport – Malaysia
So clean and fresh, Kuala Lumpur International Airport is a pleasure to visit. There’s a four-storey shopping center and a wide range of fabulous bars and restaurants. It really is an enjoyable experience.
5. Hamad International Airport – Doha, Qatar
The beauty of this airport is obvious as soon as you approach it, the breath-taking wave shape of the main building is incredibly impressive. The attention to detail with style continues throughout the airport with some fabulous artworks by international designers on display. On top of being considered one of the five most beautiful airports in the world in 2019, Hamad International Airport was also voted best airport in the world. On December 12th, 2019, Hamad International Airport became the first airport in the world to feature a Tea Room by the iconic Harrods institution. The new room offers tea as well as Britain’s traditional fish and chips, on a backdrop of live classical jazz music.
4. Vancouver International Airport – Canada
Vancouver International Airport houses two beautiful aquariums. You can also peruse a great collection of local art. Check out The Spirit of Haida Gwaii, a fabulous Aboriginal sculpture. There are plenty of super photo opportunities at this airport.
3. Hong Kong International Airport – Hong Kong
2. Incheon International Airport – Seoul, South Korea
This is a truly beautiful airport with a wealth of stunning features. There are pretty indoor gardens to explore, and even a 72 hole outdoor golf course with a free shuttle bus to get you there. At Incheon International Airport, you can have fun at the ice skating rink, or take in a traditional musical performance.
1. Most beautiful airport in the world: Singapore Changi Airport – Singapore
So what makes Singapore Changi Airport stand out from the rest and be considered the most beautiful airport in the world? Well there are so many reasons! It has a swimming pool, it has two free cinemas that are open 24 hours a day and there are video games to play. If you’re heading off on a family holiday, this is perfect to keep the kids entertained. You’ll also be spoiled if you like shopping as it has one of the best duty free shopping in the world. Need to chill out for a while? Then head to the cactus park and butterfly garden and admire the six meter tall waterfall!
Emily is an avid writer with a passion for the travel industry. She also loves learning and writing about nutrition and healthy living. Emily is based in the UK.