With this in mind, the experts at travel company Expedia.co.uk have teamed up with airport app FLIO to bring together the top 10 airport amenities worldwide for the next time you find yourself kicking your heels until your flight arrives.
Seoul Incheon Airport, South Korea
Best for ice-skating
Incheon Airport is often named among the best in the world and it’s because it truly offers some of the most unique pre or post-flight experiences around. Whether you’re in South Korea in winter or summer, the synthetic “ice” means you’ll be able to practice your spins and Axels, taking to the air a few more times on your journey than the non-skaters on your flight.
Location: Transportation Center Area 1B, airside. Open 10:00–20:00 daily.
Cost: Approx. £3 (KRW 2,000 – 4,000)
Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Finland
Best for culture
For those visiting Finland, you can dip your toe in the water culturally right from the word go by visiting the gallery in Vantaa airport. With a range of contemporary Finnish art to take in, you don’t have to step out of the airport to get a taste of what Helsinki has to offer. And the exhibitions change monthly, so whether it’s your first time in Finland or you’re a frequent flier it’s worth coming back to check.
Location: Gallery is at Gate 37, the other exhibitions are scattered through the airport.
Tokyo Haneda, Japan
Best for stargazing
Haneda is totally unique in that it is the only airport in the world that also houses its own Planetarium. Whether you’re a keen astronomer or a beginner, it’s the perfect place to grab some coffee, get snacks and get lost in the stars while you wait for your journey to continue. And with 40,000,000 of them to count, you can certainly keep yourself occupied for some time.
Location: International Terminal, floor 5, landside. Open 07:00-23:00 daily
Cost: Approx £4 (YEN 500) per adult.
Stuttgart Airport, Germany
Best for haute cuisine
If airport food doesn’t excite you, then you clearly haven’t been to Top Air in Stuttgart Airport. The restaurant is the only airport restaurant to hold a Michelin star, combining unbeatable food with beautiful views of the Swabian Mountains and airstrips. Veal tartare and caviar before take off, anyone?
Location: Terminal 1, Level 4, near Hallhuber. OpenTue 19:00-21:00, Wed-Fri 12:00-13:30 and 19.00-21.00, Sat 18:00-21:00. Closed Sun, Mon and Public Holidays.
Pisa Airport, Italy
Best for grooming on-the-go
Need a fresh haircut or a touch up but don't have time before you travel? Diamond Hair Spa and Salon can take care of all your needs. Pisa airport is one of the first Italian airports to have a hairdresser so that you can look your very best when you do reach your final destination. If you’ve not got long before your flight though, it might be best to go with “just a trim!”
Location: 1st floor of the air terminal. Open Monday to Saturday, and the second and fourth Sunday of the month, from 09:00-19:30.
Hong Kong International Airport
Best for ambitious youngsters
The name says it all, The Dream Come True Educational Park is a sprawling complex, where children are encouraged to try out different jobs, from astronaut to surgeon, and experience the job in real time through role playing. What better way to spend an idle few hours waiting for a plane than to give your child a dose of ambition that could stay with them for life?
Location: Terminal 2, level 6, airside. Open 09:30-18:30 Mon-Fri, 9:00-22:00 Sat-Sun.
Cost: Approx £8 (HKD 80) for children, £16 (HKD 160) for adults.
Frankfurt Airport, Germany
Best for staying zen
Air travel can be tiring, particularly if you’re not the best flyer, so the two new yoga rooms at Frankfurt airport offer a great chance to rediscover your zen before you get on the plane, or stretch your way back to normal after being cooped up on a long flight. Entrance is free, mats are available and even if you’re in on the ‘red eye’, the facility is open 24 hours a day.
Locations: Terminal 1, airside, level 2, area C, near gate 14
Terminal 2, airside, level 3, area D, between gate 4 and 5. Open 24 hours, daily.
Hamad International Airport, Doha, Qatar
Best for relaxation
The Vitality Centre is a haven of relaxation equipped with swimming pools, hydrotherapy tubs, squash courts, a gym, a spa, and showers. Whether you’re treating yourself to a massage or a warm soak between flights you can forget about all your worries and be pampered in your downtime. Even better, if you keep hold of the receipt you can return to the spa all day long once you have enjoyed your massage.
Location: above the Airport Hotel, between concourse A and B
Cost: Single entry is £27 (QAR 130).
Zürich Airport, Switzerland
Best for families with children
Occupying the kids when on a journey can be one of the toughest things to take care of but Zürich Airport has families covered. Older kids can keep busy with PlayStations, table football and craft workshops, while there are also two thoughtful playrooms to make sure slightly younger children don’t get bored. What’s more, it’s all free for passengers of any airlines, though bear in mind children must be accompanied by an adult.
Locations: Gate A, airside, next to transfer desk. Open 06:30-22:00 daily
Gate E, airside, level 1, arrival level west. Open 07:00 – 13:00 daily.
Copenhagen Airport, Denmark
Best for a vitamin boost
For freshly pressed drinks, techno music, and comfortable sofas go to Joe and the Juice café, which won the Airport Coffee Shop of the Year in 2014. One of its most popular drinks is understandably the ‘Pick Me Up' made with strawberry, banana and apple, but there are countless more to try if you need a little boost to get you through the airport gates with a spring in your step.
Locations: Terminal 2, airside, in the middle of the transit area
Terminal 3, airside, in the middle of the transit area. Open05:00–22:00 daily in both terminals.
FLIO is a new airport app that helps you to get around, connects you to the airport’s Wi-Fi, gives you access to lounges and has great deals for food and shopping. FLIO works in every major airport and doesn’t cost you a penny – just download the app from your app store.
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