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Updated on Sep 18, 2019 Useful Info

Where to get a SIM card at Singapore Changi International Airport

  • Getting a prepaid SIM card in the local country you travel to is always a good idea. Even in Singapore where there's free wifi pretty much anywhere in the city, having a SIM card can make your life so much easier if only to use Grab to taxi around or use CityMapper to figure out which buses to take
  • Changi Airport is probably one of the most convenient airports in the world for getting SIM cards. There are so many shops that sell SIM cards available in all 4 terminals
  • Here's the list of places you can buy SIM cards from at Changi Airport:
  • Changi Recommends (a brand of general store that sells many different things mainly to tourists): available in terminal 1 landside, 2 landside, 3 landside, and 4 landside. All locations open 24 hours a day. Website is https://www.changirecommends.com where you can see online which SIM cards they carry
  • 7-Eleven (chain of convenience store): available in T2 airside and T3 airside. All locations open 24 hours a day.
  • StarHub (one of the 3 main telecom companies in Singapore): available in T1 landside (7am-midnight), T2 landside (7am-midnight), T3 landside (the location in level 1 open 7am-midnight and the location in basement open 24 hours a day), and T4 landside (7am-midnight)
  • Cheers (chain of convenience stores): available in T2 landside, T3 landside, and T4 both airside and landside. All locations open 24 hours a day
  • Travellers (supermarket): available in T2 landside, and T3 landside. Both locations open 7am-11pm
  • Travelex (money exchanger): available in T1 both airside and landside, T2 airside, T3 airside, and T4 both airside and landside. All locations open 24 hours a day
  • UOB Money Changer (money exchanger): available in T1 both airside and landside, T2 both airside and landside, T3 both airside and landside, and T4 both airside and landside. All locations open 24 hours a day
  • Check out this amazing interactive map on Changi's official website for the exact location of these stores: http://www.changiairport.com/content/cag/en/maps.html. Just put in the name of the store you want to look up the location of, and the map will pinpoint for you where it is in the airport, like this:User submitted photo of Changi International Airport
  • All these stores sell SIM cards offered by one of the 3 telecom companies in Singapore: M1, StarHub, Singtel. All three of them have excellent 4G coverage for the entire island of Singapore. Prices of the SIM cards offered are also pretty much the same
  • In terms of which store to buy it from:
  • The two money changers (Travelex and UOB), are usually the most convenient because they have locations in the arrival halls just outside baggage claim and customs. However, their selections of SIM cards are usually limited
  • If you want a bigger selection to choose from, go up to the departure area of the terminal you're in, where you'll find a bunch of shops to compare from including Changi Recommends, StarHub, Travellers, and Cheers
  • How much data can you get: there's a huge range for you to choose from from as little as 2GB to as much as 100GB
  • Prices: I can't speak to everything, but it's costs very little to get a tourist SIM card in Singapore. Changi Recommends for example has a 100GB SIM card from M1 for SGD$12 (USD$8.75) and a 100GB card from Singtel for SGD$15 (USD$10.9). Other shops will be selling at very similar price ranges
  • How to set up the SIM card: you don't have to worry about a thing. Changing SIM card takes only a few minutes in store and is activated immediately for you to use. The store clerk that sell you the card will usually help you set it up as well. The only thing you have to make sure of is that your phone is unlocked (you will have to check with your cellphone service provider from back home if your phone is locked or not)
  • There are many SIM card options sold at Changi (certainly at Changi Recommends) for not just Singapore, but for most of the surrounding countries in Southeast Asia, and even some countries in Europe and North America too. So if you're planning to visit another country after Singapore, tell the store clerk all the countries you're planning to visit later, and he/she may be able to help you find you a SIM card that covers all of them, saving you the hassle of having to get another card later