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And when it comes to airfare hacks, turns out one of the best ways to save big is to be flexible with layovers. But with these five cities, which are renowned not only for their airports but also for their culture and cuisine, you'll want to extend that layover into a stopover. Stay more than a few hours, maybe even a long weekend. You’ll save money, beat jet lag and fit in another city before making it to your final destination.
We’ve even put together sample itineraries detailing the must-visit attractions and restaurants in each city. But remember—these are just samples, tailored to someone whose preferences, budget and time frame may not match yours. Be sure to let your personal trip designer know if you want to use your stopover to your advantage, and s/he will plan something perfect for you.
Iceland may not be a small country; however, its capital, Reykjavik, boasts a handful of outdoor adventures within reasonable proximity of Keflavík International Airport—making it a go-to stopover for travelers en route to Europe. In fact, you can even hop on a shuttle bus directly from the airport to the city’s popular Blue Lagoon. Alternatively, there’s a FlyBus shuttle that runs between the airport and the city (about a 45-minute journey)—with the first stop, BSÍ, a short walk to the city center.
Many airlines offer the flexibility of postponing a connecting flight for up to three days at no extra cost, which allows ample time to make the most of this stunning city complete with dazzling natural beauty and, if you’re lucky, a view of the Northern Lights.
Get our three-day Reykjavik sample itinerary.
Amsterdam is another city that’s remarkably well connected to its airport. In fact, you can travel by train directly from Schiphol Airport into Centraal station in around 20 minutes, and it’ll only run you four euros. And if you’re only touring for a day, there are even handy storage lockers at the airport for a flat daily fee, so you don’t have to haul your luggage along as you embark on a scenic canal tour, explore the Anne Frank and Van Gogh Museum and stroll through the Red Light District.
Get our two-day Amsterdam sample itinerary.
3. Hong Kong
With the main airport roughly 25 miles away from the city center, Hong Kong is best suited for a multi-day stopover. The Airport Express is quick, easy and affordable, getting you from the airport to Kowloon in just over 20 minutes. And because many attractions are centrally located, you can easily explore from there—visiting the Star Ferry, Symphony of Lights, Ladies Market and Victoria Peak.
Get our two-day Hong Kong sample itinerary.
Whether you take a taxi or opt for the pristine and efficient Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), it’s easy as can be to get from Singapore’s Changi Airport into the city. And unlike some other major Asian cities, it’s possible to get a good feel of the city in just a few days—from the Marina Bay Sands Hotel and Gardens By The Bay, to Little India, Arab Street and even a taste of the country’s signature cocktail, the Singapore Sling.
But of course, if you don’t have too much time before your connecting flight, there’s no reason to leave the airport at all—and you likely won’t want to. With playgrounds for children, arcades, movie theaters, gardens and even swimming pools, Changi is an attraction in and of itself, and has been named one of the best airports in the world.
Get our three-day Singapore sample itinerary.
5. Los Angeles
While traffic in Los Angeles can be iffy at best, the main airport (LAX) isn’t too far away from Dockweiler State Beach, a sandy stretch that connects to Playa del Rey (in fact, it lies just over the airport fence). You’ll also find Marina Del Rey and Venice Beach a bit further north, followed by Santa Monica.
Downtown LA and Hollywood are just a Uber ride away, and hey? You may very well spot a celebrity along the way.
Get our two-day Los Angeles sample itinerary.
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