Cycling to Changi Airport via the Changi Airport Connector and Changi Jurassic Mile

The Changi Airport Connector is a new 3.5 kilometer extension in the Park Connector Network (PCN) connecting Changi Airport and East Coast Park, allowing pedestrian and cycling access to Changi Airport for the first time.

As posted previously about the Changi Airport Hub & Spoke, bicycle rentals, pay-per-use showers, washing bays, and a new Hub & Spoke Cafe is available on the Changi Airport-end of the Changi Airport Connector.

While many would start their journey with GoCycling bicycle rentals at Hub & Spoke, I decided to bike to Changi Airport from my house instead to test the feasibility of cycling to Changi Airport for a meal, a shopping errand, or perhaps, maybe a future flight.

New path starts from Changi Coastal Park Connector Extension

The Changi Airport Connector starts off spurring off the existing Changi Coastal Park Connector at MOE Changi Coast Outdoor Adventure Learning Centre (CCOALC), heading straight parallel to Changi Coast Walk all the way to the junction of Changi Coast Walk and Tanah Merah Coast Road.

Information about the Changi Airport Connector and Changi Coastal Park Connector is posted at the junction of both PCNs.

The information panel for the Changi Airport Connector.

The information panel for the Changi Coastal Park Connector.

The portion between this junction and the Jurassic Mile is known as the Changi Coastal Park Connector Extension, but I guess no one will be using this name.

Just like how everyone calls the MRT shuttle service to Changi Airport the “Changi Airport Line (CGL)” rather than the actual name of “Changi Airport Extension (CAE)”. Sigh.

Yes, cycling, running, jogging, or walking to Changi Airport is no longer a joke but an actual official route.

Crossing Tanah Merah Coast Road to get to the other side where the Changi Airport Connector continues.

This portion of the Changi Airport Connector is made of concrete, a slight difference to most of the rest of the PCN network in Singapore.

The journey continues on the fork to Changi Airport, rather than continuing on the existing pavement towards Tanah Merah Country Club.

⚠️ Safe Management Measures at Changi Jurassic Mile

To ensure safe distancing, from 9.00am to 11.00pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays (and public holidays), visitors must make a booking before allowed entry into Jurassic Mile. There are entry timeslots every 30 minutes for a stay duration of 1 hour.

Click here to make a booking for the Changi Jurassic Mile.

Entering the Changi Jurassic Mile

A bridge over a canal links the Changi Coastal Park Connector Extension with the Changi Airport Connector.

This also marks the start of the Changi Jurassic Mile.

There is a SafeEntry QR code to scan at the entrance of the Changi Jurassic Mile.

The map of dinosaurs along the Changi Jurassic Mile.

The map of the whole Changi Airport Connector along the Changi Jurassic Mile.

The Changi Jurassic Mile is mainly a walkthrough of nothing on the Tanah Merah Coast Road end of it, for probably good reason. It’s eating into part of the Tanah Merah Country Club, and by having so many exhibits so far out of Terminal 4 would be a tiring walk for those visiting on foot from Changi Airport.

The Tanah Merah Coast Road end of the Changi Jurassic Mile introduces the various facilities along the Changi Airport Connector and Changi Airport Hub & Spoke.

Interestingly, the Changi Airport Connector runs within the double-fence that Changi Airport surrounded the airport with. Not sure if it’s defeating the purpose of double-fencing now though.

Approaching the dinosaurs on the Changi Jurassic Mile.

First up from the south is the Apatosaurus which has been featured in many news outlets.

There are photo spots marked out to take your pictures with the dinosaurs.

The Apatosaurus’ neck cranes over the Changi Airport Connector.

Next is a pair of Parasaurolophuses.

A Stegosaurus holds a Tanah Merah Country Club flag in his mouth, probably in a nod to acknowledge that the dinosaurs are placed within the land of Tanah Merah Country Club.

(It’s a bad shot, I’m sorry. My phone was lagging. I’ll try to shoot a better replacement picture the next time I go there.)

The Brachiosaurus faces away from the Changi Jurassic Mile while it drinks some water from a water bunker in Tanah Merah Country Club.

This might be the nicest photo to take in the Changi Jurassic Mile since getting crowds in the photo is quite impossible.

The Tyrannosaurus rex, another popular picture, rips up a portion of the fence between the Changi Jurassic Mile and Tanah Merah Country Club.

Velociraptors harassing an old golf buggy.

This junk golf buggy looks perfect in this display.

The Triceratops looks on towards Terminal 4.

The Terminal 4 end of the Changi Jurassic Mile.

Terminal 4 is the new parking lot for Jetstar Asia planes.

Changi Airport Terminal 4

The first pit stop is Changi Airport Terminal 4, located within Car Park 4A.

There are water stations here. However, during this COVID season, only the bottle refilling machine is available for use to fill up your own water bottles, and the drinking fountain is switched off.

There is a DropBuy vending machine to purchase exercising and travel essentials from Pocari Sweat and Counterpain Balm to travel adapters and USB cables.

There are ample bicycle lots and a DIY bicycle tools station. There’s also a yellow box for shared bicycle rentals.

Continuing on the Changi Airport Connector to Terminal 2.

The Changi Airport Connector route passes by the outside of the Terminal 4 Arrival Hall.

Passing by SATS Inflight Catering Centre 1.

Passing under South Cross.

The path near Bus Stop 95019 Aft Changi Airport PTB2 is lined with Singapore’s national flower, the Papilionanthe Miss Joaquim (previously known as Vanda Miss Joaquim).

Bus Stop 95019 Aft Changi Airport PTB2

If you have a foldable bike, you can give up here and board public buses out of the airport at Bus Stop 95019 Aft Changi Airport PTB2 during off peak hours.

Crossing the road outside JetQuay to Changi Airport Hub & Spoke.

Changi Airport Hub & Spoke

Changi Airport Hub & Spoke is branched off parallel to the Changi Airport Connector.

There is a GoCycling bicycle rental outlet here along with a bicycle washing point.

The Hub & Spoke Cafe is pretty full inside and outside on a weekday afternoon at tea time. I wonder what would the crowd be like on weekends.

More information of the facilities such as pay-per-use shower facilities, toilets, and Hub & Spoke Cafe are listed in the previous Changi Airport Hub & Spoke article.

Changi Airport Terminal 2: The End of the Changi Airport Connector

The Changi Airport Connector ends at Changi Airport Terminal 2.

There is a bicycle washing point integrated with a drinking fountain (switched off during COVID).

Pay-per-use Bicycle Lockers

Pay-per-use bicycle lockers are available to safely store your bicycle at Changi Airport. A locker can only be booked with an e-token via cashless payment methods through the iChangi mobile app.

Price:
S$5.00 per use, for every 24 hours block

Operating Hours:
24 hours

Free Bicycle Parking Facility

Like all other good park connectors, there are ample open bicycle racks too.

Each rack has 2 heights to store bicycles on to save width space efficiently. Bring your own chain and lock.

After a very brief rest to fill up my water bottle once, I started my journey back home.

Heading off to the Jurassic Mile again.

Passing by the pick-up point at Terminal 4. The Changi Airport Connector now takes up the last part of the pick-up lane.

The PCN wayfinding signs outside Terminal 4.

Changi Jurassic Mile

Heading back in to the Changi Jurassic Mile.

The fences does indeed make it look like you’re cycling through Jurassic Park.

The southern end of the Changi Jurassic Mile to continue on to the rest of the PCN and cycling lane network in Singapore.

So it seems like the actual Jurassic Mile lasts for just around 1 kilometer, and not 1 mile. (1 mile is equal to 1.609344 kilometers.)

I guess Jurassic Mile has a nicer ring to it than the Jurassic Kilometer.

Onwards to East Coast Park

Approaching the junction of Changi Coast Walk and Tanah Merah Coast Road.

This also marks the start of the dedicated 10km long on-road cycling lane on Tanah Merah Coast Road. However, this road is not part of the PCN, and thus, road rules apply including wearing of helmets. A separate PCN path is parallel to it.

Crossing Tanah Merah Coast Road to head on to East Coast Park to continue my journey home via the PCN.

Overall, a pleasant ride to Changi Airport via the new Changi Airport Connector.

I just wished that the path was wider for ease of passing by on a bicycle with all the pedestrian crowd along the Jurassic Mile, assuming that I was a regular commuter who doesn’t need to stop and admire the dinosaurs along the way.

⚠️ Safe Management Measures at Changi Jurassic Mile

To ensure safe distancing, from 9.00am to 11.00pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays (and public holidays), visitors must make a booking before allowed entry into Jurassic Mile. There are entry timeslots every 30 minutes for a stay duration of 1 hour.

Click here to make a booking for the Changi Jurassic Mile.

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