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Singapore Changi Airport Staff Canteen at Terminal 2

Singapore Changi Airport Staff Canteen at Terminal 2

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In a world-class airport like Changi Airport, most foods are ridiculously overpriced.

But, my friends, fret not. There are 2 staff canteens in the airport where you can find food under S$5, one in Terminal 1 and another one in Terminal 2.

Today, I’m going to show you how to find the new staff canteen at Terminal 2 because the canteen is rather hidden from the public. Previously managed by Select, the canteen is now managed by Kopitiam.  

The video below shows how to find the hidden staff canteen before 2020 (i.e. before Terminal 2 was closed for renovation). If you’re visiting after renovation starts, keep reading as I share how to find the canteen in 2020.

Update 2020:

Terminal 2 is closed for renovation in 2020, and scheduled to open in 2024. However, this canteen remains open.

I visited the canteen in November 2020. It was quite hard to find the way to canteen because the entire Departure Hall at Level was closed. I finally found my way to the canteen.

If you are keen to visit the canteen during T2 renovation, I will share how I found the Staff Canteen at Terminal 2.

I took the bus to Terminal 2. From Coach Bay (Basement 2), I went up to Level 3. Then, I followed the signage to “Canteen” Apparently the direction of canteen is the same as Hub & Spoke.

PS: If you’re taking the MRT, you can head to T2, take the escalator up to Level 3, and follow the direction to Canteen (or Hub & Spoke).

Changi Airport Staff Canteen Terminal 2 - 2020 (1)
Follow direction to Canteen
Changi Airport Staff Canteen Terminal 2 - 2020
Then, I walked past Changi Airport Group
Changi Airport Staff Canteen Terminal 2 - 2020
Keep walking to direction of Canteen
Changi Airport Staff Canteen Terminal 2 - 2020
Then you will arrive at Carpark

At the carpark here, I made the mistake of turning right. In the past, turning right was the correct method. But this time, after I took the lift on the right, and take staircase to Level 3M, the canteen door was locked! No access from here.

The correct way is to turn left.

After sliding door, turn left and you’ll see this view.

In the above picture, you can see a blue signboard on lift wall, pointing to the left, but don’t follow that sign! Instead, walk towards Lift Lobby 8 (circled in yellow).

Changi Airport Staff Canteen Terminal 2 - 2020
Keep walking
Changi Airport Staff Canteen Terminal 2 - 2020
Here’s Lobby 8
Changi Airport Staff Canteen Terminal 2 - 2020
Take the lift up to Level 3M
Changi Airport Staff Canteen Terminal 2 - 2020
This is the entrance of Staff Canteen Terminal 2
Changi Airport Staff Canteen Terminal 2 - 2020
You’ve arrived!

My visit was on a Saturday. I was really surprised to see that only 3 stalls were opened: Nasi Padang, Chicken Rice and Drink stall. I don’t know if weekdays situation is better or the same as weekend.

Due to lack of options, we decided to eat elsewhere.

Tips: Use Kopitiam card (blue colour) to get 10% discount off your purchase. If you don’t have, just purchase one from the self-service machine. But, do your cost-benefit analysis beforehand because a new card costs a couple of bucks.

Changi Airport Staff Canteen Terminal 2 - 2020
In case you are points chaser, here’s how to earn points by returning trays.

You can return the tray to tray collection area and tap your Kopitiam card to a card reader to get 2 points. 40 points give you a free coffee/tea.

The current opening hours is 6am to 10pm, but each stall may have their own opening hours.

Changi Airport Staff Canteen Terminal 2 - 2020

Let me know what you think of the canteen and what’s your favorite food!

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Kim

Saturday 2nd of November 2019

Hi Eva, thank you so much for all the information on Singapore. I found it extremely helpful and comprehensive. You have a real talent for writing. Keep up the great work.

Eva

Sunday 3rd of November 2019

Thank you :)

Fiona Britten Brown

Monday 1st of July 2019

Hello, Are you able to get a beer in the staff canteen areas?

Eva

Sunday 7th of July 2019

Hi Fiona, I don't recall seeing any alcohol in the canteen.

FH

Monday 4th of February 2019

Could you tell me open hours? is it 24hours?

Eva

Thursday 7th of February 2019

Hey FH, it's open from 7am - 9pm only, not 24 hours. I have included the opening hours in the video (at 1:20) but probably it's too fast to be noticeable. Thanks for the input!

Milind

Wednesday 16th of January 2019

Can I reach staff canteen through transit area of Terminal 2? How?

A

Wednesday 6th of March 2019

in the staff canteen must try some delicious typical singaporean foods ? and can i pay with euro ? or must to have sing dollar ? i just stay there just 2 hours

Eva

Wednesday 16th of January 2019

No unless you exit immigration

A

Monday 6th of August 2018

Kopidiam card is just for Singaporean or also for foreigners? How can I get one

Eva

Tuesday 7th of August 2018

Hi, it's for everyone. Try to ask the drink counter.