There used to be a time, long before the internet came along when, unless you had access to a lounge, you found somewhere to sit and just waited until it was time for your flight. Times have changed, as have people’s demands, which is why many airports have now opened gyms. Today, several airports offer passengers the chance to work out during a layover, so we have compiled a list of the best airports to hit the gym while waiting for your connecting flight.
Hamad International Airport (DOH)
Photo: Oryx Airport Hotel (DOH)
Home to Qatar Airways, Hamad International Airport (DOH) is one of the world’s favorite airports for a layover on flights between Europe and Asia. On the fourth floor of the Oryx Airport Hotel, you have the Vitality Wellbeing & Fitness Center. This state-of-the-art facility offers connecting passengers the chance to exercise while waiting for their connection.
Accessed by elevators near the airport shops, the Vitality Wellbeing & Fitness Center features a 25-meter (82 feet) swimming pool, Jacuzzi, a fully equipped gym, two squash courts, and a golf simulator. The gym and pool are free for hotel guests but can be used by transfer passengers for $48. The opening hours are every day from 06:00 until 02:00.
Dubai International Airport (DXB)
Photo: Dubai International Hotel
Another favorite airport for passengers connecting through the Middle East and home to Emirates Dubai International Airport (DXB) also has a gym where you can work out during a layover. Located in Terminal 3, the G-Force Health Club features a swimming pool Jacuzzi, sauna, exercise machines, and free weights. The facility also has showers and complimentary shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, and towels. Open 24 hours a day, entry to the G-Force Health Club costs $13 per hour.
Singapore’s Changi Airport (SIN)
Photo: Changi Airport
Regarded as one of the world’s best airports for a stopover, thanks to its many facilities, Singapore’s Changi Airport (SIN) also offers passengers the chance to work out. The Ambassador Transit Lounge is in Terminal 3 on the Mezzanine level next to the movie theater. In the lounge, passengers will find a gym equipped with cross-training machines, exercise bikes, and free weights. The lounge also offers showers to freshen up after your workout. A two-hour stint at Changi Airport gym costs 28.25 SGD ($21.57).
Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
Chicago O’Hare Airport is one of America’s busiest airports. If you are transiting through ORD and want to get a workout in before your flight, the Hilton Health Club and Yoga Room is the place to go. Located inside the Hilton Chicago O’Hare Airport Hotel, directly opposite Terminal 2, the gym features a lap pool, sauna, cardiovascular machines, and weight equipment. Open from Monday to Friday, 05:00 until 22:00, a day pass to the Hilton Health Club and Yoga Room costs $20 plus tax.
Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
Photo: Fairmont Hotels.
A popular transit airport for people traveling between Canada and Asia is the Fairmont Hotel Health Club at Vancouver Airport on a layover or before your flight. The Fairmont Hotel Health Club features a resistance swimming pool, Peloton bikes, treadmills, and free weights. The health club is open from 09:00 until 21:00 and costs $30 for three hours.