Layovers generally aren’t ideal, but if you get stuck with a long layover, why not make the best of it? Whether you end up with a 6-hour or 24-hour layover, there are a few cities we think you should take the time to explore.




With Schiphol Airport less than six miles away from the city center, you have no excuse to not to step out of the airport and see what the area has to offer (check out our guide if you need some ideas). If you’re worried about your luggage, Schiphol has a baggage depot located between arrival terminals 1 and 2.




If you ever wanted to explore Bejing, this Chinese city is giving you the incentive to do so by offering visitors a 72-hour visa. The airport is just 30-minute shuttle ride from Downtown Bejing, so you won’t spend all of your time in transit. While you’re there, book a tour to see the Great Wall.




Since Dubai’s metro is located in the same area as the airport, you have direct access attractions like the Dubai Mall (which is the second largest mall in the world), making this an ideal place to have a short or long layover. If you’re feeling brave, you can take a shortcut and see the city while jumping out of a plane.


Los Angeles


Los Angeles may be known for its bumper-to-bumper traffic, but its beaches and sunshine make up for that. Since Los Angeles isn’t public transit friendly, you’ll likely need to plan for a longer layover to check out Hollywood, Venice Beach, or any place that’s on your bucket list.




Iceland is experiencing a boom in tourism thanks to airlines like WOW Airlines and Iceland Air offering three-to-seven day stopovers. If you only have a few hours, you can still explore the city. You can visit the Blue Lagoon (you can take a shuttle from the airport) and if you visit from September to mid-April, you might get a glimpse of the Northen Lights.