Singapore Travel Guide
Singapore, a small yet beautiful island country and sovereign city-state, is located in Southeast Asia and is one of the most popular city destinations in the world. In Singapore, you can enjoy world-class shopping, casinos with robot servants, magical futuristic light-shows and clean and functional public transport. Singapore is a global transport, commerce, and finance hub, which attracts people from all over the world to live and work in.
Singapore definitely lives up to its reputation of being very expensive, but the city is filled with free sights (Garden Rhapsody is a MUST!) and you won’t have to spend a week to see the main tourist places, as it’s totally doable in just 3 days. This is the Singapore travel guide and in here I will tell you everything from how to travel Singapore on a budget, top places to visit and everything there is to know about accommodation, food and transport.
Things to See and Do in Singapore
- Stay in a capsule hotel
- Old Hill Police Station
- Marina Bay Casino
- See the Garden Rhapsody
- Visit the Flower and Cloud domes
- Take the MRT
- Visit Chinatown
- Visit Little India
Typical Costs When Travelling
Accommodation – Hotels in Singapore are not cheap. It is worth exploring options a little outside of the box and go stay in a box. Capsule hotel cost us around $60 USD per night. A bed in a dorm room will cost you around $15 USD and a mid-range hotel about $100 USD a night. Singapore is known for it’s luxury as well though, so if you want to splurge you will definitely find incredible options for $500 USD a night.
Food – Singapore is known for its great food, but the prices here are also expensive. A meal in a standard restaurant will cost you around $20 USD and a meal in Chinatown or Little India will be about $8 USD. If you want to save, hawkers are your place to be.
Transportation – We found transportation well worth the price in Singapore. Because of its convenience and price we mostly took the MRT and bought a 3-day tourist pass for $15 USD. We first planned to just take Grab (taxi) everywhere, but it was so expensive, slow and stuck in city traffic that it was far more worth taking the MRT.
Suggested daily budget
$70-150 USD. Note: This is a suggested budget assuming you’re staying in a mid-range hotel, eating out price-conscious and using local transportation. Using the budget tips below, you can always lower this number. However, if you stay in fancier accommodation or eat out more often, expect this to be higher!
1. Ditch the restaurants Hawker stalls are a good way to save a pretty penny on your restaurant meals. Here you can get a tasty dish for $5 USD instead of $15.
2. Walk We took Grab, MRT and did a lot of walking. The city is beautiful and very friendly towards pedestrians. If you can, just walk it and you’ll save on transport costs.
3. BYOB Bring your own bottle and refill it in restaurants/cafes/hotels. The tap water is okay to drink here so make sure you remember to skip buying water.
4. Capsule hotel Our first hostel experience was in Singapore and we chose to give a capsule hotel a go. It was a great way to not only live cheaper, but to experience a very different way of sleeping!
When to visit Singapore
Singapore is a great year-round destination. Even though each month has its pros and cons, you will find all of them almost equally pleasant. Singapore is hot and humid all year. It rains, almost uniformly, 160 days throughout the year. November-January is the wettest period, and May-September the driest.