Traveling to Singapore for the first time? This itinerary will take you to the best heritage sites, theme parks & tourist spots in Singapore.

Planning a trip is easy with this detailed step-by-step guide.

I’ve included important things to prepare, places to go & helpful notes on how to get there.

Followed by a map guide, recommended places to stay & a lot of extra tips that can help you save money and time.

This itinerary was made for a 3-day tour, but it can be adjusted to 4 days if you want to go on a side trip to Legoland. You can also use the travel tips on this guide in case you are traveling for 1 to 2 days or more than 5 days in Singapore.

Marina Bay Sands Skypark, Singapore

Travel Checklist

Before we go on with the actual itinerary, here is a list of things that you might need to prepare and bring for a hassle-free trip.


Passport — Must not expire within the next 6 months on arrival in Singapore.

Singapore Tourist Visa (if applicable) — This is very important to think about when planning any trip abroad. Luckily, tourists from over 80% of all nationalities (including the Philippines) do not need a visa to enter Singapore for short visits.


Singapore hotel — You should have your confirmed reservation in hand before arriving. Book your room as soon as you know you are going because prices rarely go down the closer you are to your trip.

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Tours & Attractions

Admission tickets & tour reservation — Pre-booking online will save you money, avoid long queues at ticket counters & hassles of exchanging money. You can even show your tickets as proof that you are traveling as a tourist, at immigration checkpoints. I’ve posted a lot of discount tickets that you can book online. Make sure to check them out & book, especially if you are traveling on a budget.

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Universal Studios Singapore — 1-day general admission ticket.

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Gardens by the Bay — 1-day admission ticket to Cloud Forest and Flower Dome.

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Singapore Cable Car Skypass — The best way to get to Sentosa Island.

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Legoland — 1-day admission ticket

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Flights & Transport

Singapore Flight tickets — This is the first thing that immigration officers might ask you to show. You must have a return plane ticket back to your home country or an onward flight to a country you’re allowed to enter.

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EZ-Link card — This prepaid card is used for easy payments on SG’s efficient train & bus network. Buy one at Singapore Airport/train stations.

Singapore to Legoland shuttle  — Hassle-free roundtrip transfers to Legoland and Hello Kitty Town.

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Travel Apps & Internet

Google Maps — This travel app will make it a lot easier to navigate around Singapore on your own. The directions feature only works online.

MyTransport.SG — Useful information on MRT, LRT & bus services in Singapore.

Singapore sim card/pocket WiFi — Stay connected during your entire trip.

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Singapore Itinerary

Day 1 — Old & New Singapore

Enjoy your first day sightseeing in the historic and modern districts in Singapore.

10 AM — Singapore-Changi Airport arrival

Kinetic Rain Sculpture at Terminal 1, Changi Airport, in Singapore

All flights to Singapore arrive at Changi International Airport (SIN). This airport may be the 6th’s busiest in the world, but it also has been named the #1 world’s best airport by Skytrax for four years in a row. You’ll find efficient arrival procedures here and easy transfers to the city center by train, taxi or private car charters.

Arrive on the earliest flight to Singapore to maximize your 3 or 4-day itinerary. If you are traveling on a weekend trip, consider booking the last flight on Friday, so that you can enjoy two full days for your tour of SG.

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Philippines-Manila to Singapore flights & itinerary

Earliest Manila to Singapore flights

Cebu Pacific — Flight 5J 813. 5:30 AM Departure. 9:05 AM Arrival.

Philippine Airlines — Flight PR 511. 6:05 AM Departure. 9:40 AM Arrival.

Manila-Singapore flight itinerary

3 AM — Arrive at Manila-NAIA Airport. Check-in counters open 3 hours before flight departure. Arrive early to avoid missing your flight due to long queues at check-in/bag drop counters, immigration & security checkpoints.

Pay Philippine Travel Tax (for outbound Philippine residents only). P1,620 per person on economy class tickets.

Flight Check-in/bag drop at departure hall.

No need to pay the Manila Airport terminal fee. It should already be included in the ticket price upon purchase.

Clear Philippine immigration checkpoint.

Wait for boarding call at pre-departure area.

6:05 AM — Manila Airport departure

Singapore Airport arrival itinerary

10 AM — Singapore-Changi Airport arrival

Clear Singapore immigrations checkpoint.

Pick-up luggage (if any). Clear Singapore customs checkpoint.

Exchange currency to Singapore dollars or withdraw money/cash at ATM.

Pick-up Singapore WiFi Device or SIM Card pre-ordered online. Pick-up locations should be available at the Arrival Halls of Terminal 1, Terminal 2 & Terminal 3.

How to get from Singapore Airport to city center by train or public transport

If you are arriving at Terminal 3, ride the airport Skytrain to Terminal 2 or Terminal 1.

Walk to Changi Airport MRT train station (Green line CG2).

Buy an EZ-Link Card at the ticket office. Price is SGD 12 per card. Includes SGD 7 stored value and SGD 5 non-refundable card cost. You can top-up at any 7-Eleven store. Only 1 person is allowed per card. If you use public transport during this entire itinerary, you’re likely to spend around SGD 15 to SGD 20 on train & bus fares.

Ride a train to the MRT nearest to your hotel. You will need to transfer to another train at Tanah Merah train station to get on the main East West “green” line. You may also need to change to another train line, depending on your destination.

Travel time is around 30 to 1 hour. Train fare may cost between SGD 1.65 to SGD 2. Train fares mentioned in this itinerary is the discount price charged when using the EZ-Link card.

By private car

Book airport transfers online for stress-free private transfers between Singapore airport and your city hotel. Cars can seat up to 3, 5 and 9 people.

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By taxi

Taxi stands can be found at the Arrival levels of each Terminal. A ride to the city takes around 30 minutes and costs between $20 and $40. Better yet, avoid the taxi queue with the Grab or Uber app. You can book Grab vouchers online & enjoy additional discounts on your rides.

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11 AM — Hotel check-in

Raffles Hotel at the Colonial District, in Singapore

This itinerary makes good use of public transport. The best places to stay are hotels near MRT train stations and top Singapore tourist spots. Book a room in ChinatownClark Quay, Little India or Bugis. If you are set on a splurge, hotels at Esplanade MRT and Marina Bay are excellent bases.

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11:30 AM — Lau Pa Sat hawker center

Lau Pa Sat Hawker Centre, in Singapore

Start by exploring the multi-cultural cuisine of Singapore, which includes Chinese, Indian and Malay dishes. Lau Pa Sat is one of my favorite places to eat because of its airy ambiance and Instagram-able angles. This food court, made up of many hawker stalls, is housed in a stunning historic building & surrounded by towering glass buildings in the busy central business district.

You don’t have to spend a lot to enjoy good food in Singapore. Meal prices in hawker centers are very reasonable, ranging from SGD 3 to SGD 10 per dish. An easy way to spot if the food at a hawker stall is any good is to see a long queue of people waiting to order.

How to get to Lau Pa Sat

Ride the train to Downtown MTR station (Blue line DT17) or Telok Ayer station (DT18). These stations are on the same line as Chinatown (DT19), Promenade (DT15), Bugis (DT14) & Little India (DT12). Travel time should take 10 to 15 minutes. Train fare is should cost around SGD 0.77 to SGD 1.

Or, ride the train to Raffles Place station (Green line EW14 / Red line NS26).

12:30 NN — Merlion Park & Singapore River

Merlion Park and the Central Business District Skyline, in Singapore

A trip to Singapore is not complete without a visit to the iconic half-fish half-lion statue at Merlion Park. Here, you can also enjoy a stunning 360-degree view of the soaring city center skyline and World-famous structures surrounding Marina Bay. Pass by the historic Fullerton Hotel and explore a section of the peaceful Singapore River.

Keep an eye out for several bronze sculptures that depict the life of people living and working along the river during the early days of Singapore.

If you arrive early & you’re up for a walk, cross the Cavenagh Bridge to see the old buildings, museums, and monuments in the Civic District. Including the Victoria Theatre & Concert Hall, Asian Civilizations Museum, Raffles Landing Site, Parliament Of Singapore & National Gallery Singapore.

How to get to Merlion Park from Lau Pa Sat

By bus & walk

Board any of these bus routes from Raffles Place Station Exit F (03031): 10, 10e, 70, 75, 100, 107, 128, 130, 162, 196, 196e, 538, 539, 544, 545, 554, 585, 589, 850E, 868, 951E.

Drop off at Fullerton Sq (03011). It’s just one station away. Bus fare is SGD 0.77.

By walk

Follow Raffles Quay street, then Collyer Quay street towards Fullerton Hotel.

Turn right at One Fullerton building and follow the waterfront foot path to Merlion Park.

Walking time is 15 minutes. Distance is around 900 meters.

Pro tip — If you want to cross the street from Fullerton Hotel & Merlion Park, you can walk through the underground link between Fullerton Hotel and One Fullerton building. This walkway is air-conditioned and passes through the beautiful lobby of the hotel.

3 PM — Gardens by the Bay

Man-made Waterfalls at the Cloud Forest Dome in Gardens By the Bay, Singapore

The Gardens by the Bay was built to transform Singapore from a “Garden City” to a “City in a Garden.” This is my #1 favorite attraction in Singapore. There’s nothing on Earth quite like it. Best of all, admission to the outdoor gardens is free! There are two conservatories that you can visit as well. Both are well worth paying for admission. Take at least 1 hour to visit each conservatory.

The Flower Dome, inspired by a world of perpetual spring, houses colorful blooming flower fields and exotic plants. Meanwhile, the Cloud Forest Dome recreates a botanical jungle veiled in mist. Inside you’ll find a 50-meter high man-made waterfall, the tallest indoor waterfall in the world and elevated walkways that get you close-up views of the forest-covered mountain.

If you have extra time, take a breathtaking walk along the OCBC Skyway for a canopy view of the amazing Supertrees.

How to get to Gardens from the Bay from Merlion Park / Fullerton Hotel

From One Fullerton building, follow the waterfront foot path towards Marina Boulevard.

Board bus 400 from The Sail bus station (03381).

Drop off at Gardens by the Bay station (03371). Bus fare is SGD 0.77.

Could Forest Dome + Flower Dome admission — SGD 28 per adult walk-in price. SGD 22 per adult on discount price online.

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OCBC Skyway admission — SGD 8 per adult walk-in price.

7:45 PM — Garden Rhapsody Light & Sound Show

Light & Sound show, in Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

This show runs every night at Gardens by the Bay. It is one of the best things to do in Singapore, for free! You’ll see the entire Supertree Grove sparkle with a 15-minute display of colorful lights. The best spot is directly beneath one of the towering Supertrees. You can lie down and enjoy the magical views facing the dark night sky.

Show schedule — Every night at 7:45 PM and 8:45 PM.

While waiting for the first show to start, have dinner at nearby Satay by the Bay hawker centre. If you have the budget, enjoy dining at Indochine restaurant found on the pinnacle of the tallest Supertree.

9:30 PM — Marina Bay Sands Wander Full Light and Water Show

Marina Bay Light & Sound show, Singapore

End your first night with The Wander Full Light and Water Show at Marina Bay Sands. This 13-minute synchronized fountain show is set against the bright lights of Singapore’s skyline. Take your spot in the middle section of the stage for the best views.

Show schedule:

Sunday to Thursday — 8:00 pm, 9:30 pm.
Friday & Saturday — 8:00pm, 9:30pm, 11:00pm.

After the Garden Rhapsody Light & Sound Show, you can walk over to the waterfront of Marina Bay Sands and arrive in time for the 9:30 PM (second) show schedule.

How to get to Marina Bay Sands from Gardens by the Bay

Walk towards Marina Bay Sands.

The more scenic way is to cross the Lion’s Bridge (overpass) that connects Gardens by the Bay to Marina Bay Sands Hotel & The Shoppes at Marina Bay.

You can also walk through the underground link that connects Downtown train station to MBS.

Exit the main (waterfront) entrance of The Shoppes at Marina Bay and walk to the sort of amphitheater-type seating that fronts the water show.

Day 2 — Universal Studios Singapore & Sentosa

Experience must-visit attractions & theme parks in Sentosa Island!

9 AM — Sentosa Island

Resortsworld Sentosa view from the Singapore Cable Car, in Sentosa, Singapore

Spend a fun day at Sentosa Island, dubbed as Asia’s Favorite Playground. Arrive early to check out its white sandy shoreline and the giant Merlion Statue. The best beach to go for sightseeing is Palawan Beach, where you can cross a hanging bridge and walk to the top of the wooden watchtower on tiny Palawan Island.

How to get to Sentosa on the Singapore Cable Car

Ride the train to HarbourFront MRT station (Purple line NE1 / Orange line CC29). Train fare should cost around SGD0.77 to SGD1.2. Travel time is around 20 minutes.

Take Exit B to Harbourfront Centre and follow the signs leading to Singapore Cable Car station at Harbourfront Tower II.

Drop off at Merlion Station.

Universal Studios Singapore is around 400 meters away. You can go on foot, passing through Resortsworld Sentosa. Or, ride the monorail to Waterfront Station.

Singapore Cable Car Skypass admission — SGD 33 per adult walk-in price. SGD 22 discount price online.

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To get to the beaches in Sentosa, ride the monorail or walk to Beach Station. From Beach Station, you can ride the free beach tram between Siloso Beach, Palawan Beach and Tanjong Beach. For other ways to get to Sentosa, read the transport tips below on how to get to Universal Studios Singapore.

10 AM — Universal Studios Singapore

Far Far Away Castle at Universal Studios Singapore in Sentosa Island

No doubt, most of you first-timers to Singapore have already planned to go to Universal Studios Singapore. Avoid larger crowds later in the day by visiting in time for 10 AM opening. Famous attractions here include the Battlestar Galactica dual roller-coaster ride, WaterWorld show, TRANSFORMERS The Ride, Shrek 4-D Adventure ride & Revenge of the Mummy ride.

Make sure to check the show schedules so you don’t miss it, especially the WaterWorld show. If you want to have early lunch before going, there’s a Malaysian Food Street filled with hawker stall found near the entrance of USS.

How to get to Universal Studios Singapore

The most popular way is to ride the Sentosa Express monorail.

Ride the train to HarbourFront MRT station, take Exit E to VivoCity.

Go to Level 3 & board the Sentosa Express. Monorail fare is SGD 4. Travel time is around 5 minutes. You can use your EZ-Link card to pay the monorail fare.

Drop off at Waterfront Station & walk to Universal Studios Singapore entrance.

If you’re up for a 700-meter walk, you can enjoy free admission to Sentosa by crossing the Sentosa Boardwalk from VivoCity to Resorts World Sentosa.

Universal Studios Singapore admission — SGD 76 per adult walk-in price. SGD 68 discount price online.

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5:30 PM — Option 1 — Marina Bay Skypark

Marina Bay Sands Skypark, Singapore

See a bird’s eye view of Singapore at Marina Bay Skypark and the Singapore Flyer. You can actually visit both in one afternoon if you’re really up for it. The best time to visit is during sunset to dusk when the sky comes with golden hues.

From Marina Bay Skypark, you can see a 360-degree overlooking view of Singapore including the central business district skyline, colonial heritage district & Gardens by the Bay.

How to get to Marina Bay Skypark from VivoCity mall

Ride the Sentosa Express monorail to VivoCity station. Walk to Harbourfront MRT station.

Ride the train to Bayfront MRT station (Blue line DT16 / Orange line CE1). Train fare is SGD 1.07. Travel time is around 20 minutes.

Walk to Marina Bay Skypark ticketing booth located in The Shoppes mall, on the same side as Louis Vuitton store, ArtScience Museum & Helix Bridge.

Marina Bay Skypark admission — SGD 22 per adult walk-in price.

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Option 2 — Singapore Flyer

View of the skyline from the Singapore Flyer, in Singapore

The views are not as high as Marina Bay Skypark, but the Singapore Flyer is definitely a more exciting experience. This observation wheel was the tallest Ferris wheel when it opened in 2008. Each “flight” or rotation lasts for about 30 minutes, just the right speed to enjoy the views without too much thrill.

If you’re bent on taking skyline photos, consider Marina Bay Skypark instead since it’s a bit hard to take the best photos behind a glass wall from the pods at the Singapore Flyer.

Pro tip — Consider getting in CÉ LA VI (formerly Ku De Ta) club bar, located on Marina Bay Sands, on a higher floor than the Skypark observation deck. There are no fees charged for admission to the bar if you order drinks. Make sure to dress-up because they have a strict dress code.

Nearest train station — Promenade station (Blue line DT15 / Orange line CC4).

Singapore Flyer admission — SGD 33 per adult walk-in price.

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Option 3 — Esplanade Roof Terrace

A great alternative if you want to enjoy a view of Marina Bay for free is the Roof Terrace of the Esplanade Mall found beside the iconic Esplanade building.

Nearest train station — Promenade station (Blue line DT15 / Orange line CC4).

Option 4 — Wings of Time Open-Sea Light Show

Maximize your fun day at Sentosa with a magical night at the Wings of Time Open-Sea Light Show. If you plan to spend until the 7 PM closing of Universal Studios Singapore, you can still catch the first show schedule.

Show schedule — 7:40 PM & 8:40 PM daily.

Consider spending the late afternoon at other attractions & rides in Sentosa as well. Click here to see fun things to do in Sentosa.

Wings of Time admission — SGD 18 per adult walk-in price. SGD 12 discount price online.

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Helix Bridge

Marina Bay, Helix Bridge & Art Science Museum, in Singapore

This man-made marvel is not only an impressive architectural feat, it also provides stunning views of Marina Bay and Singapore skyline. The best time to visit is during dusk, after sunset, or the “blue hour” as known by photo enthusiasts.

Suntec Fountain of Wealth Laser Show

Fountain of Wealth, in Suntec City Mall, Singapore

Inspired by the symbol of wealth and life & based on Hindu mandala, the Fountain of Wealth in Suntec City is one of the largest fountains in the world. The best time to see it is during the nightly Laser Show.

Show schedule — 8 PM, 8:30 PM and 9 PM every night.

How to get to Helix Bridge / Suntec Fountain of Wealth — It’s an easy walk from Marina Bay Sands, Singapore Flyer, and The Esplanade building. Nearest train station is Promenade MRT station (Blue line DT15 / Orange line CC4).

Day 3 — Heritage & shopping

9 AM — Singapore Chinatown

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum, in Chinatown, Singapore

On your last day, go sightseeing and enjoy a food tour in historic Chinatown. This area is where you can visit Taoist temples, Buddhist temple, a mosque, and Hindu temple all in one walk. There are a lot of shops here that sell cheap souvenirs if you want to buy pasalubong before your flight back home.

Spots to see in Chinatown

Shops along Pagoda Street and nearby walking streets

Chinatown Heritage Centre

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple

Sri Mariamman Temple

Thian Hock Keng Temple

Nagore Dargah (Islamic shrine)

Masjid Al-Abrar (mosque)

Masjid Jamae Chulia (mosque)

Where to eat in Chinatown

Chinatown Food Street — Located on 7 Smith Street.

Chinatown Complex — Located on 335 Smith Street.

Maxwell Road Food Centre — Located on cor Maxwell Road-Kadayanallur Street.

How to get to Chinatown

Ride the train to Chinatown MRT station (Purple line NE4 / Blue” line DT19). Train fare may cost around SGD0.77 to SGD1.2. Travel time is under 15 minutes. Attractions in Chinatown are easily reached on foot.

12NN — Shopping

Orchard Road and ION Orchard Mall in Singapore

Want to do more shopping? Here are some places that you can go. If you are leaving early evening, a few hours wouldn’t be enough time to really shop around. Take your pick from the list below if you want to do last-minute buys.

Funan Digital Life Mall — Electronics. Located on 109 North Bridge Road, near City Hall MRT station (East West “green” line EW13 / North South “red” line NS25).

Orchard Road — Clothing & branded items. Shopping malls are found near Orchard MRT station (North South “red” line NS22) and Somerset (NS23).

Mustafa Centre, Little India — Imported food/goods. Located on 145 Syed Alwi Rd, near Farrer Park MRT station (North East “purple” line NE8).

Changi City Point mall — Outlet stores, discount clothing stores. Located on 5 Changi Business Park Central 1, near the airport and Expo MRT station (East West “green” line CG1).

3:00 PM — Hotel check-out & Singapore Airport transfer

3:30 PM — Singapore Airport & flight check-in

Pre-departure area at Changi Airport – Terminal 3, in Singapore

Arrive at Singapore-Changi Airport three hours before your flight to make sure you have enough time for check-in, baggage drop, and immigration procedures. On your last train ride, proceed to the refund booth at the station if you want to refund the remaining balance of your EZ-Link card. If you’ve bought items applicable for a Goods and Services Tax (GST) refund, you can claim it at the GST refund booths found in the pre-departure areas.

6:30 PM — Singapore Airport departure

While waiting for your boarding call, you can pass the time by checking out the many attractions in Changi Airport, including the Kinetic Rain sculpture in Terminal 1, gardens, dining halls, duty-free shopping & free entertainment areas.

Singapore 4 days itinerary

Got four days planned for your itinerary? You can fit this side trip below, easily, in your third day!

Legoland Malaysia side trip

A trip to Legoland hits two birds with one stone, a fun experience in the only Legoland Theme Park in Southeast Asia and a side trip across the border. If you are a Lego fanatic, traveling with kids or simply want to visit another country for the first-time (to collect passport stamps), have a go at Legoland Malaysia.

9 AM — Singapore departure

There are two common pick-up points for Legoland transfers, the most convenient one for most people is at Singapore Flyer. Be there early to make sure you don’t miss the 9 AM departure.

11 AM to 12 NN — Legoland Malaysia

Legoland Malaysia in Johor Bahru, Malaysia

Don’t miss the impressive miniature Lego recreations of many of Asia’s best-known landmarks. I really loved it because it made me feel nostalgic about my trips to these places. If you’re set to explore more countries in Asia, the Miniland in Legoland Malaysia is sure to inspire your travels.

Legoland Malaysia Theme Park admissionSGD 63 (MYR 195) per adult walk-in price. SGD 51 (MYR 156) discount price online.

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How to get to Legoland Malaysia from Singapore

By shared transfer

Go to the pick-up point at Singapore Flyer, at 9 AM

Board the shuttle to Legoland or Hello Kitty Town. Make sure to pre-book your Legoland transfer online

Before crossing the Singapore – Malaysia border, you will need to get off the bus and clear the Singapore immigration checkpoint. Then, get on the bus again to cross the causeway.

The same procedure is required when you arrive in Malaysia as well.

Travel time may take 1.5 hours to up to 3 hours, depending on traffic conditions and queues at the immigration checkpoints.

Legoland or Hello Kitty Town transfers — SGD 12 one-way or SGD 24 return trip, per person discount price online.

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By private transfer — SGD118 per car (up to 7 people) discount rate online. Includes private transfer pick-up directly from your hotel. No need to get off the car at Singapore and Malaysia immigration checkpoints.

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Pro tip — You can exit Legoland (and Universal Studios Singapore) if you want to eat at cheaper restaurants outside the theme park. Make sure to get stamped so that you can get back in.

5:15 PM — Legoland Malaysia departure

Queues at the immigration checkpoints are usually longer during the late afternoon traffic rush.

7 PM to 8 PM — Singapore arrival

Drop-off at Singapore Flyer.

8 PM — Makansutra Gluttons Bay dinner

BBQ Stingray & Cereal Prawns dinner at Makansutra, near Esplanade in Singapore

This is one of my favorite places to eat dinner in Singapore. Don’t miss the BBQ stingray and cereal prawns! Makansutra Gluttons Bay is located beside the Esplanade building, on 8 Raffles Ave, #01-15, Esplanade Mall.

Makansutra is also an excellent place to have dinner during your 2nd day, after visiting USS / Marina Bay Sands / Singapore Flyer.

How to get to Makansutra Gluttons Bay — It’s an easy walk from Singapore Flyer. Nearest train station is Promenade MRT station (Blue line DT15 / Orange line CC4).

Route Map

Map guide: Day 1 = Blue; Day 2 = Purple; Day 3 = Orange; Day 4 = Green;

Singapore Budget

To help you set a budget plan, here’s a list of expenses to expect if you follow this Singapore itinerary. Keep in mind that these are estimates. As you know, actual budgets/expenses may be different depending on a person’s traveling style & time of visit.

Singapore 3 days trip expenses for budget travelers
SGD 27Transport — EZ-Link card (SGD 12 per card) + SGD 15 top up. Includes SGD 7 initial stored value and SGD 5 non-refundable card cost.
SGD 30Food — Food budget at Hawker stalls for 3 days.
SGD 30Accommodations —  Per person. 2 nights in a budget hostel.

SGD 87Total — Approx. USD 62 or PHP 3,100~ per person.

Or, SGD29 / PHP 1,000 per day. The total budget above is for the entire 3 day trip, not including attraction admission fees, Legoland side trip expenses & flights. I’m posting this so that you can get a baseline on how cheaply you can go about a trip in Singapore. You can achieve this budget if you take advantage of free things to do in Singapore, and travel on tight spending.

There are a lot of attractions in Singapore that are worth paying for admission. If you want to enjoy a fun trip but still stay within your set budget, you simply have to pick attractions that you like the most.

You might also want to spend more on food for unique dining experiences, and on hotels for more a comfortable stay.

See the lists below for the total budget with attractions included. Most of the prices posted are discount rates that you can book online. If you pay the walk-in prices on your actual visit, expect to spend more. So, make sure to review all the discounts posted.

Including Gardens by the Bay & USS
SGD 873 days budget trip — Includes food, transport & accommodations.
SGD 22Gardens by the Bay (Cloud Forest + Flower dome).

SGD 68Universal Studios Singapore

SGD 177Total — Approximately USD 126 or PHP 6,300 per person.
Including Legoland + 1 Extra Day
SGD 2044 days budget trip — Includes food, transport (within SG), accommodations, Gardens by the Bay (Cloud Forest + Flower dome) & USS.
SGD 24Legoland transfers — Return trips on shared shuttle.

SGD 51Legoland admission.

SGD 279Total — Approximately USD 198 or PHP 9,900 per person.
Other expenses
PHP 1,620Philippine Travel Tax — For outbound Philippine residents only. Paid before flight departure from the Philippines.
SGD 15Singapore 4G SIM Card.

SGD 8OCBC Skyway admission.
SGD 22Singapore Cable Car Skypass.

SGD 12Wings of Time.

SGD 22Marina Bay Skypark — Price posted is the walk-in rate per adult.

SGD 33Singapore Flyer — Price posted is the walk-in rate per adult.

Prices are accurate as of the time of writing. Kindly confirm current prices as it may change without prior notice.

Before You Go

Where to stay in Singapore

Book your stay near MRT train stations if you plan on getting around conveniently by public transport.

Clark Quay (Riverside), Chinatown, Little India & Bugis are the most popular places to stay for backpackers and budget travelers.

You can find most of the mid-range and luxury hotels in Orchard Road, Marina Bay, Promenade/City Hall area & Sentosa Island.

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Singapore hotels & hostels

Here’s a list of recommended hotels, hostels & places to stay in Singapore. Click below to see rates, discounts & guest reviews.

1. Rucksack Inn @ Lavender Street

Budget backpacker / Near Farrer Park MRT

2. Adler Luxury Hostel

Budget flashpacker / Near Chinatown MRT

3. Chic Capsules

Budget flashpacker / Near Chinatown MRT

4. Fragrance Hotel – Riverside

Budget / Near Clarke Quay MRT

5. Holiday Inn Clarke Quay

Mid-range / Near Clarke Quay MRT

6. PARKROYAL On Pickering

Splurge / Near Chinatown & Clarke Quay MRT

7. Raffles Singapore

Splurge / Near City Hall & Esplanade MRT

8. Marina Bay Sands

Splurge / Near Bayfront MRT

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Where to book

Book your stay online through these trusted booking sites. I use them frequently during my travels to grab the best deals & enjoy convenient bookings. Click below to see today’s lowest prices.

Here are some of the top reasons why I prefer to book online & why you should too:

Wide selection of Singapore hotels/hostels for all budgets.

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Instant confirmation & free cancellation on most properties.

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How to find affordable yet decent hotels or hostels perfect for your budget

Step 1 — Go to

Step 2 — View all properties within your price range by tapping on the “Filter” button. Then, scroll down to “Price per night” and select your price range. Tap on “Filter” to see the results. For desktop users, you can find the filters on the left side of the page.

Step 3 — See properties with the best reviews by tapping on the “Sort” button. Then, choose “Guest ratings” > “All guests” or any of the choices you like. For desktop users, the sort button is located on top of the results.

Pro tip — Carefully check the number of reviews, not only the review score. A higher number of reviews mean a more reliable review score.

By default, prices displayed do not include taxes/fees. If you want to see the total price (paid upon checkout), tap on the menu button found on the upper right corner of the page. Scroll down to the “Price view” settings and select “Total stay.” For desktop users, you can find it under the “Price per night” filter (left side of the page).

To view the best places to stay, simply sort the results by guest ratings.

To check the cheapest rooms/beds, sort the results by price from lowest to highest.

Again, be mindful of the number of reviews in addition to the review score to find the best options, as experienced by other travelers.

For rock-bottom prices & promo rates on luxury hotels, filter the results by showing only “4-stars” and/or “5-stars,” then select “Hotels” as the property type. Lastly, sort by price from low to high. See more on the deals tab & clicking on the “Insider deals” or “Agoda secret deals.”

How to find cheap flights to Singapore?

The easy way is to search on airfare comparison sites that can show you the lowest fares on many airlines in one go.

Start your search on Momondo and Wego.

When are you going? See the cheapest Singapore flights that you can book right now. Enter your travel details and search.

Check Singapore promo alerts several weeks or months ahead of your trip if you are planning your trip early. The cheapest promos are sold up to a year in advance of the travel/flight departure date & are often only available if you book directly with the airline.

If you’re coming from the Philippines, airlines like Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, and AirAsia offers frequent promo fares. You can book direct flights to/from Manila, Cebu, Clark, Iloilo, Davao & Kalibo.

Do Filipinos need a visa to visit Singapore?

Philippines nationals can enjoy visa-free travel in Singapore, for up to 30 days. Filipino citizens (Philippine passport holders) do not need to apply for a visa before arriving in Singapore granted that the purpose of the visit is for tourism or transit only. Simply show up at the immigration checkpoint and get your passport stamped. Filipinos usually get a maximum stay of 30 days in Singapore.

What to prepare for a trip to Singapore?

Always remember that all countries have the right to refuse entry to any person. Even if you are eligible for the free tourist visa or already have one in hand at the border.

Make sure that you are able to provide the following:

Passport not expiring within 6 months.

Evidence that you are visiting for travel or holiday purposes only.

Evidence that you are able to fund your stay for the entire duration of your visit.

Have confirmed flight tickets back to your home country or an onward destination that you are allowed to enter.

Book your tours & tickets online

Save money and time by pre-booking your Singapore tours, attraction tickets & packages online. Enjoy discounts, save time from queuing at the ticket booths, and avoid the hassles of bringing & exchanging cash.

More importantly, you can show the E-Tickets you booked as proof of your visit as a tourist to immigration officers.

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Where to book my stay?

Book a room online on Agoda,, Expedia or Airbnb. These trusted booking sites have very wide options of places to stay in Singapore.

Popular accommodations with high guest review ratings are likely to get fully booked. Send your reservation as soon as you have finalized your travel dates because room rates rarely go down the closer you are on your trip.

This step is also important because you may be required to show accommodation arrangements at the Singapore immigration checkpoint before you get cleared to enter the country.

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