HomeAsiaSoutheast AsiaSingaporeSingapore Trip Guide for First-Timers By Marcos Detourista. Updated on December 31, 2017.Traveling to Singapore for the first-time? Here’s a detailed travel guide with sample itinerary, budget, spots to visit, where to stay & more.Singapore is South East Asia’s most prosperous city and smallest nation by land area. In recent years, newly developed mega-attractions and casino driven integrated resorts had transformed this “all work” economic powerhouse into one of the region’s most popular destinations for leisure travel.Because of its compact size, Singapore is very easy to travel and generally safe. It is a top choice for first-time international travel, family trips, and those seeking to indulge in metropolitan luxuries. While costs are significantly higher than the rest of Southeast Asia, a lot of people continue to visit Singapore because of its unique and top-notch attractions that cater to almost every type of traveler.I honestly didn’t expect to travel to Singapore as often as I have, considering the high number of seemingly more “exotic” and adventurous destinations elsewhere in the region. Singapore was just too irresistibly accessible with so many direct flights to other cities all over the region as well as convenient border crossings to Malaysia & Indonesia.Singapore continues to be a worthwhile jump-off point to Southeast Asia and a fitting “last stop” for indulging in urban comforts before the journey home.Traveling to Singapore for the first time? This detailed travel guide will make it easy for you to plan a trip, save money, and maximize your time. Read must-know tips, sample itinerary, where to stay, budget breakdown, places to visit and lots of extra travel tips.Get startedHow to go — Touchdown at Singapore-Changi International Airport, which serves direct flights from Manila (3h 45m), Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Denpasar, Ho Chi Minh, Taipei, Sydney & more. From the Philippines, you can also fly directly from Cebu, Clark, Kalibo, Iloilo & Davao. Flights are operated by Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, Scoot, AirAsia, Jetstar & Singapore Airlines.See cheap flightsManila to SingaporeVisa-free travel for Philippine citizens — 80% of all nationalities, including Filipino tourists, do not need to apply for a visa before arriving in Singapore for short visits. Scroll down to the extra tips for the list of things you might need to prepare.Book your hotel early — Reserve your stay as soon as you know you are going because prices rarely go down the closer you are to your trip. Not to mention, lower-priced rooms tend to get fully booked faster. Click below to compare rates & read reviews by other travelers.Cheapest ratesSee discounts & reviewsPre-book tours & discounts online — Check discounts on tours and attractions as well. Save money & avoid hassles of exchanging/bringing large amounts of cash by booking before you leave.See all discountsClick hereClick hereClick hereTraveling on a tight budget is possible — I’ve included a lot of money saving tips on this guide in case you are traveling on a limited budget. Spending less does not mean that you have to miss out on awesome travel experiences in Singapore. You can achieve cheaper expenses by knowing where to find and book the best travel deals.Getting around Singapore — Getting between different areas of the city is very convenient. Singapore has a small land area and the infrastructure is highly developed. It’s easy to go on a do-it-yourself (DIY) trip, even on your own. Plus all signs are in English and most Singaporeans can speak/understand English. Public transport is very efficient. It’s the best way to get around if you want to travel cheaply.Singapore 3G/4G internet data sim card & pocket WiFi rentalSee discountsBest time to visit Singapore — Singapore gets little weather variations the whole year round. Any month is generally good to schedule your visit. If you just want to go sightseeing, however, you need to be aware of popular holidays and events, which usually happens from January-February, June-July, September-October. It’s super peak season for hotels. Book your accommodations well in advance.Spend two days or more — With a 2-day trip in Singapore, you can already see most of the major travel highlights. Though, I recommend spending three days or more, especially if you want to enjoy multiple theme parks/attractions and explore the different cultural districts. If you are spending a long layover at Changi Airport, don’t miss the free city tours for transit passengers.Singapore ItineraryHere’s a sample 4 days & 3 nights (3D2N) itinerary to give you a quick look at how to enjoy a trip to Singapore. Click below to see prices and plan your budget.Day 1: Old & New Singapore Super trees, at Gardens By The Bay, in Singapore Statues of children playing by the river with a view of heritage buildings and bridges along the Singapore River at the Civic District in Singapore Riverside Promenade and a boat passing through the Singapore River Merlion and Singapore Skyline, SingaporeFlight to Singapore (Compare fares & airlines)Singapore airport to hotel transfer (See discounts)Singapore hotel check-in (See discounts)Start Singapore tour (See discounts)Merlion Park & Singapore River sightseeing (See discounts)Explore Gardens by the Bay (See discounts)Visit Marina Bay Sands & watch the light & water show (See discounts)Day 2: Universal Studios Singapore & Sentosa Far Far Away Castle at Universal Studios Singapore in Sentosa Island Overlooking Palawan Beach in Sentosa, Singapore View of the skyline from the Singapore Flyer, in SingaporeSentosa Island sightseeing (See discounts)Visit Universal Studios Singapore (See discounts)Watch Wings of Time Open-Sea Light Show (See discounts)OR, Ride the Singapore Flyer (See discounts)See more trips on Instagram, Facebook & Pinterest.Day 3: Legoland Legoland Malaysia in Johor Bahru, Malaysia Legoland in Johor Bahru, MalaysiaSingapore to Legoland transfer (See discounts)Visit Legoland Malaysia (See discounts)Day 3: LegolandExplore ChinatownShoppingScroll down to see the detailed version of this 4D3N Singapore itinerary.Top discounts booked by other travelersTours & admission/entrance tickets11% OFF Universal Studios Singapore Admission Ticket20% OFF Legoland Malaysia Admission Ticket42% OFF Singapore Cable Car Skypass50% OFF Sentosa Wings of Time48% OFF Marina Bay Sands Skypark + FunVee Hopper PassInternet & WIFI10% OFF Singapore 4G Unli Internet/Data Pocket WifiTransport21% OFF Singapore FunVee Open Top Bus PassLegoland & Hello Kitty Town TransfersWhere to stay in SingaporeBook 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.Compare rates & reviewsSingapore hotels & hostelsHere’s a list of recommended hotels, hostels & places to stay in Singapore. Click below to check prices, discounts & guest reviews.1. Rucksack Inn @ Lavender StreetBudget backpacker / Near Farrer Park MRTSee discounts2. Adler Luxury HostelBudget flashpacker / Near Chinatown MRTSee discounts3. Chic CapsulesBudget flashpacker / Near Chinatown MRTSee discounts4. Fragrance Hotel – RiversideBudget / Near Clarke Quay MRTSee discounts5. Holiday Inn Clarke QuayMid-range / Near Clarke Quay MRTSee discounts6. PARKROYAL On PickeringSplurge / Near Chinatown & Clarke Quay MRTSee discounts7. Raffles SingaporeSplurge / Near City Hall & Esplanade MRTSee discounts8. Marina Bay SandsSplurge / Near Bayfront MRTSee discountsSearch more!Compare all places to stay & promo rates by searching below.Where to bookBook your stay online through these trusted booking sites. I use them frequently to grab rock-bottom prices & enjoy convenient bookings. Click below to see today’s best rates.AgodaBooking.comHere are some of the top reasons why I prefer to book online & why you should too:Show moreWide selection of Singapore hotels/hostels for all budgets.Often cheaper prices than walk-in rates. Earn rewards points for every booking. The more you book, the more you earn!Trusted by millions of travelers. Read reviews from actual staying guests.Instant confirmation & free cancellation on most properties.Pay in your home currency. Worry less about bringing cash/exchanging currencies. Convenient & secure payment by credit card or Paypal.Fast customer support.For home & apartment rentals. I book my stay online on:AirbnbHow to find affordable yet decent hotels or hostels perfect for your budgetStep 1 — Go to Agoda.com.Step 2 — Show the best location only by filtering results by neighborhood. Tap the filter button and scroll down to “Neighborhood.” Then, select these places in Singapore: Clark Quay (Riverside), Chinatown, Little India & Bugis, Orchard Road, Marina Bay, Promenade/City Hall & Sentosa Island.Step 3 — 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 4 — See properties with the highest guest reviews by using the “Guest Rating” filter. Select “9+ Exceptional”. In case there are few results displayed select “8+ Excellent”.To check the cheapest rooms/beds, sort the results by price from lowest to highest.For a quick view of the best places to stay, sort the results by guest ratings. Tap 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. 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 on Agoda do not include taxes/fees. If you want to see the total price (paid upon checkout), tap on the menu button found in 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). Booking.com, on the other hand, shows the total price by default.Pro tip — Go to Booking.com to check more properties, reviews and rates. Use the “Location Score” filter to narrow down to hostels/hotels with the best location. Select “Superb location: 9+”Singapore itineraryHere’s a sample 4-day itinerary that you can follow during your trip. Scroll down for the budget and list of expenses.Day 1 — Old & New Singapore10 AM— Singapore-Changi Airport arrival.11 AM — Singapore hotel check-in11:30 AM — Lau Pa Sat hawker center12:30 NN — Merlion Park & Singapore River3 PM — Gardens by the Bay7:45 PM — Garden Rhapsody Light & Sound Show9:30 PM — Marina Bay Sands Wander Full Light and Water ShowRestDay 2 — Universal Studios Singapore & Sentosa9 AM — Sentosa Island.10 AM — Universal Studios Singapore.5:30 PM — Option 1 — Marina Bay Skypark.Option 2 — Singapore Flyer.Option 3 — Esplanade Roof Terrace.Option 4 — Wings of Time Open-Sea Light Show.RestDay 3 — Legoland Malaysia side trip9 AM — Singapore departure.11 AM to 12 NN — Legoland Malaysia.5:15 PM — Legoland Malaysia departure.7 PM to 8 PM — Singapore arrival.8 PM — Makansutra Gluttons Bay dinner.RestDay 4 — Heritage & shopping9 AM — Singapore Chinatown.12NN — Shopping.3:00 PM — Hotel check-out & Singapore Airport transfer.3:30 PM — Singapore Airport & flight check-in.6:30 PM — Singapore Airport departure.If you only have 3 days to spend in Singapore, you can skip “Day 3” of the itinerary posted aboveGo to the 4 days Singapore itinerary guide for the budget estimates, expenses breakdown, and step-by-step do-it-yourself (DIY) tips for the itinerary above. Scroll down for more budget & money saving tips.Singapore budgetHere’s a list of typical costs when traveling in Singapore. This country is one of the most expensive travel destinations this side of Asia. It is generally twice as expensive as Malaysia or at least three times more than traveling around other countries in Southeast Asia including Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines.Transport — One train or bus ride within the city costs between SGD 0.8 to 2. For a whole day of sightseeing, you may likely spend between SGD 5 to 10. The Singapore Tourist Pass, which offers unlimited MRT & bus rides, costs SGD 10 for a 1-day pass and SGD 20 for a three day pass.Accommodations — Booking a room or bed in Singapore is noticeably more expensive than neighboring countries. A dorm bed in a backpacker hostel or guesthouse starts from SGD 11 per night and averages from SGD 15 to 30 per night. A room for two in a budget hotel would set you back SGD 50 to 90 per night. Most mid-range hotels offer rooms for around SGD 100 to 200 per night. If you are staying in a luxury hotel or resort, room prices usually start at SGD 300 to 500 per night.Food — A meal at hawker centers costs around SGD 3 to 15. Hawker stalls are Singapore’s version of side street stalls and low-cost eateries. Mains at casual restaurants start at SGD 10 to 15.Activities — Admission fees may take up a huge chunk of your expenses if you plan on visiting many themed attractions, rides, and museums. Many museums offer free admission, while most usually cost SGD 10 or less. Entry to theme parks & attractions are priced between SGD 20 to SGD 70.Daily budget — A backpacker’s budget may hover between SGD 30 to 45 or USD 21 to 32 / PHP 1,000 to 1,600 per person per day for accommodations, transport, and meals. Excluding activities & flights. This is assuming that you stay in hostel dorms, use public transportation and eat at hawker stalls. You can achieve the low end of this budget estimate by following the money-saving tips posted below.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. Also, you might also want to spend more on food for unique dining experiences, and on hotels for more a comfortable stay.Total budget on a 3-day trip — Including Universal Studios Singapore and Gardens by the Bay (Cloud Forest + Flower dome), expect a total budget starting at SGD 177 or USD 126 / PHP 6,300 per person for the entire three days. This budget can be achieved by booking discount tickets posted below.Expenses breakdownTo help you set your own budget. Here are prices of attractions, transport & other expenses. 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.TransportSGD 12EZ-Link card — Includes SGD 7 initial stored value and SGD 5 non-refundable card cost.SGD 20Singapore Tourist Pass (3 Days Pass) — Unlimited rides on MRT & buses. Also, priced at SGD 10 for the 1-day pass & SGD 15 for the 2-day pass.ActivitiesSGD 22Singapore Cable Car Skypass — Discount price per adult.See discountsSGD 68Universal Studios Singapore — 1-day admission discount price per adult.See discountsSGD 22Gardens by the Bay (Cloud Forest + Flower dome) — 1-day admission discount price per adult.See discountsSGD 8OCBC Skyway at Gardens by the Bay admission — Walk-in price per adult.SGD 24Legoland transfers — Return trips on shared shuttle. Discount price per adult.See discountsSGD 51Legoland admission — 1-day admission discount price per adult.See discountsSGD 12Wings of Time — Discount price per adult.See discountsSGD 22Marina Bay Skypark — Walk-in price per adult.See discountsSGD 33Singapore Flyer — Walk-in price per adult.See discountsOthersSGD 15Singapore 4G SIM Card.See discountsPHP 1,620Philippine Travel Tax — For outbound Philippine residents only. Paid before flight departure from the Philippines. Top Singapore spots Merlion and Singapore SkylineMerlion Park — Pretty hard to miss anyway because of its prominent location at the mouth of the Singapore River. Not only could you get a good photo with the Merlion statue, Singapore’s most iconic monument, but there are amazing views to be seen of the Singapore Skyline, Marina Bay Sands, The Esplanade: Theatres by the Bay, and the Singapore Flyer. Statues of children playing by the river with a view of heritage buildings and bridges along the Singapore River at the Civic District in Singapore Riverside Promenade and a boat passing through the Singapore RiverA post shared by Marcos Detourista (@detouristahq) on Oct 5, 2015 at 3:43pm PDTCavenagh Bridge & Fullerton Hotel. Click here to see more on Instagram.Singapore Riverside and Civic District — This relaxing promenaded riverside area is a short walk away from the Merlion Park. Take a stroll down memory lane and get acquainted with the city’s early development and colonial history. A happening nightlife scene can be experienced at Clark and Boat Quay. Colorful lanterns at night, in Chinatown, SingaporeChinatown — Experience Singapore’s multi-cultural diversity by taking a walking and food tour of Chinatown. Visit a church, a mosque, Indian and Chinese temples all in one walk. Go on a food adventure and try dishes from Singapore’s different cultural influences at affordable hawker centers of Chinatown. Marina Bay, Helix Bridge & Art Science Museum, in SingaporeA post shared by Marcos Detourista (@detouristahq) on Oct 7, 2015 at 3:51pm PDTMarcos enjoying the night lights of Singapore from Marina Bay waterfront. Click here to see more on Instagram.Marina Bay — Marvel at Singapore’s new urbanscape by taking a walk around Marina Bay. Visit Marina Bay Sands, the Helix Bridge, Singapore Flyer, and Esplanade: Theatres on the bay. Amazing overlooking views can be seen from the Skypark of Marina Bay Sands and the Singapore Flyer.48% OFF Marina Bay Sands Skypark + FunVee Hopper Pass Super trees, at Gardens By The Bay, in Singapore Man-made Waterfalls at the Cloud Forest Dome in Gardens By the Bay, SingaporeA post shared by Marcos Detourista (@detouristahq) on Oct 7, 2015 at 1:25am PDTMarcos at the Cloud Forest Dome in Gardens by the Bay. Click here to see more on Instagram.Gardens by the Bay — An ambitious project set to transform Singapore from a “Garden City” to a “City in a Garden.” The main attractions here are the 25 towering man-made Supertrees and two equally extraordinary biodomes.18% OFF Singapore Gardens by the Bay Flower Dome + Cloud Forest Admission Ticket Elephant Show at Singapore Zoo, SingaporeSingapore Zoo — An impressively maintained zoo where you can find a wide array of animals from around the world. The River Safari is also worth checking out.16% OFF Singapore Zoo31% OFF Singapore Night Safari Overlooking Palawan Beach in Sentosa, SingaporeSentosa Island — Spend a fun day on rides and themed attractions or relax at the beaches of Sentosa. The island is home to Universal Studios Singapore, the first theme park of its kind to open in Southeast Asia and the second in Asia after Universal Studios Japan.11% OFF Universal Studios Singapore Admission Ticket4% OFF Singapore Sentosa FUN Pass42% OFF Singapore Cable Car Skypass50% OFF Sentosa Wings of TimeTravel tips before you goHow to get to Singapore?Unless you’re traveling by land from Malaysia, flying to Singapore is the best way to get to Singapore. Many budget airlines, including AirAsia, Tiger Air, Jetstar, Cebu Pacific, fly to Singapore from all major destinations in Southeast Asia. .If you’re coming from the Philippines, Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, and AirAsia offers direct flights to/from Manila, Cebu, Clark, Iloilo, Kalibo & Davao.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 Wego, Momondo, and Skyscanner.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.To learn more, visit the guide on how to book cheap flights.What to prepare for a trip to Singapore?Singapore Tourist Visa — Tourists from around 80% of all nationalities do not need to apply for a visa or entry permit to travel in Singapore. If you are a citizen of one of these nations, you may be able to visit Singapore visa-free for a maximum stay of 30 days, to up to 90 days depending on the passport provided.Go to the Singapore Immigration website to check if you need to apply for a visa before going on your trip. Foreign visitors from countries not listed in the “Assesment Level Countries” can visit Singapore visa-free.If you are from a country that is not listed under the visa exception scheme, see if you are eligible to apply for a Visa on Arrival (VoA).Travelers can enter Singapore through immigration checkpoints found in various international airports, seaports, and land border crossings. Including the Singapore-Changi International Airport, Singapore-Malaysia land border, and international ferry terminals.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.Visa for Filipino citizens — 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.How many days is enough?Singapore may be a small country but there’s a ton of interesting things to do that could keep most travelers busy for weeks on end. A shorter visit of three to four days is the tourist norm and is enough to get a feel of Singapore and skim through the main highlights.For a weekend trip, squeezing most of the highlights in two full days is doable but depending on how many stops you make and how you choose to get around, there might not be a lot of time to explore each stop extensively or at a relaxed pace. Regardless, you can see a lot of the city in two days or even less. Though, taking three or more days is recommended to allow for time to explore Singapore at a more relaxed pace. Take an early morning flight to Singapore and a late evening flight on your return to maximize your stay in Singapore.For travelers on connecting flights through the Singapore Airport, a long layover can provide a decent visit to one or two sites. The downtown area is just a 30-minute taxi ride away from the airport. There are many short tours that can be booked at Singapore-Changi International Airport.How to get Singapore Dollars (SGD)?To be safe, bring US Dollar bills if you already have them in hand. Money exchange stalls in Singapore, including those at the airport, accept a wide range of currencies and it’s not a problem if you bring other major currencies. Popular foreign currencies include USD, EUR, GBP, JPY, THB, MYR, TWD, PHP, CAD, AUD, NZD, INR, CNY, and HKD.For convenience, carry enough cash to last the first night or two and then withdraw cash in SGD using your ATM card (bring a backup just in case). ATMs that allow international withdrawal are found all over Singapore. They accept ATM cards with a logo from major interbank networks (American Express, Discover, Visa, MasterCard, Cirrus, and the like). Don’t forget to activate your card for international withdrawal before leaving your home country.Philippine Peso — Bringing Philippine Peso for your trip is possible since most currency exchange stalls in Singapore accept them. Exchange a small amount at the airport and then the rest at the city center for better rates. When exchanging large amounts or if you happen to be in the area, the stalls at Lucky Mall along Orchard Road are your best bet for favorable exchange rates.When is the best time to visit?Singapore gets little weather variations the whole year round. Any date is generally good to schedule your visit. However, if you are traveling from the second half of September to the first week of October, be mindful of Singapore Grand Prix (F1 Race) schedule. It’s a super peak season for hotels. Book your accommodations well in advance.How to get around Singapore?Singapore has a convenient, extensive, and affordable Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) and bus network. From the airport, the MRT is the cheapest way to get to the city center. Bus and train fares range from SGD 0.80 to 2.Buy an EZ-Link Card sold at Changi Airport station & many ticket offices around Singapore. This prepaid card can be used to pay for train and bus rides. Enjoy discount fares if you use this card. The cost 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.You can also buy the Singapore Tourist Pass, which offers unlimited rides on non-premium trains and buses. The price is SGD10 for the 1-day pass, SGD15 for the 2-day pass & SGD20 for the 3-day pass.Private airport transfersBook 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.See discountsBy taxiTaxi 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.See discountsUseful travel appsGoogle Maps — This travel app will make it a lot easier to navigate around Singapore on your own. The directions feature only works online. Available on iOS and Android.MyTransport.SG — Useful information on MRT, LRT & bus services in Singapore. Available on iOS and Android.XE Currency — Free & easy currency converter. Available on iOS and Android.Get rent a Pocket WiFi or buy a mobile data SIM card.Stay connected online during your whole trip. Not only does it make it possible to share your travel moments instantly, you can also travel better by having access to all your favorite travel apps anytime.See discountsClick hereClick hereWhere to book tours & attraction ticketsAs mentioned, booking online can save you money, time and let you enjoy cashless convenience. In case you want to see more discounts and options, here’s a list of sites that you can check.KlookKkdayExpedia Money-saving tipsEat at hawker centers & taste Singapore’s multi-cultural food — Meals are cheap and the food is prepared in relatively high quality and sanitation. A long line of people queueing at a stall is usually a sign that it serves good food that is safe to eat.Ride MRTs and buses — This is the cheapest way to get around. Public transport in Singapore is quite efficient and safe. However, when traveling in a group, particularly in a group of 3 or 4, consider taking the taxi for short rides around the city center. The price difference (calculated per person) is not a big wallet buster. Your feet will thank you from the tiring walk to/from train stations, especially if you’re planning to spend the whole day sightseeingStay at hostels — There are a lot of reliable hostels in Singapore that cater to budget-conscious travelers. They are not only cheap, but a good way to socialize with other travelers. Boutique hostels in Singapore are particularly good. If you are traveling in a group of 3 to 6 people, consider getting a family room in hostels or guesthouses to save money on your stay.Get a good map and explore the city on your own tour — Go on a do-it-yourself (DIY) around Singapore’s different cultural districts if you want to save yourself from expensive admission fees at themed attractions. There are a lot of awesome things to do in Singapore that doesn’t cost a dime.Don’t stop hereDid you find this travel guide helpful? Share your trips & tag #detourista. Follow updates on:[email protected][email protected]PinterestSee more Singapore blog tips & travel guides: Singapore Itinerary Singapore Tourist Spots Singapore Promo – Up to 57% OFF Tours, Tickets & Travel PackagesCheck out these pages for more inspiration on places to go in Asia & beyond: Philippines Beaches Hong Kong Itinerary Asian Countries To Visit Malaysia Tourist SpotsDon’t leave yet. There’s more!Singapore Itinerary – 3-4 Days SG Legoland Tour26 Most Beautiful Islands & Beaches in the PhilippinesIndochina Itinerary – Thailand, Cambodia…Hong Kong Itinerary – 3 Days HK Macau TourDiscover more blogs and travel tips in:SingaporeSoutheast AsiaAsia See all placesFind more posts about:Travel EssentialsLeave a Reply Cancel reply Comments Aya saysAugust 22, 2015 at 3:25 pmHi there.. I will be traveling in Singapore this December 30-January 3 this year, I wonder is there a new year’s event in SG that we can attend. And where is the best place to welcome the new year and party? thanks….Reply rosy saysSeptember 18, 2015 at 3:24 amhi, can you recommend a budget place accommodation for a family of 5?Reply rolly saysDecember 17, 2015 at 10:47 pmwhat is Free Tourist Visa Upon Arrival?Reply Marcos Detourist saysDecember 17, 2015 at 10:58 pmFree tourist visa on arrival means: (1) You do not have to apply for a tourist visa before arriving in Singapore. Once you’re at the airport, the Singapore immigration officer will just “stamp” your passport, which allows you to visit Singapore for a set number of days. (2) A tourist visa is granted for free, without a fee.Reply Wilma saysJanuary 22, 2016 at 4:17 pmHi Marcos! Great write-up.A question though, what legal documents do I have to prepare as a tourist (aside from my Philippine passport)? My friends and I are planning a trip later this year. All of them have govt jobs however I am working online. I hope Hindi ako magka problema. Thanks for the help and happy 2016! Marcos Detourist saysJanuary 22, 2016 at 4:57 pmAll that’s required is a valid passport that is not going to expire within 6 months, and a return ticket to the Philippines. You should, however, be prepared to show the immigration officers proof that you have the capacity to travel to your destination and that you’re not going there for work. It would help a lot if you bring a copy of your bank statement and reservation on your accommodation, tours, etc… Like you, my work is also primarily based online, but it’s not such a big issue as long as you can satisfy the immigration officer’s questions. courtney c. saysMarch 9, 2016 at 12:16 amhi sir! what hostel can you recommend??Reply Jeffrey Ty saysMarch 11, 2016 at 3:38 pmThis posts was really helpful for first timers in Singapore. More so, being a tight-budgeted tourist makes the trip to be very challenging in making it still a memorable one. I agree that there’s nothing more fitting that to have a thorough research before making it to Singapore for a truly fantastic experience and stay that is within the budget.Reply Gie saysMarch 19, 2016 at 2:46 pmThis is really a big help since me and my family will be travelling to Singapore 3rd week of October to celebrate our daughter’s 10th birthday. Hope that you can still give me more info on how to save money during our trip.Thanks a lotReply tiffany saysMarch 27, 2016 at 9:37 amhi po.. I would like to ask pano kung ung purpose ko to travel as SG is about my internship.. is it considered as a job? hndi ba ko mahaharang ng IO? your reply is highly appreciated! happy Easter :)Reply Marcos Detourist saysMarch 27, 2016 at 11:19 pmIf the purpose of your visit is not for a holiday or a social visit to friends/family, then the visitor visa may not be applicable to you. The PH immigration officer will use his/her discretion to decide whether you will be allowed to board your flight. Likewise, the SG immigration officer may deny you entry to the country. I suggest that you obtain the appropriate visa for your stay in Singapore. You should check the SG immigration website (http://www.ica.gov.sg/index.aspx) and contact them for advice.Reply Jackelyn saysMarch 30, 2016 at 2:48 pmHi,Thank you for the above info so helpful. I am scheduled to visit Singapore by end of August and its my first time ( cross finger,,..so scared haha ) . I’ like to ask for that Free Tourist Visa on Arrival (VOA) . Do I have to secure one?or is it ok if there’s no or I don’t have VOI? Who to approach?Regarding ATM, thanks if they will dispense SG bills even using my Philippine ATM(peso).Thank you for your quick response.Regards, JackieReply Marcos Detourist saysMarch 31, 2016 at 3:17 amcool Jackelyn! As written in the guide, Philippine passport holders do not need to apply for a visa before entering Singapore. When you arrive at Singapore Airport, the SG immigration officer will simply “stamp” your passport, which allows you to travel for, usually, 30 days.First, make sure your ATM card has a Mastercard, Visa, or Cirrus logo. Then, and this is important, go to your bank and make sure that they activate your card for international withdrawal. I use a BPI Savings ATM card (only has the Cirrus logo) when I travel and I’ve used it in SG and other countries with little problems. I do not rely solely on my ATM card though. Make sure you have backup cash and other cards you can use in case you cannot withdraw using your main card.Reply Lovey Anne saysApril 19, 2016 at 7:50 pmHi! My friend and I will travel this coming august to Malaysia then we decided to have a quick trip to singapore via Air. Is there any terminal fee and travel tax we need to pay at the Malaysian airport or Singapore airport?Reply Marcos Detourist saysApril 20, 2016 at 3:46 pmThere are no departure (terminal) fees charged at both airports.Reply Cebu tours saysApril 25, 2016 at 2:51 pmIve been to Malaysia, HK, Macau and Singapore within 2 years. Me and my wife loves to travel. Best visited country is the Singapore and we both love the country. Best part was the top of Marina Bay Sands. We really love the view and the people there. I lost my lens cap there :( Sad.And now we are both thinking which is the next, vietnam, thailand or japan? :) we are from PH by the way.Reply Honey saysMay 5, 2016 at 10:25 amHi. We have a trip diz june wth my friends in singapore. But i dont have a job now. Posibly poh ba mahold ako?Reply Marcos Detourist saysMay 5, 2016 at 4:22 pmThere are no laws/rules that prevent you to travel abroad if you are unemployed. You just have to tell the immigration officer that you have enough money to fund your travel and you are going to Singapore for a holiday, and not to look for work.Reply Tess saysMay 18, 2016 at 2:46 pmHi.. im tess from PH.. i have something to ask to clear things.. i have plan to travel to australia his coming july me and my bf meet up to singapore airport and to explore some place in SG. Then travel together to australia as i have AU visa. What documents i bring nor gather for immigration counter check in SG before stamp my passport. I need to know what docu i bring to enter SG.. looking forward so bad your reply soon..thanks alotReply Marcos Detourist saysMay 23, 2016 at 8:54 pmHello Tess, if you’re a PH passport holder, you may need the same requirements posted on the article. If you are returning to the Philippines from Australia, you may have to present your return ticket back to the PH and AU travel visa.Reply Ejay saysJune 12, 2016 at 4:19 pm20,000 philippine peso, is it enough to stay in Singapore for 3 days?Reply Marcos Detourist saysJune 17, 2016 at 11:28 amYes, it should be :)Reply Jeric saysAugust 16, 2016 at 3:41 pmHi Marcus, thank you for the travel guide you wrote. Me and my wife are planning to go to SG by the end of the month. I want to ask regarding booking of hotel, do I need to book it online, ahead of time? or we can just go walk in to the hotel?and also my wife has a PH passport, and I have a USA passport, will I need a different document requirement?Thank you and I appreciate your response.Reply Marcos Detourist saysAugust 16, 2016 at 4:09 pmIt is better to book your hotel online to make sure that you have a room available during your trip, and save yourself the hassle of looking for another hotel in case the place you want to stay in is fully booked.As far as I know, USA & PH passport holders have ‘Free Visa on Arrival’ in Singapore. PH passport holders usually get 30 days stay, while USA passport holders may get up to 90 days. Best to check the Singapore Immigration website to confirm in case there are changes in SG’s visa policy. https://www.ica.gov.sg/page.aspx?pageid=96&secid=94Enjoy your trip!Reply Jeric saysAugust 16, 2016 at 4:24 pmthank you for quick response Marcos! any suggestion for website where I can book a hotel in SG? and also is there a bunch of free wifi around the country? Jeric saysAugust 16, 2016 at 5:25 pmthank you for quick response Marcos! any suggestion for website where I can book a hotel in SG? and also is there a bunch of free wifi around the country?Reply lalaine ann saysAugust 17, 2016 at 9:50 pmHi Marcos!! thank you for your DIY-backpackers guide in HK-Macau tour it was a big help, nasulit namin ang oras!! :) Help naman ulit,I am looking for your travel guide to SG na kagaya sa HK, un naka-indicate na kung anung uunahin naming puntahan, kung saan sasakay and approx. amount ng fare&tourist attraction. We’re heading to SG end of Aug, staying for 3days, sa Selegie,SG ang hotel namin. Pa-send naman ako ng link ng itinerary mo ng SG tour please. TIA!!Reply Marcos Detourist saysAugust 17, 2016 at 9:56 pmPwede mo magamit yung “Search” dito sa site para mag hanap ng mga travel tips. https://www.detourista.com/x/search/network/?q=singapore+itinerary.Reply lalaine ann saysAugust 17, 2016 at 9:57 pmhi marcos, im looking for your SG itinerary blog just like the one you did in your HK-Macau tour, yung naka-indicate na kung saan ako magsisimula ng tour,tapos kung pano pumunta sa susunod na tourist attraction pati kung magkano ang fare, pa-share naman please.Reply [email protected] saysNovember 1, 2016 at 10:52 pmI recently returned from a 5 day trip to Singapore. We did a lot a research before arriving (unfortunately I did not find this blog until after our return) and covered about everything you mentioned. We found the hawker centers to be the best places to eat for the most value. We stayed on Orchard Road, which was nice, but a little busier than we would have liked. However, if you are looking to spend time shopping for luxury goods, that’s definitely the place to stay. We payed for a couple tourist activities, but mainly just set out and explanatory the city ourselves. The MRT was very efficient; we bought a 3 day pass for SGD 28. If you return the pass within a week after it expires, you receive a SGD 10 credit. A majority of activities we did were free (i.e. Botanic Gardens, Chinese and Japanese garden, China Town, Haji and Arab streets, etc.). Our trip centered around food so much of our exploring was about finding a great place to eat!Reply maine uy saysNovember 3, 2016 at 7:17 pmHi.. Im planning to travel to singapore next year maybe april 10 to may 4 .. is it okey ? or do i need a visa.. my boyfriend is working there so i plan to visit him next year..thanks…Reply Marcos Detourist saysNovember 3, 2016 at 10:48 pmHi Maine, the answer is already posted on the article.Reply VINAY YADAV saysJanuary 4, 2017 at 4:26 pmHi, I will travel this coming April to India then we are decide to have a trip to Singapore via Air. Is there any terminal fee and travel tax we need to pay at the Indian airport or Singapore airport? And also tell me which currency should carry with during in this trip and which is the best currency exchange company in India.Reply Marcos Detourist saysJanuary 4, 2017 at 9:13 pmYou don’t have to pay airport terminal fees at Singapore Airport. It is usually already included when you bought the ticket. Same is true with airports in India as I haven’t experienced getting charged terminal fees upon check-in at major international airports there.I bring USD cash when I travel but only as a backup since I use ATM & Credit Cards most of the time. So, I’m not sure what currency exchange company is the best.Reply Joy Joel saysJanuary 25, 2017 at 4:41 pmHi Marcos! Thank you for sharing this kind of blog. Siguro ito na rin ang gagamitin naming itinerary namin ng mother ko papuntang SG this coming July. Ask ko lang kung meron kayang tulad ng MRT naten dito na mag loload ka ng 100php then pwede mo ng gamitin in every station? Tipong parang Stored Value na card? Para kung sakaling mag MRT nalang kami to go sa mga different places, hindi na magiging hassle.Reply Marcos Detourist saysJanuary 25, 2017 at 4:46 pmYes, meron sila & I highly recommend you get one. It’s called an EZ-link card. You can buy one at the Airport LRT station. Just ask the ticket booth for assistance.You can save a lot of time if you use the card rather than buying at the vending machine, each time you go on the train. PLUS, you get discount fares if you use the card :D You can also use the card on all public buses.Reply Tina roy saysFebruary 18, 2017 at 1:49 amThanks for giving the information.This year i am planing to go Singapore with my friends.But i know that Singapore is costly country but you made easy to everyone to travel on an an affordable budget..I will sure follow this and i think this will be our memorable tripReply Jhen saysFebruary 24, 2017 at 10:52 amHi,Marcos! Thank you for sharing this. I find it really useful in planning our trip to SG. Question: Is booking accommodation really necessary? Our plan is to stay at my husband’s cousin. Will it be a problem if we do not book any? We want to stay 3 days in SG and 3 days in Malaysia(where we will book a hotel). Thank you so much in advance!Reply Marcos Detourist saysMarch 9, 2017 at 5:05 amYou do not have to book a hotel room if you are staying with family/friends. The immigration officer might ask you to show a written/printed invitation. Better have it prepared. I would also bring a copy of your cousin-in-law’s work permit & employee card.Reply Jannice saysMarch 17, 2017 at 3:44 pmHi. I’m always reading pinoy blogs. This coming October I think we want to go Singapore (first time) .My son is 11y/old .What can you advice to me. Thanks.Reply Marcos Detourist saysMarch 17, 2017 at 10:08 pmSingapore is a great place to go when traveling with kids. Sentosa Island has a lot of fun attractions you might want to check out. Also, consider a trip to Singapore Zoo in addition to must-visit spots in Singapore.https://www.detourista.com/guide/singapore-best-places/Reply cris saysMarch 27, 2017 at 10:45 pmHi Marcos, i will bring my niece on my 5 days SG tour, does she still need affidavit of support from me? she’s still a student though not minor anymore.Reply Marcos Detourist saysMarch 28, 2017 at 12:29 amMaybe not, if you are funding the trip yourself, and you are on the same flight with your niece (e.g. you will be present at the same time when clearing the immigration checkpoint).Reply Gem Joaquin saysApril 23, 2017 at 8:25 pmThank you so much for the info. My family are planning to have a tour in singapore this may. We already booked a hostel and plane tickets, how can we get an online booking for universal studio is it more cheap than getting the tickets in the hostel thanks! God Bless Sir!Reply Marcos Detourist saysApril 23, 2017 at 8:59 pmYou can book cheaper Universal Studios Singapore admission tickets on Klook.Just go to this page for more info: http://affiliate.klook.com/jump/activity/117-universal-studios-singapore/?adid=1242&af_wid=356Reply GSpada saysMay 24, 2017 at 2:01 amWow thats a lot of great info. Thanks for the postReply Maria Lourdes saysJune 12, 2017 at 10:59 pmHi sir!For the singapore immigration checkpoint, is it ok if i don’t have hotel reservation? Coz i am planning to stay on my friend’s place (she’s working in sg). Besides am gonna visit sg for 4days only. Thanks! ☺Reply Marcos Detourist saysJune 13, 2017 at 3:05 amYes, it’s fine. Be sure to prepare a letter of invitation from your friend. Even just an informal email-type correspondence. Plus, a copy of her work permit/employee ID in case they look for it. Though, I’ve only been asked to show it once, on my first trips.Reply Quen saysAugust 3, 2017 at 2:19 pmI agree with Marcos. Also indicate in your friend’s invitation letter the address where will you be staying, the dates, and also an affirmation that your friend will be responsible for you during your stay in the country. NKay saysJuly 12, 2017 at 4:19 pmHi Marcos,We’re a family of 3 and scheduled for a trip this sept. The thing is, we are coming from KL. May i just ask if there are trains from KL to Sg? Also, is it possible for is to go and visit changi airport even if we’re not flying? i mean, just to see what’s with changi being the top listed airport. Im hoping for your kindest reply. Thank you so much.Reply Marcos Detourist saysAugust 19, 2017 at 10:36 pm1. I haven’t taken the direct train yet. Most travelers usually drop off at Johor Bahru and cross to SG by bus. At SG side, you can ride a train to the city center.2. Yes, it’s OK to visit Changi but you can only roam until the check-in counters.Reply Lito saysJuly 14, 2017 at 3:21 pmHi…im planning to go travel for 3 days at SG how much is specific the Hotel rate per day in Peso rate if i book on line.. thanksReply Rose saysJuly 31, 2017 at 1:03 pmOMG!!! Thank you so much for the guide. I’ve learned so many tips I can apply for my trip in SG this coming Sept. 2017.Reply Marcos Detourist saysAugust 19, 2017 at 10:24 pmEnjoy your trip to Singapore!Reply Lance saysAugust 6, 2017 at 8:10 pmHi Marcos, this will come in a handy, thank you! Just a few question, what are the chances that my flight will be cancel if I tell the officer that I’m actually going for a job hunting at SG during my 5 days stay. Also, is it okay if I don’t provide a return ticket as my stay might get extended?Reply Marcos Detourist saysAugust 19, 2017 at 10:19 pmYou will almost certainly get denied entry/boarding if you tell them that and/or if you don’t provide a return ticket.Reply Jemma saysAugust 21, 2017 at 10:00 pmTouring Singapore is really safe and easy even for first-time visitors. Many people think that vacationing in Singapore is expensive but you really don’t have to spend a lot as long as you budget your money wisely. I only spent 200 USD in my Singapore trip (including plane tickets and accommodation) :)Reply TravelDesk saysSeptember 26, 2017 at 12:33 pmGreat article about Singapore. One big difference I noticed i this article when comparing to other article about Singapore travel is your guide to travel the city in tight budget. really appreciated the effort. Lot of backpackers will find this article really helpful. Keep writing these. Cheers.Reply Kim saysSeptember 26, 2017 at 10:58 pmHello. Me and my friends were planning to go to sg next month for vacation. Tanong ko lang po sana kung paano if I dont own an atm or credit card or something from a bank? But I have a job as an blogger. Magkakaproblema po kaya ako? Kasama ko po ang friend ko which is also my boss and sasagutin din niya ang ticket ko. Ano po kaya ang magandang advice niyo for me para di mahold ng IO? May tatak na din po passport ko from Japan. Is it a plus? Thankyou in advance.Reply Marcos Detourist saysSeptember 27, 2017 at 5:59 amYung ATM or bank statement, it’s only to show that you have the finances to fund the trip. You can show them that you have enough cash to spend for your trip. So, you don’t need the ATM or credit card.Reply Areana saysDecember 3, 2017 at 6:32 pmIt’s a very good article and helpful. Me and my friend from USA(visited me few times in Phil’s), are planning to go for a 4day cruise that starts from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and end to Singapore again. I am a permanent government employee but I don’t have credit card and no big money in my bank. All my travel expenses will be shoulder by my friend, do I have a problem in immigration even if I show my travel itinerary and back and fort plane ticket and hotel accommodation paid by my friend? Thank you. Hoping AreanaReplyStart A TripSee travel guides and blogs about the Philippines and beyond.