Singapore, Singapore

Singapore, ASIA

Singapore is an island city-country in Southeast Asia. Founded as a British trading colony in 1819, since independence it has become one of the world’s most prosperous countries and boasts the world’s busiest port.singapore_world_map It is a fairly crowded city, second only to Monaco as the world’s most densely populated country but with more than 50% of its area covered by greenery and with over 50 major parks and 4 nature reserves – is is rightly called the “garden city”.

Singapore’s Changi International Airport is a major aviation hub in Southeast Asia and serves more than 100 airlines operating 6,400 weekly flights connecting Singapore to over 250 cities in about 60 countries and territories worldwide. This makes Singapore a perfect stopover destination for tourism. Tourism in Singapore is a major industry and contributor to the Singaporean economy, attracting more than 13 million tourists a year.

Like most Southeast Asia countries, Singapore is generally hot and humid all year round, with the temperature averaging between 25°C to 33°C. The rainy season is usually in the months of November and December. June through August is considered to be the best time to visit.

Attractions

Singapore mainland is a diamond shaped island which is 42km from east to west and 23km from north to south, is compact enough to explore in few days. One of the most noticeable features of this tiny but bustling city-state is its cleanliness, offering a vivid combination of ultra-modern skyscrapers, remnants of tropical rainforest, ambitious tourist developments, occasional reminders of the colonial era, and an assortment of colourful ethnic urban areas such as Little India, each with a character very much of its own.

Shop till you drop and enjoy tax-free shopping anywhere you go in Singapore. The 7% Goods and Service Tax (GST) levied on all sales in Singapore can be refunded at Changi Airport before your outbound flight, or at one of four downtown Global Refund offices.

Wildlife Reserves Singapore

Wildlife Reserves Singapore

Singapore Wildlife reserves has a large collection of flora and fauna evolving from being “Viewing” parks to “Learning” parks. Leisure attractions providing an experiential learning experience for visitors as they learn more about animals, birds, plants and the environment through sight and sounds, and…

Marina Bay Area

Marina Bay Area

Marina Bay area also commonly known as the CBD (Central Business District) is the heart of Singapore. Large number of tourist attractions are packed in this area. Marina Bay Sands is an integrated resort fronting Marina Bay in Singapore. The iconic design has transformed…

Sentosa Island

Sentosa Island

Sentosa Island is Singapore’s playground which is just 15 mins away from the city center it offers a host of attractions ranging from pristine beaches, world-class theme parks, sea sports, golf and retreats. ADMISSION FEE TO SENTOSA ISLAND SGD 4.00 by Sentosa Express SGD…

Singapore Food

Singapore Food

Singaporeans are very passionate about food and visitors to Singapore must try some of the local specialties. Local cuisine is indicative of the ethnic diversity of the culture of Singapore which originated from Malaysia. The food is influenced by the native Malay, the predominant…

Travel

Singapore Changi Airport is easily accessible with many modes of transportation available to and from the Airport.

Airport Shuttle
The airport shuttle service offers transport from Changi Airport to all major hotels in the city. The airport counter is open 24-hours daily and visitors can approach the Ground Transport Desk at the Arrival Halls for bookings.

The rates below are applicable for a single trip from Changi Airport to a hotel in the city.
Adult: SGD 9.00
Child: SGD 6.00 (below 12 years of age)

Public Bus Service
Public bus service #36 goes to the city. The first bus starts at around 6.00 am in the morning and the last leaves at midnight. A single fare costs below SGD 2.00 and takes about an hour to reach city. Bus stops are located at the basement bus bays of Terminals 1, 2 and 3.

Note: Please prepare the exact fare as no change will be returned.

Taxi
Taxis are available at the taxi stands at the Arrival levels of each Terminal. The journey to the city is estimated to cost between SGD 18.00 and SGD 38.00 and takes approximately 30 minutes. Fares are metered and there is additional airport surcharge for all trips originating from the airport. (included in the meter reading)

$5 airport surcharge – 5.00 pm to 12.00 am (Fridays to Sundays)
$3 airport surcharge – all other times
Midnight surcharge of 50% of final metered fare – 12.00 am to 6.00 am (daily)

There are also Limousine and large taxis available from the airport. These taxis operate from point to point and has a fixed rate.
4 seater Limousine Taxi: SGD 55.00* per departure (from airport)
7 seater Large Taxi: SGD 60.00* per departure (from airport)

*Additional surcharge of SGD 15.00 applies per additional stop.

Note: Always ask for a receipt which will indicate the total amount to be paid, distance traveled and surcharge applied (if any). Receipt will has the taxi number just in case you need to report a lost article.

Train
Changi Airport is well connected by MRT train for traveling to the city and vice versa.

To get to the city, passengers need to transfer to the west bound train at Tanah Merah train station. The last train service leaving Changi Airport station which would allow a transfer to the last west bound train at Tanah Merah station is scheduled at 11.18 pm.

To get to the airport, passengers need to transfer to the east bound train at Tanah Merah train station. The first train service arriving at Changi Airport station is scheduled at 5.26 am on Mondays to Saturdays and at 5.54 am on Sundays and public holidays.

Singapore Tourist Pass
The best most cost effective way for sightseeing in Singapore is to travel on Singapore’s public transport stp-card-plusnetwork. Buy a 1, 2 or 3-Day Singapore Tourist Pass and enjoy unlimited rides within your desired travel duration. With this wallet-friendly electronic smart card, you can ride in comfort on the island’s extensive train system and public bus network to take in all the attractions Singapore has to offer.

Passes can purchased at selected TransitLink Ticket Offices in centrally-located SMRT Stations. The pass will remain valid for use for the duration of the number of days purchased (i.e. 1-Day, 2-Day or 3-Day pass), from the time of purchase to the end of the operational hours for MRT, LRT and basic bus services on the last day.

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Singapore Tourist Pass Plus

Point of Sales Operational Hours
Changi Airport MRT 8:00 am – 4:00 pm daily
HarbourFront MRT 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm daily
Tourist Service Centre by Travelmania at Orchard Mrt Station (exit E) 10:00 am – 10:00 pm daily

Singapore Tourist Pass

TransitLink Ticket Office Operational Hours
Changi Airport 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm daily
Orchard 8:00 am – 9:00 pm daily
Chinatown 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm daily
City Hall 9:00 am – 9:00 pm daily
Raffles Place 8:00 am – 9:00 pm on Weekdays
8:00 am – 5:00 pm on Saturdays
Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays
Ang Mo Kio 8:00 am – 9:00 pm daily
Harbour Front 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm daily
Bugis 10:00 am – 9:00 pm daily
Lavender 12:00 pm – 3.45 pm
4:45 pm – 7.30 pm daily
Closed on Public Holidays
Bayfront 12:00 pm – 8.00 pm (Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays only)
Closed for meal break from 3.45 pm – 4.45 pm

Singapore MRT/LRT Map
MRT-System_Map

Travel Requirements: Singapore, Asia

Travel Requirements: Singapore, Asia

Foreign nationals entering the Republic of Singapore are required to have a valid passport and a visa. However, nationals of visa waiver countries can enter Singapore without a visa as long as the purpose of their visit is tourism or temporary visit. If they…

Maps & Area

Tips

  • Check the weather conditions during your travel dates to ensure right type of clothing. Click here to view Current Weather
  • Singapore has a tropical climate and you can expect hot and humid weather all year round. An umbrella can be very handy as it mostly rains during afternoon.
  • South Dollar (SGD) is the local currency of Singapore but other international currencies like USD ($), EUR (€) & GBP (£) can be easily exchanged.
  • 1 USD is about 1.25 SGD. Click here for Currency Converter
  • Save on city travel and sightseeing by using Singapore Tourist Pass Plus+.
  • Tipping is not common in hotels and restaurants as most places have a 10% service charge added to the bill.
  • Tourists can claim back their 7% Goods & Service Tax (GST) paid, before their outbound flight at Changi Airport.
  • Don’t get involved with narcotic drugs of any kind. Possession of even very small quantities can lead to imprisonment, corporal punishment or the death penalty.

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