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City trip Singapore: recommendations and comparison (05/21)
You have never been to Asia, but do you feel like traveling to this diverse and colorful continent? Then Singapore is your travel destination. The island nation is very often referred to as “Asia for beginners”, because as a former British colony everything works like at home and English is simply for communication.
Nevertheless, when it comes to the withdrawn cordiality of the people and the deeply relaxed pace of life, Singapore is fundamentally Southeast Asian. In the small island town, different cultures and religions mix, the tradition meets the modern.
In our big city trip report to Singapore in 2021, we compare different city trip offers so that you can organize your perfect vacation more easily. In our guide you will also find the answers to the most frequently asked questions about a city trip to Singapore. We also have a few more tips for your vacation.
the essentials in brief
- Singapore is a city of superlatives, where tradition and modern meet and unite to transform the city-state into a unique experience.
- There is no other corner of the world where such different cultures and religions live in peace and harmony as in Singapore. And all of this in an area not much larger than, for example, Hamburg.
- Singapore is perfect as a stopover, but also as a main travel destination. Because of the tropical climate, Singapore can be visited all year round.
City break to Singapore: the best deals
In Singapore you can experience everything from grandiose skyscrapers and futuristic architecture to impressive Hindu and Chinese temples. Singapore breathes internationality and is certainly worth a visit. In the following section we present you the best deals for a city break in Singapore.
The best Singapore on your own tour
If you are only visiting Singapore as a stopover, but you still want to get to know the city, then The exclusive Parkroyal on Pickering offers you the perfect opportunity to do so and also spend three nights in the unique hotel.
The central location saves you time and money and allows you to visit the most important sights in the limited period of time.
A 3-day stay in a unique hotel in the heart of Singapore.
The best all-inclusive city break in Singapore
As already mentioned, tradition and modernity meet in Singapore. If you really want to experience the city and want enough time for it, but still want to experience the luxurious feeling of the metropolis, then this all-inclusive city trip is for you.
You can take the elevator up to the 38th floor and enjoy the uplifting panoramic view of the Singapore skyline with cocktail in hand or just chill in a cabana by the pool. In a week you can do more than just see the sights packed with tourists. Discover the hidden gems of Singapore and lose yourself in the city!
A 7-day stay in a five-star hotel with a central location. The plane tickets are included.
Travel highlights in Singapore: What you absolutely have to see on your city trip
Singapore is a special city-state that is characterized by enormous cultural diversity. The Arab Quarter, Chinatown and Little India may not sound like districts of the modern and futuristic metropolis, but they show the different influences with which you can get to know each other in Singapore.
When visiting these quarters you can also get an insight into the origins and religions of the inhabitants. The peaceful coexistence of people of different faiths in a very limited space like Singapore is certainly unique and will enchant you.
Since Singapore combines the modern with the traditional, Marina Bay Sands and Gardens by the Bay represent the futuristic and modern side of the city-state. The building in the shape of an airplane naturally impresses everyone. Behind Marina Bay Sands you will find the Gardens by the Bay, which, with its artificial supertrees and futuristic furnishings, take you directly into an alternative reality.
What sights does Singapore have to offer?
Singapore is small, but offers a lot to see in the same amount of time. Whether you want to visit traditional architecture or prefer to be enchanted by futuristic designs, Singapore offers you the opportunity to experience all that and much more in one place.
In the following we want to introduce you to the most important sights of Singapore so that you don't miss anything on your trip!
Marina Bay Sands
Although the building was only built in 2010, Marina Bay Sands has quickly become a real landmark of the Lion City. Both the hotel and the mall have put the total focus on luxury, which may not be your cup of tea, but the visit is highly recommended.
In addition to a really fascinating architectural style, Marina Bay Sands offers an absolutely magnificent view of the Singapore skyline. You can treat yourself to this by the most famous infinity pool in the world, which allows you to swim to an invisible edge and look at Singapore at a dizzying height of almost 200 meters.
You can only use the infinity pool as a guest of the hotel. But even without the more expensive overnight stay in the hotel, you can experience this unforgettable moment and feeling. There is a separate visitor platform (SkyPark) for tourists who want to experience the view from the roof of Marina Bay Sands.
The entrance fee of around 15 euros can be invested much better in one of the bars on the roof and the view is cheaper and more pleasant.
Every evening at 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. (Friday and Saturday also at 11:00 p.m.) there is a water / light show in the Marina Bay Area, which you should see at least once.
Gardens by the Bay
Right behind Marina Bay Sands you will find the green oasis of Singapore - Gardens by the Bay. Different themed gardens (Indian, Chinese, etc.) as well as artificial trees form a green area of over 100 hectares. The most famous of the supertrees are the steel trees and the skywalk.
Gardens by the Bay with its artificial trees and associated parks is one of the multitude of futuristic attractions in Singapore and is worth a visit both during the day and at night.
The Singapore Flyer is the Ferris wheel in the Marina Bay Area, which is also the second tallest Ferris wheel in the world. At a height of 165 meters you have the opportunity to admire Singapore from a bird's eye view. If visibility is good, Malaysia and Indonesia too.
Our tip is to take a ride in one of the gondolas around half an hour before sunset. This way you can arrive at the highest point of the ferris wheel for the most beautiful moment of the wonderful sunset.
Little India is colorful, loud and shrill and is a little piece of India in the middle of the metropolis of Singapore. The quarter fascinates with colorful house facades, women dressed in saris and smells and aromas of spices that you cannot perceive in any other square in Singapore.
If you are looking for that “real” Indian feeling, then we recommend a visit on Sunday evening. Most Indians in Singapore have Sundays off work and therefore gather to share.
On a Sunday evening, however, the streets of Little India can get really “narrow”, so if you want to admire the colorful houses and Hindu temples, then a visit during the week or on Saturday is recommended.
Chinatown is another highlight of Singapore that you should definitely visit. With its small charming houses and colorful buildings, Chinatown contrasts with the futuristic parts of Singapore.
Here you can visit both the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple (Buddhism) and the Sri Mariamman Temple (Hinduism), which we would rather expect in Little India, which is just another sign of the colorful cultural diversity in the relatively small city-state.
In Chinatown you will also find the popular hawker center with its numerous food stalls and kitchens. There is a large selection of good quality dishes that are also suitable for the smaller budget.
Arab Quarter / Arab Street
The Arab Quarter is very close to Little India (approx. 1000 meters) and is therefore within walking distance. You can of course also get there quickly and comfortably by public transport or the hop-on-hop-off bus.
On the chic restaurant and shopping street Baghdad Street you will find many small cafes and designer shops by local artists. At the end of the street is the fascinating Sultan Mosque, whose golden dome can be seen from afar. This is also open to visitors at certain times.
The Merlion is a nearly nine meter high figure that has been the official landmark of the city of Singapore since 1964. The legendary figure is half mermaid (mermaid) and half lion (lion) and is thus intended to symbolize Singapore's bond with water on the one hand and the strength of the small city-state on the other.
The Merlion is one of the most important sights in Singapore and therefore attracts thousands of tourists every day. Nevertheless, the visit is highly recommended.
While in Gardens by the Bay you let the futuristic supertrees transport you into a different reality, in the botanical garden you will be enchanted by the beautiful orchids.
The Botanical Garden of Singapore is not only for nature and plant lovers, but also for anyone who wants to escape from the noise of the big city. You can visit the main part for free, but for the orchid garden you have to pay a small entrance fee of around 3 euros.
A visit is definitely recommended as The National Orchid Garden has the largest exhibition of orchids in the world with more than 60,000 plants and orchids.
Helix Bridge & Laser Show
Marina Bay Area offers another great attraction that is particularly worth visiting after sunset. The Helix Bridge is a pedestrian bridge whose architecture is based on the double helix of human DNA.
The bridge offers four viewing platforms with good visibility and connects the Marina Bay Sands Hotel with the promenade on the waterfront.
Helix Bridge is beautifully illuminated in the evening. In addition, you can watch the daily laser show with background music on the pedestrian bridge.
With more than 3000 animal species, the 28 hectare Singapore Zoo is one of the best in the world. The animals can go outdoors, which makes the zoo experience much more pleasant and unforgettable. Especially when compared to visiting the conventional zoo.
The night safari is particularly recommended! Here you take the train and can observe animals that are particularly active at night. A unique experience.
Orchard Road is considered to be THE shopping street in Singapore. Along the 2.2 km long street there are numerous high fashion shops, shopping centers, street cafes and several restaurants. The architecture in this area, as in many other parts of Singapore, is very futuristic and modern.
Orchard Road can be too cheesy for many, but a walk along the street is very worthwhile, as it is definitely impressive!
Travel tips: What you should consider on your city trip to Singapore
Singapore is a fascinating city and it is definitely worth more than one visit. But in order for your vacation to go off without a hitch and to be able to admire the beautiful Singapore calmly, you have to pay attention to some special features of the city. In the following we have put together a few organizational tips for you.
What is the best time to visit Singapore?
Although Singapore is considered a year-round travel destination, you always have to expect varying degrees of rainfall. The risk of rain and thunderstorms averages 40 percent. Therefore, some months are better for traveling than others.
In contrast to Europe, where there are four seasons, a distinction is made in Singapore between rainy and dry seasons.
The best time to travel to Singapore is from March to September, as these months have the lowest rainfall. The weather in this dry season is sunny and hot. Nevertheless, it is always good to have an umbrella in your luggage, as it can happen that you get into a sudden shower. The showers are always entertaining, so you don't have to worry too much about them.
The rainiest time is November and December. We did mention that you can easily travel all year round in Singapore. Nevertheless, during these two months there are strong monsoon showers, which can be short, but can also be very long.
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What's the best way to get to Singapore?
If you are going on a longer trip through Asia, we advise you to set your stay in Singapore either at the beginning or at the end of your trip.
Singapore's Changi Airport is one of the busiest and one of the best airports in the world. There are daily direct flights from Germany and Switzerland as well as flights with a stopover from Austria.
The good connections from Changi Airport are mainly provided by the national Singapore Airlines, which offer flights several times a day. Swiss and Lufthansa each fly once a day from Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Silk Air, Scoot and Tiger Air, which are all subsidiaries of Singapore Airlines, are the cheap airlines that serve thousands of destinations every day.
Singapore not only has one of the largest airports in the world, but also one of the world's largest seaports. Reaching Singapore by cruise ship would be your other option.
Even the largest cruise lines can dock at the Marina Bay Cruise Center. For your trip by ship you have to plan several days, of course, but the trip itself is also a small vacation.
What does a city trip to Singapore cost?
You can buy flight tickets from around 500 euros for both directions. The price range can vary depending on when you are flying and whether it is a direct flight.
The dry season from March to September is preferred by tourists because of the weather, and flight tickets and hotels are more expensive this month. If you choose a flight with a layover, chances are it will be cheaper.
You can also find good and inexpensive hostels and hotels in Singapore. A bed in a hostel costs you around 10 euros, but if you are looking for a hostel with better ratings, you have to calculate yourself at least 20 euros.
If you are looking for more comfort, a double room in hotels with “reasonably” good ratings will cost you from 80 euros per night.
You can get transport or food relatively cheaply. For a portion of Chinese, Malay or Indian dishes in the hawker center, you only count an average of 2 to 5 euros. The Singapore metro network is light but very effective and very cheap. One counts between 0.20 and 1.50 euros per trip.
Unlike in neighboring countries, sightseeing and tours in Singapore can be quite expensive. For most sights like the observation deck of Marina Bay Sands and attractions like the hop-on-hop-off bus you have to calculate around 25 euros.
What infrastructure is there in Singapore?
There are stops near most attractions. As an alternative to the MRT, you can also use the bus, but this is not a good choice during rush hour.
Since the MRT only runs until midnight, you can then take a taxi or Uber / Grab. The prices are much cheaper compared to Germany. For example, a taxi from Marina Bay Sands to the Botanical Gardens will cost you around 6 euros.
Changi International Airport is located on the eastern tip of the island and is approximately 20 km from the city center. With the MRT you are at your destination within 40 minutes for the price of 1.50 euros.
You can of course also use a taxi.Depending on the distance, you count between 15 and 25 euros and can be in your hotel room in half an hour.
How long should a city trip to Singapore last?
Basically, 3-4 days are enough for you to see the most important sights of the city. Nevertheless, we recommend that you plan at least 5 days in Singapore so that you really have time to experience the feeling of the city-state.
Take a quiet stroll in the different neighborhoods like Chinatown and Little India to fully experience the cultural diversity that reigns in a small area like Singapore.
Is Singapore suitable for a weekend getaway?
Are you visiting Singapore as a stopover and only have a weekend? This is not a problem, as you can visit the most important sights in 2 days.
Nevertheless, Singapore is versatile and especially if you don't have several weeks to spare, we recommend exploring the city by district. This not only saves you time, but also money, since you don't use the metro, and you get to see as much as possible this way.
What types of accommodation are available in Singapore?
If price is your main criterion then hostels are a better option for you. You can get a single bed for as little as 10 euros per night. In a hostel with better ratings you have to calculate from 20 euros for the bed. However, you have to note that you will sleep with several people in a dormitory, which has its charm, but is certainly not for everyone.
If you prefer a hotel, you have to pay from 80 euros for a double room. Of course, there are no upper limits. A night in Marina Bay Sands costs around 350 euros. The location of Marina Bay Sands is central, but you don't have to pay hundreds of euros per night for a good location.
It is important that your hotel is close to a subway station so that you don't lose time in long journeys. If a few sights and good restaurants are nearby, it is also an advantage. You can book a cheap but also very good hotel in the following districts:
- Marina Bay
- Orchard Road
- Clarke Quay
- Little India
- Bugis & Kampong Glam
- Civic District
What art and festivities are there in Singapore?
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