Tips To Help You Explore Singapore on a Budget
Singapore is one of those top travel destinations in Southeast Asia that can be deceptively expensive. Yes, there’s a lot of street food and still a lot of hawker centres (food courts) that offer delicious eats on a budget, but you also need to consider things like accommodation, travel and entertainment.
Singapore has quickly become one of the most well-developed countries in the region, so it makes sense that it’s also growing in terms of daily costs. These costs also translate to travellers, making it a little more expensive for people to travel to Singapore and explore this beautiful and diverse city.
So in this post, we’re going to offer some helpful tips that will have you exploring Singapore on a budget. It’s worth keeping in mind that Singapore is definitely a place where your money can go further if you’re willing to spend extra, so we suggest planning for at least $60 USD per day and up to $100 per day if you want to be extra comfortable and have more options.
There are lots of free things to do if you know where to look
Singapore has some of the most amazing places to visit that are completely free to enter. For example, the Singapore Botanic Gardens is a beautiful place to explore if you’re a fan of stunning landscapes and gardening prowess. Another unique option is actually Changi Airport. If you’re flying in or out, you can get free access to all of the unique amenities in the airport. This includes the butterfly garden, the swimming pool, the movie theatre, and a unique cactus garden. These aren’t VIP amenities either, but things that anyone can do after you’ve gotten past security.
Singapore is filled with free attractions and outstanding places to visit. However, it’s important that you do a bit of research if you want to discover new locations to explore without spending too much money.
Make the most of public transportation
One of the best ways to get around Singapore is to use public transportation. The Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) is one of the most technically advanced and modern public transport systems in the world. While transport systems like the London Underground are known across the world for its historical significance, the MRT is known for being a modern engineering marvel.
You can travel to virtually anywhere in Singapore for as low as $3 USD. However, unless you’re only planning single trips, this can quickly add up. We suggest getting yourself a Singapore Tourist Pass if you want to save a lot of money. These offer you unlimited travel which is perfect if you plan to visit multiple different destinations in a single day. However, if you’ve already planned out where you want to go, then it might still be cheaper just to buy single tickets.
If you’re unsure how to get to a certain place, we’d suggest consulting your trusted Google Maps app. This will show you a general idea of how to get to your destination, but you may want to ask assistants at train stations for more help if you’re unsure how to get somewhere.
Consider different accommodation options
There are many different options for accommodation in Singapore and the optimal choice will depend on your personal preferences, if you’re travelling with people, and also your budget.
For example, if you’re travelling to Singapore on your own or with your partner then a hostel might be the best budget choice. However, if you’re in a large group or if your family, then you might want to consider home rental in Singapore instead. There are also some well-known hostels and budget hotels around the country, some of which even offer free WiFi devices that can help you stay connected.
Get used to the hawker centres
Lastly, get used to going to hawker centres! These massive food courts are amazing for trying out a variety of different foods. In fact, you’ll typically find people queuing up in droves just to get their pick of certain dishes and foods. It’s a fantastic option for eating out and you can get some delicious meals for very low prices if you know where to look.
So if you’re looking for a place to go for a family vacation, consider Singapore as a potential candidate. It’s a brilliant place to visit if you’re looking to explore Southeast Asian culture, and there’s so much to see and do despite it being a relatively small country.