Singapore is known for being much more expensive than its neighbours, and it’s for this reason that many people choose to leave it off their itineraries. But Singapore is an exciting and vibrant destination that you shouldn’t have to miss out on! If you know how to cut down your major expenses while there, you can make your visit to Singapore cheap. With these handy tips you can save on accommodation, sightseeing, food and transport costs.
Without a doubt accommodation will be your biggest cost in Singapore. Hotels are the most expensive option but there are sometimes some great sales if you hunt around online. I suggest using AirBnB to rent an apartment as this is likely to be a lot cheaper than a hotel. Little India is generally the cheapest area to stay in and as the MRT is accessible from here it’s easy to explore more of Singapore using Little India as your base.
Getting around is not a problem as Singapore is so small and all the major sights are linked by the MRT. Obviously walking is the cheapest option but for longer distances the MRT is perfect and really simple to navigate. It’s worth looking into purchasing a tourist pass for the MRT if you’re going to be moving around a lot. I bought a 3 day pass for $30SGD, of which $10 is refunded when you return the card. Taxis are also surprisingly cheap and are much more convenient when travelling to/from the airport with baggage. A taxi from Changi airport to Orchard Rd will cost around $20SGD.
If you’re looking to save money on food, head straight for a Hawkers Market! These can be found in every shopping centre and major MRT stops, just follow your nose and the lines of hungry locals! Hawkers stalls are where you’ll find by far the cheapest, tastiest and most authentic Singaporean food – do not leave without visiting at least one! No need to worry if you are skeptical about trying street food as Singapore has strict food safety standards and all stalls must display their safety rating. Supermarkets are also great to pick up cheap snacks like pre-cut fruit and in places like Paragon Marketplaces you can purchase inexpensive sushi and fresh bakery items.
With so much to see and do in Singapore you can end up spending a fortune, but luckily all of the best attractions are free! Skip Sentosa Island if you want to save money and explore Singapore for free instead. The real beauty of Singapore is in wandering around the different neighbourhoods. Chinatown, Little India and Arab Street are all must-visits. Other free activities include watching the Marina Bay light show, window-shopping on Orchard Road, and visiting Gardens by the Bay.
If you take these tips into account, Singapore can be a cheap destination that should definitely not be left off your itinerary. If you’re headed to Singapore you may want to check out how to see the ‘real’ Singapore to make the most of your time there and enjoy the best Singapore has to offer.