Singapore is known to be an expensive city, but it doesn’t have to be. Cheap eats can be found in food stalls, and hostels can be found on the outskirts of the main city. Even though it’s the smallest country in Southeast Asia, there is still a lot to see with unique architecture throughout. Visit the Helix Bridge, try to sneak into the Marina Bay Sands infinity pool (let me know how it goes!), and watch the light show at the Gardens by the Bay.
Currency: Singapore Dollar S$ (SGD) (click here for current conversions)
Language: English is an official language of Singapore, but Mandarin, Malay, and Tamil are also widely spoken.
Visa: Not required for stays under 90 days (Click here for the most up-to-date Visa information)
Wifi friendly: Yes. Wireless@SG provides free public wifi at locations such as malls, museums, eateries and more. Otherwise, a pocket wifi is available for purchase at the airport.
SIM cards: M1, Singtel, and Starhub are all the different SIM cards available. They vary in price and packages
Unique tip/ Experience: Singapore has the cheapest Michelin star restaurant in the world called Hong Kong Soya Sauce chicken. The line is about 3 hours long, but the food is worth it. Make sure you get more than one plate!
Hostels: Hostels are pretty pricey starting at $11, but they do include breakfast, and free wifi. The most budget hostels will be located outside of the main areas of Singapore like Little India, Chinatown, or Bugis.
Hotels: Budget hotels start at around $30. If you’re looking to splurge a little, you can find more upscale hotels for around $70-$100. The Marina Bay Sands Hotel starts at $450/night.
Food & Drink
Singapore has this beautiful invention called Hawker Centres and are perfect for the budget traveler. They are food courts where different types of the local cuisine can be tested out in one spot for as low as $5. Trust me, you’ll want to try more than one dish at a time.
Clubs and bars a bit more pricey with beers around $15. Clarke Quay is a great place to bounce from club to club.\
Chicken rice- boiled chicken with flavored rice and sauce (the most popular Singaporean dish)
Roast meat/duck- meat that is marinated in a variety of different herbs and spices and roasted until the skin is golden and charred. Usually served with rice.
Kaya toast, soft boiled egg, coffee- a popular breakfast combo. Kaya is a sweet jam made of coconut with sugar and is spread atop toast, served with coffee. Order a soft boiled egg to accompany it.
How to get there
The international airport is called the Changi Airport (SIN). The cheapest way to reach the city from the airport is by taking the MRT, the public train system. Follow the signs that say “Train to the City” and transfer at Tanah Merah on the East-West line. You’re next step will depend on where your accommodation is located so make sure you know which stop it is at. If you are coming from Kuala Lumpur you may take a first class train for under $20 (AC included).
The buses and the MRT are very easy to navigate and are extremely convenient. For visitors, there is a Tourist Pass that will get you unlimited rides on all the public transport systems. You can buy an all day pass for $10 or a 3 day pass for $20! There is a $10 rental deposit, so don’t lose it. You can get this refunded at certain ticketing offices like the Changi Airport. Singapore is also very walkable, but humid, so you decide which you can handle.
Phrases to Know
(it's really easy!)
Thank you= Thank you
How much? = How much?