Often perceived as an expensive city, I’d like to show you how to enjoy 24 hours in Singapore on a budget. On our recent stopover we were able to take in some sights, eat good food and stay in comfortable accommodation without breaking the bank.
Singapore provides a comforting mix of home with some Southeast Asian favourites thrown in to keep it interesting. As an example, the traffic isn’t as hectic as Saigon, but you’ll find street eats as good as Bangkok. A very popular city for a stopover en route to Europe, here’s how you can make the most of 24 hours in Singapore and keep your wallet happy.
Arrival – Getting Around – Departure
Singapore’s Changi Airport is connected to the city via rail between the hours of 5:30am – 11:30pm (approximately). The service is fast, clean and extremely affordable, costing around SGD3.00 one way. Taxis and Ubers are available 24 hours a day. Uber drivers are allowed to drive right up to the arrival area which is a bonus. Whilst the fares are comparable to those of taxis, if you’re travelling solo you can opt for UberPOOL. This means if another solo traveller is waiting at the same time and same pick up point as you the fare can be split between the two of you – genius! We used Uber twice in Singapore on this trip and had the nicest drivers who both had clean and comfortable vehicles. We got around the city via the MRT network. It’s a fairly fool proof train system that can connect you just about everywhere. With trips costing around SGD1.50, tickets can be easily purchased via touchscreen machines.
Obviously with 24 hours in Singapore we needed somewhere to rest our heads! Keep in mind that accommodation in Singapore is more costly than other major cities in Southeast Asia. We were invited by the 5footway.inn brand to stay at their guesthouse in the Boat Quay area. The highlight of this property is its communal terrace with striking views of Marina Bay Sands and the vibrant strip of restaurants and bars along the Singapore River.
Although offering shared bathroom facilities I wouldn’t put the 5footway.inn in the hostel category. It’s tastefully decorated with beautiful black and white prints and modern furniture. There was a mix of families, couples and solo travellers staying, so it’s definitely promoting an inclusive environment rather than a party one. Our triple share loft room was clean and perfect for those who will be out and about sightseeing during the day. Other bonuses of the guest house are fantastic air conditioning and the endless cups of complimentary coffee. Fast wifi, free phone calls and computer usage in the lobby means guests can stay connected and easily organise their travel arrangements. I really enjoyed staying here, it was comfortable, welcoming and exactly what we needed for our brief visit. Want to save 10% on a stay here? Make a booking directly by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and use the code FT10. (Valid until October 2017 for bookings and stays)
Sure, some activities in Singapore do cost money but there are a few things you can do in 24 hours that are absolutely FREE! Wander through Gardens By The Bay and take in the light show as night falls. Admire the structure that is the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. Take a stroll down hipster Haji Lane and snap some street art whilst sipping on a cappuccino. The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple in Chinatown is also free to enter and worth a visit. Not far from here is the colourful Hindu Sri Mariamman Temple. Whilst the shops on Orchard Road aren’t selling anything fake and haggling isn’t the way deals are made, window shopping is definitely free!
Singapore offers exquisite high end dining experiences but there are plenty of options that’ll make your wallet smile. Enjoy the mix of Chinese, Indian and Malay flavours that make this city one of the best in the world for food. The best places to eat on a budget are the food courts. Follow the crowds and sample Hainanese Chicken Rice, Char Kway Teor or a Roti Prata. Head to the central Lau Pa Sat food centre and tantalise your taste buds. Dishes (and I mean lots of food) won’t cost more than a few dollars each time!
I hope this post has provided a small insight in how to have a budget friendly 24 hours in Singapore. It really is one of Southeast Asia’s most exciting cities. For more information on the 5Footway Inn Project Boat Quay and their other properties you can visit their website here. You can also find them on Facebook and Instagram.
My stay was hosted by the 5Footway Inn – As always, the opinions are my own.