Singapore in 60 Seconds
Everything you need to know for a trip to this diverse city that's known for being a "little red dot".
One Awesome Singapore Video
A Haiku about Singapore
Multicultural; Foodies and shopaholics; A global city.
Speak Like A Local
Singaporeans speak English, but also Mandarin, Malay, Tamil, and of course, Singlish, which consists of the country’s main languages combined in a mixture of sorts. (Read our Singlish guide here.)
Chat Like A Local
WhatsApp is the most popular chatting app. Other commonly used apps include Line, KakaoTalk, and WeChat.
All About That Cash
The official currency is the Singapore Dollar (S$ or SGD, S$1 is about USD$0.71). A plate of rice or a bowl of noodles go for as low as S$3 at hawker centres and markets, with prices from around S$4 to S$8 at food courts.
Best Time to Visit
Singapore is a tropical country without the four seasons, but note that the latter part of the year tends to be more rainy with a chance of haze.
Is it safe?
Need To Know
You can get fined for anything from littering to eating on public transport if you aren’t careful. Also, chewing gum is banned.
One Crazy Fact
Singapore’s only remaining forest, the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, has more tree species than the entire North American continent.
- Orchard Road and Marina Bay Sands: The main shopping areas, with the latter being the more luxurious of the two.
- Clarke Quay: Known for entertainment and nightlife.
- Holland Village, Duxton Road, and Tiong Bahru: The popular cafe spots if you want to chill or cafe-hop.
- Chinatown, Little India, and Arab Street: The main heritage and cultural districts.
- Sentosa: The most popular island attraction. Check out the attractions and events on their website.
The World's Highest Alfresco Bar
Live it up at the tallest rooftop bar in the world, with a stellar view of the city.
Getting In and Out
Changi Airport is the country’s only commercial airport. The airport complex includes many food and shopping options, as well as multiple gardens, a swimming pool and more.
Travelling from Changi Airport to the city:
- By shuttle bus: 25 mins/ S$9 per adult. The airport’s shuttle bus is available at all three terminals, and cover most downtown hotels.
- By public bus: 1 hr/ S$1.50 to S$2. Bus bays are located at basement levels of all three terminals. Take bus 36 or 36A to the city.
- By train: 30-40 mins/ less than S$2. MRT station accessible by foot from basement of Terminal 2 or 3.
- By taxi: 30 mins/ S$20 to S$40. Taxi stands at Arrival levels of all 3 terminals.
- By car: Car rental services Avis, Budget, and Hertz are available at Arrival halls of all three terminals. The counters operate from 7am to 11pm.
Common forms of transportation include:
- Taxi: ComfortCab and CityCab are the most common, with premier taxis like SilverCab. View the full list of taxi companies and fare guides here. Uber is also available.
- Bus: SBS Transit operates most of the buses, and has the Iris app that allows you to check bus arrival timings and be updated on any bus delays. To check bus routes, use Bus Router. You can pay by cash or using an EZ-Link card. Fares and card information here.
- Car: Rental services are available, many of which accept an international driving licence.
Tip(s): Use the gothere.sg app or website to figure out how to get to your destination, and check your exact train and/or bus fares with the Fare Calculator. You can also get the Singapore Tourist Pass for unlimited rides on trains and regular bus services, prices start at $10 for a 1-day pass. More information here.