Located in south east Asia, people often associated Singapore with fancy malls, shopping, luxury hotels and fine dining. Some people who travel to Singapore for transfer, and you might have a whole day to explore the city. So how to make the best of one day? Here is a perfect guide including how to get around the city and what to do for you to make the best use of your precious time.
Traveling season in the Singapore
Weather plays an important role while traveling. However, Singapore is an exception, since there isn’t a certain season in Singapore that is “the best” time to visit. There are things in Singapore that can be done all year round. For example shopping, as shopping a national sport in Singapore, the weather wouldn’t make much differences for shoppers. However, plan on the post-Christmas and New Years and you might find some discounts and bargains, even extended shopping hours during certain seasons. Weather in Singapore is in general hot and humid throughout the year. Especially from April to August, the weather often reach to more than 30 degrees. From November to January, it is the raining seasons. There will be occasionally showers in the afternoon.
- Tips: if you plan on walking around in the city, as it is mostly hot and humid, do remember to dress smart!
Going around in Singapore: transportation
By knowing the buses, metro system and taxis, it will make your time in Singapore smoother and more convenient
Taking buses in Singapore
It is not easy to understand the routes of buses and signs while traveling abroad, as a result, buses often come as the last choice comparing to MRT or taxis. Yet, with buses, you also can look at the nice view outside, and explore the city even better. Since the MRT in Singapore is not that extensive comparing to the buses In Singapore, the buses offer well connected network throughout the Singapore. If you learn how to take a bus in Singapore, it will save you a lot of time and money!
Two main buses company in Singapore
the two main buses in Singapore company are SBS and SMRT, and the two new other, Tower Transit and Go-Ahead Singapore. SBS is the main bus company in Singapore, having 3400 buses in the country, they offer wheelchair on board and air conditioned on every bus. On Friday, Saturday, and long weekends, SBS offers ”night-owl” service from midnight to two am, which offers convenience for those who go on night outs.
Some tips to notice
Before hopping up, it is recommended to download so APP such as NextBus, SG BusLeh… etc. These APPS will help you organize the bus routes and transit, locate yourself estimate your departure and arrival schedule. You can pay by cash, either buy the tickets at the machine at the bus stops or buy an EZ-Link card at any MRT station, bus interchange, convenience stores. Also, remember to press the bell before getting off.
The MRT in Singapore has a thirty-year history, yet it is till now well maintained and very clean. Taking the MRT, just like other public transport, MRT trains can get incredibly crowded during rush hours. In Singapore is also known as SMRT, it currently offers five metro lines including East West Line, North South Line, North East Line, Circle Line and Downtown Line. Apart from this, there is a express going directly to the famous tourist attraction Sentosa. (Sentosa Express）
- Taking taxis and Grab ：If you prefer a quicker and private way of traveling, you might consider taking a taxi instead of going around with public transportation. It is of course pricier than public transportation, but yet affordable in Singapore. You might be hesitating- traveling in a foreign country, it is common worry about being blackmailed on a taxi or misunderstanding due to the language. Luckily, taxis in Singapore are secure and it is a bilingual country (English and Mandarin), so don’t worry!
- Standard taxis：These are seven companies you will see in the streets: Comfort, City Cab, SMRT, Trans-Cab, Premier Taxis, Prime Taxi, Yellow-Top Taxis. They are all metered and airconditioned. All of them can be easily distinguished by color.
- Using Grab Although taxis are almost available everywhere in the city, it might be difficult to find one during the rush hour in the city. You can consider downloading one of the most common cab App, and that is Grab. Function as an Uber in Singapore, it offers wide selection of car types and a convenient ride.
Recommended sights for a one-day itinerary in Singapore
As the transportation super convenient in Singapore, we will be recommending sights that both can be easily accessed and popular among tourists. Some are even within walking distances!
Take a selfie at Merlion park
You’ve might already seen this before, the most representative images of Singapore, the mythical Merlion. It is a statue with the head of a lion but with a body of a fish. The story starts with Merlion’s body, which symbolizes as Singapore began as a fishing village, and its head represents Singapore’s original name, and that is ‘lion city’ in Malay. There are around 7 statures of Merlion. Yet, comes in all kinds of sizes, the most well-known belongs to the one in Merlion Park. The view is magnificent during the night and do remember to take a picture with Merlion!
- Location: 1 Fullerton Road, Marina Bay, Singapore
Explore Gardens by the Bay
About 20 minutes away from merlion park Gardens By the Bay, as the name implies, it is a huge, enormous nature park with a size of 101 hectares located in the central region of Singapore. Consists of three waterfront gardens, it is also famous for its Flower Dome, which is the largest greenhouse in the world. During the day, there is nothing better than taking a fine nice stroll in a magic garden under a humid and heating afternoon! Check out all kinds interesting flowers, green plants and huge succulent! It is also a great spot during the night. The light show held every night at 7:45 and 8:45. Plan your night at Gardens By the Bay and soak yourself in a enjoy the glamorous light performance and groovy music along! What’s more, OCBC skyway is a 128meter-long skyway, which gives you a feeling of wandering around the garden of Babylon. Offering a dreamlike scene, you will see the spectacular view of the bay and the romantic garden.
- Location：18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
- Light show: every night at 19:45、20:45
Have a view and get a drink at the top of the Marina Bay Sands
Going to the top of the fancy resort Marina Bay Sand, the SkyPark observation desk is where you see the whole Singapore. The rooftop is in boat shape, and the area includes a restaurant, a bar, and an observation deck. Have a relaxing afternoon and enjoy the best views of Singapore at SkyPark.
Top 3 things to do in Santosa
From Marina Bay to Resorts world Sentosa
As both Marina Bay and Sentosa iconic tourist attractions in Singapore. If you think of doing both within one day, with the efficient service of transportation, you can go around in last than an hour. From Marina Bay to Sentosa, take either bus line 97 or a metro than monorail to get there.
Sentosa, located at the southern coast of Singapore, is a paradise-like island famous for its various entertainment. It is said to have one of the best beaches in Singapore.
Singapore is famous for its manmade developments including beaches. Although manmade, there is nothing unreal about the soft white sand, which is imported from neighboring country Malaysia. Tourists will find plenty to do at the beaches: having a cocktail at the beach bar, taking a relaxing nap under a palm tree in the afternoon, or splashing water in the warm sea. For the best beaches spots in Santosa, head to Tanjong, Palawan, or Siloso Beach.
- Location: Sentosa Island, Singapore
Universal Studio Singapore
The Universal Studio Singapore is the second largest in Asia. With seven themed zone, exciting rides, live shows, and Hollywood movie-sets pulls, a fun and exciting time is guaranteed! It is a great place for those movie lovers, kids, and families!
- Location: 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269, Singapore
See the marine animlas upclose at S.E.A Aquarium Singapore
Another family friendly spot and all-season attraction! It is said to be one of the largest aquariums in the world and with over 100,000 aquatic animals. Not only can you check out the lovely creatures from all over the world, there are educate-oriented exhibition including interactive activities about marine. S.E.A Aquarium is perfect place for everyone from kids to the elders to see, learn, and have lots of fun!
- Location: 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269, Singapore