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Singapore is one of Asia’s hit-list destinations, an island city-state that looks nothing like its neighbouring countries. It’s a melting pot of cultures, of old and new, but also one of the most expensive destinations in Asia.
Luckily, Singapore is so small that traveling here is more than a breeze, and you won’t have to spend a fortune (unless you want to, of course).
So, how much money should I take on holiday to Singapore?
Well, it greatly depends on the type of traveler you are and how many other people you are traveling with. The average amount of money one person spends in Singapore is an average £80.
One week here usually means you’ll shell out about £600 on expenses such as accommodation, food, transportation, activities, and other fun stuff. Nonetheless, one may find ways to travel cheaper.
Let’s discuss the various options available for each type of traveler, whether you’re a backpacker traveling on a budget, or enjoy your fair share of comfort and maybe even a bit of luxury.
An active backpacker willing to share the room with other travellers can book a bed in a hostel dorm for as little as £8. Also worth mentioning is that these properties usually offer their guests full access to a shared kitchen where you can cook your own food to save up money.
Those that would feel more comfortable staying at a hotel should bring about £37 per day for a double room at a good hotel close to the city center.
Of course, if you don’t mind staying at a 1-star or 2-star hotel, you can also book a double room for about £20.
Lastly, if you want to enjoy yourself and money is not an issue, you can book a luxurious room with an excellent view over the city at a 5-star hotel. A room at a high-rated hotel runs somewhere between £80 and £150 per night.
When it comes to food, you’re in luck!
Eating for just a few pounds is very doable in Asia, as street food is extremely popular here and the dishes are absolutely phenomenal! Remember how we told you Singapore is a melting pot of cultures?
Here you can try many traditional dishes of neighbouring countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, and others without stepping one foot out of the city.
Eating out is a favorite pastime here, and restaurants are open around the clock. It’s no wonder Singapore is considered one of the world’s best culinary destinations. What’s even great is that a meal at a mid-range restaurant will cost you about £10 or even less. In the Arab Quarter, prices are a bit higher but you can still eat for less than £17.
Worth noting is that tipping is not customary in Singapore and it’s actually prohibited at Changi Airport. Some restaurants may add a 10% service change, so there’s no need to tip. You should also not tip at food courts and hawker centers.
If you fancy a cocktail on a night out every now and then, you’ll probably pay somewhere around £18 for a couple of drinks. But you can always stick to water which will cost you about £1.7 for the whole day.
Traveling to different parts of Singapore is easy as pie thanks to the wide array of public transportation. Whether you choose to board a bus, take the MRT and LRT trains, or go by taxi, all means of transportation are highly effective.
We suggest purchasing the Singapore Tourist Pass Plus, a special transport card that offers you unlimited travel on all public transport (except taxis, of course) for the duration it is valid. The card is available in the form of a 1-day pass or a 3-day pass. The 1-day pass costs around £21 while the 3-day pass costs about £29. If you plan on traveling quite a lot around the city, just know that this public transportation card offers good value for the money, so it’s well worth the investment.
One of the best things to do in Singapore is visiting one or more of its excellent museums. There are dozens of museums to choose from whether you’re interested in learning about the history of the state, science, natural history, technology, and more. The tickets are not exactly cheap, but you will still be able to visit at least one museum during your stay.
An admission ticket at the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum costs about £12 for an adult and about £7 for a child, student, or senior.
For those interested in seeing wildlife, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve is popular attraction which you can visit free of charge. Of course, you can also book a Night Safari trip from an agency, but it would cost you about £23 per person.
Budget-savvy travellers can also take advantage of freebies such as public performances and art displays along the riverfront. This is free entertainment you can enjoy all week, particularly on weekends.Shopping
For such as small state, Singapore has many malls. Even the Changi Airport can be viewed as one big mall. However, you should know that these shopping centers are extremely expensive. If you’d rather stick to souvenirs and a little something for yourself, you’ll be better off visiting the cheap shops and markets around Little India and Chinatown. And don’t be afraid to negotiate for a better price!
Before visiting Singapore it’s important to familiarize yourself with the state’s laws. Many things are forbidden here, and disobeying the rules can result in steep fines. The number one reason for getting a fine here is not using the marked crosswalks.
Things we take for granted back home like chewing gum on public transportation is also not permitted in Singapore. Vaping is also illegal. And by all means, don’t feed the pigeons in the park because it may result in a £270 fine!
Singapore has the reputation of being an expensive destination, but you can experience almost everything it has to offer on a budget. Bring at least £600 per person for each week of travel. However, if you’d rather book a room at a fancy hotel and enjoy a few meals at one of its’ Michelin-star restaurants, allow a £1000 budget per person per week.
All in all, regardless of how you choose to travel, you’ll never forget the memories you made in this fascinating city-state!
|Holiday Class||Estimated Amount Needed Per Day (Per Person)|
|Budget||£90 Per Day|
|Mid-range||£200 Per Day|
|High-end||£650 Per Day|
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