Is Traveling to Singapore Really Expensive?

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Marina Bay View in Singapore
Marina Bay View in Singapore

Visiting Singapore for the first time wasn’t actually part of my travel plan for this year. I have been planning to complete all Southeast Asian countries first before embarking other parts in the world. Among all SEA countries, Singapore is the last to visit on my list. So, imagine how unprepared I was that on my 4th country I’m visiting Singapore.

I booked a ticket less than a month from the scheduled flight, decided to stay for a week. Prior to this day, I was extremely busy meeting clients online and the main supplier in Bohol for the upcoming tour project. With a hectic schedule, I seldom check on what else there is to see in this country, especially about its cost and budget. As usual, being such a spontaneous traveler, I still come unprepared.

Is traveling to Singapore really expensive?

YES and NO!

View from afar of Marina Bay in Singapore

Before I break down the details why I say both Yes and NO.

Here is a little information on where I’m staying.

1-2 First Nights Stayed and Hosted by the Local Resident

4 Remaining Nights Stay in a Luxurious Hotel

Total Nights in Singapore: 6 Nights/7Days

Why do I personally say – YES? It is in the sense that, I stayed in a luxury hotel on my remaining 4 days in Sentosa island and feast upon restaurants that are out of my financial standing. So, why did I do that if it’s out of my budget? To be honest, I didn’t pay for it, someone’s kind soul paid everything for me in those 4 days, but, I prefer to keep that person unknown for privacy. Nevertheless, my unending heartfelt gratitude has been privately expressed to that someone.

Allow me to share where I have been in those 4 days to give you an idea why I subjectively say it’s expensive.

Stayed for 4 days in Le Meridien Sentosa. With the hotel’s price range of Php 12,000.00 – Php 26,000.00 (SGD 180-280) per night, I got baffled by its cost, yet, I was given a spacious room that has a jacuzzi by the veranda, which was an absolute luxury experience for myself.  The room has Nespresso, as a huge coffee drinker, this is obviously positively feeding my heart. They also have a kettle and some coffee sachets as an alternative if in case Nespresso is not a thing for the guest. Apart from the coffee, there were complimentary fruits on my arrival and a daily bottled water was served consistently. Albeit, just by having all these in a room was so surreal. Please head on and check what other amenities this resort has to offer. And oh, it’s only a walking distance to the Resort World if you fancy shopping and likes to gamble at the casino.

Le Meridien  Hotel Singapore
Le Meridien Hotel Singapore
Jacuzzi by the veranda in Le Meridien Hotel Singapore
Jacuzzi by the veranda in Le Meridien Hotel Singapore

Since I stayed in one of the hotels in Sentosa, the receptionist handed a pass or a Sentosa fun ticket with no add-on cost which can be used equivalently to the number of days staying in the hotel. If you are not staying in Sentosa, a $4.00 fee is required which can be purchased online or from Vivo City station itself. The rides and some activities available inside Sentosa island comes with an expensive cost like for instance, their Go Green Cycle that cost $18 or their Mega Adventure Park for $100. I did want to try all of these but I find it too expensive in my usual budget. If you want to know more of their available adventures including the famous Universal Studio, please check it here. Other spots outside Sentosa cost a bunch of money too, the reason why I also didn’t check into. Don’t fret, I will be back in SG with a good amount of budget and must stay for awhile so I can sneak on these amazing spots in my own pace. During my stay in Singapore, I was able to dig into this site for activities to do. Click HERE for more adventures. 

Sentosa Fun Ticket in Singapore
Sentosa Fun Ticket in Singapore
Sentosa Fun Ticket Back side in Singapore
Sentosa Fun Ticket Back side in Singapore

Speaking of food, there are massive of restaurants and local places to choose from. During these 4 days, savoring different cuisines in Singapore had any budget traveler’s wallet tear apart. In order to understand why it’s expensive to my standard, I’m laying down the list of the restos where I have been with an average cost of $11 to more than SGD 50, which by the way, are recommendable as they are tasty.

TINO'S CAFE

Location: Resorts World Sentosa, 26 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098138

Must Try: Durian Pizza, Butter French Fries, and Buffalo Wings

Price Range: SGD 10.00-25.00

Tino's Cafe with the Menu in Sentosa Singapore
Tino's Cafe with the Menu in Sentosa Singapore
Tino's Cafe Orders in Sentosa Singapore
Tino's Cafe Orders in Sentosa Singapore

Location: 50 SILOSO BEACH WALK, Sentosa Singapore

Must try: Chicken Wings with Shrimp Paste with Tiger or Bintang Beer

Price Range: SGD 9-80

Bikini Bar Menu List in Sentosa Singapore
Bikini Bar Menu List in Sentosa Singapore
Good Spot to have a Tiger Beer in Bikini Bar Singapore
Good Spot to have a Tiger Beer in Bikini Bar Singapore

Location: 1 Harbourfront Walk, #01-116 Vivo City, Singapore

Must Try: Signature Margaritas, Burritos Wraps, Protein Salad, and Mexican Street Corn (Love this)

Price Range: SGD 10-20, drinks: SGD  3-4

Barrio by Mex Out Menu List in Vivo city Singapore
Barrio by Mex Out Menu List in Vivo city Singapore

Location: 3D, River Valley Road Singapore 179023

Must Try: Grilled Season Prawns and Mucho’s Platter

Price Range: SGD 11-38

Mucho's Bar Singapore
Mucho's Bar Singapore

Location: L1-03, Bay Level, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Must Try: Wonderwoman Choco Lava and Pasta

Price Range: SGD 9-28

DC Comic Superheroes Cafe in Singapore
DC Comic Superheroes Cafe in Singapore

Location: Skypark Observation Deck, Marina Bay Sands, Bayfront Avenue, Singapore

To top all of this restaurant is a dinner in Ce La Vi which is located at the Marina Bay Skypark. This fine dining restaurant requires a minimum amount to the order of SGD 88 each person. A guest can have a visit at their bar for a cheaper option by ordering drinks valued at SGD 22-25. This is crazily the most expensive dinner I’ve tried in my life, yet, it is also the best view to catch sight of Singapore. Standing at one of the tallest building in the country is an extravagant experience. Being in a location where every views and scene of Singapore from the harbor site to the center of the city are widely noticeable. I suggest you must book a reservation a day before as they don’t accept walk-in guests. An hour before the sunset is the best time to show up to catch the best spot when capturing the sunset in this country.

Ce La Vi Skybar Appetizer - Singapore
Ce La Vi Skybar Appetizer - Singapore

Singapore develops an easy booking access when it comes to transportation, I am talking about their taxi service no wonder taxis and uber are expensive. The company Comfort Taxi is the one I mostly book, because apart from being on time, it was a hassle-free on their payment process especially when there is no available cash on hand, with just one click from their app, everything is taken care of.  Yes, you got it right, in those 4 days, I took the taxi to few destinations and it’s really expensive. Paid about an average of $20-$35 for less than 30 minutes ride. Don’t get me wrong, their taxis have the most efficient service I ever had in my life.

Ok, now let me tell you why I say NO, there is also an inexpensive way traveling to different areas here. Regardless of being one of the world’s most expensive country, there are other things to be considered. No doubt that living is really expensive as rental and buying properties cost a fortune. But, let me give some reasons as a traveler experiencing its cheaper options. I was hosted by a dear friend, days before my arrival we agreed that I will be intruding their place and her whole family for two nights. That saved me a lot, and lots of recommendations were shared with the family how else I can save. With the great infrastructure, there are great activities to do like walking, jogging or just roaming the streets in the main city which is a better option to kill the taxi fare. The streets are uncluttered and easy to walk by with all the amazing maps available in some corner, losing your way will not be a problem. I walked from Marina bay to Clarke Quay which in between I was able to discover Fort Canning, River Cruise, Fullerton and of course the old Raffles hotel plus other amazing sites within reach.  If walking is not for you, then buses and MRT are available, paid $12 for one card which I bought at Changi airport station by the time I arrived. With their available apps (apps available are Mytransport.sg, Moovit and Singapore Street Directory) to get detailed information of your bus schedule makes everyone stress free. Just so you know that the MRT card can also be used for bus fare.

At the Changi Airport MRT Station, waiting for the train. - Singapore
At the Changi Airport MRT Station, waiting for the train. - Singapore
Singapore Along Fort Canning Area
Singapore Along Fort Canning Area
River Cruise in Singapore
River Cruise in Singapore
Fort Canning on Top of the area along Clarke Quay in Singapore
Fort Canning on Top of the area along Clarke Quay in Singapore
City Street near Fullerton Hotel in Singapore
City Street near Fullerton Hotel in Singapore
Central Part in the city of Singapore
Central Part in the city of Singapore

With regards to food, Hawkers is the famous one. With a cost of as low as SGD 1.50, there is a variety of food to choose from, it is like the Warong in Indonesia or the Carenderia in the Philippines, only that it is more clean and spacious in Singapore. I was able to check Hawkers in Bedok area as it is where my host lives and had a quick tour in Bedok Reservoir.

There are the variety of options being a traveler in a so-called expensive country. Lots of them that my one week stay is not enough, reason why I will make sure for a long-term stay on my next visit

That’s it, this was my experience as a solo traveler in this country. Hope this will help a little on your trip to Singapore, giving you ideas if it’s really expensive traveling to one of the most expensive countries in the world – SINGAPORE.

There are various of cheap or budgeted place to stay, you may click here to check more options.

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Author: Ferna Mae

Ferna is from the Philippines who travel spontaneously. Thrives to be more independent in her own skin. She first traveled The Philippines before she embarked to other countries. She believes that by traveling, her undying crave for learning excites her in a more profound way. Her flexibility had proven her that time is genuine. As a former tour guide in the Philippines, she hopes that her travel experiences will give value to the aspiring travelers. Connect with her at everywherewithferna@gmail.com,

36 thoughts on “Is Traveling to Singapore Really Expensive?

  1. It’s good to know that you can go to Singapore even if you don’t have a huge budget. Indeed, it is beautiful to stay in the hotel you’ve chosen, to have your own private jacuzzi and terrace but it’s also nice to stay in a hostel and meet other people with whom to go explore the city on a budget. The restaurant options you suggested look great and not expensive (except the last one – but I guess you pay for the fancy food and prime location).

  2. I have been wanting to go back to Singapore too. The food is really good but I haven’t been back since 2009. I also have a lot of friends there so I guess it could be cheap. But wow to your hotel, it’s really really nice. I guess, as in every location, it can get expensive or cheap— it depends on your priorities and where you choose to get your meals and accommodations.

  3. I agree with you that it can be expensive. But one can also save by staying at a local’s house. When I first went to Singapore, my friend and I stayed at her brother’s pad. So, that saved us a lot of money. My friend’s brother also worked there and he accompanied us as we toured. Thus, we usually took the bus as we moved from place to place.

  4. I think it will really depend on how long you will stay plus the places where you’re gonna eat. I haven’t been in the country myself but I am planning to go by next year, still waiting for our passport and baby’s. Good thing I bumped into your post, now I remember that I need to do something. To scout, cheap deals when going there. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Your choice of places were indeed beautiful yet a little pricey. But then, if I have the resources, I would surely opt to visit those places, too. When we went to Singapore, we only stayed in a simple hotel and splurged on theme parks, the Sky Marina, etc. We also tried different shopping centers from Little India to Chinatown and the Orchard Road.

  6. Le Meridian chain is a good one and they maintain their standards so well. This one too has proved that. I have found the travel cheap in Singapore especially because of the metros there. I hope I can visit again.

  7. Singapore is really a great country, especially for travel enthusiasts. You are lucky to have had the opportunity to enjoy in the luxury of so beautiful hotels. Sincerely, I doubt I could ever afford to pay that much money for a hotel. Actually, I just prefer to be a budget traveler. It’s so much more adventurous like that. You have had great time, that’s for sure! The photos say it all. :)

  8. I will bookmark this! haha. Actually, we’re the same, I’m completing first SEA before I visit other parts of the world and unfortunately (or fortunately? lol), me and my friend booked a flight to SG because we have errands to do. And I was also planning to visit SG last because it is the most accessible. Thanks for this post, I will try to incorporate this in our itinerary. :)

    1. You are welcome Maaya, awww,, that’s really nice we have the same goal, after my Philippine travels, I then have my goal for SEA and then, I will not know what’s next. hahahah

  9. Singapore, for me, is one of the cleanest countries in the world! And I’d agree to that yes and no. Taxis there are really expensive and their flag down is at Php 300 I think? Well, it was around 10 yrs ago when I last went there. 🤣 But that luxurious experience of yours is really majestic! I mean, you stayed where a jacuzzi is within your reach. Dang! Feels like a celebrity!

  10. Ferna, I consider Singapore a very expensive city. The taxis indeed charge a bomb. This city is not for backpackers. If you are a corporate, then Singapore might open its arms for you. Yes, the MRT cards do help in saving money but the rest of your trip will be costly, if you aren’t careful.

  11. I def agree with you! When we were there a couple of years ago there we some places that were soooo cheap like the places for souvenirs then other places near marina bay were sooooo overpriced hehehe.

  12. I like all the points you have put up here. Everyone always feels Singapore is super expensive, but clearly not – need to make a choice.

  13. Singapore really surprised me. I spent 70 GBP (about 100 USD I think) in 2 days, which included eating out 2x a day and even buying a pair of travelling pants! It really isn’t as expensive as everyone makes it out to be!

  14. I totally agree with you! Born and bred Singaporean here :) Sentosa is really expensive! But the locals more often than not take public transport and eat at hawker centres here so that’s how we save money! We don’t earn enough to spend every day at Marina Bay Sands or Sentosa but of course I love the occasional treat :) Hope you like Singapore!

  15. I always get a bit of a rude awakening every time I’m back in Singapore because of the expensive nights out. Sometimes, I don’t leave the house because I know that I will be spending too much when I go out to have food, drinks, and anything else on TOP of that. At least public transportation options are becoming easier with buses, mrt, and ride sharing with uber and Grab as well as the bike sharing program now.

  16. Yes! As a Singaporean, I do agree that travelling to Singapore can be both expensive and cheap. Depending on where you stay and where you eat. However, living in Singapore is expensive. Especially with the raising cost of everthing but our salary Haha.

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  17. This is a great look at what it’s really like to stay there and how one should plan and budget. Good work!!

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