If you’re planning a trip to Singapore and wish to visit all of the iconic spots, here’s your ultimate Singapore bucket list guide.
Before we start, if you’re looking for transfers from the airport to your hotel, you can secure a cheap and easy Singapore Airport Shuttle 1-Way Hotel Transfer here.
For exploring the city, here are a few good ways to get around Singapore:
Another option would be to bike everywhere.
A great way to explore the city by bicycles is by using SG Bikes. They are Singapore’s local bike sharing operator!
Simply download the app, scan, unlock and ride! You will easily spot their signature red and white bicycles scattered around the city.
Singapore is a super eco-friendly city so SG Bikes is not the only scan and go bike app. There are lots of other different branded bikes like ‘Mobike’ and ‘Anywhere’, and they are all easily identifiable.
If you’re not so tech-savvy you could even book onto a Singapore Small Group Bike Tour with a Local Guide.
By MRT (Subway):
The best way to get around Singapore is via the MRT subway system.
Simply grab a Singapore Tourist Pass (STP), a special card which will allow you unlimited travel for one day (S$10), two days (S$16) or three days (S$20).
The Pass can be bought at the TransitLink Ticket Office at most MRT stations.
This underground network has lines that stretch across the entire city. However, once you’re in the desired neighbourhood, walking is your best option.
If you’re visiting the main city centre, Singapore can easily be discovered by foot.
By Hop On Hop Off Bus:
MRT also operates bus routes that can get you just about anywhere on the island.
However, there is also of course the famous Singapore Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Tour.
This is always popular among tourists, and a is great way to see many famous landmarks around the capital at ease.
Some of the best activities we’ve had in Singapore have been on private tours.
For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.
From food tours, to river cruises and pub crawls, there’s plenty to keep you busy in the Lion City!
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One of the most important places on tourists bucket lists when visiting Singapore, is the Marina Bay area.
Marina Bay is an upscale area of skyscrapers, posh hotels and luxury malls. It’s known for the iconic Marina Bay Hotel and it’s proudly standing Merlion.
The Bay is the hub of the city, and performances and cutting-edge art exhibitions are put on at the futuristic Esplanade Theatre.
Not only that, the neighbourhood has a diverse range of eating options, from low-key food centres to upscale restaurants.
If you’re looking for a great way to see the Marina Bay area there are even Marina Bay Segway Tours!
Most of the best things to do in Singapore lay in and around the Bay Area, so this iconic spot should definitely be your main focus for your time in Singapore.
Book your Marina Bay Tour: Marina Bay 2-Hour Mini Segway Tour
One of the most iconic statues in the world. Depicted as a mythical creature with a lion’s head and the body of a fish.
It’s the countries famous mascot and national personification of Singapore.
The Singapore Merlion is definitely worthy of a quick selfie, and there are actually three located around the city!
The most popular one, photographed below, is located at ‘Merlion Park’ close to the foot of Esplanade Bridge. It stands proud and looks out over the whole Bay.
To mix up the Merlion Park with a few other attractions you could hop on this Singapore Half-Day City Tour.
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A modern bridge linking two parts of the Bay.
Built in the shape of a curved DNA structure, this work of art not only makes for a great city viewing point, but comes alive at night time.
It was officially opened on 24 April 2010 and is the world’s first curved bridge.
You’ll likely cross this when heading from the city to Marina Bay Sands to get a closer look.
The home of the incredible Supertrees and one of the most famous gardens in the world.
Gardens By The Bay is definitely high on most people lists of places to visit, and if you’re looking at things to do in Singapore on a budget, the majority of Gardens By The Bay is free.
You do have to pay entrance to the Cloud Forest Dome, Flower Dome and the Skywalk, which you can book in advance here.
Gardens by the bay is located just behind the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, so it’s within walking distance of everything on day 1.
Book your Gardens By The Bay Tickets: Gardens By The Bay + OCBC Skyway Combo Tickets
The Singapore Flyer is a giant observation wheel at Downtown Core, Singapore.
It opened in 2008, with construction having taken about 2 1/2 years, and is Singapore’s answer to the London Eye.
Standing at 165m tall, if you want a true panoramic view of the city then this is the place to find it.
Whilst walking around Marina Bay, you’ll probably notice the famous Art Science Museum.
The Art Science Museum has become one of the top tourist things to do in Marina Bay.
It’s hard to miss the lotus shaped building, and it’s very own lotus garden located at the foot of the Museum.
Inside there are different styles of art each, depending on the season, and this is also where you can walk through the famous sparkling lights feature.
The Art Science Museum is situated right in the Marina Bay area, so it’s easy to tie in on one of the city days.
For a fancy spot of shopping at all the high end shops, The Shoppes At Marina Bay Sands is your place.
Explore Southeast Asia’s largest collection of luxury fashion, watch and jewellery brands, as well as exclusive emerging labels and children’s collections.
From Gucci to Chanel, you’ll be guaranteed to find any designer brand you’re hunting for. A little out of our price range but it was nice to window shop and see how the other half live!
Universal Studios Singapore is a once in lifetime day trip and we highly recommend exploring your inner child at this incredible adventure park.
For a unforgettable day, Universal Studios will have you smiling from ear to ear with it’s truly magical atmosphere.
From meeting your favourite movie characters, to snacking on burgers in the land of far far away, make sure to beat the queues and book your tickets in advance here.
For us – definitely one to add to your Singapore bucket list!
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Sentosa is a sunny island resort off Singapore’s southern coast, connected to the city by road, cable car, pedestrian boardwalk and monorail.
Sentosa Island is home to exciting events, themed attractions, award-winning spas, lush rainforests, golden sandy beaches as well as resort-style hotels.
An island destination away from the hustle and bustle of the city, this is an extremely popular spot for tourists looking for some down time.
With so much to choose from such as waterparks, bungy jumps and animal encounters, be sure to choose your activities and book ahead here.
The journey over can be just as fun as the island, with the most popular option being the Singapore Cable Car, that connects the main island of Singapore to Sentosa.
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For cuisine, culture and chopsticks, Chinatown Singapore is a bustling place that’s full of energy. You can buy pretty much anything you need in Chinatown, from camera accessories to steamed dumplings.
If you like to take souvenirs home with you, Chinatown is definitely a great opportunity to do some gift shopping.
There are also lots of other things to do in and around the Chinatown area if you have time. You can read our full breakdown of Things To Do In Chinatown Singapore here.
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People’s Park Complex is both a commercial and residential property located at the heart of Chinatown.
On the rooftop carpark of level six in the complex you can see a huge yellow building that is also fast becoming one of the Instagrammable places in Singapore.
This one of our favourite spots in the city because there was nobody there and we were surrounded by the Singapore skyline, along with this huge photogenic yellow building.
Haji Lane is one of the most vibrant streets in Singapore, and a hub for all things quirky.
From cafes in Haji Lane, to impressive street art, this single street is the most happening place amongst the concrete jungle.
If you have time, you can also walk not so far around the corner to the very famous mosque, Masjid Sultan. Certainly a place worthy of a photo.
Another way to see Haji Lane is by booking onto the Sultans of Spice: A Kampong Glam Guided Walk. A popular tour around the area with an expert guide.
Overall Haji Lane was one of our favourite places in the city, and a quirky spot to shop for souvenirs or grab a coffee.
You can read our full breakdown of Haji Lane Singapore here.
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The impressive Sultan Mosque, also known as Masjid Sultan in historic Kampong Glam is the focal point for Singapore’s Muslim community.
With its massive golden domes and huge prayer hall, Sultan Mosque is a must-see if you’re around Haji Lane area.
The pathway leading to the entrance of the mosque is also a great spot for tourists. Full of cafes and carpet shops it’s like taking a trip from Singapore to the Middle East.
To begin the second day of your 2 day Singapore itinerary, we recommend catching the MRT slightly North of the CBD to Little India.
For spicy foods and hearty curries, Little India will definitely tickle your senses. Plus if you’re unsure of exploring alone, there’s a great Singapore’s Little India Guided Walking Tour.
It’s an awesome little break up of culture and is almost like it’s own little country within a country!
Add a splash of colour in to your 2 days in Singapore by visiting one of the most culturally influenced areas of the city.
Our favourite cuisine is Indian, so we had to stop and have a Indian Thali for lunch here.
It also makes for some awesome photography spots, for those looking to up their Singapore Instagram game.
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Enjoy a historic experience at South East Asia’s largest single screen seating theatre – Capitol Theatre.
Capitol Theatre is a historic cinema and theatre located in central Singapore.
It was adjoined to four-storey building known as the Capitol Building, and was considered as one of the Singapore’s finest theatres in the 1930s during that time.
The Old Hill Police Station is one of the most colourful buildings in the city.
Now used as office space, it has become a hit amongst tourists thanks to it’s rainbow coloured windows.
It’s a beautiful building and well worthy of a place on the most Instagrammable places in Singapore list, however please be careful when taking photos as it’s directly in front of an extremely busy road!
After all this exploring you’re definitely going to want some good Singapore street food.
Lau Pa Sat was one of our favourite Hawker centres in Singapore, selling every cuisine you can think of from Costa Rican to delicious Thai and Vietnamese.
This hawker centre is just outside of the Marina Bay area so if you’re hungry, definitely save Lau Pa Sat up on your google maps for some of the cheapest and best eats in the city.
For those true foodies there are even some Singapore food tours that take you deep into the heart of Asian cuisines.
Pick and choose your cuisine and sit in the canteen style dining area. Grab any drink from the separate beverage section and relax!
For more places to eat in Singapore check out our Best Hawker Centres In Singapore guide.
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Joo Chiat Road is a road filled with colourful houses, as well as a residential conservation area in the eastern part of Singapore.
This picture perfect quarter, filled with exquisite architecture, multi-ethnic restaurants, bars and shopping is one of the most overlooked areas in the city.
Not much else surrounds the area, however for photographers it’s definitely one to add to the Singapore bucket list!
If you’re in the city towards evening time, our advice is to grab a spot for sunset.
After cruising around the beautiful bay and ticking off all the top spots, watching the sun go down behind the cityscape is a great way to end it.
An awesome option for this is the Big Bus Night Tour. On this 3 hour trip you’ll try some local cuisine at Chinatown Food Street, catch a light show at Gardens by the Bay, then sample tropical fruits and barter at Bugis Street.
Or if you’re more of a fine diner, you could try the Singapore by Night Dining Experience. A 4 hour tour that includes dining by the river, a bumboat cruise, and an optional Singapore Sling cocktail.
Either way, by the time you’re at the end of your days in Singapore, your feet are certainly going to be aching. So finding a place to sit down and watch the sun go down is the best way to recap over the experiences you’ve had.
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After all this exploring, hopefully you’ll have enough energy in you to hold out for one of the spectacular Singapore Lightshows!
If you’re around the bay area, remember to catch the daily light shows, which are ‘Marina Bay Light Show’ and the ‘Garden Rhapsody at Gardens By The Bay’.
The lightshows in Singapore are truly incredible, and the perfect way to close out your Singapore bucket list.
Read The Incredible Singapore Light Shows blog to find out more. You have to schedule at least one of them into your Singapore Itinerary.
If you’re all lightshowed out, the city by night has a completely different feel to it.
When we first saw the skyline fully lit up, we stood completely in awe.
From travelling the local side of Asia with tuk tuks and houses on stilts, this really was an eye opener for us.
The big bright lights of the city are a pretty amazing way to end your Singapore trip!
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Mid-Budget – Holiday Inn Express Clarke Quay – Holiday Inn Express Singapore Clarke Quay is centrally in Singapore, only 750 yards from the Clarke Quay MRT Station and 0.6 miles from Chinatown. It offers a 24-hour rooftop fitness centre, 2 whirlpools and a 40 yards swimming pool overlooking Clarke Quay and Robertson Quay. Each air-conditioned hotel room comes with a 32-inch LED TV, an iPod dock and free Wi-Fi access.
Backpacker – Blue Jazz Hostel – Strategically located in Jalan Besar, Blue Jazz Hostel offers budget accommodation in Singapore. Just 450 yards from City Square Mall, Blue Jazz Hostel is a 5-minute walk from Farrer Park MRT Station. Guests can also take a stroll through the interlocking streets to cultural heritage sites such as Little India and Arab Street. Blue Jazz provides air-conditioned dormitories with a personal reading light, power socket and personal locker. Shared bathrooms include hot/cold shower facilities. Guests can also enjoy meals at the in-house cafe or have a drink at the bar. Free WiFi is available throughout the property.
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