It’s no secret that Singapore can be a little expensive.
Our guide will help you navigate this incredible city on a shoestring budget with a list of free or cheap activities to enjoy.
While Singapore may have been named the “most expensive city in the world”, for the fifth year running, there are still plenty of surprisingly free things to see and do for tourists.
In fact, the amount of great quality free things to do in Singapore actually makes it the perfect destination for those travelling on a modest budget. Follow our guide to the best free attractions around this wonderful city and we’ll ensure your holiday finances stretch that little bit further.
Awaken your senses in Singapore’s must-visit district, Little India. This unexpectedly bohemian district’s meandering streets are lined with colourful shop fronts offering up everything from fresh flowers, an array of spices, jewellery and, of course, some of the best Indian food in the country. This scenic walk will have you passing the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple along with an array of other Hindu and Chinese temples, mosques and churches.
After you have worked up an appetite exploring, head to Serangoon Road for a smorgasbord of fresh, traditional food and snacks – your nose will help you find the way. Trying to keep costs down? No worries, there are plenty of side-of-the-road eateries offering up cheap meals on the go.
Gardens by the Bay
No trip to Singapore is complete without a trip to the infamous Gardens by the Bay. This horticultural haven spans over 101 hectares of reclaimed land. It’s totally free to enter and offers stunning waterfront views while allowing visitors to get up close to a massive selection of unique plants, trees and flowers. The park is made up many attractions, including the Cloud Forest, Flower Dome, Dragonfly & Kingfisher Lakes and Sun Pavilion. The real star of the show though, is the park’s, Supertree Gove. This garden is made up of monstrous 50 meter high tree-like structures which are covered in over 300 species of plants. Be sure to visit in the evening and catch one of the two Garden Rhapsody light shows that run at 7:45pm and 8:45pm. While entrance to the park is free, the SkyWalk which is a 128-meter long Arial walkway taking you around the Supertree “canopy” costs $S5.
Take in the city from above along Singapore’s breathtaking Southern Ridges walk. Starting at Mount Faber, this 9km tree-top walk begins with a 360-degree lookout (after a pretty steep climb to the summit). While this sky-high walk is not for those afraid of heights, it offers up the perfect mix of modern art & architecture along with close-up views of native flora and fauna. Roam along the collection of foot trails and connection bridges – keep an eye out for the undulating walkway of Henderson Waves Bridge. And did we mention that the Southern Ridges is completely free? Earning itself a place in our list of the best free places to visit in Singapore.
Southern Ridges is even more picturesque at night time as the walkways are illuminated with soft lighting to help guide you. However, be sure to pack a hat and sunscreen if you’re visiting during the day, as the path offers little respite from that Singapore heat.
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Founded in 1895, this 85-hectare Botanic Garden has earnt a UNESCO World Heritage site listing. Close to the city’s Orchard road, this botanic garden is surprisingly central and with free admission, there is no reason to overlook this Singapore attraction. Wander through the immaculately kept grounds, around quaint ponds and through gardens showcasing some the most unique plants from around the world. No visit is complete without a quick stop at the National Orchid Garden where you’ll find the world’s biggest display of tropical orchids. Or the famous Tembusu tree which is even printed on the Singapore $5 note. Keep an eye out for the garden’s locals such as white swans, kingfishers and the occasional three-foot monitor lizard.
Visit at night time and you might be lucky enough to catch a free show at the Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage, such as those put on by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. Pack a picnic and enjoy a free night of entertainment in the city’s own oasis.<o:p></o:p>