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Budget-friendly 4-day itinerary in Singapore

In this blog post, I’m gonna talk about the perfect budget-friendly 4-day itinerary in Singapore.

Singapore is a beautiful city-state famous for being a global financial hub, the greenest city in the world, and having some wild laws (like banning chewing gum!) Singapore also has some really cool architecture, like the Marina Bay Sands hotel and Merlion statue. And although living in Singapore isn’t exactly cheap, there are a LOT of budget-friendly things to do.

Based on research from different travel blogs, and my own experience, I recommend spending at least 4 days in Singapore. This will give you enough time to check out the most famous attractions, instagrammable spots, and explore the different neighborhoods that make Singapore an international hub.

NOTE: If possible, try booking a flight that arrives early in the morning in Singapore. That way you still have lots of time on Day 1 to see and explore. But, of course, keep in mind that jet lag is a very real thing, especially coming from the US which is on the other side of the world. So if you need to rest on Day 1 or maybe take it slow, do what feels right for your body.

4-day itinerary in Singapore

This 4-day itinerary is a suggestion based on the most popular (and my favorite) budget-friendly things to do in Singapore. And most things can be done any day of the week unless specified otherwise.

Day 1 in Singapore

🔹 Start the day at Marina Bay and take a few pictures at the Merlion Park and DREAM sign nearby.

🔹 Then head to Gardens by the Bay. I recommend spending a few hours here since it’s pretty big and there’s a lot to see and explore. Here you can visit:

  • Supertree Grove
  • OCBC Skyway
  • Floral Fantasy
  • Chinese Garden
  • Cloud Forest

🔹 Walk through the Helix Bridge and head to Kampong Glam and grab some lunch. After, walk around Haji Lane and take a few photos by the Sultan Mosque.

🔹 Grab a coffee and snacks at Cafe Monochrome – a 2D-themed cafe.

🔹 Finish the afternoon by walking around Little India. Here you can check out the Former House of Tan Teng Nigh and Tekka Market.

🔹 And if you still have some energy left, go out to Clarke Quay for dinner and drinks.

Gardens by the Bay, Singapore
📍Gardens by the Bay

Day 2 in Singapore

🔹 Start the day by strolling through Singapore Botanical Gardens and the National Orchid Gardens inside.

🔹 Then head to Orchard Road towards Somerset 313 mall. While there, take a quick photoshoot at the Library@orchard and then have some lunch at the food court.

🔹 After lunch, head over to Chinatown. Stroll through the streets and check out the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Sri Mariamman Temple.

🔹 Then take a short subway ride to Old Hill Street Police Station for a photoshoot in from of the colorful building. 

🔹 And a short walk away you’ll also find the Fort Canning Park Tree Tunnel – another great location for some amazing photos.

🔹 At night, head back out for the Garden Rapsody light show at the Supertree Grove inside Gardens by the Bay. There are two times to watch it, at 7:45 pm and 8:45 pm.

🔹 After the show, have dinner at the mall inside the Marina Bay Sands.

Fort Canning Tree Tunnel, Singapore
📍Fort Canning Park Tree Tunnel

Day 3 in Singapore

🔹 Spend most of the day on Sentosa Island. There’s a lot to do on this small island, so you probably won’t be able to do it all. And some things are closed on certain days, so pick something that’s open on the day you’re going. Here are a few things you can check out:

  • Universal Studios Singapore (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)
  • Adventure Cove Waterpark (closed from Tuesdays to Thursdays)
  • Skyline Luge Singapore
  • S.E.A. Aquarium (closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays)
  • Palawan Beach
Universal Studios Singapore
📍Universal Studios Singapore

Day 4 in Singapore

🔹 Depending on what time you leave Singapore, you could do anything you didn’t get a chance to do on the previous days.

🔹 But I do recommend heading to the airport as early as you can because Singapore boasts one of the coolest airports in the world. Here you can:

  • Go shopping in its huge mall called Jewel Changi Airport
  • Check out the HSBC Rain Vortex on terminal 1
  • Walk around the Cactus Garden and/or Water Lily Garden on terminal 1
  • Explore the Butterfly Garden on terminal 3
  • And so many more hidden gems
Changi Airport Rain Vortex
📍Changi Airport Rain Vortex

Quick tips:

🧳 Pack lose and comfy clothes since Singapore has tropical weather (meaning it’s always hot and humid)

💳 Singapore is very credit card/debit card friendly, but I still recommend taking a bit of cash out at the ATM just in case

🔌 Don’t forget to bring an international charger converter for your electronics

📲 Get a SIM card at the airport or at a 7-eleven to always have phone service and not depend on WiFi. Don’t forget to unlock your phone before you leave though.

🚶🏽‍♀️ Singapore is very walkable, although it does get very hot

🚇 Public transportation is super affordable and dependable and a great way to move around while staying out of the heat

Got any questions about this itinerary or need help planning your trip to Singapore? Let me know in the comments below!

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September 8, 2022

  1. Davey says:

    I cannot wait too travel! You make it look so fun!!!!!! 🤗

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