A blend of East and West, old and new, natural and man-made, and a food lovers' paradise

Singapore’s diversity has created a dining scene that is second to none. Demand, sophisticated tastes and high expectations mean there are myriad choices, with high standards at all levels from hawker fare to fine dining. And while exploring Singapore’s foodie trails, you’ll experience the city-state’s cultural melting pot. Combine sight-seeing trips to world-class landmarks like Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World Sentosa with fact-finding feasts in the ethnic precincts of Chinatown, Kampong Glam and Little India. 

To enjoy the lush greenery for which the Garden City is known, head to the northern tip of the island. Explore Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve – where you may cross paths with monitor lizards and migratory birds – and seek out farms and organic restaurants in the nearby Kranji countryside. Singapore is a well-connected city, so you can feel free to wander far and wide without worrying you’ll end up stranded.

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Things to do: Singapore

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Airport information

Singapore Changi Airport opens in new window (SIN) 

Distance to city centre 17km

Taxi Taxis are plentiful and use their meters; they should get you to the city in around 20 minutes and cost SGD $20-30 (50% surcharge after midnight).

Train The MRT Changi Airport Shuttle opens in new window runs every 5-10 minutes. You’ll need to change to a Green Line MRT at Tanah Merah to get to the popular accommodation areas. The journey takes around 30 minutes and costs around SGD $2.

Shuttle The Changi Airport Shuttle opens in new window runs every 15 minutes during peak hours (30 minutes off-peak) with drop-offs to most city centre hotels. Tickets are SGD $9 and the trip takes around 30 minutes.

Bus Local buses 36 or 36A travel from the airport to the city centre every 7-10 minutes, taking around 90 minutes to reach Somerset MRT station. 

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When to go

Singapore has a tropical rainforest climate. There’s little variation in temperature, but different levels of precipitation throughout the year. The monsoon season runs from December to March and the hottest months are from April to July. 

There are many free-for-all traditional festivals on the Singapore events calendar. Admire the Chinese New Year lantern displays at the River Hongbao carnival, observe the colourful Hindu procession Thaipusam, and watch Kampong Glam come alive during Hari Raya Haji. There are a number of world-class events to choose from, including the Singapore Formula 1 Grand Prix and the dusk-to-dawn dance music festival, ZoukOut.

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Getting around

Singapore has high-frequency bus opens in new window and train opens in new window networks. The MRT (subway) is the easiest, quickest way to get around most of the city, while the bus covers a more comprehensive range of routes. If you’re planning to do a bit of travel on public transport, consider getting a convenient EZ-Link opens in new window pre-paid card or a Singapore Tourist Pass opens in new window, which offers unlimited travel in one-, two-, or three-day options.

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