- Singapore has earned a reputation for being one of the most expensive places to visit. To save money here are some ideas of free things and places to do in Singapore.
Gardens by the bay
- This is one of the most relaxing and photogenic places in Singapore. The supertree grove (vertical gardens) is home to more than 300 species of plants. This garden is located close to the CBD and is open for almost 24 hours from 5 am-2 am. The best time to visit is at night when the supertrees are lit up. While you cannot access some parts of the garden for free, the entry fee paid is low between S$10-30.
Singapore botanic gardens
- The botanic gardens are one of the oldest attractions in Singapore. One of the gates to the garden, the Tanglin gate, is located along Orchard road near the shopping belt. This area is served by the downtown metro lines and the circle MRT line.
- Entry to the garden is free. There are also free guided tours every Saturday from 9 am. Guided tours start at the two visitor centers. One visitor center is at Nassim gate and the other at the Botany center.
- This theatre is right by the marina bay. There are always free plays, music, or dances happening at the theatre especially on Weekends starting at about 7 pm every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
- There's also an hour-long guided tour of both the theatre and concert halls every day except on Saturdays at 1 pm. Guided tours cost S$20.
- Marina Bay is a bay located next to Singapore's CBD. This is one of the busiest and fascinating areas of Singapore. Events are always happening here with most of them being free. The marina bay area is well connected by the MRT trains with the area having 8 rail stations, you don't have to walk to take costly taxis to move around. At night there's a free water and light show at Marina Bay Sands boardwalk. The garden by the bay, the Esplanade, and Marina Barrage are all located within Marina bay.
- Mustafa center located in little India is one of Singapore's largest shopping centers. It's open 24/7 and you can get everything here and at cheaper prices compared to prices in downtown Singapore.
- East Coast Park is Singapore's largest park. There's a park section entirely dedicated to cyclists with several bike rental shops located all over the expansive park. Be sure to get some barbecue from the cafes around the park or book a barbecue pit via the National Park's website and make your barbecue while here.
- Sentosa offers a break from the busy scene of urban Singapore. There's also a range of free things and places to do while in Sentosa.
How to get to Sentosa Island
- You can get to Sentosa by monorail, bus, car, or foot.
- There's no MRT to Sentosa from the main island. To get to Sentosa by rail, take the MRT to Harbourfront station which is located next to Vivocity shopping mall. The Sentosa express monorail station is located on the mall's third floor. Tickets to Sentosa cost S$6.
- Alternatively, take bus 123 that heads directly to Sentosa.
- To save some money and enjoy the outdoors, get to Sentosa by walking across the Sentosa Boardwalk.
Free things to do in Sentosa
- Visit Sentosa's beaches and nature discovery exhibition.
- Visit the southernmost point of continental Asia. This point is located on a small island that's opposite Palawan beach on Sentosa island. Palawan beach is connected by a footbridge to the opposite island.
- Visit Fort Siloso.
Other things to do in Sentosa Island ( these are not free): Visit Universal Studios Singapore, Madame Tussauds, or take Sentosa island cable cars to mount Imbiah