Singapore dollar (S$)
Budget: Less than S$200
- Dorm bed: S$25–45
- Meals at hawker centres and food courts: around S$6
- One-hour foot reflexology at People's Park Complex: S$25
- Ticket to a major museum: S$6–20
- Double room in midrange hotel: S$150–300
- Singapore Ducktour: S$43
- Two-course dinner with wine: S$80
- Cocktail at a decent bar: S$20–28
Top End: More than S$400
- Four- or five-star double room: S$350–800
- Food Playground cooking course: S$119
- Degustation in top restaurant: S$300 or more
- Theatre ticket: S$150
ATMs and moneychangers are widely available. Credit cards are accepted in most shops and restaurants.
The country's unit of currency is the Singapore dollar (S$), locally referred to as the 'sing dollar', which is made up of 100 cents. Singapore uses 5¢, 10¢, 20¢, 50¢ and S$1 coins, while notes come in denominations of S$2, S$5, S$10, S$50, S$100, S$500 and S$1000. The Singapore dollar is a highly stable and freely convertible currency.
Cirrus-enabled ATMs are widely available at malls, banks, MRT stations and commercial areas.
Banks change money, but virtually nobody uses them for currency conversion because the rates are better at the moneychangers dotted all over the city. These tiny stalls can be found in just about every shopping centre (though not necessarily in the more modern malls). Rates can be haggled a little if you're changing amounts of S$500 or more.
Credit cards are widely accepted, apart from at local hawkers and food courts. Cases of smaller stores charging an extra 2% to 3% for credit-card payments have decreased in recent years.
Tipping is generally not customary. It's prohibited at Changi Airport.
- Restaurants Many add a 10% service charge, so tipping is discouraged. A small tip is still appreciated when staff have gone out of their way. Don't tip at hawker centres and food courts.
- Hotels At higher-end establishments tip porters S$2 to S$5 and housekeeping S$2.
- Taxis It's courteous to round up or tell the driver to keep the change.