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Money and costs

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Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • 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)
  • 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


Citizens of most countries are granted 90-day entry on arrival. Citizens of India, Myanmar and certain other countries must obtain a visa before arriving.

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Getting to Singapore

Singapore is one of Asia's major air hubs, serviced by both full-service and budget airlines. The city state has excellent and extensive regional and international connections. You can also catch trains and buses to Malaysia and Thailand. Flights, cars and tours can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.

Getting around Singapore

Get the credit-card-sized electronic EZ-Link card to use on MRT trains and local buses. Just tap on and off at the sensors. You can buy one, and top up your card's credit, at all MRT stations.

Singapore is the easiest city in Asia to get around. Maps showing the surrounding area are printed on the walls in MRT stations – great for figuring out which exit to use.

The smartphone app gothere.sg will guide you from your location to your destination via different public transport options; it also provides an approximate taxi fare guide.

  • MRT The local subway – the most convenient way to get around between 5.30am and midnight.
  • Bus Go everywhere the trains do and more. Great for views. Runs from 5am till 1am the following day, plus some later night buses from the city.
  • Taxis These are fairly cheap if you're used to Sydney or London prices, though there are hefty surcharges during peak hours and from midnight to 6am. Flag one on the street or at a taxi stand. Good luck getting one on rainy days.
  • Grab Singapore's answer to Uber, which they took over in 2018.

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