To many tourists, Singapore looks like an expensive city to visit. Well, in fact we are the world’s most expensive city according to research by the Economist Intelligence Unit.
However, with food and transportation being much cheaper compared to many other parts of the world, it is possible to see the little red dot without breaking your budget.
This will probably be your biggest expense. Two of the cheapest way to find a place to stay here is to go to a backpackers’ Inn/hostels or Airbnb. Hostels.com enables you to find dorms that start from $12 per night!
If not, Airbnb can be a popular option, with room rates starting from less than $50. If you are a group, you can even consider sharing an entire apartment or room together to cut accommodation costs.
2) Enjoying Hawker Fare
When Singaporeans travel overseas on a budget, it’s not uncommon for some of us to bring along a few packs of instant noodles or cup noodles to save some money on food. In Singapore, there’s no need to do that!
The best way to eat some authentic local fare is to go to a hawker centre (note: not foodcourt!) and you can satisfy your growling stomach with as little as $3.00. Some of our cheapest local fare:
– Plain Prata: $0.80 – $1.00
– Chicken rice: $2.50
– $1 for 6 pieces of hum chim peng (Try frying it yourself at Maxwell Food Centre)
– Fishball Noodles: $2.30
– Laksa: $2.00
Want to look for more yummy goodies at the cheapest rate? Check out the Islandwide List of Budget Hawker Food.
3) Sight-See At No Cost
There are many places you can visit in Singapore for free or at a very low cost, if you steer clear of “attractions”.
Visit the Gardens by the Bay for free, take a lovely walk around the Marina Bay Promenade and enjoy the free nightly light show, window-shop along the stretch of Orchard Road and have a taste of our heritage at Chinatown or Little India.
There’s a never-ending list of ideas to enjoy your stay in Singapore without spending too much. Here’s a list of our suggestions to help you plan your itinerary:
– Visit Gardens by the Bay
– Have a picnic at Fort canning Green
– Check out the our very own UNESCO site at Botanic Gardens
– Enjoy the nature at MacRitchie reservoir (hike along the tree-top walk)
– Enter the Singapore Art Museum for free on Friday between 6-9 pm
– Walk the Southern Ridges
– See Sentosa for free if you walk in through the boardwalk before the end of this year
– Take a picture with the Merlion
– Stroll along Little India and shop at Mustafa Centre
– Visit Singapore during one of its festivals/public holidays to enjoy free fringe activities – Night Festival, Chinese New Year at Chinatown, Christmas lights at Orchard.
With our tips here, we hope tourists or any of your foreign friends would continue to visit Singapore despite its status of being “expensive”, because if you know some tricks from here, you can easily enjoy the city for less than $50 a day!