Solo Travel in Singapore
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If you are thinking of solo travel in Singapore, you can’t pick a safer country to travel to. That's why we've given it 5 out of 5 stars. Laws are very strict and you can get fined for just throwing chewing gum on the floor. People are friendly so you’ll have no problems if you get lost and need to ask for directions.
Singaporeans are multi-cultural and are welcoming to international guests. Clean, extremely safe and a wonderful city to explore, Singapore is an ideal location for women wanting to travel alone. Do check what you can bring into the country though (such as medicines) as they are extremely strict.
Below is our guide to how to travel solo in Singapore as well as lots of practical information such as where to stay, which tour company to use and how to get around. Find out how to get from the airports and what to do in each place. All companies included have been recommended by solo female travellers and come with our Solo Female Friendly endorsement. Just choose the relevant section or read the full article.
- Places To Visit in Singapore
- Accommodation in Singapore
- Singapore Tours
- Getting around Singapore
- Singapore Itinerary
- Best Time to Visit Singapore
- Travel Insurance For Singapore
- To and From Singapore Airport
- Travelling Onwards
- Questions about Singapore
- Map of Singapore
- Plan a Trip to Singapore
- Related Posts
Places To Visit in Singapore
An independent city-state, Singapore is a mix of old and modern. For a small country it is actually quite diverse with many different religions and languages.
Known for its shopping, Singapore has more than enough to entertain you if you’re not a shopper. You’ll find temples, skyscrapers and even a man-made beach in this Asian metropolis.
One of the top things to do in Singapore is enjoy a Singapore Sling at the Raffles Hotel. This five star hotel is undoubtably one of the most famous buildings here with colonial architecture that dates back to 1887. (It is currently under restoration until the end of 2018).
Temples and Architecture
For more colonial architecture (without the cocktail), head to the Cathedral of St Andrews (the country's largest cathedral) or the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd which is the oldest Roman Catholic church in Singapore.
One of the nicest buildings here is the gorgeous Thian Hock Keng Temple, an architectural masterpiece and national monument which is dedicated to the Taoist goddess of the sea. It is Singapore's most important Hokkien temple and dates back to 1839.
Sri Mariammam Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in the city. It is built in a Dravidian style, and located in Chinatown. Don’t forget to take photos of the Merlion, a mythical creature with the body of a fish and a head of a lion which you’ll find dotted all over the city.
For the culture Girl about the Globe, head to The Intan, or the Peranakan Museum to learn more about Peranakan culture, Singapore’s vibrant community. The National Gallery Singapore is a fantastic gallery to see the world's largest display of Asian art. You could easily spend two or three hours here. For the history Girl about the Globe, Fort Siloso is a preserved artillery fort which was built in the 19th century to help guard the Singapore harbour. It is an important part of Singapore's past.
The main attraction in Singapore has to be Sentosa Island: a theme park built on an island south of Singapore linked by road. The best way to arrive here is by cable car which takes you from Faber Peak into Sentosa. The Island can also be reached by bus outside Orchard Street. Unlike British theme parks where there is only an entrance fee to pay, you have to pay for each land that you enter.
Half of the sights are free but the rides and shows are additional. You can easily spend a whole day here watching a parrot show, strolling through the spice garden or just relaxing on the manmade beach. If you prefer more adventure, explore Universal Studios, the Underwater World, or fly through the air at the Megazip Adventure Park.
My favourite attraction is the Night Safari, an evening tour held at the Singapore Zoo. If you have ever wanted to experience a safari and haven't yet been to Africa, the night safari is the next best thing as you see nocturnal animals in an environment similar to their natural habitat.
Rhinos walk alongside the tram which transports you around the zoo and you get so close to the fruit bats that you can even touch them. There are also walking trails which bring you closer to the animals on foot. Singapore Zoo is one of the best zoos in the world as the animals are able to roam in natural and open habitats.
To get to the zoo can take an hour as you take the train from various points in the city and then catch a bus.
River Quay and Clarke Quay are buzzing with all kinds of restaurants. Clarke Quay is more historical than River Quay but both have picturesque walks along the river with skyscrapers along the skyline. You can take a river cruise to really experience the river, or just sit on the one of the quays in the sun with a coffee. The quays are also a great place to enjoy a meal or drink at night within a sociable environment,
If the city gets too much, there are plenty of spaces to escape to in Singapore. MacRitchie Reservoir Park has a suspended bridge through the tree tops as well as plenty of nature trails to hike. If you love flowers the Singapore Botanic Gardens has the most stunning orchid garden. This is Singapore’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a 80-hectare space of tropical paradise with waterfalls and a rainforest to lose yourself in.
Bukit Timah Nature Reserve should also be on any eco Girl about the Globe's itinerary. The reserve is outside the city centre on the slopes of Bukit Timah Hill, and is the place to go if you fancy spotting some birds and wildlife. For more nature, visit the Chinese Mythological Theme Park in Jurong and the Chinese and Japanese Gardens.
Shopping in Singapore
If you do come to Singapore for the shopping, Orchard Road is the main place to shop and it seems to go for miles. Full of department stores it has all the goods you need including those cheap electrical items. Large video screens dominate the buildings so you have entertainment as you shop. You could spend a whole day window-shopping.
Orchard Street also comes alive at night with bars open past 12pm and clubs until the early hours of the morning. Dress smartly as many seem to have a strict door policy. You’ll find a taxi rank here to jump in a cab at the end of the night without worrying how to get home. Newsagents are late-opening for that midnight snack.
Restaurants in Singapore
Singapore is also known for its fine dining with a mix of cuisine. The price for eating out is quite expensive and if you want to reduce your costs, it’s worth visiting one of the many food courts situated on ground levels of department stores. These are always busy and offer a canteen style of Japanese, Chinese, Indian, and Western food. If you can stand the hustle and bustle you will save yourself some cash with the average meal at $5.
However if you do prefer restaurants, there are Italian, Greek and plenty of seafood restaurants to choose from with fresh crab and seafood. You can find good Indian cuisine at Arab Street, a traditional textile district with batiks, silks and sarongs.
Little India is a buzzy area with a main market and the Temple of 1000 Lights. It is a good place to browse but beware on Sunday nights where workers congregate for a party. The streets get packed so avoid the area unless you want to be an onlooker.
A great way to see Singapore from an aerial view is by helicopter. Scenic flights operate frequently and leave from the smaller airport. It’s advisable to book early to avoid disappointment.
Accommodation in Singapore
Singapore has many hostels to choose from with dorm rooms holding up to 16 beds. You’ll find a range of accommodation from budget accommodation to resorts on Sentosa Island. Most of the accommodation is in the heart of the city and a hostel in Singapore is one of the cheapest places to stay.
Plus there’s Airbnb which connects you to unique travel experiences and isn’t just limited to staying in a local’s spare room. Save $20 off your first stay with this Airbnb link. Singapore can take hours to walk around, so if you are only there for a few days, it’s worth choosing a more central area to stay at.
Homestay is an alternative to Airbnb. They connect you to hosts in over 160 countries and give a real homestay experience instead of just handing over keys. They offer a unique mix of stays such as a stay in a family home, or a condo with a lagoon pool and steam bath. You can video call your host family before you go to find the perfect host. Check homestays and prices here
All of the accommodation below have been recommended by solo female travellers from our Girls about the Globe community and come with a Solo Female Friendly endorsement.
Its name may not sound very enticing but the Rucksack Inn is in a good location, just a short walk from Little India, and 10 minutes from a 24-hour shopping centre. It’s a sociable hostel with dorm rooms and private rooms. The rooms come with a flat-screen TV and the cheapest ones are without windows but if you’re out all day sightseeing, it’s worth the saving. Plus you do get breakfast included too. Don’t expect too much but it is a cheap option if you are on a budget and a good place to meet others.
- Prices from £9 per night for a bed in a 14 bed dormitory room
- To book, check prices or availability for Rucksack Inn
This space pod is so cool! You get your own TV, charging station and mirror within your personal pod. Plus breakfast is included and the hotel can arrange walking tours for you too. It’s a very Asian concept and should definitely be on your bucket list. If you are feeling adventurous and are not the claustrophobic type, these pods are a very unique place to stay for a night or two. The staff are really friendly too.
- Prices from £34 per night for a bunk bed
- To book, check prices or availability for MET A Space Pod
This stunning heritage hotel is so elegant. Comfortable, clean with a lovely white decor, inside are themed suites complete with a flat-screen TV and coffee machine. The service is fantastic and you even get free snacks and drinks in your very own minibar. It’s in a great location and near many of the city’s attractions including Raffles Shopping Mall. Plus it’s easy to get to from the airport too. Choose from a superior queen room, a premier king room or a premier suite. Breakfast is an additional charge.
- Prices from £90 per night for a superior queen room
- To book, check prices or availability for Hotel NuVe Heritage
You won't really find any group tour companies just going to Singapore. Companies such as G Adventures and Intrepid Travel only include Singapore within their Southeast Asia itineraries which are ideal if you are looking to combine Singapore with Malaysia and Thailand. I have personally used G Adventures and recommend them as a solo female friendly company.
Singapore is so accessible to see independently that you don't really need to take a tour here but if you do, these local tours have been recommended by solo female travellers.
The Real Singapore Tours – Run by Betel Box. They have all sorts of tours including many food tours such as Chinatown Food Walk, and a glam food walk of the Royal Malay District. You can also see Kampung Geyland Serai uncovered. They run tours throughout the year except on Mondays and public holidays.
Indie Singapore – Using only local guides, Indie Singapore offers three different walking tours to take you away from the shopping malls. Although the tours are free, you just give a donation at the end.
City Tours – If you are transiting Singapore and have a 5.5 hour layover you can join one of the two free city tours.
Getting Around Singapore
There is a good bus system in Singapore but if you are travelling by bus into Singapore, be prepared to get dropped off in the middle of nowhere. Walking is the best way to get around and a chance to visit stores as you walk around the city.
There is a good train system called the MRT which is the fastest way to get around the city. The stops are near to the main attractions too. Either buy a ticket for each trip that you take or buy a Singapore Tourist Pass which gives you unlimited travel from one to three days. Buy your ticket from an MRT station. If you want to see the city in a novelty way, you could take a rickshaw but make sure you agree a fee before getting into a rickshaw. Taxis are metered making it easier.
If you do decide to drive, Singapore used to be colonised by the British so motorways are easy for British tourists with road signs in English.
Singapore is quite small so you can explore much of the city within 2 nights. Three or four days is plenty of time if you want to take advantage of Sentosa Island and also the shopping.
Day One – Spend your morning at the National Gallery Singapore to check out their large display of Asian art, before doing the touristy thing and having a Singapore Sling in the courtyard of Raffles Hotel. In the evening take a river cruise along the quays then stop at Clarke Quay for dinner in a beautiful setting.
Day Two – In the morning experience the zen of Singapore at the Botanic Gardens, and the world’s largest display of orchids. Then it’s time to shop (or window shop) in the afternoon at Orchard Road, one of the citys’ main shopping districts, before heading to China Town for some Chinese food in the evening.
Day Three – On the third day spend some time in Little India and get lost amongst the smell of spices and street vendors. In the afternoon you could visit Sentosa Island or if you prefer somewhere more cultural – Tiong Bahru is one of the oldest neighbourhood in Singapore with a mid of old and cool. It’s a hip place to stay for dinner too. In the evening take a night safari at the Singapore Zoo.
Singapore is an ideal stopover on a Malaysia itinerary. From Singapore you can travel to Melaka, the Cameron Highlands, Penang and Kuala Lumpur on a two week itinerary. Some people just use Singapore as a stopover en route to Australia or New Zealand but there is so much to see here.
Best Time To Visit Singapore
Singapore has a constant temperature of 29 to 31 degrees Celsius. They do have a wet season which usually happens from November to January. The best time to visit is between February and April unless you like it really hot then visit in May and June.
This chart shows the average maximum day temperatures for Singapore throughout the year (from January to December).
Travel Insurance For Singapore
Singapore is a really safe country but it is always recommended to take out travel insurance before you go, especially for any flight delays or lost baggage.
I recommend True Traveller for UK and European residents, and World Nomads for U.S. and worldwide citizens. Both companies allow you to buy insurance when you are already on the road, and offer different plans depending on your needs including additional baggage cover.
To and From Singapore Airport
Singapore Airport – There are a few ways that you can get from Singapore Airport to Singapore. Line 36 bus runs from Changi Airport into the city and costs approx £2 depending on which area you are travelling to. To get to Orchard Road in the city it takes 50 minutes.
The Subway (known as the MRT) operates from 0530 – 2350 every day except Sundays. This costs £4 plus you need to pay a £1 card deposit.
Taking a taxi will cost up to £17 depending whether you arrive in rush hour or off peak. The journey takes 20 minutes by taxi or you can take a shuttle for £6 which takes the same amount of time. Or you can feel more confident with someone waiting for you at the airport when you pre-book a transfer with Hoppa, a reliable and safe service for solo females.
Check Rome2Rio for journey times and fares.
If you are transiting Singapore and have a 5.5 hour layover you can join one of the two free city tours.
Travelling Onwards (check visas before you travel)
To Malaysia – There are buses from Singapore to various parts of Asia with direct buses to various places in Malaysia. The bus takes approximately 6 hours from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur. The border crossing is easy with the bus driver directing you where to go. There is also an overnight bus or you can fly instead.
There are many towns just a few hours outside of the border and you can travel by bus to Melaka for example. Some buses offer Wifi and meals on-board. Expect to pay from $40 to $50 for the journey depending on which company you go with. KTM operate trains direct from Singapore to Johor Bahru in Malaysia.
To Indonesia – There are several ferry terminals which connect Singapore with the Riau Islands in Indonesia. Take a ferry to Bintan, Karimun or Batam.
Where can I go from here?
Kuala Lumpur – 1.5 hours
Bangkok – 2.5 hours
Brunei – 2 hours
Questions About Singapore
- Can I drink the water? Yes.
- Is tipping expected? In restaurants a 10% service charge is usually added to the bill. It's not expected to tip your taxi driver or tour guide.
- Fixed price or barter? Fixed price but you can try to barter in markets in Little India for example.
- Any ATMs? Bureau de Changes are everywhere and you’ll find ATMs outside every corner store and all over the city.
- Which side of the road do they drive? The left-hand side.
- Good for vegetarians? There are plenty of vegetarian restaurants and even vegan restaurants.
- Any seven wonders of the world? No.
Map of Singapore
Plan a Trip to Singapore
Budget – £70 a day
Capital – Singapore
Population – 5.4 million
Language Spoken – Malay, English, and others such as Tamil
Local Currency – Singapore Dollar
The Best Time to Go – February.
Did you know? Singapore has the largest fountain in the world, located at Suntec City.
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