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Ultimate Singapore Travel Guide

While Singapore may be a small country there is so much to see and do, especially if you are travelling with kids! If your family loves exploring unique attractions and diverse cultures, then Singapore needs to be on your travel bucket list! You can easily spend some time here on an extended layover next time you holiday in South East Asia!

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What You Should Expect in Singapore

  • Currency: The currency used here is the Singapore dollar (SGD). Currently, $1 AUD will get. you $0.94 SGD
  • Language: The National Language in Singapore is Malay, however English, Mandarin and Tamal are also spoken. English is the main language taught in the educational system.
  • Climate: Singapore is located near the equator and has a tropical climate. Temperatures are consistent, ranging from 24-32 degrees Celsius. Rainfall is abundant and humidity levels are typically high!
  • When to Visit: The best time to travel to Singapore is anytime. Book your stay for at least 3 days, stay up to a week for the optimal experience.

Getting Around Singapore

While Singapore is a small country, there are so many different areas for your family to explore. Some of the must-see neighbourhoods include Little India, Chinatown, Sentosa Island and the Marina Bay area.

Public Transport

Singapore has a well-connected transportation network. Therefore it is easy and affordable to get around via the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), which will get you wherever you want to go.

Singapore is considered one of the most safe and family-friendly countries, making it great for travel with kids of all ages!

If you want to see as much as possible during your stay, you can buy a Singapore Tourist Pass. This pass will give you unlimited travel on any public transport. You can buy a 1-Day Pass (S$10), 2-Day Pass (S$16) or 3-Day Pass (S$20); check the website for current prices. Note: there is a refundable S$10 deposit on the pass.

However, if you are looking to use the MRT for a single trip, tickets cost as little as S$1.40 – S$2.50.

Hot tip: We found it super easy to simply pay per use on the MRT as you can just use your credit/debit card to tag on & off, rather than having to buy a ticket for each trip!

Taxi/Grab

Taxis are everywhere in Singapore, and cheaper to use compared to Australian taxi prices. However, you will still be looking at approximately S$10 – S$30+ for a single ride. But, if you are travelling with a family, it is sometimes the easiest way to get around Singapore. Taxis will allow you to hold your baby on your lap.

Uber is no longer in Singapore. Instead, download the Grab app. It works just like Uber and is a great way to get around the city.

Walking

Singapore is a beautiful city to walk through. If it is just a short distance, try to walk instead of taking transport. It is the best way to take in the sights and experience the city!

What to Do in Singapore

Singapore is a great destination to travel with kids, simply because there are so many kid-friendly activities to do! Use our Family Friendly 3 Day Singapore Itinerary to make sure you don’t miss out on any great activities!

Sentosa Island

Sentosa Island is filled with family friendly activities, from relaxing on the beach to visiting the various attractions around the island. If you are travelling with kids you should definitely consider spending a day at Sentosa Island, even though you could easily spend 3 days here!

SEA Aquarium: The largest aquarium in the world filed with species from all over the globe. Experience the marine life in an indoor, air-conditioned environment where you can relax while your kids enjoy the attraction.

Adventure Cove Waterpark: What better way to cool down than to go swimming and on waterslides? Adventure Cove Waterpark is a great day out for the whole family!

Check here for current prices to Adventure Cove Waterpark

Universal Studios Singapore: Universal Studios is a great place to spend the day with shows, attractions, thrill seeker rides and character meet and greets. It is the most popular attraction on Sentosa Island, that will have your family entertained for hours! We loved our time visiting Universal Studios. We even visited with our 6 month old baby and found there was so much to do!

Check current prices for Universal Studios.

Science & Shopping at Marina Bay Sands

Art Science Museum: Visit The Future World Exhibition at the Art Science Museum for interactive activities for both adults and kids!

Watch the Grand Spectra Light & Water Show Display. Shows are on at 8pm and 9pm daily.

At the Marina Bay Sands Shoppes

Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands: Head into the Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands for some retail therapy or a meal in the huge food court. In the food court area you can also see the Digital Light Canvas display. You can gain entry to the area with your Future World Exhibition ticket. Otherwise tickets cost S$5 per person.

Watch the Garden Rhapsody Light Show. Shows are on at 7:45pm and 8:45pm daily.

In the Supertree Grove, Gardens By the Bay

Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay is one of Singapore’s most iconic attractions, with the enormous Supertree Grove and two spectacular Conservatories: Cloud Forest and Flower Dome. The conservatories are air-conditioned, making them a great escape from the hot and humid Singapore weather. There is also a Children’s Garden that includes an interactive playground.

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Where to Stay in Singapore

Festive Hotel, Sentosa Island

During our stay here in Singapore we had the most amazing stay at the Festive Hotel on Sentosa Island. This is probably the best family resort to stay in if you are travelling to Singapore for a holiday.

Located in Resort World Sentosa, this family-friendly hotel is just minutes away from attractions such as Universal Studios Singapore and SEA Aquarium. The rooms are designed to accommodate kids, with space to set up a provided port-a-cot. You can also book a family room which has built in bunkbeds for older kids.

Marina Bay Sands

If you are looking for something on main land Singapore, Marina Bay Sands is easily the most popular hotel in all of Asia. Being a luxury styled accommodation, there is also a stunning rooftop infinity pool.

What to Eat in Singapore

Singapore is filled with unique foods to try from Indian and Chinese to culture infused Singaporean dishes. Some of the best local dishes include Laksa, Prawn Mee and Dim Sum. The best areas to find local food are Little India and Chinatown.

Food on Sentosa Island is generally expensive, but there are a range of high end restaurants as well as western food options.

Ready to Travel to Singapore?

Plan Your Trip

As you can see, there is plenty to see and do to keep you busy for at least 3 days! Be sure to check out my Family Friendly 3 Day Singapore Itinerary to help plan your trip to Singapore!

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