Cheap flights to Singapore (Changi International Airport) are available from Darwin and Perth International airports. Departures from Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney have a flight time of around 8 hours. Cheap flights departing Canberra and Hobart may include a domestic flight transfer in Sydney. Direct flights are available from Adelaide and cheap flight options from Western or South Australia could include arriving in Singapore via Jakarta International Airport. Australian passport holders can stay in Singapore without a visa for a period of up to 90 days. There are three terminals in Changi International Airport. On the ground, train and bus services run by MRT are available from the terminal. The last bus service leaves at midnight and it is $2.00 for a ticket to the city. The airport is approximately half an hour drive from the city and a taxi fare is quite reasonable. Taxi ranks are located outside the arrivals level at any of the three terminals. There are a handful of on site car rental companies that operate desks in the arrivals hall at each terminal. If your accommodation is pre-booked, a 24-hour shuttle service will deliver you to your hotel. This is a cheap, convenient option if you’re travelling alone or with a partner.
Navigating your way through Singapore is relatively painless with well-organised, cheap public transport and a zonal fare system. Purchase an EZ-Link card for discounted travel on the MRT trains and buses. These cards are similar to Melbourne’s myki card and Brisbane’s GoCard. Taxis are a convenient way to travel but can be hard to hail so book ahead or find a taxi rank. Make your way to Suntec City Mall and purchase a hop-on hop-off ticket that is your open-air, double-decker gateway to Singapore. There are so many tolls in the inner city area designed to stabilize traffic congestion. It doesn’t make a great deal of sense to start competing with local traffic here but driving out of the city areas is easy and the roads are well signed. Most tourist destinations are an undemanding walk away and this by far the best way to experience Singapore.
There is so much to do in Singapore make sure you plan ahead and have plenty of time, water and bag space. Test your courage and enjoy the thrills of the Forest Adventure and MegaZip Adventure Parks as you negotiate obstacles whilst sliding along a flying fox. Theme parks like Universal Studios, Wild Wild Wet and Adventure Cove Waterpark require much less courage and elicit a lot less sweat! The Tiger Sky Tower has panoramic views of Singapore, but the views from the Sentosa Skyline Luge are just as spectacular plus there’s a luge course. Play a round of golf on a world-class course at virtual golfing oasis, Urban Fairways. Check out the concentration of art galleries in Tanjong Pagar Distripark or the unbelievable architecture that houses the National Museum of Singapore. The Sri Veerama-Kaliaaman Temple and Sri Mariamman Temple are worth a visit as is the Sultan Mosque, though this can make you forget you’re in Singapore. For a quick, cheap reminder take a leisurely stroll through the luscious Singapore Botanic Gardens or an evening ride on the Singapore Flyer.
VivoCity is the best place to get excited about shopping in Singapore. It redefines the whole concept of a mall but be sure to include a visit to ION Orchard, Suntec City Mall, Funan Digitalife Mall and The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. For souvenir shopping try the Sungei Road Thieves Market, Mustafa Centre or the quirky MAAD Market. Drink cocktails at The Tippling Club, Barkode or at the astonishing Loof. Party hard at Avalon, Pangaea or Ku De Ta. For a more casual approach try the RedDot Brewhouse or Tanjong Beach Club. The greatest thing about Singapore is the food. For cheap, heart-warming meals ask around for the nearest food court known as a hawker centre. If fine dining is a must, try Wild Rocket, Cocotte or Iggy’s. It wouldn’t be fair to leave Singapore without some chilli crab having reached your palette so head to a No SignBoard Seafood where even the logo is a crab.
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