Singapore, also known as the Lion City is one of the popular tourist destination for Filipino. The city has a lot of tourist place to visit, interesting sightseeing and attractions. When we travel, we always consider the budget needed for our trip and Singapore always has the impression as “expensive” city. But with correct planning and timing, we can always travel on a budget.
So, if you are planning to visit Singapore to spend one of the long weekend holiday, here are some of travel tips based on my experience that may help you prepare your budget. A 3d2n itinerary is enough to get a glimpse of Singapore’s beauty.
Travel Document Requirements
- As member of the ASEAN, Philippine passport holder can enjoy a VISA FREE entry in Singapore and can stay up to 30 days.
- Passport should be at least 6 months valid beyond the date of intended departure from Singapore.
- Confirmed return flight ticket is required.
- Aside from above travel documents, one must also convince the Immigration Officer that you really intend to go back to the Philippines. Here are some points IO will consider
- Sufficient funds for the duration of your stay in Singapore – you may show proof of your income or savings
- You have stable job or business
- If you are frequent traveler outside the country, this may also help but does not mean you will not be questioned by the IO. I myself was still questioned for my intend to return even though I already have several countries visited including Europe and Middle East.
How To Get There
There are almost 15 direct flights per day from Manila to Changi Airport in Singapore. Budget airlines such as Cebu Pacific, Jet Star and Air Asia offers several flights per day. Being a visa free country for Filipino, we can also grab this opportunity to book our flight ahead of time without worrying your visa will not be approve. Airline seat sale are usually offered 3-6months before travel period. If you are lucky enough, you can spot and book a PISO fare. Usual promo price of Cebu Pacific to Singapore are between Php 1800-2500.00
Travel Time: 3hours 40minutes
Clark airport in Pampanga also serves flight to Singapore.
- Subscribe to airline seat sale alert and download airline mobile app.
- Use third party booking sites such as Skyscanner to search for the cheapest flights
Where to Stay
Aside from airfare, accommodations sometimes get a big chunk in our budget. Accommodation prices in Singapore are higher compared with its South East Asian neighbors but this does not mean we cannot find affordable places to stay.
If you are a solo traveller, there are plenty of backpacker hostels that offers dorm type room for Php 500-700.00 per bed per night. You can find these hostels around Little India, Chinatown and Kallang. For 3d2n, Php1400.00 is enough budget.
For couple or group of 3 to 4, cheap hostel with good Agoda.com user reviews range from Php1800 – 2800 per night for a triple room. Find these type of hostel around Geylang, Kallang and Little India
- Book your accommodation near MRT or bus station
- Booking ahead of time also give discounts
From the Airport
By MRT/train: downtown is reacheable via MRT EW Green Line. MRT station is located at the basement of Terminal 2 and 3 and is accessible from the Arrival and Departure hall through lifts and escalators. Follow the signage “Train to the City”. From Terminal station, you need to transfer in Tanah Merah Station for EW line heading to Joo Koon. Check which MRT line is nearest to your accommodation to plan your transfer from the green line. Fare is about SGD2-3 (Php70-100) based on your destination.
By bus: Buses are also available stops at the basement of all terminals and you can take public bus service 36/36A to the city for about SGD2 (Php70.00)
Using Uber/Taxi: if you are a group, you can take taxi to the city for SGD15-25 (Php500-1000.00)
By Private Coach:Airport Transfer (SIN Pick Up) for Singapore – Klook Travel
Sightseeing around the city
Because of Singapore’s efficient public transport system, almost all the tourist attraction in Singapore are easily accessible.
There are five MRT lines that runs around the city. You can buy EZ link card that you can use in all MRT lines as well as in the bus. Singapore Tourist Pass is also available that gives unlimited train and bus rides for 1,2 or 3 days.
There are also Hop on Hop Off Sightseeing bus operated by private companies that you can avail but will cost more compare to public transport.
- If you will follow exactly the itinerary listed below, EZ link card is more affordable option.
- However, if you think you will be using the bus and train more that 5 times in a day, Singapore Pass is more recommended.
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You can also check my previous post “Why I’ll Keep Coming Back to Singapore”
My 3D2N sample itinerary for Singapore on the next post
Happy and Safe Travels…