6 Reasons to Stay in Bugis on Your Next Singapore Trip!

If you want to stay in the city center and yet don’t want to blow your budget, Bugis is just that place to stay in Singapore.

The district of Bugis is suitable for culture-seekers, shopaholics, and food lovers alike, and spoil you with its choice of affordable budget hotels! (Read: Top 3 Budget Hotel Near Bugis)

These are the top six reasons why travelers love to stay in Bugis:

1. You are in the center of Singapore’s cultural triangle.

At the confluence of Chinatown, Arab Street and Little India, Bugis is a microcosm of Singapore’s diversity.

Its unique location allows you to stroll along quaint Chinatown shop houses picking antique artifacts, have a delicious spicy curry at Little India, and smoke a fragrant shisha over a cup of Turkish cay at Arab Quarters, all in a single day.

2. Street shopping is at your doorstep.

Buying Souvenirs in Bugis Street Market

Shopping in Bugis street market can be so “thumbs up” good due to its variety and affordable prices!

[/caption]Want to buy souvenirs for your entire family and friends back home, without burning a hole in your wallet?

Bugis street is the biggest street market in Singapore and a favorite local haunt for its quirky knick-knacks and budget buys. This vibrant bargain-hunting experience gives credence to the title of Singapore as every shopper’s paradise.

3. You are spoilt for choice of budget hotels!

Big Hotel Singapore Deluxe Room

A Nordic-inspired room in Big Hotel located just 5-minute walk from Bugis MRT train station. Room rates start from just US$89 per night.

For the average traveler, finding a hotel or hostel in the vicinity of Orchard Road without poking a hole in your wallet sounds almost impossible.

But we’ll divulge our secret – stay in Bugis, a mere 10 minutes from Orchard! The district is filled with charming boutique hotels and quirky traveler hostels to suit every budget.

Our favorites of the lot are Big Hotel and 5footway.inn Project Bugis hostel.

4. Changi Airport is a direct train ride away.

MRT Train System in Singapore

Besides being a cheap and fast transport in Singapore, taking the MRT train also offers visitors a free tour of this modern city! [photo credit: flickr/Jeffrey Grenfell]

We have often heard travelers complain of the efforts and expenses they must bear to lug their luggage into a less-connected part of Singapore from Changi Airport.

Staying in Bugis gives you a leg up; Changi Airport is a direct 30-minutes train ride away! Say goodbye to expensive taxi rides, your shopping budget just got bigger (Read: 28 Easy Ways to Save Money While Traveling in Singapore).

5. You can satisfy your local and international food cravings at walking distance.

If you are the kind of traveler whose taste buds are always seeking new adventures, Bugis will offer you gratification like nowhere else in Singapore.

You’ll be spoilt for choice of regional food at the cultural precincts of Chinatown, Little India and Arab Street, street food at Bugis Street, and international indulges at City Hall and the malls of Bugis Junction and Iluma, all at walking distance (Read: Top 5 Places to Eat Near Bugis).

If your favorite restaurants aren’t a stroll away, you’ll find them a short MRT ride away, we promise.

6. You are 10 minutes from Orchard Road’s shopping delights.

Orchard Road Shopping Street

This 2.2km stretch of glitzy shopping malls (aka Champs-Elysees of Singapore) is just 10-minutes by train from Bugis.

Your trip to Singapore is incomplete until you’ve shopped till you’ve dropped on the vibrant Orchard Road.

So hop on to the MRT train at Bugis station (EW12/DT14), and in under 10 minutes, you’ll be at your favorite mall, finding the best discounts, filling your shopping bags, and soaking in the feeling of being in the heart of your favorite city!