Cheap Weekend Getaway for Two in Singapore, Under $150

Singapore's Merlion and City Skyline

Singapore, the city that is filled with exciting sights, shopping and food awaits awaits you… [credit: flickr/akosihub]

Singapore maybe an expensive city to travel in, but we at believe in showing you how to do it on a budget.

Read on to find out how you can spend an indulgent weekend in the city, romance, adventure and food for two included, at only US$150.

Make your way into the city

Welcome to Changi Airport, where you can sample just how efficient and comfortable Singapore’s public transport is. Ditch expensive cabs and hop on to the MRT, which will take you almost anywhere in the city for about US$2.

Stay at a chic boutique hotel, breakfast included

Kam Leng Hotel Executive Room

The retro-chic Kam Leng Hotel in Little India district offers affordable rooms starting from just US$80 per night.

So what if you’re on a budget? With us around, there is no reason you need to sacrifice comforts or a stay with character.

Check in to the soulful Santa Grand Hotel near Chinatown MRT train station, or the chic Kam Leng Hotel near Lavender MRT station, or pick from our list of 10 Singapore hotels under US$100.

Remember if you stay at walking distance from the MRT station, you won’t need to take any cabs at all.

Lunch at a hawker center

Newton Food Center in Singapore

Feast all you can on local dishes such as Chicken Rice, Carrot Cake, BBQ Chicken Wings, etc at this Newton Food Center. Less than 5-min walk from Newton MRT station.  [credit: flickr/Charlievdb]

Your trip to Singapore hasn’t started until you’ve sampled the local food culture with a meal in one of city’s many food courts. If you want to go truly local, find a hawker center in the neighborhood of your hotel.

If a little upscale is your type, stop by at the most famous of the lot – the Newton Food Center near Newton MRT station. Either way, a meal for two won’t cost more than US$10.

Get your fill of culture and history

Start your cultural explorations of Singapore at the city’s 3 ethnic districts – wander around the exotic pre-war shophouses of Chinatown, let the aroma of curries and spices overwhelm your senses in Little India, and sample the Indie arts and fashion scene in the Arab Quarters (Bugis).

Trace Singapore’s history at the Civic District, with its grand colonial structures like City Hall and Raffles Hotel, or time travel with a fortune telling session at the Chinese Goddess of Mercy Temple on Waterloo Street. All for free!

Street shopping

Buying Souvenirs in Bugis Street Market

Go crazy at Bugis Street, the largest street market in Singapore. It is a 3-level hive of 600+ stalls offering anything from Korean fashion, souvenirs, cosmetics, shoes, accessories, etc!   [photo: flickr/James Creasman]

If your hands and bags are itching to shop, fret not. Make your way to Singapore’s biggest street shopping extravaganza at Bugis Street, and go bargain hunting for clothes, shoes and quirky knick-knacks to your hearts content.

We know this one’s not going to be easy, but limit your shopping budget to US$20!

Dinner at a nice cafe

If you haven’t blown your dinner budget on shopping, you’re in for a treat. Singapore’s cafe scene is thriving with relatively inexpensive eats, and whether satisfying burgers, hearty all day breakfasts or artisan sandwiches are your kind of meals, you’ll find them under US$20.

Fancy Korean or Thai? Singapore’s got you covered. Carry this great list of Singaporean restaurants under US$20 by Singaporean foodie Lady Iron Chef, and indulge your taste buds!

A romantic night out

Marina Bay Sands Wonder Full Lights Show Performance

Wow and mesmerize you other half by surprising her with the free “Wonder Full” light and water show over Marina Bay. Takes place at 8pm every night.   [photo: flickr/chooyutshing]

Your weekend isn’t over until you’ve had a romantic, or photographic, outing soaking in Singapore’s splendor by the night.

Climb up to the roof of the Esplanade for a panoramic view of the city lights. Stroll hand in hand by the Singapore River, feeling the tranquility in the middle of the city.

Hide out at Labrador Park and hear the waves crash against the rocks. Or stop by for the spectacular “Wonder Full” light and water show at Marina Bay Sands – a real treat for lovebirds!

Or you check out other awesome free things to do in Singapore over here.

Your $150 weekend summary:

  1. Hotel + breakfast: US$80
  2. Train from and to Changi Airport: US$8 (US$2 each way per person)
  3. Lunch at a hawker center: US$10
  4. Dinner at a cafe: US$20
  5. Street shopping: US$20
  6. Transport: US$8
  7. Miscellaneous: US$4