28 Easy Ways for a Tourist to Save Money in Singapore – 3


Tourists in Singapore can save a fair bit of money if they follow these tips to get free entry to museums, gardens and parks.

You will also find out where to buy discounted day-passes to top attractions such as the Singapore Zoo and Gardens by the Bay.

This is part of the “28 Easy Ways for a Tourist to Save Money in Singapore” guide.

13. Museums
There are many interesting museums in Singapore and some of them offer free admission or have a day of free entrance. Must visits include the following:

  1. National Museum of Singapore – Admission to the building is free but a fee of S$10 is payable to view any of the galleries. However, between 6pm and 8pm, admission to the Singapore Living Galleries is free for all.
  2. Asian Civilization Museum – Discounted admission of S$4 for adults happens on Fridays between 7pm to 9pm. All other times, the fee is S$8 per person.
  3. Singapore Art Museum – Free admission every Friday from 6pm to 9pm and on Open House days; otherwise admission fee is S$10 per person.
  4. HDB Gallery – Free admission to view the gallery that chronicles the unique housing developments created by the government to offer affordable housing to every Singaporean.

14. Singapore Visitors Centers
Need to plan where to go or what to do; forget about buying a map or a guidebook. Simply head to any of the Singapore Visitors Centers, located in the heart of Orchard Road or Chinatown, where you can obtain free maps and information to the latest attractions that Singapore has to offer.

They will also be able to advise on the best deals for getting around or seeing the sights of Singapore.

15. Esplanade
Sydney may have the orange as their opera house but Singapore has the king of fruits as their main arts and music mecca – the Esplanade or as it is affectionately known as, the Durian.

The Esplanade regularly has free events happening on their concourse or outdoor venue either over weekends or at night on weekdays, check out www.esplanade.com to see what’s showing.

16. Parks, Gardens and Reservoirs
Singapore isn’t known as the Garden City without reason. There are a plethora of nature parks situated all over Singapore that is absolutely free to visit, hike and take in the lush greenery and nature that Singapore has to offer. Local favorites include:

  1. Singapore Botanical Gardens – Home to the famed Orchid Gardens (which unfortunately require a S$5 fee); however the rest of the gardens is free. It’s great for a walk, a picnic or even to exercise.
  2. Labrador Nature Reserve – Great location offering scenic walks by the water or in nature.
  3. MacRitchie Reservoir Park – A favorite by locals and visitors alike for all its hiking routes and early morning yoga activities on the weekends.
  4. HortPark – Known as the one-stop gardening hub, a favorite amongst gardening enthusiast.

17. Singapore’s Festivals
There are multiple holidays that Singapore celebrates with colorful decorations and pomp, which makes those events a must-visit when on holiday in Singapore during those times.

Namely Chinese New Year, Deepavali, Hari Raya and Christmas. Each cultural enclave is festive and dazzling with bright colors and loud music to celebrate the occasions; while Orchard Road is lit up from end to end in an awesome lights display every Christmas.

18. Walking Trails
Chinatown, Kampong Glam, Arab Street, Little India, Changi Boardwalk and many more. Be sure to visit all the little nooks and crannies that will show you a different side of Singapore and take in the rich history as well as culture each locale has to offer.

19. Singapore City Pass
There is a one, two or three day pass up for purchase, which includes the FunVee Night Adventure, DUKW Captain Explorer and choose from one, two or three admissions to the top attractions in Singapore (such as Universal Studios, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore Zoo, Night Safari, etc)

Prices range from S$55.90 to S$155.90. For more details, visit www.singaporecitypass.com or www.gosingaporepass.com.sg.

20. Singapore Zoo Passes
Another great saving would be to purchase bundle passes for admissions to collective sites. Such as the bundle trio of the Singapore Zoo, Night Safari and River Safari, definite cost savings than purchasing tickets for each separately.

For more information, visit www.zoo.com.sg.

To know where to get cheap food and beer in Singapore, see Part 4 here.