Insider Tips: Singapore On a Shoestring Budget

Singapore City Skyline with Merlion
Ever wondered if traveling across one of the most expensive countries in the world is possible on a budget?

Yes you can with these insider tips! You will learn where to find cheap food, affordable hotels and special tourist passes to make your stay an enjoyable one and at minimum budget!

Explore with The Singapore Pass

Universal Studios Singapore

With the Singapore Pass, you can now enjoy instant and FREE access to the popular Universal Studios of Singapore on Sentosa island.

A smart card specially designed for tourists who want to explore the main sights of Singapore by saving time, money and effort, the Singapore Pass is a steal.

You can pick the most relevant package and either have the card shipped to you or collect it at a convenient place on the island itself. It includes free access to some of the top attractions like Universal Studios, Singapore Zoo, Madame Tussauds and SEA Aquarium.

Expect to save from 50 to 70% on the packages. And all you need to do before use is swipe.

Tip: For budget hotels near Universal Studios of Singapore, please click here.

Eat at The Hawker Centers

Satay Master

Satay master grilling sticks of marinated meat over slow charcoal fire. [Photo: Flickr/Carrie Kellenberger]

The traditional experience of eating your heart out in any of Singapore’s hawker food places is a memorable one. Not only are these the most authentic in terms of taste and preparation, but also immensely satisfying.

Getting a meal only at S$2-S$6 is not a dream here. Pick from the very popular Maxwell Food Center, Chinatown Complex Food Center or Lau Pa Sat Festival Market.

Tip: Share a table with the locals to have a complete experience.

Shop at Bargain Havens

Buying Souvenirs in Bugis Street Market

Bugis Street Market is the favourite shopping haven for tourists and locals who are looking for bargains. Remember to bargain till you get a “thumbing” good price!

Orchard Road in Singapore is the Mecca to all those who love shopping. Let’s admit it, even those who don’t prioritise shopping in their travel plan, eventually give in.

We’d suggest the very vibrant and crazy Bugis Street. Here you can expect to spend a S$10 for a comfortable casual wear and as low as S$5 for accessories to go with it.

Not convinced yet? Try Anchorpoint Mall for exciting products in factory outlets, or Lucky Plaza and Far East Plaza for everything affordable (clothes, footwear, perfumes), or the 24 hours open Mustafa Center for gadgets and gold jewelry.

Tip: Be at your bargain best.

Sleep in Comfort

Kam Leng Hotel - Executive Room

Kam Leng Hotel – Executive Room that comes free WiFi and cableTV channels

This is an exhaustive list. From backpackers’ hostels to cosy boutique hotels in city center, you are spoilt and confused with choices in Singapore.

If comfort and aesthetics are your main focus, either the charming Kam Leng Hotel or Lloyd’s Inn may impress you.

Looking for something more standardised? Try Big Hotel or Sandpiper Hotel. And if your hotel must have an outdoor pool, add Nostalgia Hotel to your list.