A weekend in Singapore on a Budget

After leaving Indonesia I was faced with two options. Head to Kuala Lumpor or Singapore. I chose Singapore and soon found out why it one of the most expensive cities in the world. A lot of people decide to skip the it because of how expensive it is but I decided to go anyways expecting to go way over my budget. However, I found ways to stay in my budget while still experiencing what the city has to offer.

Over the course of three days I wanted to stay under S$100 for all my sight seeing outings. I found that balancing tourists attractions and visiting the cultural side of the city allowed me to stay under my goal. I did not include in this my hostel or my food. Most of the things I did actually did not cost me a penny but a few of them did. So here is what I recommend you see while you are here to save your budget. 

S.E.A. Aquarium

With its massive main tank this by far was the biggest aquarium tank I have ever seen! I happened to be there for the 1500 feeding time and it’s an absolute frenzy in the tank! Definitely worth seeing if you are into aquariums! Cost S$34

Gardens by the Bay

It’s free to walk around the gardens and there is plenty to see! If you want to go into the two big conservatories then you have to pay. Definitely visit a day time and night to see how amazing it is during both times! Costs S$28 for both conservatories. 

Helix Bridge

The bridge connects Olympic park to marina bay sands and is an architectual wonder. I found it best to see at night lit up! FREE

Marina Bay Sands

This architectural marvel sits right on the bay and is an imposing figure in the backdrop of the gardens by the bay. It is worth going in to see it’s amazing interior! While here check out the mall attached to it which is full of super highend shops and restaurants. It even has a casino attached! If you want to go to the top of the hotel you have to pay. FREE 

National University Of Singapore

Photo credit: NUS

The university bus system is free and takes you all over the campus. This sprawling campus is quite interesting to see and to compare the differences from your hometown campus. The main university center is full of amazing architecture and has some really good and cheap food! It also has an infinity pool overlooking the quad!! FREE

Singapore Botanic Gardens

As the country’s first UNESCO World Heritage site this 158-year old tropical garden is a must see. It covers 82 hectares and is about 2km across so be sure to wear some comfortable shoes! It also houses the National Orchid Garden which hast the largest orchid collection of 1,200 species and 2,000 hybrids. Free but the national orchid garden is S$5. 

China Town

This cultural hot spot is full of amazing authentic Chinese street food with several iconic land marks! FREE

Little India

This area of town is full of wanderful colored buildings and amazing curry around every corner! It also has some of the cheapest food in the city! FREE

Suntec City’s Fountain of Wealth

Legend has it that if you put your hand in the water and walk a circle around the fountain it will bring you wealth. Why not try it! Also, in 1998 this was listed as the worlds largest fountain in the Guinness Book of Records! FREE

Supertree Grove


At night around 8pm they put on an amazing light show. So show up early to get a good seat! ​​FREE

Night Tour of the Marina Bay and Gardens by the Bay

I found that the best thing to do in the city is see it by night. The city is lit up and full of amazing colors! The gardens are spectacular at night with stunning views around every corner! FREE

In the end I only spent around S$60 on all of my sightseeing and had a blast exploring the city. While you can spend way more money on going to every key sight such as the ArtScience Museum and the Singapore Flyer, I felt that I had just as an amazing experience spending less money. 

As always be sure to like, share and comment below! Is there anything you found that’s free to do in Singapore that is a must see?

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