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Singapore

The small city-state of Singapore is bustling, cosmopolitan, trendy, modern, and plays a part on the world’s financial ad political stage that seems disproportionate to its size. Its varied traditions and intriguing mix of old and new, in its people and way of life, make Singapore a great multicultural city in the truest sense.

While most of Singapore’s attractions lie at the heart of the city, south of the island, its compactness and efficient infrastructure make it easy to visit the outer reaches. The north, west, and east are studded with older suburbs, nature reserves, and historic sites. Despite being a model modern metropolis with skyscrapers, glitzy shopping malls, museum, and contemporary entertainments, a traditional Singapore survives beneath its glossy exterior. At its core is a multicultural heritage, revealed in the timeless elegance of colonial architecture, Chinatown’s shophouses, and the uniquely juxtaposed temples, mosques and churches.

The Singapore River winds through the heart of the main city and has long been the hub of its life and commerce.

Singapore is a shoppers paradise. Scores of shops at every turn offer almost unlimited choices. The city caters to all tastes and budgets.

In its endeavour to become a reginal centre for the arts, Singapore delights visitors with a diverse array of entertainment, ranging from classical to contemporary.

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When to visit

Singapore is hot and humid all year-round, with temperatures usually reaching over 30°C. You should be prepared for rain at any time, which can be torrential but usually brief.

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Helpful Information

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Getting to Singapore

By Air

Singapore’s Changi Airport is one of the busiest and best connected in the world, handling over 100 airlines flying to some 400 cities. The airport is also home to Singapore Airlines, the flag carrier of Singapore. 

The focal point of Singapore’s status as a world-class aviation hub, Changi Airport is an unforgettable tourist destination in its own right. With a slew of accolades to its name, Singapore’s main airport boasts a trove of exciting activities, from shopping and dining to entertainment.

The airport comprises four terminals and Jewel Changi, a ten-storey lifestyle hub that seamlessly links to Terminals 1, 2 and 3, and fuses artistry, architecture and nature into a single structure.

Whether you’re in Singapore for a layover, or spending a week in our tropical paradise, Changi Airport is bound to enchant the moment you land. Here’s a small sample of what you’ll experience.

 

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Getting Around in Singapore

By Train

Singapore’s MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) system is probably the fastest way to zip around the city. Most of our popular attractions are just a short walk away from an MRT station, making our trains a great way to get around.

By Bus

Singapore's bus system has an extensive network of routes covering most places in Singapore. Besides being an economical way to get around, it’s one of the most scenic — you’ll be able to indulge in air-conditioned comfort, as you admire the lush greenery and beautiful architecture of our ‘city in a garden’.You can pay for your bus fare using an adult stored value smartcard (EZ-link / Nets FlashPay) or the Singapore Tourist Pass (STP). Just keep an eye out for the electronic card reader — located next to the bus driver—and tap as you board.

By Taxi

Taxis are comfortable and especially handy if you want to go to places not accessible by the bus or MRT. Cabs here are metered, but there may be surcharges depending on when, where and which company’s taxi you board.

By Bicycle

Cycling around our sunny island is a great way to get your dose of Vitamin D and enjoy the green spaces that dot our city. Singapore boasts a well-connected network of cycling paths, and you can rent shared bicycles from licensed operators.

 

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WiFi & Connectivity

Free Public Wi-Fi

WiFi hotspots are also widely available at various public areas and businesses across the island. Here are some options.

Wireless@SGx
This is a free public Wi-Fi service right across Singapore. You’ll find hotspots in malls, museums, MRT stations, public libraries and more.

Simply download the Wireless@SGx App, configure your mobile device and you’ll be auto-connected through your stay. The App not only shows you where Wi-Fi hotspots are, but also includes a speed test, diagnostics and feedback. 

Changi Airport
Free WiFi service is available in the public and transit areas of Changi Airport with #WiFi@Changi. Find out more here.

Shopping Malls
Free WiFi service is offered and available for login at some shopping malls, restaurants and cafes in Singapore.

This service is usually displayed prominently for customers but do feel free to enquire directly at the malls’ information counters for WiFi access.

 

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Useful Numbers

Police: 999

Ambulance & Fire Brigade: 995

Flight Information: 1800 542 4422

Safe Drinking Water

You can drink water straight from the tap as the water in Singapore passes World Health Organization standards. You can also buy bottled water easily

Official language
English
Local currency
Singapore Dollar
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