I'm headed to Indonesia in July, and as it's impossible to get there directly from San Francisco, it looks as though I'll be flying Singapore Airways and stopping over in Singapore. From what I can tell, the airport itself is amazing but I'd really like to see the city. How difficult/expensive is it to get there from the airport? Also, if I'm looking at a 20-hour layover, is the commuter airport hotel fairly cheap? Any tips on things to see in Singapore itself would also be much appreciated!
There are trips (free as far as l am aware) that will take you from the airport into Singapore - that will give you whirlwind trip around the city. With this you could nearly get away with not booking a hotel take a trip into Singapore - see the sites - Clarke Quay Boat Quay, the zoo maybe, Raffles, Chinatown, Mount Faber, Orchard Road etc
Theres a bit to see but with this tour you will see the main sites and it wont cost you the earth!
As purdy says, the free city tours are a great option for long stopover. They take two hours. I did one a long time ago and we had a boat ride in the harbour - had a look at the lion fountain thing. Not bad at all!
The transit hotel is also a very welcome addition to any stopover. I found it affordable and well worth the money on a long haul journey:
Quoting hotel website
STANDARD ROOM RATES (in Singapore dollars)
Single Occupancy : SGD$ 57.75 nett*
Extension Per Hour ( After 1 Block ) : SGD$ 13.90 nett*
BUDGET ROOM RATE (in Singapore dollars)
Single Budget Occupancy (Common Showers and Toilets) : SGD$ 40.45 nett*
Extension Per Hour ( After 1 Block ) : SGD$ 13.90 nett*
More suggested activities can be found on Changi Airport's website.
Singapore airways has this free tour service for their passengers, all day long, all u need is to keep ur boarding card with you... and u can hop on the bus and c Singapore, like Calrk Quay, merlion Park, and even Sentosa Island ...
Cheers and have a safe trip ...
Hi Ceci, a taxi form airport to town (orchard-shopping belt) would be less than $20. you could even take the MRT (train) from changi, its comfortable and you could take in the real sides of sg.
Sg in 20 hrs... hmm, what would you be interested to look at? the shopping parts of sg? the cultural parts? the night life? the first nocturnal zoo, Night Safari? the zoo? food? there r nice food places avail round the clock.
depends on what ure interested in? though i recommend that you shoul dskip Sentosa for the time being -preparing to undergo some renovation works, unless you're a beach babe as Sentosa has nice beaches.
things to do
have a Ya Kun breakfast -toasted with kay, soft-boiled eggs and a cuppa of local tea. (a favourite with s'poreans)
visit zoo? visit Chinatown? visit Little India? Visit Kampong Glam?
Shopping @ orchard road/ bugis
Nigh Safari (www.nightsafari.com.sg) nighlife -MoS/ Zouk/ St James
hi. im assuming u will arrive in the day time. u could take a train out of changi airport terminal 2 to orchard. thats the main shopping area.
after shopping, u can take the train again to city hall mrt instead. with a map/directions from pedestrians, get to the esplanade. walk along the singapore river n take photos of the merlion (a curious mythical creature that is half lion half fish). esplanade is a big theatre that looks like durians (a spiky fruit with rather pungent smelling flesh that u probably want to run away from when u are in singapore)
from cityhall u can take a taxi to little india (not far away at all) n spend a bit of time thr buying souvenirs, or jus looking at temples. afterwards, u can take the train again (jus ask around for the little india or farrer park mrt station) n head over to chinatown mrt station. whn u exit the train station u wil b in the heart of chinatown. walk around for some good REAL chinese food n desserts. there may be some nice festival lights but i'm not sure when u wil b here so i can't tell u for sure.
food tht u might wanna try in singapore:
indian roti prata or naan and chicken masala (try cheese naan! yumms!)
chinese wann-tann noodles
laksa (curry noodles)
hainanese chicken rice
chinese desserts (yam paste is nice. try also mango pudding n black sesame paste if u want! haha, all are yummy)
just walk around n grab other local bites along the way haha
u can take a taxi from chinatown to places like clarke quay or boat quay at night. many bars. for hipper younger crowds, head over to st james or MOS clubs..
u may wanna head back to the airport at around 11pm from central areas cos the last train is possibly around 11.30pm. don't miss the train, cab fares are expensive to the airport!
ps, u probably don't have time for the zoo cos its quite big. n u might wanna see more than just animals during ur 20-hr stay in singapore..
Thanks so much for all this advice!! I'm even more excited to go now!
Yes,in Singapore,you can take a cab which is quite cheap to the city.
The time i took was only S$15 according to the meter. I stop at the Swissotel The Stamford which is quite convinient because you can try other public transport suck as the MRT or the bus. But on the way back to the airport,its very hard to stop a taxi. Dont ever choose late evening or peak hours to go back to Changi Airport because the taxi will not take you although there are vacancies. They are rushing back to change shift. So if you find it hard to get a cab,just take train back to the airport.
If you are looking for what is around in Singapore then take a look at this Singapore Map. It has nearly 100 panoramic images of most of the sights and attractions linked to a map. Each one has a bit of a description which may help you sort out what you want to do.
Getting around Singapore is very easy, the city itself is not that big, it is easy to walk about and not too expensive.