Singapore travel tips
A few of my meetings and events (M&E) colleagues, Sara Meyer and Shauna Whitehead, recently traveled to Singapore and wanted to share some of their travel tips and knowledge with you, so I took some notes to pass along! Here’s some things to keep in mind when traveling to Singapore from the U.S.
- A Visa is not needed for travel to Singapore, but you will need a U.S. passport. Be sure that it doesn’t expire within 6 months of your travel and has at least one empty page.
- Book your hotel in advance to secure the best rates. Be sure to research what else might be going within the city while you’re there to help you avoid paying higher rates or be faced with hotel sell outs.
- Bring a mix of cash in local currency so you have the ability to pay vendors who might not accept a credit card. Most taxis will take credit cards but some will not. Also, most stores/food outlets have a minimum charge for a card so it’s best to have some small change for thing like coffee or a snack, etc.
- The weather in Singapore is hot, humid and tropical for most of the year so pack accordingly.
- Singapore is an international city with many travelers. Most people speak English and most of the signs are in multiple languages, including English.
- Travel from the airport to the hotel was quick and easy and priced reasonably. It was about a 30 minute transfer.
- Most of the taxi companies have mobile apps you can download on your phone that will allow you to schedule taxis in advance. You will pay slightly more when you schedule vs. flagging someone down, but it is quick and provides peace of mind knowing that someone is coming to get you.
Almost everything in the city is a 10 min taxi ride from the downtown center. Orchard Road is popular for shopping and bars, as is the river area of Clarke Quay, Boat Quay, etc. If you’re looking for a place for dinner with a view, the Singapore Flyer is a great option with wonderful food. (Try the chili crab!) The river area also has great Thai food.
If you have at least five hours to spare in transit, you might want to consider a two-hour Free Singapore Tour, which is jointly organized by Changi Airport and Singapore Airlines. It runs daily at regular times.
Overall, both ladies really enjoyed their trips to Singapore and appreciated that the locals were friendly and helpful.
Have you visited Singapore? What were your favorite places within the city?