HOW TO TRAVEL IN SINGAPORE ON A BUDGET

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I’m assuming you clicked on this post because you are looking for some advice on how to maximize your experience here in Singapore but yet be smart with your money, aye?

Today, I will be sharing my 6 tips for traveling Singapore on a budget because Singapore can be an expensive country for both locals and travelers alike.

IS SINGAPORE AN EXPENSIVE COUNTRY TO LIVE IN?

People around the world would have commented that Singapore is an expensive country to live in. And I agree, but not fully.

Whether or not it is expensive will heavily depend on how you spend your money and where you spend it.

As a local myself, I try to live on a budget and save up for traveling expenses in the future. It is honestly not difficult to live cheaply in Singapore if you know where to find the best deals.

We all love cheap stuff, right?

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HOW CAN YOU TRAVEL SINGAPORE ON A BUDGET?

I will be sharing 6 ways you can travel Singapore on a budget based on: 

  • Food and Beverage
  • Getting Around
  • Leisure

These tips will be from yours truly, a local Singaporean blogger and your handy-dandy virtual tour guide!

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Are you ready my friends? Let’s dive right into it!

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FOOD AND BEVERAGE

DO NOT BUY PLAIN/MINERAL WATER

You can save up those few cents.

In Singapore, our waters here are pretty clean, which means that you can safely drink them straight from any tap you see in Singapore.

If you are afraid of diving right into drinking from the tap, you can find re-fillers beside most toilets. So, do not buy water, just get FREE ones!

EAT AT PLACES WHERE SINGAPOREANS EAT

I’m talking hawker centers, food courts, and kopitiams. You will hear them a lot from locals because that’s where most Singaporeans would go for a cheap yet sinful and delightful meal.

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There are a lot of such places so here is a list of some of the best ones to check out!

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Food typically ranges from $2.50 to $10+ depending on what you’re having. 

Of course, with cheap food comes a “downside” – most of these places aren’t air-conditioned.

I know Singapore is a relatively hot country, but it isn’t as bad as it seems. So hop on the wagon and eat like a Singaporean!

GETTING AROUND

USE THE MASS RAPID TRANSPORT (MRT)

If you have done your research before visiting Singapore, you would have come across many articles saying just how great Singapore’s transport system is.

One of our best transport services is the MRT, a train service that’s air-conditioned, convenient and fast. You can travel from one end of Singapore to another in barely an hour!

**I use the MRT every single day when going to school so you can trust me on this.**

AVOID GETTING A RIDE

Avoid getting a taxi, Uber, Grab or whatever else you call it to get a ride. Most rides would cost around $10 but they can easily shoot up to a whopping $30, just for a ride!

Singapore has a lot of great public transport services (such as buses and trains) which are much cheaper, so try them out instead.

LEISURE

SHOP AT THE RIGHT PLACES

For more luxurious shopping, you can visit Orchard, Raffles Place, Suntec City and/or other air-conditioned shopping malls around Singapore.

But if you’re on a budget, try shopping at places like Bugis Street and Chinatown! Consider a similar-looking shirt, one that costs $5 and one that costs $30. The difference is huge, trust me.

VISIT FREE-ENTRY PLACES

I know most people visit the country for its tourist attractions and unique experiences which other countries do not have.

However, these mostly costs a lot of money since it is a tourist attraction (and that’s how those places earn money!). Instead, visit places in Singapore which are not tourist attractions to save a ton of money.

Below is a list of places to visit in Singapore for free:

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SUMMARY

To travel Singapore on a budget, you should:

1. Avoid buying plain/mineral water

2. Eat at places where Singaporeans eat

3. Use the Mass Rapid Transport (MRT)

4. Avoid getting a ride

5. Shop at the right places

6. Visit free-entry places

I hope that my tips are helpful whether you are a first-timer here in Singapore or an experienced traveler!

Singapore can be an expensive country, but if you know how to find the best treasures, you can certainly travel Singapore on a budget.

What are your best tips for traveling on a budget? Comment down below, I would love to hear them! 

Big Hugs,

Yue Xuan

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