๐Ÿ’ฐ Trip to Singapore Cost: 2024 Budget Breakdown

A view of a man-made large lake with a ferry wheel and modern looking trees.

Known for its modern gardens, impressive skyline, and hawker centers, Singapore is an expensive, small country that can be visited with a budget of $70 to $140 a day.

My three-day trip to Singapore cost a total of $630. In this post, I share:

  • ๐Ÿ’ฐ Expected travel costs
  • ๐Ÿ’ก Budgeting tips
  • ๐Ÿ’ต How much cash to bring
  • โœˆ๏ธ My trip’s costs by category

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Is Singapore Expensive To Travel To?

Singapore is one of the most expensive Asian destinations to visit. Along with Japan and Hong Kong, Singapore is frequently considered a luxury destination in Asia.

The successful movie Crazy Rich Asians has further popularized the notion that Singapore is an expensive country. You’ll need to take conscious steps to budget if you hope to visit the country on the cheaper end.

๐Ÿ’ฐ Trip Daily Budget for Countries in Asia

Travel budget varies by travel style. For comparison, I visited these countries in Asia within a year of visiting Singapore, and here’s how much I spent per day at each one:

CountryDaily Budget
๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Japan$145
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ Cambodia$123*
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Singapore$122
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ผ Taiwan$102
๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ Vietnam$85
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ Thailand$77
Daily Travel Budget for Destinations in Asia

*My Cambodia trip could have been closer to $85 per day, but I splurged on accommodation.

Here’s how my Singapore trip cost compares to the cost of other popular destinations I’ve visited:

DestinationDaily Budget
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ Iceland$306
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท Costa Rica$233
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Hawaii$208
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฟ Belize$207
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ท Puerto Rico$182
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ช Peru$156
๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Spain$155
๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Japan$145
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Italy$131
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ Cambodia$123
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Singapore$122
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น Portugal$116
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ผ Taiwan$102
๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ Vietnam$86
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ Thailand$77
Daily Travel Budget for Popular Destinations

How Much Is a Trip to Singapore?

Depending on your travel style, here’s how much you can expect to spend in Singapore on a daily basis and during a five-day trip.

๐ŸŽ’ Singapore Trip Cost for a Budget Traveler

Budget travelers can expect to spend approximately $70 per day or $350 for five days of travel in Singapore, excluding flights.

To travel on a budget to Singapore, here are some things you’ll need to do:

  • Accommodation: The cheapest option is to stay at a hostel with dorm rooms, which costs about $25 a night. If you want more privacy, a private room at a capsule hotel typically costs about $30 a night.
  • Transportation: Take advantage of Singapore’s public transportation, the MRT (Mass Rapid Transit). The metro ticket price varies by distance, but it’s generally less than $3 per ride.

Singapore offers different types of Singapore Tourist Pass that give unlimited rides on public transport.

  • Food: Eat at hawker centers, which are popular open-air food courts that serve traditional, authentic Singaporean foods. You can get meals for less than $5 there.

Tap water is safe to drink in Singapore, as it meets WHO guidelines for water quality. Bring an insulated water bottle to avoid buying bottled water.

  • Attractions: Singapore has many pricey attractions with an entrance fee, but you can also visit these attractions for free if you’re okay with not paying for the viewpoints or special exhibitions.

    For example, you can visit Singapore’s most famous tourist attraction, Gardens by the Bay, for free by skipping the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest. This is what I did, and I still thoroughly enjoyed my visit.
  • Travel Season: Unlike many other countries, Singapore doesn’t have a well-defined low season because of its consistently warm weather, making it a year-round destination.

    For the best deals on accommodations, make sure to avoid Singapore’s major festivals (e.g., Chinese New Year in early February) and public holidays.

๐Ÿ’ฐ Singapore Trip Cost for a Mid-Range Budget Traveler

A mid-range budget traveler like myself can expect to spend approximately $140 per day or $700 for five days of travel in Singapore, excluding flights.

I break down my Singapore travel expenses by category below.

About My Singapore Trip

To give context to the expenses below, hereโ€™s what you need to know about my trip to Singapore:

๐Ÿ—“๏ธ 3 days. I spent three days in Singapore, which gave me enough time to see some of the top attractions and go on a day-long biking trip.

โ˜€๏ธ High season. I visited Singapore in November, which is considered the high season.

Singapore has two peak seasons: one from November to January and another from June to July.

โœŒ๏ธ Two travelers. I traveled with one other person, so I was able to split accommodation, food, and transportation costs.

๐Ÿ’ฐ Mid-range budget. I donโ€™t aim to travel on a budget, but Iโ€™m thoughtful about how and where I spend. I consider myself a mid-range budget traveler, and these expenses reflect that.

๐Ÿ’ต US dollars. All costs listed in this post are per person and in US dollars, converted from Singapore’s local currency, the Singapore dollar.

The exchange rate was $1 USD = S$1.35 at the time of writing.

A woman sitting on a unique wooden chair at a park.
Gardens by the Bay in Singapore.

Singapore Trip’s Total Cost: $630

My three-day trip to Singapore cost a total of $630, including flights.

๐Ÿ’ฐ Cost Breakdown for Singapore

Here’s a quick overview of my Singapore travel expenses by category:

CategoryCost% of Total CostCost per Day
โœˆ๏ธ Flights$26342%
๐Ÿ  Accommodation$15925%$53
๐Ÿฆ€  Food$15625%$52
๐Ÿš‡ Transportation$193%$6
โญ Entertainment$345%$11
Singapore Trip’s Cost Breakdown

๐Ÿ’ต Daily Budget in Singapore: $122

My Singapore trip cost $122 per day, excluding flights.

Daily Budget
Excluding flights$122
Including flights$210
Singapore Trip’s Cost Per Day

A mid-range budget traveler can expect to spend $140 per day in Singapore. This generally means staying at accommodations that cost about $100 per night, eating a mix of hawker stall and restaurant food, and paying entrance fees for popular attractions.

โœˆ๏ธ Flight Cost to Singapore: $218

I usually take round-trip flights from the United States, but I flew into Singapore from Malaysia and out to Taiwan for this trip.

A round-trip flight from the United States to Singapore will typically cost over $1,000, similar to flying to other Asian countries. Direct flights that are less than $800 are considered a steal.

Here are my flight costs:

Kuala Lumpur Airport (Malaysia) โ†’ Changi Airport (Singapore)$43
Changi Airport (Singapore) โ†’ Taoyuan Airport (Taiwan)$220
Singapore Trip’s Flight Costs

April is theย cheapest month to fly to Singapore from the United States. A direct, round-trip flight that isย below $800ย is considered inexpensive.

๐Ÿ  Accommodation Cost in Singapore: $159

My average cost of accommodation in Singapore was $53 per day. I was able to split accommodations with one other person at all times.

I stayed at a hotel near Little India that was a conveniently short walking distance to the Farrer Park metro station.

Accommodations in Singapore are expensive. Expect to pay about $150 to $200 per day for a mid-range hotel. Luxury hotels, like the famous Marina Bay Sands featured in Crazy Rich Asians, start at around $530 a night.

Two people taking a selfie in front of a tall building with three structures with a connected ceiling.
Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.

๐Ÿฆ€ Food Cost in Singapore: $156

My average cost of food in Singapore was $52 per day.

A mid-range budget traveler can expect to spend about $45 per day on food in Singapore.

Cheapest Meals in Singapore

Here are the cheapest expensive meals I had in Singapore:

Kaya toast & kopi Killiney Kopitiam$4.50
Several dishesOld Airport Road Hawker Center$5
Hainanese chicken riceAperia Mall food stall$9
Cheapest Meals in Singapore

The most affordable meals in Singapore are in the hawker centers (e.g., Tiong Bahru, Old Airport Road, East Coast Lagoon Food Village). There, you can get authentic Singaporean meals for less than $5.

A few plates carrying hard-boiled eggs, toast and coffee.
Kaya toast and kopi at Killiney.

Most Expensive Meals in Singapore

I kept my Here are the two most expensive meals I had in Singapore:

Chili crabJumbo Seafood$60
Nasi lemakThe Coconut Club$18
Soup & vegetable dishesSong Fa$18
Most Expensive Meals in Singapore

The easiest and best way to discover authentic, delicious food is to go on a Singapore street food tour early in your trip.

A woman holding a pot with a whole crab and sauce.
Chili crab, one of Singapore’s most famous foods.

๐Ÿš‡ Transportation Cost in Singapore: $19

My average cost of transportation in Singapore was $19 per day.

Here are all the transportation methods I took in Singapore and how much I paid for each:

TransportationCost Per PersonTotal Cost
Grab ride from airport to accommodation$16$8
Grab ride to go to east side$12$6
MRT and bus rides$10$5
Singapore Trip’s Transportation Costs

You can keep transport costs low by taking Singapore’s well-maintained public transit. If you’re staying for an extended period, consider getting an EZ-Link card, a rechargeable card you can use at metro stations, convenience stores, and other businesses.

A metro station entrance.
MRT station in Singapore.

โœจ Entertainment Costs in Singapore: $34

My average cost of attractions and activities in Singapore was $11 per day.

Here are all the activities I paid for in Singapore and how much each cost:

Rock climb at boulder+ Aperia$19
3-hour bike rental to sightsee around the east side$15
Singapore Trip’s Entertainment Costs

Free Things To Do in Singapore

I only spent a little on entertainment, but it’s easy to rack up a large entertainment budget in Singapore. Many attractions have an entrance fee, but you can save money by taking advantage of free attractions, gardens, and outdoor areas instead.

Here are six great free things to do in Singapore:

  • Walk through the Singapore Botanic Garden, which has no entrance fee. The garden is more like a large park you can walk through for an hour or more.
A wide open park with lush trees and grass.
Singapore Botanic Garden.
  • Walk along and window shop on Orchard Road, an iconic landmark and commercial street lined with high-end stores, upscale hotels, and festive decorations around Christmas.
  • Explore Changi Airport, which is considered one of the best airports in the world. The stunning airport has several worthwhile attractions, such as the Jewel.
A man-made waterfall shooting out of a modern designed ceiling.
The Jewel at Changi Airport.
  • Walk and bike around East Coast Park, a free park next to sandy, accessible beaches.
  • Sentosa Island is a nearby island that offers free entertainment and attractions, such as beaches, hikes, and a skywalk.
  • Catch one of Singapore’s impressive light shows, the most famous of which is Garden Rhapsody at Gardens by the Bay.

Do You Need Cash in Singapore?

Singapore has an excellent credit card infrastructure, so you’ll rarely need cash.

Here are some tips on bringing and using cash in Singapore:

๐Ÿ’ต 1. Withdraw cash in Singaporean dollars.

Singapore’s local currency is the Singapore dollar (S$), and the US dollar is not widely accepted.

Since cash is rarely used, I recommend withdrawing once at the airport so you don’t have to worry about finding an ATM throughout your trip.

๐Ÿง 2. Carry about $15 worth of cash per day in Singapore.

I only needed cash in Singapore at hawker stalls, food court places, and small souvenir shops where you’ll likely buy food or items for less than $5.

If you don’t plan to eat at these places, you can probably get away with carrying $10 of cash daily.

I kept my cash in my crossbody pouch, but if you want extra protection against pickpocketing, carry a hidden money belt instead.

๐Ÿ’ฐ 3. Tipping in Singapore is not customary.

Tipping is not rude in Singapore, and it’s often appreciated, but it’s completely optional. Tipping is usually not expected as a service chair is already included in restaurant bills.

If you have any questions or thoughts, feel free to leave a comment below.

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