Singapore Itinerary : 2 Days on a Budget

Budget Itinerary for 2 Days in Singapore

Dreaming of visiting Singapore, but don’t have money like the movie “Crazy Rich Asians”? You can easily see a ton of Singapore on a budget in a mere two days! Like many people, we used Singapore as a jumping country since flights are much cheaper out of their hub, but we could have easily spent 3-5 days if time allowed. Below, is our 2-day itinerary to see some of the best Singapore has to offer on a budget!

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Where to Stay in Singapore

It was really hard for us to find a place to stay that was in our budget and centralized. After tons of research, I finally found The Fragrance Hotel Riverside. The room was small and we didn’t have a window, but we were super-centralized in Clarke Quay Central, and within walking distance to everything! Our Stay was about $70 USD a night and had a nice rooftop pool. Check the hotel out here: The Fragrance Hotel Riverside.

Find additional information about the neighborhoods in Singapore here!

By the rooftop pool at our hotel in Singapore.
View from rooftop pool of the hotel

Getting Around Singapore

The easiest way to get around is through Grab (like Uber). Their metro system works well too, but we prefer walking. We only used Grab to and from the airport and to Sentosa.

To use Grab, you will need internet on your Cell phone. I would recommend getting a sim card from the airport. We got the Hitourist which is valid for 7 days and cost $15 SGD. The wifi worked great everywhere for us and we were able to use the mobile hotspot for our computers. You can check out the plans here.

Day 1 in Singapore

From our hotel, we walked down the river to Gardens by the Bay. Walking down the river makes for a great opportunity to see lots of Singapore.

While walking we passed many statues, beautiful gardens, passed the Merlion, and crossed over the Helix bridge all on the way! The walk is about 30 minutes until you make it to the Giant Supertree Groves and you haven’t even spent a penny yet! See the map below!

Singapore walking map with must-see destinations along the way
Our walking map from our hotel to Gardens by the Bay

Merlion Fountain

A fountain spilling into the river shaped with a lion’s head and the body of a fish. At night you will find it all lit up.

Merlion Fountain in Singapore at night
Merlion Fountain at night

The Helix Bridge

This bridge was designed to look like DNA. At night it even lights up as a DNA strand. There are several viewing points off the bridge leading you to gardens by the bay. From afar you can even see the Singapore Flyer (Ferris wheel).

Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay is the most beautiful part of Singapore, in my opinion. Here you will find the Cloud Forest and the famous Supertree Groves.

Views entering Mariana Sands Supertree Grove. 2 day Singapore itinerary on a budget!
Views entering Mariana Sands Supertree Grove

Cloud Forest

Up until now, you have seen a ton of Singapore and haven’t even spent a cent! This will be the first attraction I believe is totally worth the money! Filled with hundreds of stunning lush plants, the world’s largest indoor waterfall, and 2 acres of space.

The design replicates an actual cloud forest with mist let out periodically. We went during mid-day, so naturally, it was crowded. I would recommend getting there early to have a better experience and for photos of course!

Tickets: Around $20.69 USD Adults & $11.09 USD for children

Flower Dome

Next to the Cloud Forest Dome is the Flower Dome, which is the larger of the two and the largest greenhouse dome in the world. We did not have time to check it out, but it houses many Mediterranean plants.

Supertree Grove

After viewing the Cloud forest, we grabbed a quick bite and walked to the main grove of supertrees. Here we sat under the trees and enjoyed the views until the light show.

The Supertrees are artificial vertical tree structures with various plants growing on them. There are 18 supertrees and fun fact: they generate solar power, collect rain, and act as air ducts! Moreover, the Supertrees are probably one of the most Instagrammable places in Singapore.

On the weekends you will find free events going on around them and every night they have a spectacular light show and it is FREE! There are 2 shows, one at 7:45 PM and the second at 8:45 PM. Make sure to get there early to get a good seat!

ArtScience Museum

Another attraction in the area is the ArtScience Museum. We ran out of time, so we didn’t get to explore it, but from what I’ve heard and seen, the museum looks amazing! I would definitely try to visit if it’s in your budget!

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Address: 6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974

Day 2 in Singapore

As you can see, you were able to see a ton of Singapore well within budget. For our second day in Singapore, we decided to head to the beach. If you are not feeling the beach, you still have options to explore other neighborhoods such as Little India, Arab street, or the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple.

Sentosa Island

We made our way to Sentosa Island via Grab. This is also where Universal Studios is located, but that was most definitely not in our budget!

We made our way to Palawan Beach. Here is where you can find a fun suspended bridge over the water and a nice little cove to swim. Did you know Palawan Beach is the southernmost point of Continental Asia?!

We grabbed food at a local spot on the beach, but it wasn’t the best. I would recommend eating back on the mainland.

Next, we went back to attend a show called Artbox for the rest of the day. Artbox was like a smorgasbord full of food, music, and art. On the walk, we also found Singapore is usually holding free events at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre. We passed the theater both nights and found live bands and a talent show!

Marina Sands Lightshow

Marina Sands also offers a free fountain and light show at 8:00 pm and 9:30 pm. We watched from across the river and could see laser beams shooting out of the hotel with the water dancing and music playing. The best seat is likely by the ArtScience Museum.

Singapore Budget Wrap-up

As you can see, Singapore can definitely be done on a budget, especially if you are used to traveling in the states where accommodation alone is always extremely expensive.

If you have more days in Singapore or extra budget to spend, I would also consider paying to go to the top of Marina Sands observation deck, the observation deck of the supertrees, and the botanical gardens!

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14 thoughts on “Singapore Itinerary : 2 Days on a Budget”

  1. Your photos are stunning! I love how you’re helping make Singapore more accessible to people, thanks for putting it on my radar!

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  2. Love all the spots in Singapore and love your photos, so dreamy! Love that so many things are free like the garden!!!

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  3. This is super helpful!! Thank you so much for sharing the budget for everything. This will come in handy when we plan our trip when it’s safe to travel again!

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  4. Great post! Singapore is definitely on my bucket list and your post makes me want to go even more! Great way to spend a couple of days there. Loved the photos and details and thanks for sharing!

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  5. Such a useful itinerary! I completely missed out Sentosa Island on my trip to Singapore and this has made me so excited to go back!

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  6. Singapore looks so amazing! I was supposed to be there this week but unfortunately my flights were cancelled. I’ll be saving this for when I’m able to go again! 😁

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  7. Singapore is one of my favorite cities and I especially love Arab Street and Little India. I regret not going earlier to see the Flower Dome in daylight though.

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  8. Great post! It seems like there is plenty to do in Singapore, even on a budget. We did visit the city yeeears ago, but I totally missed Sentosa Island. It looks like such a gorgeous place to explore and relax!

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  9. Wow, you really made the best out of those two days, your pictures look awesome! Singapore looks so beautiful both during day and night, and it’s good to know that a lot of things are free. The walk around the river is a great tip, I will keep it in mind for when I finally make it to that side of the world 🙂

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