Traveling to Singapore is a whole of “money headache”, because everywhere you look it’s luxurious and expensive. With a limited budget, with the experience of going to Singapore to be self-sufficient a few times, I have researched with several places below that doesn’t cost any money to explore Singapore. Follow me!
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Although ranked 4th in the list of the top 10 most expensive countries in the world (according to a report by the Economist Intelligence Unit in March 2017), Singapore is still an attractive tourist destination for tourists worldwide by unique architectures, modern beauty mixed with unique cultural diversity along with green – clean environment that nowhere else can be found. And rest assured that although the cost in Singapore makes you confused in planning your itinerary, you can still own a set of “virtual live” photos without losing any money.
So, where to visit in Singapore for free, where to go in Singapore for free? Let’s check out our suggested top 19+ free places to visit in Singapore, places to chill in Singapore for free, places to go in Singapore for free alone, places to visit in Singapore for free, places to go in Singapore for free including places to travel in Singapore for free and top 10 places to visit in Singapore for free as follows!
Gardens by the Bay (#best places to visit in singapore for free)
Address: 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
Hours: 5 AM–2 AM
It sounds luxurious, but actually Gardens by the Bay has a lot of public areas that are completely FREE for you to visit! Bay East Garden is the perfect place for an afternoon picnic; Heritage Gardens to learn about Singapore’s history and cultural heritage, Dragonfly Lake and Kingfisher Lakes where you can explore aquatic flora and fauna; to the symbol of Gardens by the Bay which is the giant tree Supertree Grove which is also a completely FREE sightseeing area! Feel free to live virtual without spending a penny!
Among the top 20 most checked-in places on Facebook in 2015, Gardens by the Bay attracts more than 30,000 visitors every day. The scene here will make you think of the movie Avatar with brilliant Supertrees from 25m to 50m high, reflecting the image of a sparkling forest with mysterious and magical things. Come here at night to see all the amazing effects from the color party.
Make sure you bring a good camera so you can stand under this giant tree and get the full view. There are so many photo angles you can take so please spend a lot of time here.
You are free to enter the park area, but there is a fee to enter the two greenhouses Flower Dome (which has 7 small gardens with different types of plants) and Cloud Forest (recreates a 42m high mountain of clouds, habitats of orchids, ferns, South American pineapple flowers and anthuriums).
How to get there: You can take the MRT to Bayfront station located on the Downtown and Circle line.
Esplanade Theater (#best places to visit in singapore for free)
Address: 1 Esplanade Dr, Singapore 038981
Located right on Marina Bay, this is also a great experience for art lovers. Not as expensive as people think, the Esplanade Theater regularly organizes performing arts programs or exhibitions completely FREE (see the free schedule HERE).
At the Esplanade theater, there is another wonderful experience completely FREE, which is the rooftop garden Esplanade Roof Terrace. This is a very special nature retreat in the heart of the city, giving you a beautiful view of Marina Bay. Come here in the evening to enjoy the sparkling city view of Singapore at night!
See the city from above at Ion Sky @ ION Orchard (#free places to visit in singapore)
Address: 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
Hours: 4–8 PM/Monday; Sunday: Closed/Friday, Saturday: 2–9 PM
Referring to Orchard shopping street and especially Ion Orchard shopping mall, you will surely feel dizzy with the price, because it is full of high-end brands. But not many people know that, on the 56th floor of the Ion Orchard center, there is a completely FREE observatory called ION Sky, giving you a 360-degree view of Singapore city. Although there is no charge, this place is still extremely comfortable, with air conditioning, toilets, and seats!
To get here, go to the center of ION Orchard, take the elevator to the 4th floor and ask for directions to get to ION Sky!
Merlion Park (#places to travel in singapore for free)
If you go to Singapore, you must definitely take a virtual photo with the legendary statue of Merlion with the lion’s head and the fish body! With a view overlooking the majestic Marina Bay, this is a great place to watch Marina Bay Sands’ light show, laser lights and water music called Spectra – such an amazing experience!
Check out a short performance HERE.
Spectra show time:
- Sunday – Thursday: 8:00pm and 9:00pm
- Friday – Saturday: 8:00pm, 9:00pm and 10:00pm
Singapore Botanic Gardens (#top 10 places to visit in singapore for free)
Address: 1 Cluny Rd, Singapore 259569
Hours: 5 AM–12 AM
The 158-year-old Singapore Botanic Gardens, located on the edge of Orchard Road, is a haven for romantic souls in this crowded city. Covering an area of 82 hectares, the garden is home to more than 10,000 different varieties of plants and flowers. The garden is divided into many areas, especially the Singapore National Orchid Garden area with more than 1,200 species of extremely unique orchids!
Entirely FREE to enter, this is the perfect place for a picnic, group activities, or simply lounging on the lawn with a book!
Green, green and green is all waiting for you in Singapore Botanic Gardens. The botanical gardens are a feature here. The giant hangings with so many plants make it impossible to distinguish which leaves are growing from which stems.
Lakes, pagodas, rainforests and parks combine to create a large area of several hectares with countless potential photo angles. What do you think if you make a unique set of green-filled photos for yourself?
How to get there: The garden has its own subway station on the Circle and Downtown lines. Or you can take a short walk from Orchard Road – Singapore’s famous shopping street.
Opening hours: 5:00AM – 11:59PM
Fort Canning Park (#where to visit in singapore for free)
Fort Canning Park is a historical site that has witnessed many ups and downs of the island nation of Singapore. The palace of the Malay kings was located on this hill before the 14th century and the Battle Box here is also where the British decided to surrender to the Japanese in World War II.
Now, Fort Canning is where you can explore history, admiring nature, or join a tour, show, musical, or outdoor festival. View now the schedules of free events.
MacRitchie Reservoir Park (#where to go in singapore for free)
A great place to watch sunrise and sunset over the crowded city, it is a favorite spot for nature lovers in Singapore. If you want to participate in water sports activities such as canoeing or kayaking, or simply a walk back to nature, this will be a very interesting experience for you!
MacRitchie Park regularly organizes many outdoor events, and there is also a FREE exploration tour for tourists, running from 5:00pm – 7:30pm, check out the SCHEDULE here.
Southern Ridges Trail
The Southern Ridge Hiking Trail will bring you closer to nature, but still have panoramic views of the city, the harbor and the Singapore coastline! This more than 10km trail takes you to Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park, HortPark, Kent Ridge Park and Labrador Nature Reserve. The picturesque space will take you to a fairyland right in the heart of this crowded city!
Changi Beach (#top 10 places to visit in singapore for free)
The road along the Changi coast (called Coastal Walk or Boardwalk) stretching for 2.2 km is an ideal place to catch a romantic sunset. You can get here through Changi Village, Changi Boating Club, Changi Beach, or Changi Beach Park. One side is the beach, the other is the forest with many unique plants, this is an experience not to be missed in Singapore!
East Coast Park
Address: E Coast Park Service Rd, Singapore
Hours: 24 hours
Also a park located right on the beach, but this 15 km long coastline is home to many outdoor fun activities, different from the gentle, romantic style of Changi Boardwalk.
If you’re into the hustle and bustle, head to East Coast’s for watersports, watch expert skaters at the world-class Xtreme SkatePark, or enjoy the atmosphere. Bustling in a cafe with sea view. This is the free hangout place for tourists and locals alike!
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum
Located in Chinatown, the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple with its outstanding design will give you a new look at the history and culture of Buddhism here. The temple is famous for its statue of Buddha in a giant 3.5-ton stupa made from 320 kg of pure gold. Every day, the temple organizes a FREE guided tour (in English) starting at 2:00pm, please arrive about 10 minutes early to join in time! Each tour lasts about 2 hours.
After visiting the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, don’t forget to visit the Chinatown (Chinatown)! You can discover Chinese culture and architecture, evident in every block, in the street art, in the food and even in the vendors! If you want to stop here, Chinatown has a lot of eateries and souvenir shops with cheap prices!
You will only see a completely red color the moment you arrive in Chinatown, will immediately be captivated by the rows of lanterns and the eye-catching decoration. Chinatown in Singapore is a combination of cultural elements with bold traditional Chinese. The buildings and houses here are all designed in the same way, from stalls, cafes to hotels.
The neighborhood is always crowded and bustling and if you spend time here you will have hundreds of quality “virtual life” photos with streets and colorful houses.