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Free things to do in Singapore?

We really want to explore the city for all it has to offer, but are on a limited budget. What are the best free or cheap attractions, activities, sights, markets, etc. to see?

7 Answers

top answer by
Rasto from Edmonton

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. National Orchid Garden (attraction)
  2. Singapore Botanic Gardens (attraction)
  3. Singapore Art Museum (attraction)
  4. National Museum of Singapore (attraction)
  5. Asian Civilisations Museum (attraction)
  6. Raffles Hotel Singapore (hotel)
  7. Sentosa Island (attraction)
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answered by
Lindsey Marie from Dallas, Texas

You can check out MacRitchie Reservoir.  There are a couple of options for long hikes and you can do the treetop canope bridge, which is beautiful.  There are usually monkeys out and about as well (so don't bring food).  You can see Tekka Centre and walk around Little India, or stroll through B1-02 China Town.  The Singapore Botanic Gardens is beautiful and is definitely worth seeing.  You can also go to Sentosa Island to spend a day at the beach.  Or take the little boat over to Pulau Ubin (Island) and cycle around the island (not totally free but very cheap and fun).  

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. MacRitchie Reservoir (attraction)
  2. Tekka Centre (restaurant)
  3. Little India (neighborhood)
  4. B1-02 China Town (attraction)
  5. Singapore Botanic Gardens (attraction)
  6. Sentosa Island (attraction)
  7. Pulau Ubin (Island) (attraction)
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answered by
Jacinda from Singapore

Visit Marina Bay Sands to see its architecture up close or have a picture taken. Eating there is generally more expensive but there's a food court there that will set u back abt $10 a meal with lots of local food choices. 

Visit Merlion (not the one at sentosa) which is a symbol of Singapore. That's free. Then there's Esplanade nearby which is designed to be in a shape of our fave fruit, durian. 

There's a famous Indian and Chinese temple at Chinatown. Check those out too, quite diff from those of Thai temples. 

Take the tree top walk at MacRitchie Reservoir Park, it's a long suspending bridge over the forest, view is quite spectacular. But careful of the monkeys, never eat as u walk or carry plastic bags which they know or commonly mistaken for food. 

The Singapore Botanic Gardens is nice too. There's a big area where people can picnic in front of a stage. Some days there are free musical performances which can be quite nice. 

Visiting Sentosa Island is free by walking into this reclaimed island from Harbourfront MRT on a weekend. Singaporeans are really pampered, there are travellators to help ease the 800 metres walk. But visiting the attractions and eating there are def pricey. The beach is free but not as beautiful (but nice imported sand on the beach ) and its overcrowded. 

Walking around Little India on a Sunday evening is nice. Take in all the sights and smells and sounds as u walk around. Crazy traffic but really interesting and vibrant. Indian food there is authentic and delicious. There's also a 24hr shopping centre/hypermart there, Mustafa shopping centre where u can buy anything and everything(think supermarket, Electronics, gold jewellery, clothes, bookstore, health products, all-in-one) for lower prices than elsewhere in Singapore. 

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Marina Bay (neighborhood)
  2. Merlion (attraction)
  3. Chinatown (hotel)
  4. MacRitchie Reservoir Park (attraction)
  5. Singapore Botanic Gardens (attraction)
  6. Sentosa Island (attraction)
  7. Little India (neighborhood)
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answered by
Alejandro from Singapore

Spend some time at the Bay, see the Merlion, eat at Makansutra Gluttons BayCheck out the Gardens by the Bay and Marina Bay Sands light shows (every afternoon for free). For an amazing view finish your evening at KU DÉ TA Singapore, the bar/disco can be really expensive. but if you get there before 9:00pm the entrance is free (the sky park with the same view is SGD35 !?!).

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Makansutra Gluttons Bay (attraction)
  2. Gardens by the Bay (attraction)
  3. Marina Bay Sands (hotel)
  4. KU DÉ TA Singapore (attraction)
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answered first by
Jae from Singapore

If you fly in, Changi Airport Singapore offers a free day tour that you can take from the airport.

For transport, take the MRT. Each ride costs under $1; day passes are also available. 

For food, visit any of the numerous hawker centers- a meal can be had for just a few dollars. Lau Pa Sat has recently been renovated and has loads of stalls.

For free attractions, check out the Gardens by the Bay,  Mustafa Centre, and perhaps the areas of Little India and Geylang Rd

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Changi Airport Singapore (attraction)
  2. Lau Pa Sat (restaurant)
  3. Gardens by the Bay (attraction)
  4. Mustafa Centre (attraction)
  5. Little India (neighborhood)
  6. Geylang Rd (attraction)
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answered by
Duyen from Hội An

For the things to do in Singapore:

Make a walk to Mount Faber Nasi Lemak  

Mount Faber is a hill about 105 metres in height in Singapore, located near the Bukit Merah planning area in the Central Region.


- Stroll around Changi Boardwalk


The Changi Boardwalk, also known as Changi Point Coastal Walk (樟宜尾沿岸木板路), is a 2.2 km boardwalk at Changi Point, Singapore.

- Drag around MacRitchie Nature Trail


The MacRitchie Reservoir Park is a popular spot for nature lovers and exercise enthusiasts. With hiking trails, a newly improved pontoon for kayakers and an upgraded canoe shed, it is also a great place for recreational activities, both on land and in water.

Explore Singapore with free tour  Singapore Footprints

Singapore Footprints brings you on an exciting journey tracing Singapore’s roots from the humble colonial trading port beginnings along the Singapore River.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Mount Faber Nasi Lemak (attraction)
  2. Changi Boardwalk (attraction)
  3. MacRitchie Nature Trail (attraction)
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answered by
SC from Petaling Jaya

If you're up to it, you can always check out Henderson Waves...

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  1. Henderson Waves (attraction)
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