Traveling to Singapore for the first time? This detailed and curated travel guide will make it easy for you to navigate your way inside, save money, and maximize your time.
How to get to Singapore —
Touchdown at Singapore Changi Airport, which serves flights from Cebu (4 hours), Hongkong, Taipei, Seoul, Tokyo, New York, London & more. From the Philippines, you can also fly direct from Manila, Clark, & Iloilo. Flights are operated by Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, AirAsia,
Scoot, Jetstar and Singapore Airlines. Click below to see online prices on airport and city transfers.
Always book your hotel early — Avail low rates and avoid fully-booked rooms by booking online as soon 2-3 months before your travel departure. Click below to compare discounts and read reviews by other travelers.
Check discounts and prices online — Save money by checking discounts on tours & airport/hotel transfers. Booking before you leave also saves you time & avoids the hassles of bringing large amounts of cash during your actual trip.
Visa-free travel for Philippine citizens — 75% of all nationalities, including Filipino tourists, do not need to apply for a visa before arriving in Singapore for short period of visits. Scroll down to the extra tips for the list of things you might need to prepare.
Singapore 3G/4G internet data sim card & pocket WiFi rental
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Pre- Travel Tips
✓How to get to Singapore
✓ How to get around Singapore?
✓ What to prepare for a trip to Singapore?
✓ Where to best exchange currency (SGD DOLLARS) ?
✓ How to find cheap flights to Singapore?
✓ When is the best time to visit Faber Peak?
✓ Travel Must Haves
✓ Money-saving tips
✓ Where to book tours & attraction tickets?
How to get to Singapore
From the Philippines, you can also fly direct from Manila, Clark, & Iloilo. Flights are operated by Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, AirAsia, Scoot, Jetstar and Singapore Airlines.
From Malaysia, you can also fly direct from Kuala Lumpur or ride by bus. I have tried the bus and the experience is so overwhelming. I am a border crosser.
How to get around Singapore
Buy an EZ-Link Card sold at Changi Airport station & many ticket offices around Singapore. This prepaid card can be used to pay for MRT, LRT and bus rides. Enjoy discount fares if you use this card. The cost is SGD 12 per card. Includes SGD 7 stored value and SGD 5 non-refundable card cost. You can top-up at any 7-Eleven store. Only 1 person is allowed per card.
Buy a NETS FLASHPAY. (same as ez-link)
What to prepare for a trip to Singapore?
Singapore Tourist Visa — Go to the Singapore Immigration website to check if you need to apply for a visa before going on your trip. Foreign visitors from countries not listed in the “Assesment Level Countries” can visit Singapore visa-free.
Visa for Filipino citizens — Philippines nationals can enjoy visa-free travel in Singapore, for up to 30 days.
Also, be sure that you are able to provide the following:
-Have confirmed flight tickets back to your home country or an onward destination that you are allowed to enter.
-Company ID or School ID.
-Passport not expiring within 6 months.
-Evidence that you are visiting for travel or holiday purposes only.
-Evidence that you are able to fund your stay for the entire duration of your visit.
Where to best exchange currency (SGD DOLLARS) ?
It is best to exchange currency in your country’s local bank way before your trip. Try to plan this too when booking plane tickets. Currency rates are so unpredictable.
If you’re from CEBU, exchange here:
✓ ALCO CREDIT AND MONEY EXCHANGE at Raintree Mall
✓ Drop-By Foreign Exchange at Rustan’s Dept. Store or Fuente Osmeña circle
If you have not think this over and have read this now and your flight is in a week, try this.
✓ Bring Philippine Peso for your trip since Singapore Exchange Currency Stores accept it. Exchange a small amount at the airport and then the rest at the city center for better rates.
How to find cheap flights to Singapore?
Start your search on Wego, Momondo, and Skyscanner.
Also, check Singapore promo alerts several weeks or months ahead of your trip if you are planning your trip early. The cheapest promos are sold up to a year in advance of the travel/flight departure date & are often only available if you book directly with the airline.
When is the Best Time to Visit Cable Car and Mount Faber?
The best time to visit the cable car is on weekdays so that long queues will be avoided.
It is much better to book lunch at Spuds and Aprons at Mount Faber. Spuds and Aprons lunch is at daily 12:00pm – 2:30pm (last seating is at 4:00pm).
✓ Google Map App – A life-saver for me because without it, I might get lost.
✓ Google Translate – Super powerful app. Translate anything.
✓ Grab app – Hassle-free ride and it takes you to your destination fast.
✓ Sunscreen – Protect yourself from sunburn or much worse – Cancer.
✓ Pocket Wifi or Sim Card – The convenient of searching anything is a go-to. Please don’t forget this baby. It is a life-saver for me though.
Money Saving Tips
Get a good map and explore the city on your own tour — You can tour the city at your own pace plus you can choose from a variety of options. There are a lot of awesome things to do in Singapore that doesn’t cost a dime.
Eat at hawker centers & taste Singapore’s multi-cultural food — Meals are cheap and the food is prepared in relatively high quality and sanitation. A long line of people queuing at a stall is usually a sign that it serves good food that is safe to eat.
Visit Chinatown — Food and things that will be bought here are cheap.
Ride MRTs and buses — This is the cheapest way to get around.
Stay at hostels or airbnb — If you are travelling alone or by group of 3, hostels are best for you. But, if you are travelling in group of 4 or more, then airbnb is best for you. I have calculated the difference and airbnb ones are best for group of travellers.
Pre-book your Cable Car Pass and Dine at Mount Faber tickets online
Booking online to enjoy discounts and cashless convenience during the actual trip is what I always do. Always check prices of tours and attraction tickets on this booking site:
✓ Prices are often cheaper than booking on-site. Huge discounts on many activities.
✓ Maximize your trip! Avoid wasting time queuing at ticket booths & shopping for tours.
✓ Get a good idea what to expect. Knowing all the inclusions/non-inclusions & reading user reviews is very helpful to make an informed decision.
✓ Earn rewards points for every booking.
✓ Pay in your home currency. Worry less about bringing cash/exchanging currencies.
If you’re booking tours and you’ve already finalized your travel dates, book early, especially if you are traveling with family/friends to lock-in those open slots for everyone in your group.
How to Get to Faber Peak by Cable Car
Singapore Cable Car giving you an utmost 360 degrees views of the place. It will take you to different places in Sentosa. Cable car will operate at 8:45am to 10:00pm (last ride will be at 9:30pm).
Our entry point during our visit was in Harbourfront Station because it is the most accessible place to start.
If you will start in that place, you can go to all the cable car stations and get back to where you are without an extra pay. The whole ride was not terrifying at all. I inspect the cable car cables and the materials diameter that have been used thru my naked eyes for a few minutes. The diameters were big that it gave me satisfaction and a normal heart beat.
Oops! Before I forget, E-Tickets or a printed ticket should be presented and redeemed in the counter at the Harbourfront Tower 2. The person who books and receives the confirmation ticket must present a valid photo ID/passport along with the ticket to redeem admission tickets to the cable car. The ticket is valid for up to 3 months from the specified date of use.
Our first stop was in Mount Faber. It was during lunch time by the way (Lunch time means 1:30 in the afternoon). We were all so hungry and thirsty because of the scorching heat of the sun directly hitting us and the lengthy paths we have traveled. Nonetheless, the ride did not fail to give us a 360 degree view.
It was kinda hot inside the car even though they have put some mini wall mounted electric fan.
As we approach Mount Faber, we were browsing their food menu. It made us even more hungry. On the other side the scenery compensated the feeling of hungriness. We were taken aback by the line where ocean meets the clouds.
SPUDS AND APRONS (Restaurant)
By the way, our ticket comprises of Lunch at Spuds and Aprons. We save money by choosing the cable car with buffet for lunch or dinner.
At the entrance, a souvenir shop will welcome you. I personally think that this set-up is for marketing purposes and thumbs up to the designer for taking it into consideration.
Arriving at the restaurant, we promptly showed the cashier our redeemed tickets.
MENU AT SPUDS AND APRONS
Succeeding photos will make you drool!
It is much better to book lunch at Spuds and Aprons. Spuds and Aprons lunch is at daily 12:00pm – 2:30pm (last seating is at 4:00pm).
Unfortunately, we did not totally consume the cable car passes because we were short in time.
You can also book dinner at Good Old Days Restaurant (Buffet).It is located in Sentosa. Scenery is looking so fine there. Try it!
Enjoy the thrilling cable car ride that offers a drone-like view of Singapore. And of course, snap some good photo!
Daily at 8:45am – 10:00pm (Last Seating at 9:30pm)
One-Way trip is at 15 minutes approximately.
LOCATION OF THE STATIONS
Do you have any questions? What do you think about the cable car?
Have you ride a Cable Car before? If not, go and try it yourself!
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