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Here’s a 3-5 days itinerary for Singapore including maps for walking routes per day!

This Singapore itinerary includes a walking route (with map) per day which absolutely means there’s very minimal transportation expenses in this itinerary. Use this for a 3-5 days trip to SG!

Singapore, one of the most vibrant and multicultural destinations in the world, is an exciting endeavor. Known as the “Lion City,” Singapore seamlessly fuses the contemporary with the traditional, offering visitors an eclectic mix of experiences.

From its dazzling skyline punctuated by futuristic gardens and towering skyscrapers to its traditional neighborhoods brimming with rich heritage and diverse cuisine, there’s no shortage of sights to see and things to do.

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In planning your Singapore itinerary, consider what interests you most – food, history, nature, shopping, or culture – as Singapore caters to all these and more.

Factor in the city’s tropical climate to ensure you’re prepared for its year-round heat and frequent rain showers.

Browse away and use this Singapore itinerary for your trip! If you want to book this itinerary, just get in touch and we will arrange the trip for you!

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✅ Singapore itinerary planning

I added some realistic walking routes per day in this itinerary, but in case you want to add more things to do, below are some resources and other things that you can add to customize your Singapore itinerary:

Now, if you are looking for hotels in Singapore, below are those that are less than 1 KM from the center (which allows you to spend less on transportation).

These are walking distance from all the important tourist spots you need to visit in this Singapore itinerary.

HotelPriceScore
RadZone Hostel$53 USD9.1/10
KINN Capsule Hotel$47 USD8.5/10
Hipstercity Hostel$80 USD8.2/10
Lyf Funan Singapore$176 USD8.6/10
Capri by Fraser China Square$201 USD8.4/10
Paradox Singapore Merchant Court$224 USD8.6/10

🏞️ Singapore Itinerary day 1: Marina Bay area

Start in Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands, comprising three 55-story towers, embodies Singapore’s prosperity, innovation, and audacity. It is instantly recognizable by the SkyPark that tops the structures, bridging them together to create a silhouette reminiscent of a grand ship floating in the sky.

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Marina Bay Sands is an extravaganza of luxury and entertainment. It houses a world-class casino, a 2,561-room hotel, a massive shopping mall replete with high-end brands, and a wide array of dining options ranging from gourmet restaurants to casual cafes.

Walk to the ArtScience Museum (6 minutes)

The ArtScience Museum, designed with a lotus, merges science, art, and technology in its exhibits. Visit for a thought-provoking exploration of creativity and innovation.

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Check out the museum’s website for current exhibitions, as they often rotate.

🎟️ Museum ticket: Tickets to Singapore ArtScience Museum cost $18 USD. You can easily spend 1.5 hours here. [Pre-boook ArtScience Museum ticket]

Walk to the Merlion Park (20 minutes)

This iconic landmark features a mythical creature with a lion’s head and a fish’s body, symbolizing Singapore’s humble beginnings as a fishing village and its original name, Singapura, meaning “lion city”.

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Visiting Merlion Park is an opportunity to learn about Singapore’s history while enjoying the panoramic view of Marina Bay.

🚲 Option for seeing Merlion Park: Bicycles are popular in Singapore. You can see the Merlion park and other Singapore highlights by bike! [Book Lion City Bicycle Tour]

Walk to SkyPark Observation Deck (20 minutes)

Perched atop Marina Bay Sands, the SkyPark Observation Deck offers panoramic views of Singapore’s skyline.

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It’s a must-visit to capture the cityscape, including landmarks like Gardens by the Bay and the Singapore Strait.

🎟️ Tours and tickets: You can visit the SkyPark Observation deck together with the Marina Bay Sands. Tickets start at $25 USD per person. [Pre-pay Skypark Observation Ticket]

Walk to Satay by the Bay for lunch (22 minutes)

Exit Marina Bay Sands and take the scenic Gardens by the Bay East path to Satay by the Bay.

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Satay by the Bay is a spacious food court offers diverse local and Asian cuisines, including its namesake satay (grilled skewered meat). Visit to taste the authentic flavors of Singapore in a unique outdoor setting.

This is one of Singapore’s best Hawker food centres within walking distance of the Marina Bay area.

🌶️ Local Tip: Try the “Satay Challenge” if you’re a fan of spicy food.

Walk to Gardens by the Bay (10 minutes)

After lunch, make your way back to Gardens by the Bay. Follow the signs; the park is just a short stroll away.

An award-winning horticultural destination, Gardens by the Bay spans 101 hectares of reclaimed land, offering a mesmerizing waterfront experience.

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Visit to explore exotic plants, impressive structures, and enjoy a respite from the city bustle. Don’t miss the evening light show at the Supertree Grove!

🎟️ Admission ticket: Tickets to Gardens by the Bay cost $15 USD and must be paid in advance. [Buy Gardens by the Bay Tickets]

Super Tree Grove (inside Gardens by the Bay)

The Supertree Grove, a highlight of Gardens by the Bay, is a collection of vertical gardens resembling towering trees. Take the skywalk for a small fee to see a bird’s eye view of the park.

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The OCBC SkyWay costs SGD 10 (around $8 USD), and you can pay it at the Gardens entrance by the Bay.

Cloud Forest (inside Gardens by the Bay)

Within Gardens by the Bay, the Cloud Forest houses a 35-meter tall mountain veiled in mist and adorned with the world’s largest indoor waterfall.

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Visit to traverse through the highlands amidst unique biodiversity. Dress warmly as the temperatures inside replicate a cool-moist climate.

Evening activity: Spectra Light and Water Show

This free nightly extravaganza on the Marina Bay waterfront weaves water, light, and music together. Visit to experience an enchanting spectacle that tells the story of Singapore’s journey to becoming a metropolis.

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Local Tip: Arrive early to secure a good viewing spot, especially on weekends.

If you want to visit all of these places in the day 1 Singapore itinerary, you can also opt for a guided tour for $38 USD per person (3.5 hours) [Book Singapore City Tour]

Map of day 1 Singapore itinerary

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👉🏽 Open walking map of day 1 Singapore itinerary on Google

🏮 Singapore itinerary day 2: neighborhood and local culture

Start in Chinatown

Chinatown is a bustling, vibrant district steeped in history and filled with traditional shops and markets, modern boutiques, and a wide array of dining options.

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Visit to experience the rich cultural heritage, colorful shophouses, and delicious local cuisine.

Chinatown Street Market

Chinatown Street Market is a traditional street market located along Pagoda Street. It’s a shopper’s paradise filled with stalls selling everything from clothes and jewelry to home decor and souvenirs.

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Visit to experience the bustling energy and find unique souvenirs for your trip.

Local Tip: Bargaining is expected, so don’t hesitate to negotiate the price!

Smith Street

Smith Street, also known as Food Street, is a part of Chinatown dedicated to food enthusiasts.

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This pedestrianized street has hawker stalls and eateries serving local dishes like chili crab, satay, and laksa. Visit to experience Singapore’s diverse culinary scene in a vibrant, alfresco dining environment – you don’t need to eat!

Eat at Liao Fan Hawker Chan

This Michelin-starred food stall offers incredibly delicious and affordable dishes, most famously its soya sauce chicken rice. Visit to experience the world’s cheapest Michelin-star meal.

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Expect queues, especially during lunch and dinner hours, but it’s well worth the wait.

Head to Chinatown Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum

This majestic five-story temple in Chinatown is home to what is believed to be the Buddha’s left canine tooth. Visit for the beautiful architecture, rich history, and the sacred relic on the fourth floor.

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Local Tip: Dress modestly when visiting and remember to remove your shoes before entering the relic room.

Little India

From Liao Fan Hawker Chan, Little India is a 30-min scenic walk where you can see more of Singapore’s colorful streets. If you don’t want to walk, you can take a 4-min Uber ride.

Little India is a vibrant district showcasing Singapore’s best Indian community. It’s a sensory delight from the colorful buildings to the tantalizing aroma of spices.

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Visit for the colorful shophouses, Indian cuisine, and cultural experience.

Local Tip: Check out the Tekka Centre for a variety of food options and the Mustafa Centre for 24-hour shopping.

Walk to Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple (6 minutes)

One of Singapore’s oldest Hindu temples, this landmark in Little India is dedicated to the goddess Kali. Visit to appreciate the intricate architecture and experience Hindu rituals.

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Just like in any religious place, make sure to dress modestly if you plan to enter the temple.

Walk to Arab Street (18 minutes)

Arab Street is a vibrant neighborhood known for its Middle Eastern ambiance, colorful textiles, and richly scented shops selling spices and perfumes.

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Visit to experience the vibrant culture, try Arabic food, and shop for unique textiles and carpets. The Sultan Mosque on this street is a must-visit.

Sultan Mosque

Sultan Mosque, located in the Kampong Glam district, is a significant landmark and one of Singapore’s most impressive places of worship. It’s characterized by its majestic golden domes and huge prayer hall.

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Visit to learn about Singapore’s Muslim heritage and witness the vibrant culture of the Muslim community. As with any religious site, dress respectfully, cover your shoulders and knees, and avoid visiting during prayer unless you intend to participate.

Walk to Haji Lane (1 minute)

Haji Lane is a narrow alley lined with vintage stores, boutiques, cafes, and bars, known for its vibrant street art and hipster vibe. Visit to shop for unique fashion pieces and enjoy the lively atmosphere.

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Local Tip: Haji Lane is the most instagrammable spot in Singapore so plan to spend more time here. End the walk with a drink at the bar and stay all afternoon (even til evening!)

Map of day 2 Singapore itinerary

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👉🏽 Open walking map of day 2 Singapore itinerary on Google

🎢 Singapore itinerary day 3: Sentosa Island

Cable car to Sentosa Island

The Singapore Cable Car takes you from Mount Faber to Sentosa Island, providing unparalleled views of the city, harbor, and the island.

Enjoy the exhilarating ride and capture stunning photos of Singapore from a unique vantage point. Ride the cable car early for beautiful panoramic views.

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🚋 Cable Car Price and Booking: The 2-way Sentosa cable car ride starts at $21 USD and should be paid in advance. [Book Sentosa Cable Car Ride]

Universal Studios

Universal Studios Singapore is a movie-themed amusement park with thrilling rides, shows, and attractions from your favorite blockbuster films.

Visit to experience adrenaline-pumping roller coasters, family-friendly rides, and live performances. You can spend the whole morning here to have a chance to visit other parts of Sentosa Island.

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Otherwise, spend your day 3 Singapore itinerary in Universal studios and stay the night to experience the island entirely. Your choice!

🎢 Universal Studios Tickets: Purchase your tickets online to avoid queues and aim to arrive early to make the most of your day. The one-day ticket costs $70 USD. [Buy Universal Studios Tickets]

Adventure Cove Waterpark

This innovative waterpark offers thrilling waterslides, a wave pool, and a chance to snorkel with marine life.

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Experience the high-speed water rides and the Rainbow Reef, where you can snorkel with 20,000 tropical fish.

S.E.A Aquarium

One of the world’s largest aquariums, the S.E.A Aquarium is home to over 100,000 marine animals across 50 habitats.

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Here, you will learn about marine conservation and come face to face with sharks, rays, and colorful reef creatures. Don’t miss the Open Ocean habitat for a mesmerizing ‘floor-to-ceiling’ underwater experience!

🎟️ Admission Tickets: Entrance tickets start from $32 USD and needs to pe pre-booked. [Pre-pay SEA Aquarium Tickets]

🏢 Singapore Itinerary day 4: Orchard Road

Morning activity: MacRitchie Reservoir

MacRitchie Reservoir is Singapore’s oldest reservoir and a gateway to the city’s most beautiful and serene nature trails.

The park is a haven for nature lovers and fitness enthusiasts, offering walking trails, kayaking, and the famous TreeTop Walk, a suspension bridge with panoramic views of the lush rainforest.

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Wear comfortable shoes and carry plenty of water. It’s best to start the TreeTop Walk early in the day as it can get hot, and note that it’s closed on Mondays for maintenance (unless it’s a public holiday).

Keep an eye out for monkeys but don’t feed them!

Lunch at Lucky Food Centre

From MacRitchie Reservoir, the Lucky Food Centre is 10 minutes by taxi/car.

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After a morning of outdoor activity, head to Lucky Food Centre, a food court that offers various affordable, local cuisine. Visit for a taste of authentic Singaporean dishes like Chicken Rice or Laksa.

Walk to Orchard Road (24 minutes)

Orchard Road is Singapore’s bustling retail heart, lined with upscale boutiques, department stores, and sprawling malls.

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Here are some suggested things to do in Orchard Road:

  • Shopping: For high-end fashion brands, visit the many upscale boutiques and malls like ION Orchard, Orchard Central, and Ngee Ann City.
  • Dining: Experience a range of cuisines from across the globe in various food courts, restaurants, and cafes. Try local Singaporean dishes in the food courts.
  • Visit Istana Park: Take a stroll through this serene park which serves as the main entrance to the Istana, the official residence of the President of Singapore.
  • Experience Nightlife: Enjoy the vibrant nightlife in bars and clubs like Emerald Hill and No.5 Emerald Hill Cocktail Bar.
  • Art Appreciation: Visit the ION Art Gallery for various art exhibitions featuring local and international artists.
  • Spa and Wellness: Treat yourself to a spa or wellness treatment in the many facilities available.
  • Explore Emerald Hill: A historic area located off Orchard Road known for its picturesque Chinese Baroque houses.
  • Visit Lucky Plaza: An iconic shopping center popular for discounted fashion items and a great place to try affordable local food.

Walk to Singapore Botanic Gardens (18 minutes)

This UNESCO World Heritage Site offers 82 hectares of stunning landscapes, rare plants, and the world’s largest orchid display.

Visit for tranquility, bird watching, or a leisurely stroll through lush greenery. Don’t miss the National Orchid Garden, located within the Botanic Gardens.

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There is no fee to visit the Singapore Botanic Gardens. You only need to pay if you are visiting the National Orchid Garden, which costs 5 SGD ($3.75 USD).

😋 Singapore itinerary day 5: East Coast Park

East Coast Park

East Coast Park is a scenic coastline stretching over 15km, offering recreational, dining, and sporting activities. Visit to enjoy leisurely walks, cycling, or to have a picnic by the sea.

Bike and rollerblade rentals are available throughout the park.

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In East Coast Park, biking or rollerblading along the well-maintained tracks is a popular activity. Visit to enjoy the park’s beautiful scenery while getting some exercise!

East Coast Lagoon Food Village

This hawker centre is a foodie’s paradise, offering a wide array of local dishes. Visit to enjoy authentic Singaporean food with a sea view.

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Local Tip: Try the satay and the chili crab – they’re crowd favorites.

Katong neighborhood

Katong is a residential area known for its rich heritage and unique Peranakan culture. Visit to explore its colorful shophouses, traditional eateries, and interesting shops.

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Try the famous Katong Laksa while you’re here!

Katong Antique House

This private museum offers a peek into the traditional Peranakan lifestyle. Visit to learn about Peranakan culture and see a collection of artifacts and antiques.

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Call ahead for a viewing as the museum operates by appointment. The phone number is +65 634 58544.

Peranakan Houses

The Peranakan Houses are colourful, ornate terraced houses that reflect Peranakan culture. Visit to appreciate their unique architecture and take amazing photos.

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Respect the residents and don’t trespass on private property while photographing these beautiful homes.

Peranakan lunch (Nonya cuisine)

Nonya cuisine, also known as Peranakan cuisine, is a unique blend of Chinese ingredients and various regional cooking techniques used by the Malay and Indonesian community.

Dishes are often tangy, spicy, and aromatic, featuring ingredients like coconut milk, tamarind, and lemongrass.

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Try signature dishes like Ayam Buah Keluak (chicken with Indonesian black nuts) and Babi Pongteh (braised pork with fermented soy bean sauce).

A popular restaurant to experience this cuisine is Baba Chews on East Coast Road.

✈️ Book this Singapore itinerary

Love this Singapore itinerary. You can book this trip with me, and we can personalize your itinerary according to how many days you plan to be in Singapore! The packages start at $1,500 USD (all-inclusive, with accommodations), and we can modify/add some activities for you.

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⁉️ FAQ: Singapore itinerary

Not at all. A week gives you ample time to explore Singapore’s main attractions, discover its diverse neighborhoods, sample a wide variety of its world-renowned food, and even take a couple of leisurely days to relax or explore offbeat paths.

Yes, 5 days is a good amount of time to cover the main highlights of Singapore, including Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay, Sentosa Island, and cultural neighborhoods like Chinatown and Little India.

It depends on your travel preferences. 10 days might feel long if you’re just targeting major tourist spots. However, it’s a good duration if you enjoy immersing yourself in local culture, exploring less-touristy areas, or wish to take day trips to nearby places like Johor Bahru or Bintan.

3 days is sufficient to see many of Singapore’s highlights. This is the most common number of travel days in Singapore. It’s definitely enough!

Not at all. Four days allows for a more relaxed pace and the opportunity to dive deeper into specific areas of interest, be it food, history, or nature.

Singapore is known to be a bit pricey compared to other Southeast Asian destinations. On a moderate budget, expect to spend around SGD 150-200 ($150 USD) per day per person on accommodation, meals, transportation, and entrance fees to attractions. This, of course, can vary widely depending on your individual travel style and preferences.

Josy A

Thursday 10th of August 2023

Oooh those maps for each day are really useful! It is so fun to explore a city on foot and really get to know the area. I love that you included so many details about food as well (count me in for the satay challenge!)

Cosette

Thursday 10th of August 2023

Your itinerary of Singapore sounds great. Each time I read a blog about Singapore, I want to visit it even more.

Amabel Buck

Thursday 10th of August 2023

Such a cool post, love how you included the walk time from each thing to the next! Will be saving this for my next trip to Singapore :)

Kelly

Wednesday 9th of August 2023

Loved reading your in-depth travel itinerary for Singapore! I've only been once and I'd really like to go back again. I'll be using your tips for a future trip. Thanks for sharing!

Lindajane

Wednesday 9th of August 2023

I'd love to spend a few days in Singapore in January and your itinerary looks great! Thanks so much for sharing your tips, especially the walking tour!