In this post we are going to show you the most complete 3-days Singapore itinerary.

In fact, we are going to take you through the most stunning locations of Singapore while saving you time.

How? We have created a complete 3-day Singapore itinerary so that you can cover the best things to visit in Singapore with our best tips about how to move around, where to stay, maps for everyday route and photography included.

Sounds good?! Great! Let’s dive in now.

Introduction

Singapore is an island city state located at the south tip of Malasya. It is one of the most expensive and prosperous countries in the world and an example of organized and modern multicultural city.

It is also worldwide famous for its cleanliness (you might have heard about a country that has banned spitting and eating chewing gum, that is Singapore), safety and for featuring attractions unlike anything else in the world (Gardens by the bay for example)

Singapore is one of the most visited countries in Asia as it is a hub for international flights. Is quite often used as a stopover before a connection flight.

Whether you’re using Singapore as a stopover or not, stay tuned to find out the top 3- day Singapore itinerary.

Singapore Itinerary Planning Tips

Every trip needs a little bit of planning, especially a short trip to Singapore where there is so much going on that you don’t want to miss out any important places to visit.

In order to help you make the most of your time there, we have created a 3-day Singapore itinerary with the highlights of the city, so you have a bit of everything.

We’ll also cover topics like knowing how to move around, best areas to stay in Singapore, day trips and more.

How to get to Singapore.

Luckily, getting to Singapore is quite easy as Singapore Changi Airport is one of the busiest and best connected airports in the world.It is located only 24km from the city center There are different options to get to the city center.

  • Bus. It is the slowest option, as it takes 1.5h. You need to take the bus line 36/36A which runs from the airport to the central MRT stations in the CBD – Marine Parade Rd, Somerset or Orchard Rd and other stops. You should get off at the most convenient stop for you. A single ticket costs 2.5 SGD make sure you have the exact amount as drivers don’t have change.
  • Train. Take the train from Changi Airport MRT Station (CG2) to Tanah Merah MRT Station (EW4), then transfer to the East-West Line towards Tuas Link MRT Station (EW33).  Single-ride tickets(2.20SGD) and EZ-link cards can be purchased at all train stations.
  • Taxi. A taxi ride to the city center which is 30 km from the airport, costs between 20$ and 40$. All fares are metered.

If you need more detailed information about how to get to the city center from the airport, you can check Changi Airport official website .

Pro tip: Do not exchange money at the airport. Instead, use a debit card like Revolut to withdraw money from the ATM’s in the airports for FREE. Is the easiest and cheapest way to have SGD from the beginning. Most of the ATM’s will not charge you to withdraw money.

How to move around Singapore.

Pro-tip. Download the app Citymapper. This app works in different cities around the world, and one of them is Singapore. It will give you several choices on how to get from point A to B via train, bus, etc, and will even include the price. It even has the MRT map which you can see offline. There is no way you get lost in Singapore with this.

Where to stay in Singapore for 3 days.

Choosing the right place where to stay in Singapore is really important as a complement of a heavenly stay.  Here we recommend these  four magnific options.

  • Andaz Singapore Hotel . This is one of the top notch hotels in Singapore if you are willing to splurge a bit. It is located between the neighborhoods of Kamplon and Bugis, within walking distance from some top attractions.

  • Kesa house. This modern and comfortable hotel is perfectly located, in the heart of Chinatown very close to the MRT station.
  • YOTEL Singapore Orchard Road . Located in the heart of the vibrant Orchard Road. It has modern amenities and the rooms are very comfortable.
  • Capsule Pot Aljunied. This hostel is located within walking distance from the MRT station of Aljunied. It is a one-star hostel with capsule beds for around 48$ per night. One of the most affordable places to stay in Singapore.

Alternatively, you can check some offers and availability here in booking.com

Booking.com

Singapore Itinerary travel resources.

When it comes to general information and what’s going on in Singapore, there are mainly 2 sites that you can check.

Visit Singapore,  the official website which has a lot of information about anything you might want to know about in the city. They also write about things to do, food, events coming, etc.

The second one is TimeOut Singapore. Keeping you always up to date to the latest events, art expositions, attractions, festivals, etc.

If you need to book activities or tours in advance, you should check your options in GetYourGuide below.

Pro-tip: Check these websites well in advance your trip for the dates you are planning to stay in Singapore. You can be lucky and find events, or new openings or shows that you didn’t know before!

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Because things can go wrong even in such an amazing destination like Singapore, we always recommend buying travel insurance.

A missed fly connection, lost baggage, stolen travel gear, any accident you may have in destination, etc. These are some examples of some things that could easily happen to anyone.

So is always worth to have good travel insurance for peace of mind and also to be covered in case you have any issue.

The one we always use and can recommend you for their price, coverage, but overall service, is World Nomads. Any time we have had any issue while traveling they have been very responsive and make things easy.

You can get a quick quote here to have an idea on how much it will cost you.

Complete 3-days Singapore itinerary.

Let’s get your itinerary started!

This a 3-day Singapore itinerary that is meant to cover the main highlights and attractions in the city. It has been created especially for the first time visitors that want to get a bit of everything from this amazing destination.

With the itineraries proposed, you can make little changes if you feel like you want to visit one thing instead, or if you prefer to do day one, on day two, or day three that is also possible.

Bear in mind that the idea behind the itineraries that we have created, is to minimise your traveling time using transport and instead, following walking routes. That is because we think the best way to explore a city is by walking around, but if you’re tired of walking you can always jump on the public transport or get a taxi. No problems!

Singapore itinerary day 1: Chinatown, Civil District and Gardens by the Bay

The first day of our Singapore itinerary starts from Chinatown after having a traditional breakfast in one of the Singaporean kopitiam (cafes)

The traditional breakfast consists on a kaya toast (kaya is a custard jam made from egg, coconut, and the vanilla pandan) with soft-cooked eggs.

This route is gonna be devided in two, morning and afternoon. 

How to read the map: Click the icon in the top left-hand corner of the map to view the points of interest and the walking route. To see it full screen, just click the icon on the top-right. You can click the check marks to hide or show layers. By clicking the icons on the map, you will get more information about each point of interest.

There is a star next to the title of the map, if you click it, this map will be added to your Google Maps account. Then you can view it on your phone or computer by opening Google Maps, click the menu button, go to “Your Places,” click Maps, and you will see this map on your list.

Morning itinerary

  • Ya Kun Kaya Toast (A)

  • Thian Hock Keng Temple (B)

  • Buddha Tooth Relic Temple (C)

  • Chinatown Street Markets (D)

  • Sri Mariamman Temple (E)

  • Padang (H)

  • Esplanade Park

Afternoon Itinerary

  • Merlion (I)

  • Gardens by the Bay (J)

  • Cloud Forest

  • Flower Dome

  • Super Tree Grove

  • Garden Rhapsody Music and Light Show

Chinatown

Temple in Chinatown

Chinatown is one of the vibrant districts in Singapore that proudly display their heritage, with low rise building, old shophouses, temples and Chinese restaurants where you can endulge some of their traditional dishes.

Take the time to walk around the narrow streets, that display the distinctive red and gold decorations, look for bargains in the shophouses and visit some unique temples, such as the Buddha Relic Temple or The Thian Hock Keng Temple (one of the oldest Chinese temples in Singapore)

Head to the Chinese market, where the bustling streets are packed with hundreds of stalls offering anything from clothing to Chinese cats, remember to haggle to get the best price.

Visit the Sri Mariamman Temple, the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore. The temple is covered with sculptures of deities and mythological figures, something that catches the attention to anyone passing by.

Civic District

Merlion At night

From Chinatown to the first point to visit in the Civic district, National Gallery is only 15 minutes walk (1.2 km)

The civic district is the heart of Singapore’s history, culture and architecture heritage. It is an easy walkable area with lots of give- shading trees  to protect yourself from the intense sunlight as well as open lawns to rest.

It is home of historic buildings in the city that used to be the administrative hub but now it has been repurposed, becoming an art destination the last weekend of every month.

Start visiting the National Gallery and then take a look at some the historical buildings:

  • The Asian Civilisations Museum
  • The Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall
  • The old Parliament House
  • Queen Elizabeth Walk
  • The Supreme Court and City Hall
  • The Padang.

Finally, you cannot miss one of the most important landmarks in Singapore, the Merlion.

From the Merlion, take a 18 minutes walk to Gardens by the Bay, crossing the Esplanade Bridge, a scenic walk towards the gardens.

Gardens by the Bay

aerial view of gardens by the bay

Gardens by the bay is one of the most important attractions in Singapore for presenting an innovative and futuristic design that combines nature and modern technology. It was borned as a proyect to create a City in a Garden, and the result of that is a horticultural wonderland that brings millions of visitors every year.

Gardens by the Bay is divided into three main parts, Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden, and Bay Central Garden.

The first thing you will see as you walk in is the Super Trees, which resemble Singapore’s national flower, the orchid Papilionanthe Miss Joaquim. Don’t miss the chance to go up the walkway between the Super Trees and enjoy the jaw-dropping views of the garden from the heights.

Cloud Forest, a 35 meters-tall enclosed compound that has the tallest indoor waterfall in the world. It is home of a wide diversity of lush vegetation from tropical areas up to 2000 feet above the sea level. Apart from the mesmerizing environment of the Cloud Forest, you can also learn interesting facts about rare plant species and how they are dissapearing.

Flower Dome. Another top attraction in Gardens by the Bay. It is one of the largest greenhouses in the world with a variety of rare plants that replicates the Mediterranean climate.

To check opening times, events, and what’s new, check the official Gardens by the Bay website here.

If after this visit you feel hungry, you have got some dining options inside the enclosure, from fine dinning, cafes, fast food or if you would like something cheaper, you have a McDonalds to grab a quick bite before the next part.

Garden Rhapsody Light and Sound Show

gardens by the bay at night

Every day, Gardens by the Bay makes the public stand in awe with its Garden Rhapsody light and sound show. This show features spectacular dazzling lights and music giving live to the Super Trees in the Gardens by the Bay. It is an unmissible attraction in Singapore.

There are two passes daily, at 7.45 pm and 8.45 pm.

If you have time for more…

If you think you have time for more, you can also check this interesting landmarks nearby the Civic district to add them to your Singapore itinerary.

  • Botanic Gardens
  • Fort Canning Park
  • St Andrews cathedral
  • National Gallery

Singapore itinerary day 2: Little India, Kamplon Glam and Marina Bay 

The itinerary for this second day is ideally started from Little India and then moving towards Kamplon Glam district to finish at the end of the day in Marina Bay.

Morning Itinerary

  • Little India

  • Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple

  • Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple

  • Masij Sultan

  • Haji Lane

Afternoon Itinerary

  • Art Science Museum

  • Marina Bay Sands

  • Spectra Light and Water show

  • Clarke Quay

Little India

temple in little india

The lively and colorful Little India, is the heart of the indian community in Singapore,  where most important celebrations take part and where you will find some of the most important temples.

Get your camera ready for some unexpected sights and make sure you try some of the divine traditional Indian food served here.

Amidst the most important things to visit in little India apart from taking the time to venture down the narrow lanes of the area, is to visit some of the most important temples:

  • Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, dedicated to the goddess Kali, a forceful consort of Shiva, believed to protect its devotees from ignorance and maintaining the world order. This temple has a unique beauty that everyone should visit.
  • Sri Srinivasa Perumal temple is found along Serangoon Road. It was built in the late 1800s and dedicated to Vishnu. It is also famous for the display of vishnu and other hindu deities figures in the tower of the entrance.

Kamplon Glam

street in Singapore

Kamplon Glam is a vibrant area of Singapore and the oldest urban quater. This area is famous for its richness in culture and history, its trendy cafes, quirky shops, local restaurants and great atmosphere. It is called the hipster neighbourhood of Singapore and the most important streets are, Arabic Street, Haji Lane and

First thing to do is to head to Masij Sultan, the emblematic mosque in Singapore built in 1924. It is such a beautiful mosque, famous for its golden domes and for being the reference for the muslim community. You can visit it from 9:00 to 1:00pm and from 2:00pm to 4:00 pm(Fridays from 2.30pm to 4.00pm).

Walk two minutes towards Haji Lane. One of the most lively and colorfull street, with lots of small boutiques, and eateries where you can spend hours shopping amazing products and endulging some delicious dishes.

To get to the next destination, walk 27 minutes to the Art Science Museum.

Art Science Museum

The Art Science Museum is one of the most iconic buildings that configurate the skyline in Singapore.With its lotus shape of 6,000 meter square with 21 galleries. Its original desing and its exhibits catches the attention of thousand of visitors every year.

It is a fantastic plan to have fun and learn, while you cool down in the middle of the day. Don’t miss the long term exhibit FUTURE WORLD: Where Art Meets Science, suitable for families with children too!

To find out what’s on, check the official Art and Science Museum website. The opening hours are from 10:00am-7:00pm, daily and the last admission at  6:00pm.

Marina Bay Sands

Gardens by the bay

Marina Bay Sand is an architectural masterpiece building that looks like a stranded ship. Inside you can find a hotel, a casino, theater, exhibition, museum and a huge shopping mall.

The “ship” at the top of the 55 story building is an infinitive with stunning panoramic views of Singapore. Unfortunately, only guests are allowed to use the infinitive pool but don’t worry! You can head up to the Ce la Vie Restaurant and enjoy the bird’s-eye scenic views of the city, paying only for a drink.

The other option is, heading up to the Sands SkyPark where you can also enjoy the same kind of scenic panoramic views of the city, spotting famous landmarks such as Gardens by the Bay, or the Singapore Flyer. Tickets for this attraction cost S$23.

If you don’t mind splurging on a first-class dinning experience plus out of the world views, you can make a reservation on some of the luxury restaurants in Marina Bay Sands.

Spectra, the magic light and water show.

Marina Bay at night

Enjoy the free entry to this 15 minutes magical nightly show over the water at the Event Plaza. Be on time to get a seat in front of Marina Bay Sands mall and delight yourself with such the four part story featuring gazzling lights, fountains, laser… and much more, together with an orchestral soundtrack.

The showtimes are from Sunday to Thursday: 8pm and 9pm
Friday and Saturday: 8pm, 9pm & 10pm

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