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How to Plan the Perfect 3-Day Singapore Itinerary

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Have 3 days in Singapore and wondering how to spend it? Check out our exclusive 3-day itinerary designed to showcase the best of the city to any visitor making their way to the island. Culture, adventure, and a little R&R - enjoy every moment of your stay in this hotspot destination.

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Day 1

Start with a Slow First Day in Singapore

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Singapore Zoo

Price

Marina Bay Sands SkyPark

Duration

Night Safari

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Your 3-day itinerary begins with a bang: covering the top 3 attractions of Singapore at a go. However, these three attractions can be covered at leisure and you'll find yourself with time at the end of the day!

Singapore Zoo

MORNING 9 AM || RECOMMENDED DURATION: 1.5 HOURS

Nature

Wildlife

Kids

Adventure

The impressive Singapore Zoo is well-known around the world, thanks to its 11 different zones and 12 exhibits that house over 2,800 animals, including over 300 wildlife species of mammals, birds, and reptiles. The zoo has made sure to create exhibits that replicate the exact natural habitat each of its animals would live in. Make a trip to the Primate Kingdom for a glimpse of 39 species of primates, explore underwater galleries, and much more. Guests can also attend interactive animal shows, go on tours and safaris, and feed some of the animals.

Travel Tips
  • Be prepared with sunscreen and a poncho for untimely rains.
  • Apply insect repellent upon arrival to avoid unexpected bites.
  • Don’t share your food with the animals unless it is allowed.

🇸🇬 Local Travel Tip 🇸🇬 

Did you know you can also have breakfast at Singapore Zoo? One of the highlights of a visit here is enjoying the Singapore Zoo breakfast with the orangutans.

Marina Bay Sands SkyPark

AFTERNOON 2:30 PM || RECOMMENDED DURATION: 2 HOURS

Couples

Family Friendly

Sky Park Shop

A trip to Marina Bay would certainly not be complete without a visit to the SkyPark Observation Deck. Rise 57 feet above the city and witness the heart of Singapore in all its glory. The public observation deck at Marina Bay Sands SkyPark resonates with luxury and even reveals the world’s largest infinity pool. Sip a tall glass of champagne as you overlook the breathtaking city skyline. If it's in your budget, you can also indulge in a delicious lunch at one of the fine restaurants in the vicinity. Offering a spectacular wine and dine experience, it's sure to be an unforgettable meal. Be sure to take home some exclusive souvenirs from the aesthetic Sands Sky Park Shop.

Travel Tips
  • Make sure you buy a ticket to Sands Sky Park if you’re not staying at the Marina Bay Sands.
  • The SkyPark may be closed for an event or occasion, it is best to check with the hotel before you plan out your day.

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To get the most of your experience, we recommend going during the weekend as there is a free light and water show organised during the weekend nights at 8 PM, 9:30 PM and 11 PM.

Waterfront Promenade

EVENING 5:30 PM || RECOMMENDED DURATION: 1-2 HOURS

Open 24 hours

Popular Walkway

Environmentally Friendly

After soaking up the views from atop the SkyPark, head to the water for some more sightseeing. The waterfront promenade at Marina Bay is a 3.5 km stretch that serves as a popular walkway and recreational space in Singapore. Designed as an environmentally friendly area, it also successfully brings people together. Rejuvenate as the mist relieves you from the Singaporean humidity, or, sit back at a 'breeze shelter', equipped with motion sensor fans. A walk around the promenade will acquaint you with some of the most impressive looking skyscrapers that make up the city’s skyline. Frolic by the fountain or take a picturesque walk down the boardwalk. After a day of fun, watch the sun go down over the glorious waterfront.

Travel Tips
  • It is highly recommended to watch the light and laser show that takes place in the evenings.
  • You can also take a boat ride in the bay; however, the experience can be steep if you’re on a budget.

 🇸🇬 Local Travel Tip 🇸🇬 

Another perk of arriving early to Night Safari Singapore is that the Thumbuakar Performance, featuring fire throwers and other stunts, starts at 6:45 p.m. You can watch it while wrapping up dinner and queuing for 7:15 p.m. entrance.


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Day 2

Hit the Best of Singapore's Top Attractions

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Singapore Flyer

Price

River Safari

Duration

Gardens by the Bay

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Take to the famous gardens of the city, go to the world-famous Singapore Flyer, mingle with the locals, and peruse through River Safari!

Singapore Flyer

MORNING 10:30 AM || RECOMMENDED DURATION: 1 HOUR

Thrill seekers

Must See

Family Friendly

At a staggering height of 165m, the Flyer is one of the world’s largest observatory wheels - think of it as the London Eye of Asia. It's even been deemed as one of the biggest tourist attractions on the continent. The breathtaking view aboard the Flyer promises an expansive view of the skyline, along with a brief glimpse of Malaysia and Indonesia from the top. The urban architecture is a masterful addition to the country and displays flawless engineering along with cosmopolitan cityscape. Sip on champagne as you enjoy the panoramic views of Singapore aboard the Flyer and see the city in a whole new light.

Travel Tips
  • It is advisable to go either early in the morning or late in the evening for the best possible experience.
  • Book online in case you’re planning to visit on a weekend, when the attraction will undoubtedly be busy and crowded.
  • It’s best to check the skies for clear weather if you wish to enjoy an unobstructed view of the skyline.
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Late evenings and early mornings is the best time to visit the Singapore Flyer as there will be little to no crowd. Pre-purchase your tickets online to avoid long queues at the ticket counter.

River Safari

AFTERNOON 1:30 PM || RECOMMENDED DURATION: 1 HOUR

Adventure

Wildlife Experience

Impressive Creatures

Nestled right in between the well-known Singapore Zoo and Night Safari, the River Safari is a river-themed zoo and aquarium. Designed to recreate the wildlife experience along famous rivers from around the world, the park is home to some rare and impressive creatures from across the globe. Get set to begin your journey alongside meandering rivers and enjoy the chance to view exotic animals such as the squirrel monkey, maned wolf, and jaguar.

Travel Tip
  • Carry a hat, sunscreen and water to protect from the heat and high humidity.
  • Arrive early, as the animals tend to nap midday, resulting in poor sightings during the safari.
  • Be sure to dedicate some time to the park’s less popular, yet equally mesmerizing, attractions.

 🇸🇬 Local Travel Tip 🇸🇬 

River Safari Singapore is best explored on foot. Therefore make sure that you wear comfortable shoes. 

Gardens by the Bay

EVENING 4 PM || RECOMMENDED DURATION: 2-3 HOURS

Unique Tourist Attractions

City in a Garden

Flora and Fauna

Next, make your way to one what's considered to be one of the most unique tourist attractions in Singapore. The famed Gardens by the Bay resembles a sci-fi movie set. It was initially brought about by the Government’s initiative to make Singapore a ‘city in a garden’ instead of ‘a garden city’. Gardens by the Bay are divided into three elaborate sections: Bay Central Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay South Garden. In each area, visitors can enjoy a natural extravaganza of flora and fauna. With an alien-like appearance, you'll feel like you've stepped into a colorful, friendly, fantasy world.

Travel Tip
  • It is highly recommended to stay at Gardens by the Bay through sunset, as the nighttime experience is especially magical. Keep at least a full day at hand to aptly explore the gardens.
  • The restaurants inside can be a little expensive; if you’re on a budget, it’s wise to eat someplace outside before arriving.

 🇸🇬 Local Travel Tip 🇸🇬 

Bring a light jacket – the conservatories can get cold.

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Day 3

Explore the Best of Sentosa Island

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Singapore Cable Car

Price

Universal Studios Singapore

Duration

Wings of Time

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No visit to Singapore is complete without visiting the Universal Studios Singapore. However, it is advisable that you begin your day at the Singapore Cable Car since it gets extremely crowded as the day goes on; it takes only 15 minutes to get to Sentosa Island from Mt. Faber! You not only get to avoid the queue, but also get to enjoy the view of the city in peace. Afterwards, hit Universal Studios Singapore & Wings of Time!

Singapore Cable Car

MORNING 9 AM || RECOMMENDED DURATION: 1 HOUR

Breathtaking Views

Stunning Photo Ops

Spend your third day on the beloved Sentosa Island. Known for its breathtaking views between Faber Peak and Sentosa Island, Singapore's cable car is the first and only cableway that links the mainland Singapore to the island of Sentosa. Enjoy 360 degree views of forests, skyscrapers, and sandy beaches as the car ferries you almost 5 kilometers on a 30 minute ride. The cable car has two lines: Mount Faber Line and Sentosa Line. The Mount Faber Line runs between Mainland Singapore and Sentosa Island, while the Sentosa Line runs only within Sentosa Island. With a round-trip pass, you can complete the entire trip, irrespective of which station you start at. Cross a skyscraper and float across the harbor on your way Mount Faber. As you approach this famous hill station, enjoy stunning photo ops as you pass by the lush greenery. On the Sentosa Line, fly over the jungle, sand, and sea; plus, catch views of the city's main attractions.

Travel Tips
  • You can pick an all-glass cable car to add a little excitement to your journey.
  • Tickets are cheaper in the evening. If you wish to time your ride for the sunset, plan your trip for after 7:00 PM.
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🇸🇬 Local Travel Tip 🇸🇬 

The cable car cabins can get stuffy on sunny days. While there are fans inside the car, ensure you leave the windows slightly open for extra ventilation.

Universal Studios Singapore

AFTERNOON 2:30 PM || RECOMMENDED DURATION: 5-6 HOURS

Cutting Edge Rides

Thrill Seekers

Thrill-seekers can have a ball of a time at Singapore’s Universal Studios, located on Sentosa Island. Go beyond the screen and experience cutting-edge rides, shows, and attractions based on your favorite blockbuster films such as Puss In Boots’ Giant Journey, Battlestar Galactica: HUMAN vs. CYLON, TRANSFORMERS The Ride: The Ultimate 3D Battle, Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure and many others. In addition, don’t miss out on the Hollywood Dreams Parade, a special holiday show that brings all your beloved characters to life.

Travel Tip
  • It is advisable to arrive 20 to 30 minutes before the park opens in order avoid the queue. In addition, being among the first to enter the park will ensure you can enjoy the most popular rides without having to wait in long lines.
  • Schedule your day around any shows you wish to watch and arrive about 15 minutes before the show starts to get the best seats.
  • Don’t forget to join the studio tour at the end of the day to complete your Universal Studios experience.
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The first thing you should do is take the USS map and card with various entertainment timings with you. Don't waste your time in taking photographs immediately after entering, no matter how much you are tempted 

Wings of Time

EVENING 7 PM || RECOMMENDED DURATION: 2-3 HOURS

Award Winning Outdoor Night Show

Wonderful Musical Production

Magical World

Mesmerizing and captivating, the Wings of Time is Singapore’s award-winning outdoor night show. A multi-sensory extravaganza, the show combines water displays, laser projections, and fire effects all into one captivating presentation. With a wonderful musical production playing in the background, experience the magic of 3D projection mapping and spectacular pyrotechnics. Created by a critically acclaimed team of local and international entertainment experts and set against a signature backdrop and a larger-than-life water screen, the show tells a contemporary tale of courage, mystery and magic. Sit back and get lost in this magical world as you journey across the fabric of time.

Travel Tip
  • Arrive 15-25 minutes early to snag a good spot for the show.
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 🇸🇬 Local Travel Tip 🇸🇬

If you are purchasing standard seats, arrive early to secure a central seat that gives you picturesque views throughout the show

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Public Transportation In Singapore


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The easiest way to travel around Singapore is using a public transport system that is affordable, fast, and amicable for tourists of all types. Different types of transport modes are available to hop around the city

  • Singapore's MRT (Mass Rapid Transit): It is the fastest way of traveling to any popular destination. Generally, such places are located at a walkable distance from the MRT station. One can opt for a tourist pass, foreign-issued Mastercard and VISA facilities, and an Adult Stored Value Smartcard while traveling by train.
  • Buses: They are a great option to travel the city at your own pace. Buses cover an extensive network of places in Singapore; they are air-conditioned and may be single or double-decker buses.
  • Taxis: Taxis are another affordable option as meters are reasonably priced, and there are no safety concerns. There might be surcharges sometimes, and you can always ask the driver for a receipt. The pricing and fares highly depend on the company from which you are taking the services.
  • Bicycle: If you love cycling around the place, Singapore has some great options as it has a good cycling path for people traveling there. One can even get cycles and gears from the licensed operator there, and you are good to traverse the city on your own.

Where To Stay in Singapore?


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One of the best things about Singapore is that despite the size of the city, it has to offer a wide range of options for a stay to tourists. All the accommodations are spread in different areas, and one can choose conveniently as per their need, budget, or proximity to a famous place. The city is famed for its costly hotels and luxury restaurants, but the accommodation options vary per one's need. Some of the best places to stay around for a convenient tour of Singapore city are Marina Sand Bays area, Chinatown, Orchard Road, and Sentosa Island. Regarded as one of the safest countries in the world, one can stay assured of the stay options they choose around Singapore.


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Tips & Hacks For Making The Best of 3 Days in Singapore


  • It's Safe to Consume Tap Water
  • Smoking and Partying is an Expensive Affair
  • Make the Most of The City's Parks
  • Research Before you Shop!
  • Know the Law to Avoid Fines
  • Get Yourself a CEPAS/ EZ-LINK Card
  • Eat Your Meals From Local Hawkers
  • Capsule Hotels Are A Great Culture-Taste
  • Bundled Deals In Singapore Are A Great Buy
  • Claim a Tax Refund on Your Purchases

Singapore is known for having an array of exciting activities and unique experiences in store for its travelers. And while there is a lot to do, there are also several ways to cut down on the ludicrous expenses that you can get caught up in during your stay. From finding the perfect place to stay to finding the top things to do in the city; our Singapore travel tips guide has you covered.


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FAQs: Singapore (3 Days Itinerary)


Is Singapore a good place for a Vacation?

Singapore is one of the top Asian destinations to visit and is home to many world-famous attractions such as Sentosa Island, Gardens By The Bay, Marina Bay Sands SkyPark, and so on.

What is the  best time to visit Singapore?

The best time to visit Singapore is when the weather is pleasant, ie February to April. For budget travelers, the best time to visit are August and September.

What are the top things to do in Singapore?

The top things to do in Singapore are visiting Marina Bay Sands SkyPark, experiencing the Singapore Cable Car, spending a day at Universal Studios Singapore, and more.

What is the cheapest way to get around Singapore?

The cheapest way to get around Singapore is by using MRT and buses.

What should you pack for Singapore?

Regardless of when you are visiting Singapore, make sure to pack a raincoat/umbrella, sunscreen, and bug spray for your trip.

Which is the best place to stay in Singapore?

For families, Sentosa Island is the best place to stay, but if you are on a budget, then Little India is a good place to stay in.

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