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5 Days Singapore Itinerary – What To Do If You Have 5 Days In Singapore

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With 5 days to spend in Singapore, you can certainly explore a whole lot! Experience the city’s top attractions and discover it’s best kept secrets. Our 5-day itinerary is designed to ensure you leave the island with unforgettable memories.

5 Days in Singapore - An Overview


  • Day 1 in Singapore: Singapore Botanic Gardens, National Museum of Singapore, Singapore Flyer 
  • Day 2 in Singapore: River Wonders, Singapore Zoo, Night Safari
  • Day 3 in SingaporeSingapore Cable Car, Universal Studios Singapore, Wings of Time
  • Day 4 in SingaporeA Day Trip from Singapore
  • Day 5 in SingaporeArtScience Museum, Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay Sky SandsPark

Singapore In 5 Days - Detailed Itinerary


Day 1

Indulge in a Relaxing Exploration of Singapore

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Singapore Botanic Gardens

Price

National Museum of Singapore

Duration

Singapore Flyer

5 Days in Singapore
5 Days in Singapore
5 Days in Singapore
The first day of this Singapore itinerary gurantees a relaxed introduction of this beautiful city state. The day begins at the Singapore Botanic Gardens - a World Heritage Site, and the first and only tropical botanic garden on the UNESCO list. After a stroll through the picturesque gardens, head to the National Museum of Singapore - the grandest and oldest museum in Singapore with a history that dates back to 1849. Finally, end your first day with a twilight ride on the Singapore Flyer and catch a bird's eye view of the city in all its glory from 165 m above the ground.

Singapore Botanic Gardens

MORNING 8 AM || RECOMMENDED DURATION: 5 HOURS

Must See

Family

Nature lovers

Peaceful walks

Set up in a verdant landscape, the Singapore Botanic Gardens are definitely not to be missed during your visit to Singapore! In fact, it serves as one of the best way to introduce yourself to the city. Inscribed as a World Heritage Site, the garden is the first and only tropical botanic garden on the UNESCO list. The striking park offers beautiful ponds with thriving flora and fauna, along with the region’s first rubber tree orchards. Spend a day lazing about on the sprawling landscapes or simply take a stroll out with your family – there are several in-house cafes and activities that can easily occupy at least half your day, so plan accordingly.

Know Before You Go
  • There are numerous walking trails throughout the garden, so you can easily spend a few hours here exploring.
  • Check the weather forecast the day before- you do not want to see the Colosseum when it's raining as the tour is almost entirely open-air.
  • Be sure to check out the Orchid Garden, which is home to over 60 species of Orchids. Keep in mind that the National Orchid Garden itself takes about 2 hours to see.
  • The Botanic Garden is also a great place to take photos, so make sure to bring your camera!

Note: Entry to the Singapore Botanic Gardens is free, but do keep in mind that entry to the National Orchid Garden requires a paid ticket.

Restaurant Recommendations

The Singapore Botanic Gardens is a popular picnic spot, so you can either prepare a scrumptious spread for yourself, or enjoy a meal at one of the many spots at the UNESCO heritage site before heading to the next spot!

Halia | Botanico | Micro Bakery & Kitchen

National Museum of Singapore

1 PM || RECOMMENDED DURATION: 2 HOURS

Must See

Family

History lovers

Art lovers

After your time at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, make your way to the historic National Museum of Singapore. With a rich history that dates back to the 19th century, the National Museum of Singapore is the country’s oldest museum and currently holds more 1,700 cultural and historical artefacts. Housed in a classical building reminiscent of the country's past heritage, the museum underwent a renovation and is now equipped with the latest technologies to showcase Singapore's most valuable artistic, cultural and historical artefacts

5 Days in Singapore
Singapore Museums

8 Best Museums in Singapore

Interested in exploring more museums in Singapore? Check out our guide on the museums in Singapore.

Restaurant Recommendations Near National Museum of Singapore

Stickies @ Dhoby Ghaut | Le Jardin | Le Bistro du Sommelier

Singapore Flyer

EVENING 4:30 PM || RECOMMENDED DURATION: 1 HOURS

Family

Thrill seekers

Must See

Couples

Finally, end your first day with a ride of the Singapore Flyer. 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. 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
  • Arrive early or purchase a Fast Pass to avoid long lines.
  • Check the weather forecast in advance and dress appropriately
  • Make sure to take advantage of the photo opportunities both inside and outside of the capsule.
  • Have your camera ready to capture the views as you ascend and descend.
  • Singapore can be quite warm, so be sure to stay hydrated during your visit.
  • On a clear day, you may be able to see as far away as Malaysia and Indonesia from the top of the Flyer.
  • If you get motion sickness, sit towards the middle of the capsule for a smoother ride.
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Recommended Restaurants near Singapore Flyer

Mylos | LAVO Italian Restaurant and Rooftop Bar

Day 2

Check out the Wildlife in Singapore

Run Time

River Wonders

Price

Singapore Zoo & Rainforest Lumina

Duration

Night Safari

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5 Days in Singapore
5 Days in Singapore
On your second day, make your way to the three most popular nature and wildlife retreats to the north of the city. Begin your day with the River Wonders - Asia’s first river themed wildlife park. The next thing on your itinerary is Singapore Zoo and end your second day at Night Safari - a unique wildlife safari where you can watch fauna come alive by night and discover 2,500 fascinating nocturnal creatures in their natural habitat.

River Wonders

MORNING 10 AM || RECOMMENDED DURATION: 3 HOURS

Kids

Family

Adventure

Nature & Wildlife

Nestled right in between the well-known Singapore Zoo and Night Safari, the River Wonders 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.

Restaurant Recommendations near Singapore Flyer

Mylos | LAVO Italian Restaurant and Rooftop Bar

Singapore Zoo

NOON 1:30 PM || RECOMMENDED DURATION: 3 HOUR

Kids

Family

Adventure

Nature & Wildlife

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.

Opened to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Singapore Zoo, the new Rainforest Lumina experience is an exciting new addition to the list of attractions in Singapore. Rainforest Lumina attraction is a night time experience that allows people to visit the zoo after dark and experience a one-of-a-kind walk through a carefully laid of set of interactive installations - allowing its visitors to immerse themselves in the audio-visual spectacle before them.

Know Before You Go
  • The zoo is huge! Make sure you wear comfortable shoes and plan to spend at least half a day there.
  • The zoo is divided into different sections, each with its own theme. Be sure to check the map so you don't miss anything.
  • The animals are free to roam in most of the zoo, so you might find yourself coming face-to-face with some of them. Don't worry, they're all harmless!
  • The zoo has a lot of interactive exhibits, so you can get up close and personal with some of the animals. Just be sure to follow the rules.
  • Singapore Zoo is also home to the world's first free-ranging orangutan habitat.

🇸🇬 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.

Night Safari

EVENING 7:30 PM || RECOMMENDED DURATION: 2 HOURS

Kids

Family

Adventure

Nature & Wildlife

Singapore's Night Safari allows you to explore the animal kingdom under the light of the stars! As you walk through the nocturnal park, you will come across zones that represent topographies from around the world. Night Safari is home to over 2,500 animals, 38% of which are threatenedin the wild. The animals are housed in specially designed environments that mimic their natural ecological system, highlighted by the open-air exhibits. The Night Safari is divided into the following zones: Indian Subcontinent, Asian Riverine Forest, Himalayan Foothills, Equatorial Africa, Nepalese River Valley and the Burmese Hillside.

Know Before You Go
  • The best time to visit Night Safari is during the cooler months, from November to January. This is when the animals are most active and you'll be able to see them at their best.
  • You can explore Night Safari on foot or by tram. The park has two walking trails - the Leopard Trail and the Fishing Cat Trail - which offer up-close encounters with some of the park's resident animals.
  • If you don't fancy walking, hop aboard the Safari Tram for a guided tour of the park. The tram takes you through four different zones - the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, Equatorial Africa and China - where you'll see animals in their natural habitats.
  • Night Safari is open from 7:30pm to midnight, and last admission is at 11:00pm. The park gets very busy during peak hours (between 9:00pm and 10:30pm), so it's best to arrive early or late to avoid the crowds.

Restaurant Recommendations

The park has a wide range of dining options, from casual snacks to fine dining. If you're looking for something quick and easy, head to the Ulu Ulu Safari Restaurant or a couple of other restaurants like Starbucks & Wild Deliclose close by!

5 Days in Singapore
Wildlife in Singapore

10 Best Spots for Wildlife Enthusiasts in Singapore

Want to explore more of the diverse wildlife in Singapore?Take a look at our guide to wildlife in Singapore to plan treks, birdwatching and tread adventurous trails in Singapore.

HOT TIP: Check out this combo for wildlife in Singapore to make your day smoother - Night Safari + River Wonders

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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5 Days in Singapore
5 Days in Singapore
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.

🇸🇬 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.

Restaurant Recommendations in Sentosa Island

Cassia | Shahi Maharani | Curat Cucina Pisana

 🇸🇬 Local Travel Tip 🇸🇬

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.
Recommended Experiences
Day 4

A Day Trip From Singapore

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Pulau Ubin

Price

Batam

Duration

Johor Baru

Duration

Malacca

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5 Days in Singapore
5 Days in Singapore
There are a number of great day trips that can be taken from Singapore. Just a short drive or bus ride away are a number of interesting places to visit and things to do.

Pulau Ubin

19 KM FROM SINGAPORE

Pulau Ubin is an island located off the north-eastern coast of Singapore. It is one of the last remaining rural areas in Singapore and is home to a variety of flora and fauna. Visitors to the island can enjoy activities such as hiking, cycling and bird watching. There are also a number of historical sites to explore here!

Batam

41 KM FROM SINGAPORE

Batam is a beautiful island located in Indonesia. It is known for its stunning beaches, crystal clear waters and friendly people. Batam is a popular tourist destination for both local and international tourists. There are many things to see and do on the island, making it the perfect place to spend a holiday. There are several beaches on Batam that are perfect for swimming, sunbathing and relaxing. The island also offers a variety of water sports such as snorkelling, diving and fishing. For those who love the outdoors, there are plenty of hiking and biking trails to explore.

Travel Tips
  • The best time to visit Batam is between April and October when the weather is dry and sunny.
  • Be sure to pack plenty of sunscreen, hats and sunglasses as the sun can be quite intense.
  • There are a number of ATM machines located around the island, but it is always best to bring cash as some places only accept Indonesian Rupiah.
  • When travelling by boat, be sure to check in with the Harbour Master’s office first.
  • Batam is a Muslim majority island, so be sure to dress modestly when out in public.
  • There are many delicious Indonesian dishes to try on the island, so be sure to sample as many as you can!
Day 5

Roam the Iconic Marina Bay Singapore

Duration

ArtScience Museum

Run Time

Gardens by the Bay

Price

Marina Bay Sands Skypark

5 Days in Singapore
5 Days in Singapore
5 Days in Singapore
On your fifth day of this Singapore itinerary, you wil visit two of the most popular attractions in Singapore as well as enjoy a break from all the sightseeing hit the town for some shopping and street eating. Begin your day at Gardens by the Bay - a unique amalgamation of nature and jaw-dropping architecture. Follow this with a visit to the iconic Marina Bay Sand Skypark and catch amazing views of the city and Singapore harbour.

 🇸🇬 Local Travel Tip 🇸🇬

The ArtScience Museum opens at 10 AM, if you start your day early, you could also take a walk through the nearby Chinatown!

ArtScience Museum

MORNING 10 AM || RECOMMENDED DURATION: 2 HOURS

The ArtScience Museum in Singapore is a public museum that focuses on the history and science of arthropods. The museum is located in the Bugis district of Singapore. It was established in 2016. The museum has a collection of over 200,000 specimens of arthropods, including insects, spiders, crabs, and lobsters. The museum also has a library of over 2,000 books on arthropods.

 🇸🇬 Local Travel Tip 🇸🇬

The exhibits at the ArtScience Museum are super popular, so visit early and preferably on weekdays to avoid the crowd!

Gardens by the Bay

NOON 1:30 PM || RECOMMENDED DURATION: 5 HOURS

The famed Gardens by the Bay resembles a sci-fi movie set, one that is sure to make your jaw drop. 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.

Restaurant Recommendations Near Gardens by the Bay

POLLEN Singapore | Texas Chicken | Pho Street

Marina Bay Sands SkyPark

EVENING 6 PM || RECOMMENDED DURATION: 1 HOUR

Family

Kids

Couples

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.

 🇸🇬 Local Travel Tip 🇸🇬

End your trip with a tour of the nightlife scene in Clarke Quay. This riverside district is filled with bars, clubs and restaurants, and is at a walkable distance from the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark.

Restaurant Recommendations Near at the Clarke Quay

Mimi Restaurant | RENNThai | Little Saigon

Other Singapore Itinerary Options?


Don't have 5 whole days in Singapore? That's alright, we've got other options for you. Check out our other itineraries for further inspiration:

How To Spend 5 Days in Singapore Under S$360?


Day 1 : Singapore Botanic Gardens, National Museum of Singapore and Singapore Flyer
S$48
Day 2 : River Safari, Singapore Zoo, Rainforest Lumina and Night Safari
S$118
Day 3 : Singapore Cable Car, Universal Studios Singapore and Wings of Time
S$117
Day 4 : Day Trip from Singapore
S$44
Day 5 : Gardens by the Bay, ArtScience Museum and Marine Bay Sands SkyPark
S$32

Total

S$360

Book your Singapore Attractions tickets on Headout, and spend just S$360 on your 5 day vacation in Singapore! Hit up all the prime attractions in the city and save more while you explore more. Read on to see our detailed 5 day Singapore Itinerary and learn more about visiting each of these attractions.

Where To Stay in Singapore?


5 Days in Singapore

If you are looking for a luxurious hotel, Orchard Road is the place to stay. This area is home to many high-end hotels, as well as shopping and dining options. For a more budget-friendly option, Chinatown offers a wide variety of guesthouses and hostels. This area is also great for exploring Singapore’s Chinese heritage.

Little India is another popular option for accommodations. This area is known for its vibrant and colorful culture. You can find many great places to eat, as well as shops selling traditional Indian goods.

No matter what your budget or preferences are, you can find a great place to stay in Singapore. There are accommodations available to suit any traveler!


Recommendations:

1. Around Marina Sand Bays:

2. Around Garden By the Bay:

3. Around Chinatown:

More Tips & Hacks For Making The Best of 5 Days in Singapore


  • Take a ride on the Singapore Flyer, the city's giant ferris wheel. The views from the top are incredible, and it's a great way to orient yourself to the layout of the city.
  • Definitely spend an afternoon at Sentosa Island, home to beaches, theme parks and other attractions.
  • Sample the local cuisine. Singapore is known for its food, so be sure to try dishes like chili crab, Hainanese chicken rice and satay.
  • Take a walk or ride the train through Little India. This vibrant neighborhood is a great place to shop for Indian spices and textiles.
  • Be sure to purchase a good map of the city so that you can get around easily.
  • Ensure pack light since the weather is quite hot and humid.
  • Have plenty of Singapore dollars on hand since most places only accept this currency.
  • Dress conservatively since the locals are quite traditional.

FAQs


What are the top things to do in Singapore in a 5 day itinerary? 

The top things to do in Singapore would be to visit Sentosa Island, go on a tour of the Singapore Zoo, visit the Jurong Bird Park, and take a cable car ride to Mount Faber.

What are the best places to eat in Singapore? 

Some of the best places to eat in Singapore would be at hawker centers, Chinatown, and Little India .

What are some of the best shopping places in Singapore? 

Orchard Road would be one of the best places to go shopping in Singapore. There are also several malls located around Singapore such as VivoCity, Marina Bay Sands, and ION Orchard.

What are some of the best things to do at night in Singapore? 

Some of the best things to do at night in Singapore would be to go on a night safari at the Singapore Zoo, visit Marina Bay Sands for the light show and laser show, or go on a river cruise.

What are some of the best places to stay in Singapore? 

Some of the best places to stay in Singapore would be at a hotel near Orchard Road, Marina Bay, or Sentosa Island.

Singapore in 5 Days - Itinerary