Travelling to Singapore
You will be arriving by flight at Singapore Changi Airport. There are several ways to get to downtown Singapore from Changi Airport. The cheapest option is to choose Singapore's public transport system.
By Mass Rapid Transit: The Singapore MRT is the fastest and cheapest way to get to downtown Singapore from the airport. It took us around 45 minutes to get to Little India MRT Station and the standard fare was SGD 2.40. You can use this SMRT fare calculator to figure out the fare to your destination.
By Public Bus: This is another inexpensive option. The fare is SGD 2.50 and it should get you into the city in a little over an hour. You’ll need to prepare the exact amount since no change is given. You can catch bus 36/36A from the basement bays of Changi Airport Terminals 2 and 4 into the city. The first bus leaves at 6AM and the last one just before 11PM. You can refer to this route guide for a list of stops and estimated travel times.
Best Area to Stay in Singapore
Singapore isn’t that big but it’s such a diverse, multiracial city that you’ll find many interesting neighborhoods within its 720 sq km area. This is by no means a definitive list but here are five popular neighborhoods where you can stay in Singapore.
- Little India
- Marina Bay
Little India is the preferred location for your hotel and overnight stay when you arrive to attend the workshop at National University of Singapore. Little India is the central point to move around other neighborhoods and sightseeings. Little India is a nice choice for the budget travellers. Here you’ll find plenty of food options from cheap hawker centers to trendier bars and restaurants.
How many days to stay in Singapore?
Singapore is packed with full of fun and interesting things to do. If you want to explore all major attractions in Singapore, then you can probably do everything in 5 full days. If you are in a rush, then just spend 3 or 4 full days. Here’s a 5-day sample itinerary to help you plan and customize your trip according to your convenience.
DAY ONE: Singapore Zoo & Night Safari
DAY TWO: Gardens by the Bay - Marina Bay Sands Skypark - Art Science Museum - Helix Bridge - Singapore Flyer
DAY THREE: Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour to Explore Singapore City- Singapore Botanic Gardens - Orchard Road - Merlion – Esplanade – Chinatown - Little India - Kampong Glam - Long Bar at Raffles Hotel
DAY FOUR: Universal Studios
DAY FIVE: Attractions and Activities in Sentosa Island
Singapore Travel Tips
- Advisable to apply for an entry visa to Singapore within 30 days prior to arrival in Singapore
- Plan Your Trip with ARWebDev Lab's Conference Tour Companion
- You can stay connected in Singapore by renting a pocket wifi device or getting a sim card. Sim Cards are cheaper than WiFi device
- If you’re looking for deals on attractions and services, then check out these links for a complete list of Sinagpore deals on Klook and KKday
- Get a Travel medical Insurance for your safety and comfort
- Singapore is a “fine city”, because it’s possible for you to get fined for something you’d normally do in your own country. Things like spitting, littering, connecting to someone else’s wifi, and jaywalking can carry hefty fines. There’s even a law that requires you to flush public toilets! If you don’t want to be on the wrong end of a fine, then you’ll need to familiarize yourself with Singapore's law.
- Use Public Transport Systems in Singapore like SMRT. You can also take Singapore Tourist Pass to save both cash and time. It gives you unlimited travel for as long as you wish. A 3 day pass is just 15 USD only.
- Eat like the locals! You can enjoy best Singaporean foods from Chinatown or Marina Bay. Be sure to try Singaporean specialties like Chicken Rice, Chili Crab and Laksa (a spicy noodle soup).
- Drinking the tap water is absolutely safe, so you can try this.
- Stick to Happy Hour (5 pm - 9 pm) for getting discounts on alchoholic drinks of all kinds
- Tipping isn’t actually a part of Singapore’s culture. Threfore, tipping is not recommended.
- Singapore is hot and humid all year-round, Carry lightweight clothes and be sure to pack a rain jacket. The rain can come down heavily and without warning.
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Singapore visa for Indian Nationals and other group of nationals which includes China, Russia, Korea and Saudi Arabia (Learn More).
Singapore Visa for Indian Citizens
1. Here is the list of documents to prepare before applying
- Indian Passport with minimum 6 months validity from the date of your entry into Singapore
- Confirmed Air Ticket (Return or Onward) with Tour Itinerary
- Duly filled and signed Form 14A Download Form 14A from here The form must be completely filled and your signature in the form 14A must be same as the one you given in the passport.
- A covering letter from the applicant mentioning the reason of travel (Reason/ Purpose of Travel: Holiday Trip) and dates of travel, addressed to ‘The Embassy of Singapore /The Consulate General of Singapore’.
- If the applicant is residing on any other address than mentioned on the passport, then the residential proof copy should also be attached. Two government authorised address proofs with the same address need to be attached.
- It will be good to confirm bookings of your hotel in Singapore
- 2 passport sized colored photos (35mm wide by 45mm high) without border with white plain background, not older than 3 months before application, with your facial image measuring between 25mm and 35mm from chin to crown in matt or semi-matt finish
- Tax Returns of last 3 years along with the bank statements of last 3 months from the date of application
- Keep a copy of your professional CV (Although it is optional as a supporting document)
2. Application of Your Entry Visa to Singapore: (Advisable to apply for an entry visa within 30 days prior to arrival in Singapore)
- Go to the ICA website - Apply for Entry Visa
- Upload and Submit the documents. You have two options to submit your documents
- Self - Pay a processing fee of S$30 online via Master/Visa, Debit/Credit cards only. (Processing fee will be non-refundable irrespective of the outcome of the application)
- Visa Agent - If doing through a Visa Agent, they will collect a reasonable visa processing fee (Probably INR 300). We highly recommend you to apply through your nearest visa agent for the easiness of processing and deliver the Singapore visa
3. Processing and Visa delivery
- Wait for 2-5 working days: The processing time for the Singaporean Visa is one day not including the day of submission and excluding weekends and holidays. However, agencies may need up to 5 days to bring back your Visa as they are operating in bulk
- Check status online: For this you need to sign into the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) website. On the website, scroll down to Frequently Accessed eServices and click on Visa (SAVE). Then scroll down and click on Status Enquiry. Key in your application reference number and travel document number.
- Proceed to print your eVisa or receive it from your agent: On the same website where you can check your application status, you may click on ‘proceed’ to print your eVisa, or your agent will have it delivered to you within 5 days of your application