Travelling on a budget – Singapore

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Singapore is a cosmopolitan city and celebrates her independence on Aug 9, 1965. The young nation has a number of accolades, developed, safe, a garden city which is clean and green; and close to 17% of the population are millionaires residing in Singapore.

Typical Costs


Accommodation – ZEN Rooms provide quality accommodation at affordable price. The rooms are clean, spacious and well equipped with Wi-Fi, TV and In-room shower. Booking a hotel room can range from 70-120 SGD per night. This is considered cheap as usual hotel rates in Singapore are around 150 to 250 SGD per night.


Food – Singapore is famous for eateries known as hawker centres and hawker stalls. Food prices per meal are usually 3 to 4 SGD and an addition of drink, it can up to 7 SGD per meal. Cafes can cost anywhere between 8 to 15 SGD. Most restaurants are around 25 SGD. ZEN Rooms provide on-site breakfast for your convenience, check ZEN Rooms for more information.


SIM Card: SingTel is the perfect SIM card for travellers. The prepaid option of SIM card can be obtained without much hassle, registration simply requires your passport and prices range from 15 SGD. Call and Data re-loads are also available across convenience stores (7-Eleven) and mobile phone shops, cost depending on your usage.


Transportation – Transportation in Singapore is not an issue, in fact, it is very convenient. The Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) runs through the country. Public transport can cost around 1-2 SGD per trip depending on distance travelled. The locals usually purchase an EZ-link card.

There are also plenty of taxis around Singapore, simply flag a cab from the taxi stands. Some ZEN Rooms hotels also provide transport facility for the travellers.

Money Saving Tips

Use public transport – Travellers can get a Singapore Tourist Pass, which allows unlimited travel in public transport and MRT. It costs 38 SGD for 3-Day Pass.

Eat cheap – A lot of money can be saved by eating in hawker centres all over the city and there is a variety of cuisines available.

Top Things to Do

Wonder Full – Light & Water Show @ Marina Bay Sands – Treat yourself to a night of enchanting light and water show at 8pm and 9.30pm.

Gardens by the Bay – Gardens by the bay, has beautiful outdoor gardens which consist of heritage gardens, world of plants, dragonfly and kingfisher lakes etc.

Singapore Botanic Gardens – Singapore Botanic Gardens is 156 years old and listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the exhibitions and gardens, you can also spot Vanda Miss Joaquim, Singapore’s national flower.

Sentosa Island – Universal Studios Singapore, Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore Cable Car, Skyline Luge Sentosa and beaches can fill your day with lots of fun!

Singapore Zoo, River Safari and Night Safari – Not to be missed in Singapore, you have to spend a day here!

Hangout at Clubs – Clarke Quay, Boat Quay, Dempsey Hill, Holland Village are perfect spots to hang out. Open air restaurants and bars makes unwinding easy in the wake of a prolonged day of sightseeing.

Wander around Chinatown – Chinatown is located alongside the present day Central Business District. The place still gives genuine feeling of Chinese society inside Singapore and the perfect place to shop for souvenirs.

Take a trip to Pulau Ubin – The island of Pulau Ubin is like a return to the 1960s where families residing there utilize a diesel generator for power, live in wooden huts and rear small animals for food. Rent a bicycle to go round the island taking in the sights, town and shorelines. To reach the island, you will need to take a bum boat from Changi Jetty which is about $3 per ticket. Alternatively in Singapore, the locals also love to cycle and have barbeque gatherings at East Coast Park.

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