Money Matters: What were the costs of a weekend in Singapore?

Money Matters: What were the costs of a weekend in Singapore?

Abbi spent a weekend in Singapore as part of a 4-month Southeast Asia backpacking trip. For Bunch of Backpackers, she kept track of her spendings. This is her overview of costs of a weekend in Singapore! Thanks for participating in the series Abbi! 

This article is part of the Money Matters series in which we ask travelers to keep their expenses for Bunch of Backpackers. Real travelers, real expenses.  

COSTS 3-DAY SINGAPORE TRIP*: 114,63 EURO (129,12 USD)
DAILY TRAVEL EXPENSES SINGAPORE**: 57,31 EURO (64,55 USD)

*Two nights, two full days

**These daily travel expenses are per one person per day. Including all tours, domestic flights, souvenirs, lodging, food, drinks, entrance fees, tips etc. Excluding international flights.

Money saving by walking around with a local map. ©Abbi Morrison / Life In A Rucksack
Money saving by walking around with a local map. ©Abbi Morrison / Life In A Rucksack

EXAMPLES OF PRICES IN SINGAPORE:

These prices are per person unless stated otherwise.

Standard Singapore expenses

A bed in a 6-person dorm: 17,00 euro (19,14 USD)
A bottle of water (0,5L) at the store: 1,00 euro (1,12 USD)
A beer at a bar/restaurants: 6,00 euro (6,75 USD)
Lunch at a local restaurant: 3,50 euro (3,94 USD)

Notable Singapore expenses 

Accommodation: 32,00 euro for 2 nights (After spending less than 7 euro per night in Indonesia. In Singapore, Abbi spent 32 Euro for 2 nights)
Transport (MRT metro and a bus from Singapore to KL – ticket purchased in Singapore): 45.90 SGD (30.72 euro)
Food and drink: 59.90 SGD (40.08 euro)
Entry Fee to the Orchid Garden at the Botanic Gardens: 5 SGD (3.35 euro)
Other (laundry, postcards and stamps, toiletries I had ran out by that time on my trip): 12.50 SGD (8.36 euro)

Cheap food at a Hawker Market. ©Abbi Morrison / Life In A Rucksack
Cheap food at a Hawker Market. ©Abbi Morrison / Life In A Rucksack

SOME DETAILS ON THIS TRIP:

About the backpackers: Abbi, 28 years
Destination and travel period: Singapore in June 2014 for 2 full days
Visited places: Singapore
Type of trip: Solo, independently
Accommodation*: Budget (mainly hostels / guesthouses / budget hotels)
Transportation*: Budget: with the cheapest available modes of transportation
Food*: Budget: local places and cheap western places (like hostel restaurants)
Currency rate: 1 euro = 1.50 Singapore Dollar

*4 options: basic, budget, standard and luxury

SINGAPORE TIPS BY ABBI
  • Go couch surfing in Singapore to connect with locals and reduce your spending costs.
  • Go to free attractions, such as the Botanic Gardens, Gardens by the bay, walk along Marina Bay Sands.
  • Walk everywhere, and avoid shopping on Orchard Road!
  • Marina Bay Sands often has free displays most weekend nights with fireworks and a music and light show.
  • Eat at the Hawker Markets, but also go to Maxwell Road Food Court, where it is less touristy and prices are cheaper.
Keeping a record of my spending costs in Singapore. ©Abbi Morrison / Life In A Rucksack
Keeping a record of my spending costs in Singapore. ©Abbi Morrison / Life In A Rucksack
Marina Bay Sands at night. ©Abbi Morrison / Life In A Rucksack
Marina Bay Sands at night. ©Abbi Morrison / Life In A Rucksack

Abbi Morrison is a fellow travel blogger who blogs at Life In A Rucksack.

Check out her useful post on how to travel from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur by bus.

The featured image is also taken and owned by Abbi.

Have you been to Singapore? Can you relate to these travel costs? 

5 COMMENTS

  1. Hey Abbi,
    Great Post!
    Having lived in Singapore for a year, I have to say that you’ve managed pretty well.

    Singapore is not as cheap as other parts of SouthEast Asia but it’s not as expensive as other countries either. To me missing out on Singapore equals missing out on an incredible opportunity to experience an amazing culture

    —- For me, every penny spent on food in Singapore is money well spent.
    Hope you enjoyed your trip,
    Marilia: wanderingislander.com
    P.S. It’s Orchard Road – and yes, it will send your budget off the roof!

  2. We spent four full days in Singapore and managed to fill every moment of everyday and yet not spend a penny on attractions. It’s great to read about other bloggers managing to enjoy Singapore without breaking their budget. There’s so much to see and do (and learn) about here, it’s a shame that the threat of expense puts so many budget travellers off coming here.

    If you’re looking to experience a different side of Singapore (with free entry!), we recommend MacRitchie Reservoir for jungle walks with monkeys roaming free and Changi Chapel & Museum near the airport to learn about Singapore in World War Two. For more details, check out our blog.

    Claire & Anthony

  3. Traveling is quite expensive to travelers like me. I’ve been in this place way back 2010. There are numerous cheaper places in Singapore if you really want to save your money. If your price sensitive, instead of riding, you can just hike. If your hungry, of course you really have to eat and i can recommend Katong Laksa Tian Tian, Maxwell Food Centre, all of this offers street foods.

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