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Free and Really Cheap Things To Do in Singapore

Updated on March 19, 2013

The Esplanade in Singapore

Save Money While Exploring Singapore

Among Asian countries, Singapore is one of the countries with a high living costs. Other countries/cities would include Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong. However, if you are travelling to Singapore or staying here, there are still some free and really cheap things to do in Singapore.

1. Watch a Free Performance at the Esplanade

A list of free performances at the Esplanade are available on their website. You can go through the calendar in order not to miss interesting performances. Most of these events are held during weekends only though. Besides music, you can also view free art exhibitions at the Esplanade. These exhitions are frequently changed and there is usually an interesting installation along the walkway from Citylink Mall to the Esplanade.

Gardens By The Bay

2. Visit Gardens By The Bay

The Gardens By the Bay is a new attraction in Singapore as it was just opened in mid 2012. You will be happy to know that entrance to the Outdoor Gardens is free. It is also quite impossible to miss the sight of the Gardens if you are near Marina Bay Sands. Please note that if you plan to visit the Cooled Conservatories and OCBC Skyway that you will need to pay in order to enter. Currently there are two different rates for local residents and tourists. A more economical option would be to look out for coupons which have deals for combined visits to the Singapore Flyer and the Gardens By The Bay.

Night Festival at Singapore Art Museum at 8Q

"Eyeball" display at Singapore Art Museum at 8Q during Night Festival 2012
"Eyeball" display at Singapore Art Museum at 8Q during Night Festival 2012

3. Experience the Atmosphere at Festive Walk, Resorts World Sentosa

Resorts World Sentosa is a popular tourist attraction in Singapore, mainly because the Universal Studios Singapore (USS) is located there. Entrance to the USS is not cheap but fret not as the Festive Walk has exciting free performances for the public. Come to the Festive Walk strip to catch the Crane Dance at 9pm (on Thursdays to Mondays, Public Holidays and the eve of Public Holidays). Besides that, you can watch the Lake of Dreams show made up of water and laser effects at the area closer to the casino.

4. Free Entrance to The Singapore Art Museum

On Friday evenings, the Singapore Art Museum is open for extended hours. During the extended opening hours of 6 to 9pm, entrance into this museum is free. Expect to see modern art on exhibition here. In order to get to the museum, you can take the MRT and stop at Bras Basah station. If you are coming via the East West Line, you can stop at the Bugis or City Hall MRT station and walk for about 10 to 15 minutes. If you are planning to stay in budget hotels near Bugis, you will also be happy to know that the prices at Bugis Street is more affordable compared to the other shopping areas.

Beautifully Decorated Changi Airport

5. Free Things to Do Before Flying Out of Singapore From Changi Airport

Frequent travellers will know that Changi Airport is one of the best airports in the world. If you are leaving Singapore via flight, you will be glad to know that there are lots of free facilities here. Firstly, you can watch a free movie at Terminal 2 and Terminal 3's departure transit lounges. If you are in the public area, you can pay just SGD6 to watch a 4D movie (price as of January 2013). You can also take a stroll around the free parks, get a great view of the planes taking off and landing from the various viewing galleries and enjoy free Internet access via the many Internet terminals and WiFi.

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Esplanade, Singapore
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C markerResorts World Sentosa -
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D markerSingapore Art Museum -
Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
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F markerChangi Airport -
Changi International Airport (SIN), Singapore
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    • lilian_sg profile image

      lilian_sg 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks for commenting! I decided to share this info because in general Singapore is a more expensive place to visit =) Hope you visit soon!

    • peachpurple profile image

      peachy 5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Wow! There are so many "Free" places to visit in singapore. I thought most popular places require $$$ and GST. Thanks for recommendation. Will bookmark this hub during my next visit. I live in JB. Voted useful and interesting