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Cheap and Free Things To Do In Marina Bay Singapore

by Steph

Exploring the Marina Bay could easily take a whole day since most of Singapore’s must-see attractions are packed within this area. From modern skyscrapers to green parks and spectacular light shows, a visit to the Marina Bay should definitely be added to your Singapore itinerary. And if you have a long layover in Singapore, you can easily cover all of these Marina Bay attractions under 12 hours!  

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Best things to do in Marina Bay Singapore

Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay is an avatar-like wonderland and is among the best things to do in Marina Bay Singapore! With its massive Supertree Groves, Cloud Forest and Flower Dome, there is no shortage of things to see and do. 

Although the gardens are free to roam about, you can enjoy a bird’s eye view of the whole area from the suspended walkway for S$ 8 (US$ 5.80) for adults and S$ 5 (US$ 3.60) for children. Some of the free attractions in Gardens by the Bay include the Supertree groves, Sun Pavilion, Heritage Garden and Serene Garden. 

Supertree groves at Gardens by the Bay
Nothing can beat this view of the Supertree Groves!

The Flower Dome and Cloud forest are two cooled conservatories which house hundreds of plant species and an indoor waterfall. Admission to both costs S$ 28 (US$ 20.20) for adults and S$ 15 (US$ 10.80) for children but you can actually get a discount if you book in advance on Klook (with an additional US$ 3.20 discount if you register via this link).

During the evening, the Supertrees light up the sky in tune to the music for the Garden Rhapsody show at 7:45 p.m and 8:45 p.m.   

Indoor Waterfall at the Cloud Forest Marina Bay
Indoor Waterfall at the Cloud Forest

Gardens by the Bay additional info:   

  • Opening hours: Daily from 5 a.m to 2 a.m except for the cooled conservatories which open from 9 a.m to 9 p.m.   
  • Shuttle services are available every day from 9 a.m to 9 p.m for S$3 (US$ 2.20) for unlimited rides and are wheelchair accessible.   
  • You can book a 25-minute audio tour every day for S$8 (US$ 5.80) for adult and S$3 (US$ 2.20) for children. 
  • Closest MRT: Bayfront Station   

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Marina Bay Sands Hotel

Marina Bay Sands is by far the most iconic hotel in Singapore. The three towers stand tall over the marina, topped by a boat-shaped roof featuring an infinity pool! However, the pool is only accessible to hotel guests but visitors can witness the best views of Singapore’s skyline from the Skypark observation deck (discounted tickets through Klook) on the 57th floor.  

Marina Bay Sands Hotel Singapore
Marina Bay Sands

Spectra Light and Water Show

If you have only one day in Singapore, make sure you don’t miss the spectra light and water show which happens every night at 8 p.m and 9 p.m with an additional show on Fridays and Saturdays at 10 pm. The light show is totally free and simply spectacular! Admire the laser lights dancing to the beat of the music while projecting images over the water spray for 15 minutes straight! 

spectra light and water show singapore
Spectra Light and Water Show

Merlion Statue

A trip to Singapore isn’t complete without a visit to the country’s mascot, the Merlion statue! Half lion and half fish, it attracts thousands of tourists every day, even in the early hours. The Merlion is among the top free attractions to see in Singapore, so why not take advantage of this? 

Merlion Marina Bay Singapore things to do
The iconic Merlion statue at the beginning of Marina Bay area

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Esplanade Walk and Helix Bridge

Fancy a morning jog or just a casual stroll, start from the Merlion and walk over to the Marina Bay Sands through the esplanade walk. This area features the esplanade theaters which have various shows and exhibitions and about 70% of them are free! You can check out their website for more details on what show is on. 

Along the way, you will surely notice the Helix bridge. Shaped like a DNA structure, it offers great views over the Marina Bay Sands and the lotus-shaped Art Science Museum (discounted tickets through Klook). And the bridge even lights up during night time! 

Helix bridge Singapore
Nighttime view of the Helix Bridge and Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Shoppes

The Marina Bay Shoppes is one of the most luxurious shopping malls in Singapore with high-end stores, restaurants and an indoor river where you can even enjoy gondola rides! Only in Singapore! 

Luxury boutiques at the Marina Bay Shoppes
Shop till you drop at the Marina Bay Shoppes

Singapore Flyer

Perched at a height of 165 meters, the Singapore Flyer offers a 30-minute panoramic view over Singapore’s most famous landmarks. You can buy tickets at the counter from 8 a.m to 10 p.m for S$33 (US$ 23.80) for adults and S$21 (US$ 15.20) for children.

Singapore Flyer
The Singapore Flyer

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Where to stay in Singapore?

Below is a list of a few budget hotels in Singapore:

The Southbridge Hotel

I stayed at The Southbridge Hotel which is found in Chinatown and only 15 minutes from Marina Bay by MRT. The hotel is perfect for solo travelers as well as couples who are looking for an affordable place to stay in Singapore. Despite being small, the rooms are clean, modern and totally worth the price. Prices start from US$ 70 for single rooms and US$ 98 for queen rooms.

Check prices and availability for The Southbridge Hotel here.

Atlantis Pod @ Chinatown

Looking for the most budget-friendly hostel in Singapore? A stay at Atlantis Pod will make you feel like you’re sleeping in a spaceship! Perfect for solo travelers, each room comes with a bathroom, fridge, toaster and free wifi. Prices start from US$ 24 for a single capsule, including breakfast. You can also find Atlantis Pod in Little India and Bugis as well.

Check prices and availability for Atlantis Pod @ Chinatown here.

So, tell me did I miss any attraction in this Marina Bay guide? If so, feel free to share your recommendations in the comments below! And don’t forget to check out my 4-day Singapore itinerary if you want to visit more places in Singapore!

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