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The best time to travel to Singapore
Singapore is very easy to travel all year round. All year round, Singapore has warm temperatures between 25 and 33 degrees.
The weather in Singapore is divided into a dry season (March to September) and a rainy season (October to February). The rainiest months are November and December, but even at this time it usually does not rain more than 1 to 2 hours a day.
Basically, you really can't go wrong with your choice of when to travel to Singapore. Only a few specific dates in the year are somewhat less favorable (e.g. Chinese New Year, Formula 1 weekend), since the city is almost completely booked out on these dates and accommodation is correspondingly expensive.
You can find detailed information about travel times and important dates in our article:
The best time to travel to Singapore
How much time should you plan for Singapore?
Singapore can be combined very well with another travel destination in Southeast Asia or with Australia or New Zealand. As a hub, Singapore is perfect to spend a few days here at the beginning or end of the trip.
If you only want to visit the most important sights, 2 days are enough. However, we recommend 3 to 5 days, as there is still a lot more to discover in Singapore. Last time we were there for more than a whole week.
Arrival & documents
Singapore is located off the southern tip of the main island of Malaysia, and is only separated from Malaysia by the narrow sea strait from Johor.
In addition to Malaysia, Singapore also borders the island of Sumatra, which is part of Indonesia.
Flights from Germany to Singapore
Direct flights from Germany to Singapore are offered from Frankfurt, Munich, Düsseldorf and Berlin. The flight time is about 12 hours.
One of the best airlines in the world flies from Frankfurt, Düsseldorf and Munich with Singapore Airlines, as well as Lufthansa in some cases.
There is a direct connection from Berlin with the low-cost airline Scoot.
This is significantly cheaper, but you also have to forego a lot of comfort and pay extra for all extras (food, drinks, entertainment, luggage).
Alternatively, you can also fly to Singapore with the Arab airlines Qatar, Etihad and Emirates.
The airlines also offer a very good standard, but then you have a stopover in Doha, Dubai or Abu Dhabi.
To find the best flight connection, we recommend using Skyscanner's flight search:
To the Skyscanner flight search
Flights within Asia
Singapore Airport is one of the largest hubs in Asia. The airport is also considered to be one of the best in the world, which we can only confirm.
From Singapore you can easily get to almost all corners of Southeast Asia and you can choose between many airlines.
Bus connections between Malaysia and Singapore
If you want to travel from Singapore to Malaysia or vice versa, the bus is usually the fastest and cheapest option.
Many buses are very comfortable and cannot be compared with German coaches. Often there are e.g. B. only three seats per row, so you have a lot of space.
It is best to book bus tickets online in advance. Often you can then choose a seat directly. We prefer to book our bus tickets through 12GO. There you will find a huge selection of connections and bus companies.
To the 12Go bus search from Singapore
What documents do I need to enter Singapore?
As always, to enter Singapore you need a valid passport. This must still be valid 6 months after your trip. A visa is not required for tourists.
If you arrive by plane, you will receive a residence permit for up to 30 days at the airport. If you arrive by land or sea, you will get a residence permit of only 14 days.
Danger: Cigarettes must be cleared through customs on entry, this also applies to packets that have been started. The penalties for unauthorized imports are very high, which is why we recommend not to take any cigarettes with you and to buy them on site.
Chewing gum may also not be imported. However, we are not aware of any case in which this has really led to problems. But better safe than sorry.
Overnight in Singapore
There is a very large selection of hotels in Singapore. Unfortunately, the overnight prices are not exactly low.
For a mid-range hotel in a good location, you have to calculate between 100 and 150 euros per night. You can get cheap hostel rooms from around 20 to 30 euros per night.
We have written a detailed article in which we show which districts are best for staying overnight and recommend good hotels in each price category:
Where to stay in Singapore Our hotel tips.
Good travel guide for Singapore
You can travel to Singapore very well without a travel guide. Finally, you can find all the tips for Singapore you need on our page.
Nevertheless, there are of course some good travel guides that we can recommend:
Dumont Direkt Singapore - The perfect travel guide for those who are only briefly in Singapore and want to have the most important information compact
Lonely Planet Singapore - For those who like it a little more in-depth, the Lonely Planet is a good choice.
111 Must-See Places in Singapore - Not a classic travel guide, but nice read to prepare for your trip.
Lost Guides Singapore - We discovered this English-language book in a bookstore in Singapore. It mainly consists of restaurant and unusual shopping tips.
What should you definitely pack?
Singapore is hot all year round. So pack thin clothing as possible, but don't forget something long to put on.
In shopping centers, restaurants, museums etc. there is often a lot of air conditioning, so you can freeze quickly in T-shirts and shorts.
By the way, shorts and “revealing” western-style clothing are not a problem in Singapore.
We show you tips for packing and our favorite travel gadgets in our packing lists:
Packing list for Southeast Asia
Packing list for city trips
Do you need a travel adapter for Singapore?
There are different sockets in Singapore than in Germany, so you definitely need an adapter.
We always have a universal adapter with us that we can use in almost every country in the world.
Adapter for Singapore
Getting around Singapore
Public transport in Singapore is very well developed. The subway is called MRT in Singapore. It's fast, cheap and regularly connects Singapore's main attractions.
To use the MRT, you can choose between single tickets and the rechargeable EZ-Link card. We clearly recommend the EZ-Link card, as you don't have to queue at the ticket machine before each trip and the trips with the card are also a bit cheaper.
However, you cannot get an EZ-Link card at the machine, but at ticket counters that are available in all major underground stations. The card costs 12 SGD (approx. 8 euros), of which 7 SGD are already travel credit.
The EZ-Link card is also available in all 7-Eleven supermarkets. There the card costs 10 SGD including 5 SGD credit.
When entering and exiting an underground station, you simply hold the card up to the card reader and, depending on the distance, the fare will be deducted from you. A trip is very cheap and costs 0.71 SGD (approx. 0.50 euros) to about 2-3 SGD (1 to 2 euros) for very long distances, depending on the distance.
You can easily top up the EZ-Link card at any machine at the stations. When you leave a station, you will always see your current balance.
How do I get from the airport to the city in Singapore?
Changi Airport Singapore is located on the eastern tip of the island, approx. 20 kilometers from the city center. Getting to the airport is quick and easy and you have several options.
Take the MRT from Singapore Airport to the city
The cheapest option from the airport to the city is the MRT. For around 2 SGD, you can take the MRT into the city in around 40 minutes, but you have to change trains once.
First you take the Changi Airport Line to Tanah Merah station. There you can change to the East-West-Line (EW) of the MRT, which will take you directly to the center. Trains run from 5:30 a.m. to around 11:00 p.m.
Taking a taxi from Singapore Airport to the city
The most convenient option is of course a taxi. Simply follow the signs to the taxi stand at the airport. The journey costs between 25 and 35 SGD (15 to 25 euros) depending on the distance and since the traffic in Singapore is not that bad, you can actually always be at your destination in 20 to 30 minutes.
Food and drink in Singapore
Singapore is an absolute paradise for anyone who loves to eat. All kitchens from the Asian region come together here and ensure an absolute explosion of flavors.
In Singapore you eat in so-called hawker centers. These are large food courts with lots of small food stalls where you can get really tasty dishes for a few Singapore dollars.
Since we were so excited about the food in Singapore, we wrote a detailed article about it. We'll tell you our favorite dishes and the most beautiful hawker centers:
Our guide to eating in Singapore
How is the Time Change in Singapore?
Singapore is in Singapore Time (SGT) with a standard difference of +8 hours compared to UTC.
There is no change to summer time, which means that there is a difference of +7 hours during our winter time, while there is +6 hours in summer.
Travel expenses & money
Singapore is often decried as an expensive travel destination. Compared to cheap destinations like Thailand, that's of course true, but you can also experience a lot in Singapore on a budget.
Above all, the costs for overnight stays are relatively expensive, as we have already written above.
Admission to some of the main attractions, such as B. the Marina Bay Sands or the Gardens by the Bay. Here you have to reckon with around 20 euros per person. But there are also many sights that cost nothing at all.
Eating out in restaurants and alcoholic beverages is also quite expensive. In hawker centers and simple restaurants in Singapore you can eat relatively cheaply and you can often fill your stomach for 5 to 6 euros.
In Singapore you pay with the Singapore Dollar (SGD). The conversion is about 3 to 2, which means that one dollar is about 0.66 euros.
Tip in Singapore
Tips are not expected in Singapore. In restaurants, a service fee is often already included and in hawker centers it is rather unusual to give a tip.
In the taxi you can round up to a full amount, but no tips are expected here either.
Withdraw money and pay on site
Paying by credit card is very common in Singapore. Even at many food stands, it is common to pay by credit card, so you can get by almost completely without cash.
But every now and then you still need some cash, which you can get at one of the numerous ATMs.
Tip from 22places:As always, we used our free DKB credit card in Singapore, with which we can withdraw and pay cash free of charge. You can find out more about this in our article on credit cards with no foreign fee.
Language and communication on site
Singapore is a melting pot of different cultures and religions.
A variety of different languages are spoken here and there are four official public languages: Chinese, English, Malay and Tamil.
Most of the time, English is used for official affairs, in business, and in public.
English is also spoken in schools to make it easier for the various ethnic groups to understand.
So you can get by very well with English in Singapore and communication problems are hardly to be expected.
Is Singapore Dangerous?
Singapore is one of the safest cities in the world. Typical petty crime, as it occurs in many other large cities, is almost unknown in Singapore. This is mainly due to the very rigorous judiciary and its draconian punishments.
Can you drink tap water in Singapore?
You can safely drink tap water in Singapore. In terms of taste, however, it is not a very big revelation.
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