UPDATE June 2019:
You’ll always hear people say that Singapore is an expensive country to visit. We beg to disagree. We believe that Singapore is a fun place to be in if you just plan out your funds and expenses well. Back when SGD was just around PHP 33-34 per dollar, we managed to spend PHP 7,500~ for a 5D4N stay, without airfare. Following the recent spike in FOREX, we have adjusted this Singapore budget trip itinerary costing based on our trip in September 2017. (PS. We are now based here in SG)
Singapore Budget Trip Itinerary Cost Estimate
Mark and I enjoy traveling together but we don’t like to spend much on it. We’re after the experience by immersing ourselves (as much as possible) in the country’s culture through food, parks, local activities more than going to the usual tourist spots.If you’re the same traveler type then you’ll make good use of this Singapore budget trip itinerary hack.
So, let’s break down the expense sheet!
Book your flights during travel fairs! Always check for updates on the Travel Madness and Travel Expo, usually around June. Be on the lookout for Cebu Pacific, AirAsia, and Scoot’s travel promos as well. 🙂 We were able to book PHP 2500 roundtrip tickets for our family last Piso Sale.
2. Singapore Tourist Pass (MRT Card)
To make the most out of your trip, we highly recommend using the Singapore Tourist Pass. You can purchase your MRT card at any of the following stations: Changi or Bugis MRT Stations. For a 3-day card, you’ll need to pay $30 SGD — that’s $20 for the card and a $10 refundable deposit. You can use the card on all trains and buses within Singapore! So if you’re visiting different places in the country, this will be a big help plus huge savings!
3. Daily Meal Allowance
The average food price in Hawker Centers is around $3 – $5. You can buy a Chicken Rice for $3, a Pork Ban Mian (hot pork noodle soup) for $3.5. You can survive for $15 a day, just bring your complimentary water bottle from the hotel to save you from buying outside. Also, a typical restaurant meal can set you back from $6.5 to $15, could be more expensive depending on where you dine.
For reference, a Jollibee Chickenjoy Meal in Singapore is around $5.
Depending on how you want to spend your night, you can book for accommodations for as cheap as $40/night. Some backpacker hotels can go for as low as $20. That depends on how picky you are. One good accommodation is the Backpackers @ SG. Some of our friends previously and stayed here and enjoyed how clean and comfortable the place is.
If you’re willing to spend more on this, you can choose other hotels, too! Mark and I stayed at Hotel 81 Premiere Star for $67/night simply because we wanted a place closer to Changi Airport. Plus, there are hawker places around the area!
The miscellaneous line item is more of a contingency budget. In case you’d want to buy pasalubong, the $50 will be more than enough. We discovered a secret place where you can buy chocolates for as cheap as $1! It’s the best place to buy your pasalubongs! BUT, that’s for the next article! Stay tuned!
EDIT: Check out the best place to buy cheap chocolate Singapore tourists look for here.