Singapore 4 Day Itinerary – A Complete Guide For First Timers

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This Singapore 4 day itinerary is perfect for any first timers looking to visit this beautiful city. Is 4 days enough to see everything in Singapore? We definitely think so! We were only there for 4 days and managed to see all the major attractions around Singapore with ease. It’s easy to get around the city with plenty of transport options available so it’s best to stay somewhere close to some form of public transport.

Where to stay in Singapore

If you’re only in Singapore for a short time and are looking to see all the main attractions, you’ll want to stay somewhere central. We stayed at InterContinental Singapore and found it to be in the perfect central location. This luxury hotel offers beautiful clean rooms with incredible views of the the surrounding area and even a rooftop pool to cool off. They also have a large variety of different breakfast dishes which are sure to fill you up for your busy days of exploring. The staff are incredibly friendly and ready to help you with whatever you need.

The InterContinental Singapore is around the corner from a well known shopping district called Bugis Street. Bugis Street is a fun and friendly place to enjoy plenty of shopping and good food. The hotel also offers easy access to the rest of the city via the train station close by. It won’t take you long to reach the major attractions around Singapore such as Marina Bay and Gardens by the Bay.

Getting Around Singapore

Aside from getting a taxi everywhere as they can sometimes be hard to find, public transport is a very reliable option. Singapore has a very reliable and efficient public transport system. Both the MRT (train station) and buses are an extremely easy and cheap way to get around the city.

The MRT is the quickest way to get around the city and it won’t cost you much either. Many of the attractions around Singapore are close to a MRT station. We mainly took the trains around the city and would pay under $2 SGD. There are day passes available for $10 SGD which is a great option if you know you’ll be getting the train a lot that day. Weekly passes are also available if you’re looking to stay longer.

If there are no stations nearby, Singapore also has an extensive bus network that is quite popular. We never got the chance to grab a bus but we saw plenty of bus stops scattered around the city. Getting the bus is a great way to see the city, however it’ll usually take longer than the MRT.

Singapore 4 Day Itinerary

Day 1

Take the first day to settle in, explore the city and familiarise yourself with what’s nearby to your accommodation. Here are some easy things we’d recommend doing on your first day.

Stroll around Bugis Street

Bugis Street is known as one of the biggest and cheapest shopping markets in Singapore. You’ll find plenty of cheap clothes, accessories, jewellery and souvenirs. There are also drinks for as cheap as $1 SGD and plenty of snacks to try. As well as the street shopping malls, Bugis Street also has its own shopping centre. Getting to Bugis Street is super easy. Just take the train to Bugis MRT Station and it’s right there.

Eat at a Hawker Centre

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Hawker Centres are large food centres that serve delicious local food for a very reasonable price! They sell everything including full meals, snacks and also deserts and drinks. The selection of food isn’t always just local dishes as you’ll often find plenty of Chinese, Malay and Indian options as well. Although eating at a Hawker Centre may not be for everyone, it’s definitely a genuine experience. We definitely recommend trying it out for yourself and adding it to your 4 Day Singapore Itinerary.

There are a bunch of Hawker Centres scattered all around the city. There is one close by to Bugis Street which you can try called Albert Centre.

Snap a photo with the famous Merlion

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The Merlion is Singapore’s national icon and also one of the biggest tourist attractions in the city. The Merlion overlooks Marina Bay and is located at Merlion Park, just in front of the Fullerton Hotel. Plenty of tourists head there to check out the famous icon for themselves and to enjoy the stunning view of Marina Bay.

Watch the Spectra Light Show

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Finish off your first day with a spectacular light and water show. The Spectra light show is on every evening at 8PM and 9PM and lasts for 15 minutes. The show is also free to watch! Make you’re way around the bay to the opposite side of the Merlion and head towards Marina Bay Sands. Outside the shopping complex by the water is where you’ll find the nightly show. Once you’re done, you can grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants around the bay.

Day 2

Day 2 is all about exploring so make sure you get plenty of rest! All of the activities are on the same side as Marina Bay Sands. You can easily get to the places listed below by catching the train to Bayfront MRT Station and walking. Otherwise you can grab a taxi or walk from your accommodation if it’s not too far.

Art Science Museum

Start the day off by visiting one of the coolest museums in the world. The Art Science Museum doesn’t open till 10am so you can start the day off slow. There are different exhibitions depending on when you visit, however the most popular one is Future World. Future world features plenty of different high-tech interactions that are sure to leave you speechless and mesmerised.

Ticket prices for single exhibitions are $19 SGD per person and double exhibitions are $32 SGD.

Tip: On Fridays children enter free. We didn’t know this and ended up realising our big mistake when it felt like a daycare centre with all the children running around. If you can, try planning your visit around this to avoid being in the same situation unless you are travelling with kids yourself. If you’re travelling with kids, visiting on a Friday is a great way to save money!

The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands/Lunch

Make you’re way into Marina Bay Sands shopping complex which is just outside the Art Science Museum. The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands are where you’ll find all the high end stores and designer clothing. You can find all the international luxury brands like Channel, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and plenty more. Be sure to also grab some lunch at the delicious foodcourt located on the bottom floor.

Gardens by the Bay

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After you’re done shopping, you can take the escalator up a few levels and walk through Marina Bay Sands Hotel and head along the skywalk towards Gardens by the Bay. Gardens by the Bay is massive and there are plenty of things to do so be sure to leave yourself plenty of time. Visiting Gardens By The Bay is one thing you can’t skip on your 4 day Singapore itinerary!

Cloud Dome: The Cloud Dome has 6 levels with sky walks that are surrounded by lush greenery and mist as well as viewpoints overlooking the entire conservatory. You’re sure to spend hours walking around each level learning about all the different types of plants, as well as taking some amazing photos. The Cloud Dome is the most popular conservatory, so if you’re short for time be sure not to miss this one!

Flower Dome: The Flower Dome is a magical conservatory full of exotic colourful flowers which are from 5 different continents. The giant dome is 1.2 hectares and is the largest glass greenhouse in the world, so there is no shortage of things to see.

Floral Fantasy: Floral Fantasy is the newest attraction at Gardens By The Bay. It is certainly just as spectacular as all the others! As soon as you walk in, you are overwhelmed with the delightful smell of thousands of fresh flowers. You’ll find beautiful flowers hanging from the roof, as well as completely covering the walls.

Garden Rhapsody Light Show

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Be sure to hang around Gardens by the Bay for Garden Rhapsody which is a free light show that happens every night. The show starts at 7.45pm and 8.45pm daily at the Supertree Grove. Make sure to head there early enough to grab yourself a good spot to watch the light show as it does get very busy. Garden Rhapsody is a beautiful experience of music and light dancing right in front of your eyes. If you thought Gardens by the Bay was beautiful during the day, just wait till you see it at night! They sometimes have light shows that are themed such as a Star Wars theme. You can check their website here to see what’s on.

Day 3

Take the day to explore Singapore’s cultural side. Indulge in delicious street food or visit one of the many trendy cafes. If you plan on taking the MRT to all the stops as we did, you may want to consider getting a $10 MRT day pass for the train.

Discover Little India

As you walk around Little India you’ll smell the spice shops and come across plenty of Sari stores, textiles, flower stalls and even Indian street food. You can get a great taste of what it’s like to travel India and taste some of the delicious food they have. The streets are also super colourful and are a popular spot for people to grab photos. Getting to Little India is also super easy. Just take the train to Little India MRT Station and it’s right there!

Walk Haji Lane

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After you’re done checking out Little India, head back to the train station and take the MRT to Bugis Station. From the station it’s only a short 5 minute walk to Haji Lane. Haji Lane is a little gem in the middle of Singapore and is often best described as the hipster part of the city. You’ll find many trendy bars, quirky cafe’s and also a bunch of colourful murals that bring the place to life. The area attracts a lot of tourists and mainly young people looking for a great place to hang out. If you’re looking to do some trendy shopping or try a cool cafe, definitely don’t skip Haji Lane from your 4 day Singapore itinerary.

Visit Chinatown

Chinatown also has its own MRT Station, making it super easy to get to. China town is a busy area that offers plenty of delicious food and shopping opportunities. You can find just about anything here, from cheap gadgets and accessories to souvenirs and yummy street food.

Day 4

The last day is all about taking in your last moments in Singapore. There’s plenty of time during the day to do your own thing. Take the day to enjoy a swim in your hotels pool before heading out at night to one of the most impressive views in Singapore!

Shop till you drop at Orchard Road

If you’re not much of a shopper, you can give this one a miss. Otherwise Orchard Road is every shoppers paradise. This place is Singapore’s most famous shopping area. You’ll find everything from discount outlets, department stores as well as luxury boutiques.

Sunset Cocktail at Marina Bay Sands Observation Deck

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Save the best till last and finish off your 4 day Singapore itinerary in style. Head up to the top floor of Marina Bay Sands and enjoy an evening cocktail as you watch the sunset over the beautiful city skyline. Once at the top, you’ll be greeted with incredible panoramic views of Marina Bay and the stunning Singapore cityscape. Take in the views overlooking Gardens by the Bay and even hang around to watch the light show from a unique perspective.

Tip: You can travel up to the bar at the top of Marina Bay Sands for free but will most likely be asked to purchase a drink. The observation deck will cost you $23 per person. For more info, you can check their website here.

Additional Things to do in Singapore

We only had a limited amount of time but this was our personal 4 day itinerary of everything we got up to in Singapore. There are plenty of other things to do in Singapore if you have more time.

Universal Studios

Universal Studios Singapore is one of the more fun things to do in Singapore. This place is a fun filled theme park where you can let your inner child roam free. The theme park features 28 rides, plenty of shows, and also a ton of attractions in different zones. They have 7 unique themed zones which include The Lost World, Ancient Egypt, Sci-Fi City, New York, Hollywood, Madagascar, and Far Far Away. You can experience all your favourite movies in unique and exciting ways.

Universal Studios Singapore ticket prices: A one day costs $79 SGD per adult and $59 SGD per child. For more information or bookings, you can check their website here.

Sentosa Island

Sentosa is an island resort which has pristine beaches, unique attractions and tropical landscapes. There are 3 beaches that span the coastline which are a perfect way to cool off from the heat. You’ll also find plenty of other actives such as the S.E.A. Aquarium, Waterparks, Nature Discovery Walks, Indoor Skydiving and plenty of other thrill seeking activities at the Mega Adventure Park.

Sentosa Island is a great holiday destination with every you could possibly need. There are plenty of attractions to keep you busy. You’ll also food a variety of luxury resort accomodation options, delicious eateries, as well as shopping centres to browse the large variety of stores.

Clarke Quay

Clare Quay is a popular recommendation as one of the best things to do in Singapore at night. The area is famous for its stunning waterside restaurants and variety of bars and clubs. There is plenty of live music and the atmosphere feels lively. Although popular for its nightlife, Clarke Quay still has plenty of beautiful things to do during the day. Situated by the riverside, there are plenty of boat rides you can take and the area is also home to many colourful and unique looking buildings.

Where to stay in Singapore

If you are looking to explore all the main attractions, you’ll want to make sure you’re staying somewhere central and near a MRT. For someone on a budget, Little India is the cheapest area with a variety of hostels. Bugis is also a great place to stay with plenty of shops and accommodation for all budgets. No matter where you stay, you’ll be able to access all the city’s best attractions.

Intercontinental SingaporeLuxury: Intercontinental Singapore is the perfect luxury stay in one of the best central locations in the city. The hotel staff are super friendly and always made us feel right at home. The rooms are also large and very clean. They serve a generous buffet breakfast with plenty of delicious options. We definitely recommend this place if you’re looking for a great place to unwind and explore the city.

Hotel 1888 Collection – Midrange: Hotel 1888 Collection is a short 5 minute walk from Chinatown MRT with a variety of restaurants nearby. The rooms are clean, the staff are friendly and you’ll also find a large projector screen in your room to watch movies! If you’re looking to stay close to Chinatown and explore the area, this place is perfect.

Bond Boutique Capsule HotelBudget:  This unique capsule hotel is situated in the perfect spot in the heart of Bugis. You’re only a short walk away from the nearest MRT which means you’ll be able to get around with ease. This hotel has clean rooms, comfy beds and friendly staff. If you’re looking to save some money while visiting Singapore, then you should definitely check out this place.

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