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Nov 28 2014

Two Days In Singapore With City Pass

When we started planning a trip to Singapore, we were told by many of our friends who had been there before that one day would be plenty of time to see everything. However, the more research we did, the longer our list of must-dos grew, and the more we wondered if we would end up having enough time. We had a total of four days in Singapore, and we spent two of them touring with a City Pass. If you are wondering what to do with two days in Singapore and either have too short or too long of a list, a City Pass is the perfect way to organize your time. We saved money on tickets, had a bus to help us get around, took a tour of Marina Bay on the water, and even got picked up from our hotel and taken to out of the way spots like the zoo.

If you are making a trip to Singapore and plan to do anything on the long list of activities included in the pass, it is definitely worth it. If you are there longer than one or two days, we recommend using the pass at the beginning of your trip as it is a great way to get familiar with the city.

On day one with our pass we took the DUKW tour which starts at the Citytour office under the Singapore Flyer, drives past the old City Hall and Supreme Court buildings and then splashes down in the marina. Our tour guide was great and kept talking for the entire one hour tour. He mixed history in with interesting facts about the buildings, the dam and monuments we passed. It was fun to see Singapore from the water, especially since there is so much to see in Marina Bay. The Singapore Flyer, Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay and the Merlion are a few highlights you can see up close from the water.

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After the DUKW tour, we visited the Cloud and Flower Domes at Gardens by the Bay. The outdoor gardens are free to enter, but these two domes require tickets. We were blown away by both areas. The flower dome was already decorated for Christmas so there was fake snow and snowmen with oversized wrapped presents everywhere making it very festive. The cloud dome was a nice break from the heat of the outdoors with its huge manmade waterfall at the center. Paths jut out from a central mountain covered in flowers to give you great views of the plants and the city outside the glass dome.

For the second day, we took advantage of the hop-on/hop-off bus which stopped right in front of our hotel. We rode it up to Orchard Street where we checked out the famous shopping malls. From there, we walked up to Bugis market.

Watch a video of our days with City Pass on YouTube!

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We suggest taking advantage of the fact that the Citytour bus goes all the way out to the botanic gardens to save yourself the cab fare. The two different routes will take you pretty much everywhere you need to go. They stop in front of the major museums, shopping areas, and all the ethnic neighborhoods. Our only complaint with the bus was that it wasn’t running on schedule so we missed it once and almost missed it a second time.

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That night, Citytour arranged for a free shuttle to pick us up from our hotel and take us to the Night Safari. We chose these tickets as part of our pass and the zoo is pretty far from the center of the city, so we were glad to have transportation. The Night Safari should definitely be on your list for Singapore if it isn’t already. I wasn’t expecting it to live up to the hype for some reason, but it was such a cool way to see the animals. An open sided tram rolls through the habitats of cows, deer and other animals with nothing between you and them. Some animals you can only see along the walking paths, but the tram was so unique and the driver shared interesting facts about the animals the entire time.

We saw everything from hippos to roof rats. There are even walk-through flying fox and flying squirrel habitats! These nocturnal animals are usually only seen sleeping in a zoo, but we got to see them eating and being active. Our shuttle was waiting after our visit to take us back to our hotel.

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So much activity is crammed into the tiny country of Singapore that it can be hard to decide what to do and how to get there. Having a City Pass took the stress of organization out of our two days and allowed us to see more areas in that amount of time. We visited a few other attractions available on the pass during the rest of our trip to Singapore, but we were glad we chose the activities we did to include in our pass. The domes at Gardens by the Bay and the Night Safari are two of the more expensive options, along with the Singapore Flyer, and we had a wonderful time at both.

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Quick Tips

  • The botanic gardens and the Night Safari are the farthest attractions from the Marina Bay area, so take advantage of the transportation included in your City Pass to get there
  • One, two and three day passes are available and are a great way to do a lot during a short visit
  • Talk to the staff at CityTours for recommendations and help with logistics
  • Some tours and activities require advance reservations for specific time, so make sure you book ahead where necessary
  • Click here for the full list of what is included in a City Pass and to get your own!


Poplar Travels received complimentary City Pass tickets for the purpose of review. Our opinion is always our own. 


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Evanne and Eric left jobs in Washington, D.C., headed for Chiang Mai, and look forward to exploring everywhere in between.

  • The Gardens by the Bay had just opened the last time I was in Singapore…and I was so impressed. It’s worth a stopover in Singapore just to see them! The City Pass sounds like a great way to get around and see all the sights. There’s certainly plenty to do in Singapore.

    November 29, 2014 at 4:52 am
    • They are so impressive! We need to go back and visit them again to see the entire thing!

      December 2, 2014 at 8:51 pm
  • This looks great! I’ll definitely check out City Pass when I eventually make it to Singapore! The night safari sounds really awesome.

    November 29, 2014 at 11:31 am
    • Evanne

      It was great for organizing a couple days! You can find cheap flights there from Bangkok 😉

      December 2, 2014 at 9:03 pm
  • Nice to know about this pass thank you!

    November 29, 2014 at 11:25 pm
  • THIS is a city I’ve always wanted to see. The “snowman” really cracks me up, though 🙂

    November 30, 2014 at 3:20 am
    • Evanne

      Singapore really blew us away! I really hope we get a chance to visit again. All the fake snow was pretty funny since it was incredibly hot the entire time!

      December 2, 2014 at 9:05 pm
  • Looks like a great way to see the city. I wish I’d known about this when I went to Singapore! I went to the zoo during the day, but the Night Safari sounds awesome too.

    November 30, 2014 at 5:29 am
    • Evanne

      Consider it if you ever go back! We think it’s a great option even if you’ve been to Singapore before, since it includes so many activities!

      December 2, 2014 at 9:07 pm
  • Those gardens look awesome! Sounds like the city pass is a great idea.

    December 1, 2014 at 10:18 pm

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