In the blog post about our trip to Singapore, we gave a rundown of our experiences and a compressed day-by-day account of our trip. Our itinerary was pretty straightforward. We wanted to visit as many places as we could during our short stay and have time to relax as well.

Here’s our suggested itinerary with a list of things to do and places to visit in Singapore, if you’re traveling there for around 5 days (or less).

Singapore itinerary for 5 days (or less)

Essentially, we spent a full 5 days in Singapore and flew out early morning on the sixth day during our vacation.

Nothing is set in stone, though. For us, itineraries serve mainly as a guide to help us manage our time as efficiently and as wisely as we can to have an enjoyable vacation! We are free to switch things around as we see fit, depending on the weather, our moods, how we are feeling, and other factors.


  • Buy a 3-day Singapore Tourist Pass or a stored-value EZ-Link card at Changi Airport
  • Buy a SIM card and set up mobile data connection (you can ask for help at the counter)
  • Go to your hotel by taking the MRT or getting a taxi via the taxi stands at the airport or by booking a taxi/car via the Grab app
  • Check local holidays. Try to plan your visits to the zoo and Universal Studios on weekdays and regular days to avoid the crowd and long queues.

The 3-day pass and EZ-Link cards can be used to pay transport fares on public buses and trains. Both can be topped up with cash when you’re running low. We highly recommend the EZ-Link card, especially if you’re staying in Singapore for a while and if you visit the country frequently and use public transport often.

Read more about our 8 Practical Travel Tips to Asia

Wondering what to do in Singapore and where to go?

Here’s how our 5-day itinerary traveling around Singapore looked like:


  • Arrive in SINGAPORE (at ___ am/pm)
  • Check in at hotel
  • Explore Little India (afternoon)
  • Explore Merlion Park and Marina Bay Sands (evening)

Which airlines we flew with: Emirates from London and Cebu Pacific from Manila
Where we stayed:
Fragrance Hotel Crystal (read our thoughts about the hotel)

More about how we spent our first day:

We arrived at around 9:30 a.m., which was much earlier than the check-in time at 3:00 p.m. That’s a few hours of waiting! So after checking in and placing our luggage on storage, we decided to explore Little India. In the evening, we had dinner at Merlion Park and strolled around the area and the nearby Marina Bay.

Option 1: Board the Sentosa Express monorail at VivoCity level 3 – alight at respective stations. Same route back.
Option 2: Take the cable car from the Mount Faber line – alight at Sentosa station

  • Visit S.E.A. Aquarium (opening hours: 10 am to 7 pm) – alight at Waterfront station
  • Ride Skyline Luge at Sentosa – alight at Beach station
  • Watch Wings of Time (show time: 7:40 pm and 8:40 pm)


AM: Singapore Zoo (opening hours: 8:30 am to 6 pm) and/or River Safari (10 am to 7 pm)

Getting there: Take the MRT and alight at Ang Mo Kio station, opposite which is the AMK Hub shopping mall. Take Bus 138 from the bus interchange within the mall. Same route back.

PM: Night Safari (opening hours: 7:15 pm to 12:00 am)

  • See Thumbuakar Performance – fire show at the Entrance Courtyard
  • Watch Creatures of the Night Show (we highly recommend this)


  • Explore Chinatown (good place to buy souvenirs) – Alight at Chinatown MRT station
  • Gardens by the Bay (Outdoor gardens free admission, with light show in the evening. Some paid attractions/areas like the Cloud Forest, Flower Dome and OCBC Skyway.)
  • Marina Bay Sands (free Spectra light show outside, Sun to Thu – 8pm & 9pm, Fri & Sat – 8pm, 9pm and 10pm)

Getting to the Gardens/Marina Bay via the Circle or Downtown MRT lines:
Alight at Bayfront station. Find Exit B and take the underground linkway. Exit and cross the Dragonfly Bridge or Meadow Bridge into the gardens. Alternatively, if coming from Marina Bay Sands hotel, walk across the connecting overhead bridge (Lions Bridge, open from 8 am to 11 pm).


  • Universal Studios (opens at 10 am, usually closes at 6 pm or later – check website for exact schedule)
    Getting there: Board the Sentosa Express monorail at VivoCity level 3 – alight at Waterfront Station
  • Watch Crane Dance (free light-and-water show nightly, 8 pm at the Waterfront)

  • Check out of hotel
  • Depart SINGAPORE (at ____ am/pm)

Of note, we left early in the morning on the sixth day so we did not have any more time to go elsewhere in Singapore but the airport. So essentially, we spent 5 full days in Singapore during our vacation.

Read more about our adventures during our trip to Singapore

Here’s a freebie, just for you!

Yes, you!

For your convenience, we also created a PDF document of our itinerary that you can print and download for FREE!

>> View or Download our FREE Singapore Itinerary – 5 days (opens in new tab)
Note: The print and download buttons are on top of the PDF viewing page, on the far right.

You can use it as a guide to help you plan your trip to Singapore and switch things around for your own kind of adventure.

We hope you find our post and suggested itinerary helpful!

~ Safe travels, everyone!

Have you been to Singapore? How long were you there and how did your itinerary look like?


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