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Get a Ez-Link Card

Singapore MRT Many travelers make the mistake of not purchasing Singapore’s excellent transportation card when they first arrive. Instead, they pay for each bus and train journey which quickly adds up. An EZ-Link card costs S$15 and includes S$10 worth of credit. You can purchase and add credit to cards at MRT train stations and minimarts. Having an EZ-Link card will also save you a lot of time waiting in queues at ticket machines in MRT stations. The EZ-Link card can be used on the LRT, MRT (trains), and excellent public buses. By using an EZ-Link card, you pay only for the distance travel, rather than a flat fare like everyone else. Remember! just don’t forget to tap your card on the reader as you exit the bus!

Don’t Buy the Singapore Tourist Pass

Singapore tourist pass The Singapore Tourist Pass is similar to the EZ-Link card, however, it allows for unlimited rides during a one, two, or three-day stay. The Tourist Passes aren’t cheap: A one-day pass costs around S$18 which includes a refund for returning the card. You would need to take four or five rides on the MRT per day to just break even! Unless you really get a thrill out of riding trains around the city, chances are that you’ll spend a lot of your pass time walking around the sights and less on the train.

Drinking Water

Drinking Water Unlike other countries in Southeast Asia, the tap water in Singapore is safe to drink. This is good news, as a bottle of water can cost around S$2 at mini-marts! Buy a small bottle of water, then refill it for free.

Eat in Food Court

Singapore food court Singapore is blessed with some of the best food courts, food halls, and hawker stalls found anywhere in Asia. A notch above the street food typically found in places such as Malaysia and Thailand, a delicious meal can be enjoyed for between S$4 to S$6 in food center. You can eat for under S$4.00 if you don’t mind simple noodles and noodle soups. The food courts found in posh malls and at the bottoms of nearly every skyscraper are priced slightly higher than standalone food centers. Check out the sprawling food center in Chinatown, Old-Airport Road, or the cheap-yet-delightful Lau Pa Sat food center near the Raffles MRT station.

Don’t Drink or Smoke

No drinking No smoking Thanks to the excessive taxation, vices come with a heavy price in Singapore. A pack of Marlboro cigarettes runs around S$12, and drinking is terribly expensive even by United States or European standards. Entry into nightclubs can be up to S$30 which includes one watery drink. If you still crave a socializing atmosphere, opt to buy drinks from RingToDrink.com they will deliver your drinks right to your place at a minimal fee, then hang out around the water in Clarke Quay. Just look for the pedestrian bridge covered with people lounging around.

Enjoy the Parks

parks Although Singapore appears to be mostly concrete, the city is blessed with an excellent park which spiders through the city. The parks and skyline views can be enjoyed for free, and a complex interconnecting system links parks to each other via a skywalk.

Take Advantage of Freebies

Lucky plaza freebies Savvy travelers can find art displays, public performances, and street performers along the riverfront, esplanade, and city centre — particularly on weekends.Entrance to museums in Singapore is expensive, however, several days or evenings a month the entrance fee is waved for special exhibitions. Check at the counter and inside of free attractions magazines for promotion dates.If you cannot time your visit for open museum days, consider purchasing the three-day pass which allows you unlimited museum visits for S$20.

Only Shop in the Right Places

shop right Singapore has more shopping malls than you could explore in months. Even ultra-modern Changi Airport is practically one big mall which happens to have the occasional airplane land or take off.Many of these malls are ridiculously expensive. Instead, do your souvenir and incidental shopping in cheap shops around Chinatown and Little India.Purchase your snacks, drinks, and toiletries from the big supermarkets located under many of the big malls rather than in minimarts. Giant Hypermark beneath VivoCity — the largest mall in Singapore — regularly has food and drink specials.

Don’t Get Busted

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  • Chewing gum is banned in Singapore.
  • The number one reason to get fined in Singapore is for not using marked crosswalks.
  • Seatbelts are required when in a car and the driver cannot use a mobile phone while moving.
  • Riding a bike on pedestrian-only paths such as around the river is forbidden.
  • Snacks and drinks are not permitted on the MRT trains.