Vital statistics Capital:
5.54 million Language(s):
Malay, Mandarin, Tamil and English Time:
GMT +8 International dialling code:
UK nationals can stay in Singapore visa-free for up to 30 days. Passports need at least six months of validity from date of entry. Money:
The Singapore dollar (SGD), which is currently around SGD2 to the UK£. ATMs are widespread.
When to go
Singapore has fairly constant temperatures year-round, rarely falling below 24°C or rising above 33°C, day and night. However, the November to February period experiences the most rainfall – particularly in the months of November and December – due to the arrival of the Northeast Monsoon.
Health & safety
Healthcare is of a high standard in Singapore – always have appropriate insurance. Tap water is drinkable. Be aware that possession of even tiny quantities of illegal drugs can lead to a strong penalty.
Further reading & information Singapore
(Lonely Planet, 2015) Singapore Tourism Board
020 7484 2710; yoursingapore.com Singapore's Gardens by the Bay at night (Shutterstock)
With a wealth of experience, the experts at Cox & Kings
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Singapore Airlines, BA and Virgin Atlantic fly direct from the UK to Singapore. Flying direct, costs start from around £500 and the average flight time is approximately 13 hours. It’s also possible to arrive in Singapore by rail – the country is conveniently linked to Bangkok by regular services. The rail link between Kuala Lumpur
and Singapore has been temporarily suspended, but buses are available.
There’s an affordable MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) subway system in operation from early morning to midnight. It serves almost the entire city – there’s even a connection across to Sentosa Island. There is also an extensive bus network, while metered taxis can be flagged down all over the city. The usual range of car hire firms have offices in the city if you want to travel further afield.
Sentosa Island, Singapore (Shutterstock)
Cost of travel
It’s perfectly possible to enjoy Singapore on a budget. Food, travel and many key sights are affordable, and there’s good budget accommodation.
Singapore attracts travellers of all types, and this is reflected in the accommodation spread. It’s a popular business travel destination so there are numerous corporate hotels, but you’ll also find hostels, colonial-era properties, budget hotels and boutique options, some of which occupy old shophouses.
Food & drink
Singapore takes its food seriously, and you’ll find options for all budgets. Head to a hawker centre for a well-priced meal or splurge at a fancy restaurant. Where drink is concerned, there’s a large number of fresh-fruit juice bars and alcohol is widely available, including wine in better restaurants. Main Image: Marina Bay, Singapore (Shutterstock)
Map: Steve Hall