Ultimate Singapore Trip Planner: 4N 5D/5N 6D Itinerary + Budget Guide for Families

Singapore Trip

Recently, I returned from a trip to Singapore with my family, and it was an amazing experience. But what I found surprising was that there were very few resources available on travel guides to Singapore.

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While I was able to find information from here and there, there was no specific information available on how to plan a five or 6-day trip to Singapore.

So I decided to pen down my experience and, in the process, help readers who want to visit Singapore and don’t want to put a lot of hard work into planning! The best part? I visited with my kids and hence had everything included that might help these kids enjoy and not bore them! So, let’s explore Singapore together.

Here’s my itinerary-cum-guide for you guys.

5-Days Itinerary to Singapore (4N and 5D)

Day 1: Setting the Sails for Singapore

  • Arrival and check-in
  • Morning feast
  • Singapore Flyer
  • Helix Bridge
  • ArtScience Museum
  • Spectra Light and Water Show
  • SkyPark Observation Deck

As we touched down in Singapore, the anticipation of the adventure ahead bubbled within us. As I travel with family often, I prefer to blend relaxation with exploration. And this helped us ease into the vibrant rhythm of this cosmopolitan city. Here’s how our Singapore trip commenced:

Arrival and Check-in:

Our flight landed in the early morning, and the city welcomed us with a gentle breeze. Post customs clearance, we headed straight to our hotel to freshen up. And let me tell you this: custom clearance is super easy in Singapore (at least I had that experience!).

I had already made reservations for our stay through Booking.com. So, finding a family-friendly place that was both comfortable and well-located was not a challenge for me.

Pro Tip: Opt for a hotel near major transit points or attractions to save travel time; it is especially handy when traveling with kids. You should avoid hotels that are too far off or located at off-beat places as your kids might not enjoy it as much as you do!

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Morning Feast:

Singapore’s cuisine blends traditions and modern flavors. We kicked off our day with a hearty breakfast at a local cafe, fueling up for the exciting day that lay ahead. It’s always a good idea to have a good breakfast before setting off. But make sure not to eat something too heavy that might make you or your kids a bit lethargic! It will spoil the fun of traveling and exploring.

Pro Tip: Explore local eateries for an authentic taste of Singaporean cuisine; it’s an enriching experience right from the get-go.

Singapore Flyer:

Singapore Flyer photo by WittySparks team
Singapore Flyer photo by WittySparks team

After breakfast, we headed to the iconic Singapore Flyer. Its flexible operating hours from 10 am to 10 pm allowed us to choose a convenient time for our visit.

The 30-minute round trip on this giant observation wheel provided a wonderful start to our journey with panoramic views of the cityscape. Our kids absolutely loved it! If you are on the Singapore trip with kids, you do not want to miss this one out!

Pro Tip: Consider scheduling your visit during the early morning or evening hours to witness the city bathed in a golden glow.

Stroll Across Helix Bridge (Free Activity):

Helix Bridge Singapore
Helix Bridge Singapore by Photo WittySparks Team

Helix Bridge is an architectural marvel that will surely stun you. So we decided that we would definitely take a walk across it. It was a leisurely stroll, with the modern design of the bridge and the picturesque view of the Marina Bay area making it a memorable experience.

If you are into photography, it’s a perfect place to snap some mind-blowing pictures that will keep your Singapore’s memory alive.

Pro Tip: The bridge is especially photogenic during the golden hour, so have your camera ready for some breathtaking shots!

ArtScience Museum:

ArtScience Museum exhibits some of the most iconic exhibitions in Singapore. It’s loaded with the science and art exhibits that will blow your mind away. We explored the various interactive exhibits over the next three hours, each one a blend of learning and fun, perfect for both adults and kids.

Pro Tip: Arrive early to avoid the crowds and take your time exploring the diverse range of exhibits.

Spectra Light and Water Show (Free Activity):

As the evening approached, we made our way to witness the Spectra Light and Water Show. The 15-minute display was a visual and auditory delight, a perfect way to transition into the night.

Pro Tip: Secure a spot near the front for an unobstructed view of this mesmerizing show.

SkyPark Observation Deck:

The night was still young, so we ascended to the SkyPark Observation Deck. The city twinkled beneath us as we soaked in the panoramic views, capping off our day on a high note.

Pro Tip: Visiting in the evening allows you to witness the city transitioning from day to night, a sight to behold.

Dinner:

We wrapped up our day with a delightful dinner at a local restaurant, indulging in some authentic Singaporean flavors.

Booking Activities:

Booking tickets for many of the day’s activities in advance through platforms like Klook or Agoda streamlined our day, saving us both time and money.

Pro Tip: Look out for combo deals or early bird discounts to make your adventure more economical and organized.

Visa:

We had sorted our visa formalities well in advance, making the entry process smooth and hassle-free, paving the way for a seamless start to our Singapore adventure.

Pro Tip: Check the latest guidelines and requirements on the official website or consult with your travel agent for a smooth visa application process.

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Day 2: A Sentosa Adventure

  • Sentosa Island
  • Cable Car Pass
  • Madame Tussauds
  • SkyHelix
  • Skyline Luge
  • S.E.A. Aquarium
  • Universal Studios
  • Trickeye Museum
  • Siloso Beach
  • Wings of Time

The allure of adventure beckoned as we woke up, ready to unravel the wonders of Sentosa Island. This island resort is a microcosm of thrilling attractions, sandy beaches, and entertaining shows. Our itinerary was packed with a blend of adrenaline-pumping activities and serene experiences. Here’s a glimpse into our day:

Sentosa Island:

Our journey commenced with a visit to Sentosa Island, a haven of fun and adventure. It’s a world where excitement and tranquility coexist, offering something for every age and interest. You, too, can delve into this delightful blend of attractions that promise a day full of laughter, awe, and wonder.

Cable Car Pass:

The day kickstarted with a serene cable car ride, offering a bird’s eye view of the lush island against the backdrop of the expansive sea. The Cable Car Pass is a ticket to aerial views of the picturesque landscape, a gentle ascent to the day’s adventures.

Pro Tip: Opt for an early morning ride to bask in the calmness of the dawn.

Madame Tussauds:

Our next stop was the world-renowned Madame Tussauds. Walking amidst lifelike wax figures of celebrities and historical figures was like stepping into a realm where time paused, allowing us to walk through different eras and scenarios. It’s a fun, interactive experience that you, too, will enjoy, making memories with the stars.

SkyHelix:

The adventure soared higher at SkyHelix, an open-air panoramic ride that spirals you to a vantage point offering splendid views of Sentosa and beyond. As the day unfolded, the SkyHelix ride was a whirl of excitement amidst the serene sky.

Skyline luge:

The pace quickened as we zoomed down the tracks of Skylineluge, feeling the wind against our faces in a joyful descent. It’s a rush of adrenaline that you, too, will cherish, a jovial race down amidst nature’s embrace.

Mid-Day Retreat to Main Attractions:

Post an exhilarating morning, a serene cable car or tram ride ushered us back, leading the way to more aquatic and cinematic adventures.

S.E.A. Aquarium:

Immersing ourselves in the calm yet vibrant underwater world at S.E.A. Aquarium was like stepping into a living painting. The myriad colors and graceful movements of marine life create a serene spectacle. It’s a tranquil retreat from the rush, bringing you face-to-face with the wonders of the deep.

Universal Studios:

The cinematic world of Universal Studios beckoned next, pulling us into a whirl of adventures, rides, and shows. It’s a realm where every corner holds a story, a scene waiting to pull you into its narrative. With heart-thumping rides and enchanting shows, it’s a cinematic journey that promises a reel of cherished memories.

Sentosa Line Adventure:

An enchanting cable car ride on the Sentosa line led us to our next bout of explorations, showcasing the island from a different perspective.

Trickeye Museum:

Our curious minds found a playground at the Trickeye Museum, where reality and illusion danced in a whimsical duet. It’s a canvas where your imagination can run wild, creating memories filled with laughter and wonder.

Siloso Beach:

Siloso beach Sentosa Island
Siloso beach Sentosa Island

As the day mellows, Siloso Beach offers a sandy retreat. It’s a place to relax, soak in the sun, and build sandcastles of dreams amidst the gentle whisper of waves.

Wings of Time:

As dusk painted the sky, we nestled under the stars for the Wings of Time show. It’s a beautiful narrative told through a blend of water, light, and sound, a perfect bow to tie the day’s adventures.

Day 3: The Heartbeat of the City

  • Merlion Park
  • Walk on Jubilee Bridge
  • Clarke Quay
  • Singapore River Cruise
  • Gardens By The Bay

As the morning sun casts a golden glow over the city, we embarked on a day set to unveil the historic and scenic gems of Singapore. This day was a gentle blend of leisurely walks, serene cruises, and a mesmerizing night show amidst nature’s marvel. Here’s how our exploration unfolded:

Merlion Park:

The day commenced at Merlion Park, where the iconic Merlion statue awaits to greet every visitor with its majestic spray. It’s not just a statue but a symbol of Singapore’s humble beginnings as a fishing village.

Standing there, with the city’s skyline in the backdrop, you, too, will feel the blend of tradition and modernity that courses through Singapore’s veins.

Walk on Jubilee Bridge:

Our steps then led us to the Jubilee Bridge, a modern yet elegant structure that offers a pleasant walk towards the vibrant area of Clarke Quay. The gentle breeze and the calm waters accompanied our leisurely stroll, leading us to the heart of the city’s lively atmosphere.

Clarke Quay:

As we stepped into Clarke Quay, the colorful facades and the lively ambiance welcomed us into a hub of restaurants, bars, and boutiques. It’s a place where the city’s energetic pulse is felt in every corner, offering a palette of experiences ranging from culinary delights to retail therapy.

Singapore River Cruise:

From the bustling streets of Clarke Quay, we transitioned into a serene escape on the Singapore River Cruise. After a brief wait of about 10 to 15 minutes, we embarked on a 40-minute soothing journey on the water.

The cruise gently navigates through the city’s historic and modern landmarks, offering a narrative of Singapore’s evolution from a fishing village to a bustling metropolis.

Pro Tip: The cruise is a chance to rest those feet while still soaking in the city’s beauty, a perfect mid-day respite.

Gardens By The Bay:

Gardens by the Bay - Singapore night light show
Gardens by the Bay – Singapore night light show

As the day transitioned into evening, a short drive led us to the oasis of serenity that is Gardens By The Bay. Our timing was impeccable as we nestled amidst nature’s marvel to witness the night light show at 7:45 p.m.

The Garden Rhapsody is a spectacle where the Supertrees come to life, dancing in rhythm with the tunes of the night. It’s a surreal blend of nature and technology, painting the night with colors and melodies.

Pro Tip: Arriving a bit early can secure you a cozy spot to enjoy the show. Don’t forget a mat to sit on!

Back to Hotel and Dinner:

With the stars shining down and our hearts filled with the day’s serene yet exhilarating adventures, we headed back to our hotel. A delightful dinner awaited, where we reminisced about the day’s explorations over a hearty meal.

Day 4: A Blend of Nature, Culture, and Urban Charm

  • Singapore Zoo
  • River Wonders
  • Little India
  • Mustafa Mall
  • Chinatown

On the fourth day, we dove into a delightful mix of Singapore’s natural wonders, cultural vibrancy, and urban allure. From the wild encounters at the zoo to the bustling markets and picturesque nightscapes, every moment was a dive into the diverse experiences Singapore offers. Here’s how our day unfolded:

Drive to Singapore Zoo:

With the sun casting a gentle glow, we drove to the renowned Singapore Zoo, a sanctuary that brings you face-to-face with nature’s marvels. The zoo, with its lush greenery and exotic animals, was more than just an exhibit; it was a journey into the wild. We spent around four hours here, meeting the diverse inhabitants and learning about wildlife conservation.

Pro Tip: Arrive early to beat the crowds and enjoy cooler morning temperatures for a pleasant walk through the zoo.

Lunch:

Post our wild adventure, we treated ourselves to a hearty lunch at a local eatery near the zoo. Singapore’s culinary scene never fails to impress, offering a medley of flavors to refuel our energies for the adventures ahead.

River Wonders:

With a satisfying meal, we set out for River Wonders, an aquatic journey that unveils the mysteries of river habitats. Over the next two hours, we explored the vibrant aquatic life, each exhibiting a splash of color and intrigue.

Pro Tip: Don’t miss the Giant Panda Forest and the Amazon Flooded Forest; they’re a visual delight!

Explore Little India:

Little India Singapore
Little India Singapore

If time permits, a drive to Little India is a vibrant transition from the natural to the cultural. We strolled through the colorful streets, each corner resonating with the rich culture and traditions of the Indian community in Singapore.

Mustafa Mall Shopping:

Our cultural stroll led us to Mustafa Mall, a shopping haven where you can find almost anything under the sun. From electronics to apparel, the variety is endless, and the prices are competitive.

Pro Tip: It’s a great place to pick up souvenirs and gifts for loved ones back home.

Chinatown Night Photography:

As the day transitioned into night, we headed to Chinatown. The area, with its traditional architecture and bustling markets, is a spectacle when lit up at night. We captured the essence of Singapore’s nightlife through our lenses, each photograph a memory etched in time.

Pro Tip: Be sure to have a good camera and tripod for some stunning night photography amidst the neon lights and heritage backdrop.

Drive Back and Dinner:

With a camera full of memories and hearts full of joy, we drove back to our hotel. A sumptuous dinner awaited us as we reminisced over the day’s diverse adventures, from the tranquility of nature to the bustling urban life, each moment a precious snippet of what Singapore has to offer.

Day 5: A Whimsical Farewell

  • Museum of Ice Cream
  • Jewel Changi
  • Canopy Park Extravaganza
  • Mastercard Canopy Bridge and Mazes
  • Bouncing and Walking Nets
  • Evening Light Show

The fifth dawn in Singapore brought with it a blend of excitement and nostalgia as we geared up for a day filled with whimsy, wonders, and farewells. Here’s how we wrapped up our Singapore sojourn with a sweet and magical bow:

Drive to the Museum of Ice Cream:

The day commenced with a drive to the Museum of Ice Cream, a realm where fantasy meets reality amidst a sprinkle of sweet delights. It’s not just a museum but a playground that caters to the child in every one of us with its interactive exhibits and a sprinkle of sweet treats. Your family, too, can dive into this sugar-coated adventure, creating sweet memories amidst a pastel wonderland.

Pro Tip: Arrive early to enjoy a crowd-free exploration and carry a camera to capture the colorful and whimsical installations.

Hotel Checkout:

After a morning filled with whimsical adventures, we headed back to the hotel for checkout, carrying with us a bag full of memories and hearts full of gratitude for the cozy abode that cradled our dreams over the days.

Early Check-in at Jewel:

Jewel Changi Singapore Airport Waterfall
Jewel Changi Singapore Airport Waterfall

Our next stop was Jewel Changi, an architectural marvel where we availed an early check-in facility to leave our luggage, stepping lighter into the world where nature and urban marvels coalesce.

Canopy Park Extravaganza:

Elevating our adventure, we ascended to level 5 for the Canopy Park. It’s a green sanctuary amidst the urban landscape, offering a breath of fresh air and a stretch of green to run wild.

Pro Tip: Wear comfortable shoes to make the most of this verdant adventure, as there’s a lot to explore!

Mastercard Canopy Bridge and Mazes:

Walking on the Mastercard Canopy Bridge was like stepping into the sky, with a panoramic view of Jewel. The Hedge Maze and Mirror Maze added a dash of mystery and fun, leading us through a whimsical journey of twists and turns.

Pro Tip: Engage in a friendly race with your family to find the center of the maze; it’s a joyful challenge that will have everyone laughing.

Bouncing and Walking Nets:

The Bouncing and Walking Nets brought out the playful spirit in us as we hopped, skipped, and laughed our way through. It’s a joyous escape that lets you bounce above the mundane, feeling the rush of childhood joy.

Pro Tip: Ensure everyone has secure and comfortable footwear for a safe bouncing and walking experience.

Evening Light Show and Flight:

As dusk painted the sky, we nestled under the stars for Jewel’s mesmerizing light show at 8 p.m. It was a spectacle of lights and sounds that bid a beautiful farewell to our Singapore adventure.

With a heart full of memories and eyes twinkling with the night lights, we made our way to catch our flight, carrying with us a treasure trove of unforgettable moments.

Pro Tip: Arrive early to secure a good spot for the light show and ensure you have ample time to reach the airport for your flight thereafter.

Now let’s talk budget. While it’s obvious that the budget for any trip can fluctuate immensely depending on hundreds of factors, I’ll share a basic budget idea that you can take as a reference.

6-Days Itinerary to Singapore (5N and 6D)

I would suggest to stay a day extra if your time and budget permits, so that you can visit the other must visit locations in Singapore. I couldn’t make it for another extra day because of some other family commitments.

If I were staying an extra day, then I would cover these on my 5th day and we can move my previous 5th day plan to 6th day.

Here are the locations and activities you can cover on this extra day:

  • National Museum of Singapore
  • Bird Paradise in Singapore Zoo
  • Science Centre Singapore, Omni Theatre, KidsSTOP Ticket
  • iFly Singapore in Sentosa island
  • Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum
  • Kiztopia Ticket in Singapore (Punggol)
  • Red Dot Design Museum Ticket in Singapore

adjust the above as per your schedule and more you can add based on your interest, time and budget.

Approximate Budgeting for 5 days trip to Singapore

Here’s the breakdown of the day-by-day budget for a family trip to Singapore.

Day 1:

  • Breakfast: $6.02
  • Singapore Flyer: $30.12
  • ArtScience Museum: $24.10
  • Spectra Light Show: Free
  • SkyPark Observation Deck: $30.12
  • Dinner: $12.05
  • Transport: $6.02

Day 2:

  • Sentosa Island Day Pass (Covers most attractions): $48.19
  • Universal Studios: $54.22
  • Trickeye Museum: $18.07
  • Wings of Time: $18.07
  • Transport: $6.02
  • Meals: $18.07

Day 3:

  • Singapore River Cruise: $18.07
  • Gardens By The Bay (Both Domes): $24.10
  • Transport: $6.02
  • Meals: $18.07

Day 4:

  • Singapore Zoo: $30.12
  • River Wonders: $18.07
  • Little India/Mustafa/China Town Shopping: Variable, but let’s allocate $60.24
  • Transport: $6.02
  • Meals: $18.07

Day 5:

  • Museum of Ice Cream: $24.10
  • Canopy Park (inclusive of all attractions): $36.14
  • Transport: $6.02
  • Meals: $12.05
  • Accommodation (4 nights, budget hotels): $240.96

Transport:

  • M.R.T. 3-day Tourist Pass: $18.07
  • Grab/Taxi for places not near M.R.T.: $24.10
  • Visa: $114.46
  • Miscellaneous (shopping, snacks, etc.): $120.48

So overall, the total budget required for the trip of one person is around $1,100. And of course, the flights will cost extra.

Planning a Perfect Singapore Trip

Singapore is a fun-filled destination for families and bachelors alike. So, if you have a family and are thinking about visiting Singapore, please don’t! There is ample of everything for you and your kids, and they won’t get bored when you plan a trip like I planned mine.

Of course, you can make modifications and alterations as per your needs, budget, and time available. Happy Tripping!

Singapore Itinerary 5 days and 6 days detailed plan
Singapore Trip Itinerary 5 days and 6 days detailed plan

FAQs

What are some notable shopping destinations in Singapore?

Some popular shopping destinations include Mustafa Mall for a variety of goods, Little India for Indian goods, China Town for souvenirs and traditional items, and Marina Bay Sands for luxury shopping.

What types of transport are available in Singapore?

You can choose from a range of transport options, including the M.R.T. (Mass Rapid Transit), S.G. Bus, cabs via the Grab app, traditional taxis, or renting a car for more freedom to explore at your own pace.

Is it allowed to carry food to the destinations in Singapore?

Yes, you can carry food to most destinations as there aren’t stringent luggage scanning processes. However, it’s advisable to check the specific rules of the attraction you’re visiting.

What are some good photographic locations in Singapore?

The Singapore Flyer, Marina Bay Sands, SkyPark Observation Deck, OCBC Skyway, Cloud Forest, Helix Bridge, Merlion Park, Little India, China Town, and Haji Lane are among the top spots for photography enthusiasts.

What can I do during my time at the Singapore Airport?

At the Singapore Airport, you can visit the Jewel Changi, explore Canopy Park, walk on the Mastercard Canopy Bridge, navigate the Hedge and Mirror Mazes, bounce on the Bouncing Net, stroll on the Walking Net, and enjoy a meal at the Food Court.

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