When's the best time to go to Singapore?
We like to think of Singapore as a bit of an all-rounder – by which we mean you can pretty much go at any point of the year! It has a pretty predictable weather, but if you’re after the very best time to go? We’d have to say from December to June, especially from around February to April – that’s when Singapore has its least amount of rain, lower humidity, and (most importantly) the most sunshine. This obviously makes it a pretty popular period with tourists, so if you want to head out there when it’s quieter, you’ll have to push it back a bit and go from around July to November instead.
When's the cheapest time to fly to Singapore?
Thanks to those gorgeous (but sometimes scorching!) summer temps Singapore enjoys due to its spot right on the equator, flying out in July and August is cheaper than during the more temperate, drier months. Try to avoid January, April, and September, as these months often see prices jump.
How long is the flight to Singapore?
Better brace yourself, flights to Singapore are a little on the long side! You’re looking at around 13 hours in the air. This stretch'll be broken up by a layover though, most likely somewhere in Western Europe - depending on who you fly with. Quick jaunt into Amsterdam, anyone? But if you don’t fancy the faff of a layover, British Airways, Singapore Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, and Qantas will get you there direct from London Heathrow.
Which Singapore airports can I fly to from the UK?
You’ll be landing at Singapore Changi International Airport, about 19km from centre of the city. Hop in a cab for 15 mins or take the train directly from the airport, around 30 mins.
Which airlines offer flights to Singapore?
A whole bunch of ‘em! From London you can fly indirect with Etihad, Qatar, Emirates, SWISS and Lufthansa. Or if you fancy a direct jaunt to the City of Lions, you can fly with British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Singapore Airlines, or Qantas. If you’re heading out of a regional airport instead like Manchester, you can fly with Air France, British Airways, KLM, and Lufthansa, amongst others – but you’ll have to factor in a layover!
What to expect in Singapore:
We told you it was a city of contrasts, and we bloomin’ meant it! You’re gonna get a bit of everything here.
Take in a bit of history
You’ll find a lot of history related to WW2 here, from memorials (the Kranji War Memorial is the most famous and honours those who died during the conflict – spend some time amongst the thousands of serene, white gravestones) to the Battle Box, originally a bomb-proof bunker built to protect the British Headquarters of Malaya Command and now a 26 room underground museum. But WW2 is only a part of Singapore’s past! For a proper fascinating overview of the whole history of Singapore all in one place, head to the National Museum – it covers everything, from fashion to architecture.
Throw in some stunning religious sites
The original Sultan Mosque, built way back in 1824, was the biggest in Singapore. The one you see today is actually the second mosque built on the same site, in 1932. When it was rebuilt they included the iridescent black bases of soy sauce bottles as part of the design, donated by the poorer citizens of the city in a move meant to allow Muslims from all walks of life a chance to contribute to this historically, and religiously, significant site.
And add just a dash (okay, maybe a bit more than a dash!) of high tech hijinks
Obvs, the first thing we’re going to tell you to get on down to is the Marina Bay area. Here you’ll find Marina Bay Sands – you know, that really cool hotel, three towers, looks like there’s a ship sitting on top of it? Yep, that’s the one! Even if you’re not staying there, you can still head up to one of the greatest spots in Singapore, the SkyPark Observation Deck. A whopping 56 storeys up, you’ll get prime views of the city – and all of the stuff you can get up to down below! The Gardens by the Bay are like some kind of dreamy, Eden-inspired, wonderland. Easily our favourite place in Singapore! Wander through the misty veils of the Cloud Forest, home to one of the world’s tallest indoor waterfalls, then head to Floral Fantasy – it’s like Santa’s toyshop, but for flowers! And to wrap it all up? It’s gotta be the Supertree Canopy, suspended walkways that’ll take you right through the whole of Gardens by the Bay – talk about postcard-perfect views. Your Insta grid will be glowing!
Don't forget before you fly:
UK arrivals don’t need a visa to enter or transit through Singapore, but you will need to fill out an SG Arrival Card up to three days before you arrive – it’s an online form that requires your travel details and a health declaration. Other than that, you’re good to go!