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“Singapore is a fantastic tropical destination, as well as a busy cultural hub. The country boasts such amusements as a vibrant night-life, renowned cuisine, and miles upon miles of shopping malls. Author William Gibson has said that Singapore is the “world’s only shopping mall with a seat in the United Nations.” Singapore is a great place to shop, and shopping around is the easiest way to get discounted roundtrip airfare. Also, it’s possible to save money by traveling at non-peak times of the year, and riding coach instead of business or economy class.”

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Singapore is a fantastic tropical destination, as well as a busy cultural hub. The country boasts such amusements as a vibrant night-life, renowned cuisine, and miles upon miles of shopping malls. Author William Gibson has said that Singapore is the “world’s only shopping mall with a seat in the United Nations.” Singapore is a great place to shop, and shopping around is the easiest way to get discounted roundtrip airfare. Also, it’s possible to save money by traveling at non-peak times of the year, and riding coach instead of business or economy class.
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Most Travelers Fly into Changi International Airport

Changi International Airport is a major public airline in Southeast Asia, and the only transit airport in Singapore. Therefore, the cheapest fares are going to be coming and going from Changi. Luckily, the hectic airport features a number of accommodating features, including a Skytrain service, which links the airport’s three terminals. In 2013, the airport became a 12-time winner of the “Top Worldwide Airport” award at the Wanderlust Travel Awards. Perhaps this is due to the airport’s commitment to excellent customer service, as well as its many luxury amenities, including on-site manicures, pedicures, shopping, and rooftop and butterfly gardens.     

Seletar Airport is Singapore’s only other public airport, and is located in northeast Singapore. The small runway doesn’t have the capabilities to accommodate a Boeing 737 (budget-friendly airlines use Boeing 737s). It’s predominately used for chartered flights and aviation training. Chartering a private plane is always going to cost more money than searching for budget flights. Over time, the airport will be used to transport business-class travelers. The airport will eventually fulfill Asia’s demand for more business jets, and thus become the region’s Business Aviation (BA) airport. For now, the airport is open 24 hours a day, and houses the Singapore Flying College, the Seletar Flying Club, and the Republic of Singapore Flying Club.

Airlines with Affordable Rates to Singapore

Singapore Airlines is the area’s only major airline, although many others fly to Singapore, including British Airways, Asiana, Lufthansa, and Northwest. The best rates are achieved by shopping around and determining which airline has the lowest cost by comparison. Although it’s cheapest to fly coach or economy class, it is possible to find good deals on first class and business class tickets if you’re willing to adjust your departure and arrival dates. For example, it typically costs more to fly on weekends than it does to fly on weekdays.  

Like many airlines, Singapore Airlines offers special offers and discounts. The airline has a frequent flyer program and additionally offers discounts to student and senior passengers. Most airlines have fare deals, and these should be checked regularly to determine if there are any special rates for a specific departure city. It may make sense to travel to a nearby city to lock in a special rate. Conversely, it may make more sense to pay the full rate, but travel on dates when frequent flyer miles are doubled or tripled.   

Sometimes, it makes the best financial sense to split a trip up. For example, it may cost less to travel from New York City to Los Angeles on a discount flight, such as the ones offered by Southwest and JetBlue. Then, an additional flight can be booked from Los Angeles to Singapore, or a nearby country. A trip of this kind would require heavy planning and more travel time, but the savings could be substantial.

July and August are Non-Peak Season Travel Months

Singapore’s non-peak season is relatively short when compared to other countries. This is due to the unusually high number of year-round business travelers. Business travel takes a nose dive during July and August, and travel companies sometimes make up for the decline by reducing their prices. Traveling during mid-to-late summer could result in lower hotels rates, and sometimes even cheaper flights. Unfortunately, Singapore’s non-peak season does not coincide with the United States’ non-peak season, where it can cost more to travel during the summer months.

In order to save money on airfare, it’s important to avoid travel during Singapore’s peak and holiday seasons. In Singapore, there are 11 observed holidays, but dates sometimes change each year (only the month remains the same). Traveling during holidays, such as Christmas and Vesak Day, can result in overbooked hotels and higher rates. Especially during Chinese Lunar New Year, travel can be difficult, as nearly all of Asia is celebrating a vacation. Check out the Singapore Tourism Board’s updated calendar to determine when a holiday is set to occur, and what other festivities may be taking place within the city.   

Getting Around in Singapore     

Changi Airport is located just a short 14-mile drive from downtown. The airport has terminal access to local trains, which provide great connectivity to places all over the city. Both terminal two and terminal three have entrances and exits for the trains, and the trains go almost everywhere, including faraway destinations, such as Joo Koon. The train is one of the cheapest, most-efficient ways of traveling the city. Head to a TransitLink Ticket Office to snag a Value Card, which can be used on buses and the city’s two trains.

Many downtown hotels, such as the InterContinental Singapore and the Hotel Re, include a free airport shuttle. Not all hotels include a free shuttle, and it may be necessary to pay $9.00 and be shuttled from Changi Airport’s 24-hour Ground Transport Desk to a nearby hotel. If you’re going to be traveling elsewhere, you may have to hail a taxi cab or rent a car. The local bus is another great option, and there is public bus service at three destinations throughout the airport (terminals one, two, and three). Lonely Planet writes that “Singapore is undoubtedly the easiest city in Asia to get around,” so it shouldn’t be too difficult navigating the country’s public transit system. 

The Closer You Are; The Less You’ll Pay

The farther you are from a destination, the more expensive it’s going to be to travel there. The same theory applies to Singapore. For example, it’s more expensive to travel to Singapore from New York or London than it is to fly from anywhere within Asia. The cheapest flights to Singapore are going to be from neighboring islets.

It’s impossible to get a nonstop flight from anywhere in the United States, and most layovers will happen in population-heavy Asian cities, such as Tokyo. It’s important to understand that the most expensive flights are likely to have fewer layovers, while the cheapest flights are sure to have more than one layover. If you’re flying from a nearby region, such as Jakarta, it is possible to get a nonstop flight, and it shouldn’t be too expensive either.

Save Even More by Visiting Free Local Attractions          

Singapore’s temples and churches are free and easily one of the biggest cultural draws of the area. It doesn’t cost anything to walk around the Sri Mariamman Temple, Singapore’s oldest Hindu temple. It’s also free to visit St. Andrew’s Cathedral and the Armenian Church, which was built in 1836 and is the area’s oldest church. Haw Par Villa is another cultural destination that costs nothing to view. The theme park features colorful dioramas of Chinese mythology.   

The Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is home to long-tailed macaques. It’s free to investigate this area, and sometimes a ranger will educate patrons on the monkeys at no additional charge. Some of Singapore’s museums cost money; however, the National University of Singapore Museum does not. It’s free, and it features historical artifacts and an art gallery.

Singapore has a variety of free festivals taking place throughout the calendar year, including the eclectic Singapore Arts and Singapore Nights festivals. For music lovers, there is the Mosaic Music Festival. Getting there is a cinch, considering Changi Airport has local maps detailing where the city’s most popular tourist destinations are located, as well as a variety of transit maps to help you stay on schedule.

 

 

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