Singapore is a Year-Round Destination
The moderate weather and cheap public transport make Singapore an easy location for a holiday or business trip. Be aware of the local customs before travelling to avoid an uncomfortable situation or even fines. Try to plan your trip during the Chinese New Year or Vesakh to get a taste of the local culture.
Weather and Festivals
Singapore is a year-round destination with only small fluctuations in temperature, which typically range between 23° and 34°C. Visit Singapore during the Chinese New Year, which occurs with the new moon from the end of January to early February. Or travel to Singapore during Vesakh, which is a Buddhist festival at the full moon in May. There is also the National holiday on September 8 each year.
Important Tips to Know Before You Visit Singapore
British passport holders do not normally need a visa if staying for 30 days or less. Passports should be valid for at least 6 months from the entry date. Be sure that routine vaccinations are up to date, including the following recommended vaccines: hepatitis A and typhoid.
Be aware that drinking and eating is not permitted on public transport and is subject to high fines. Spitting in the street is also illegal. You should be aware that smoking is only allowed in some areas. When in Singapore, cover your legs and arms, and take off your shoes outside when visiting mosques. You may notice that Singapore has very cheap food, running at approximately 6 SGD in markets.
Transport and Accommodation in Singapore
Singapore offers a cheap public transport system. The EZ-Link Singapore Tourist Pass is a rechargeable chip card for reduced fares on the metro and bus. From the airport to the city centre, you can take the metro (30 minutes) for around 2 SGD, or the bus which takes around 60 minutes. Taxi prices are higher at night and during the rush hour. Taxis from the airport into the city cost about 30 SGD, but run about 50 percent more at night. You can find local accommodation in a hostel from around 30 SGD. Good areas to stay include Little India, Chinatown, Geylang or around Arab Street.