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How to Spend a Layover in Singapore: Iconic Singapore Sights

Have a layover in Singapore? Perfect! Changi Airport is the best in the world, and you’ll definitely find things to do, but if you’re looking to go into the city, you should! This city is the perfect size to explore during a long layover. Here’s my guide to all of the iconic spots you need to see!

So, you have a long layover in Singapore. Changi Airport (voted WORLD’S BEST airport) is certainly a sight in itself, but Singapore is a little hidden gem not to be missed! A layover is a great way to see the city! You can catch a tour from the airport if you have at least a 5.5 hour layover. If you’re not in the mood to take a tour, here’s how to spend a layover in Singapore!

A while ago, in classic Unexpected Occurrence style, I was surprised with a message from an old trekking partner! Due to some flight complications, he had a long layover in Singapore, and I decided to show him around the iconic parts of the city. If you don’t want to go with the guided tour (perhaps if you have a longer layover), follow our itinerary!

Take the MRT (public transportation) to Raffles Place. It’s a straight shot on the green (East-West) line! You can catch the MRT from terminal 2 or 3 at the airport.

Once you get out of the train, take exit H and walk to the right along the river! You’ll eventually get to Marina Bay. Don’t miss the Merlion!


Spend some time checking out the bay, then walk into Marina Bay Sands (the mall/hotel/three towers with a boat on top). You can go up to the top, or you can continue.

From there, you can get to Gardens by the Bay. Walk around, see the supertrees, and if you have time (and money), head into the Cloud Forest and/or Flower Dome.


Next, take the MRT to Orchard. Orchard is a wonderful shopping street full of street brands and luxury brands alike. Even if you don’t want to shop, Orchard is an incredibly interesting and busy part of Singapore!

If you’re looking for food, check out a hawker centre and get some delicious SG food!!! If you’re in a really busy area (like Orchard), a mall food court works as well. They’re set up like slightly upscale hawker centres, and you’ll get to taste Singaporean food.

If you have time, grab a drink! Fruit juices from hawker centers/food courts are absolutely amazing (I like mango or soursop!), but if you’re looking for happy hour, head to Clarke Quay! Clarke Quay is where the party is- loads of clubs and bars line the area, and it’s an interesting place to walk around once night falls.

If you’re looking for a bar where you can catch the same MRT line as the airport’s, go to Loof. It’s a rooftop bar near the City Hall MRT, also on the green (East-West) line. It has an absolutely amazing vibe and a pretty good view.

Marina Bay and Gardens by the Bay are arguably the most iconic places in Singapore. You certainly won’t be able to see everything Singapore has to offer within a quick layover, but this certainly gives you a little taste of it.


Have a little longer? Not interested in seeing Marina Bay? Check out my Ultimate Guide to Singapore and pick a neighbourhood to explore!

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