One-day itineraries in Singapore

One-day itineraries in Singapore
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Here are some one-day itineraries that could be interesting for day trips for people. Combine several of them to cover many parts of Singapore. I'd recommend going according to the order listed, but it doesn't really matter too much.

Routes within Singapore

Singapore is roughly broken down into six areas: the east, northeast/north, heartlands (central area to the right of the reservoir), downtown, south, northwest, and west. You could explore each area over different days.

Free guided tours

If you have a short layover from 5.5 hours to 24 hours, the airport offers free tours that could suit your needs. Check them out below.

Free Singapore Tour | Singapore Changi Airport
If you have at least 5.5 hours to spare till your connecting flight, join a free 2.5-hour guided Singapore tour.

Independent touring

I've put in some places you could visit and a suggested itinerary/whirlwind tour. I've tried including places that are more local rather than touristy. If you're short on time however, you could jump straight to the downtown tours.

East tour

Pulau Ubin

Get up bright and early to catch a boat to Pulau Ubin and explore the nature there.

Ubin · Singapore
★★★★★ · Eiland

Changi Boardwalk

Finish off the day after returning with a boardwalk.

Changi Boardwalk · Changi Broadwalk Walk, Singapore
★★★★☆ · Wandelroutes

Lunch - Changi Village Hawker Centre

As for food, grab a breakfast/lunch here at Changi Village Hawker Centre. It's a popular spot for locals and my parents used to have trouble looking for a parking spot.

Changi Village Hawker Centre · 2 Changi Village Rd, Singapore 500002
★★★★☆ · Eetmarkt


Singapore University of Technology and Design is one of Singapore's newest public universities. If you like touring universities, you can check it out. They have interesting architecture.

Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) · 8 Somapah Rd, Singapore 487372
★★★★★ · Universiteit

NEWater reclamation plant

There is an exhibit on Singapore's technology ome exhibits Book a free guided tour here. (Alternatively, you could also go to Marina Barrage where they have another water-related exhibition, but it is on the dam structure with some history.)

NEWater Visitor Centre · 20 Koh Sek Lim Rd, Singapore 486593
★★★★★ · Bezoekerscentrum

Dinner - East coast park

After finishing up at SUTD and the NEWater reclamation plant, you can continue along the coast down to East Coast Park and enjoy the beach. You can cycle and roller skate there too. As for food, you can head down to East Coast Lagoon Food Village to try some of the eats there. Before it renovated, I used to go there a lot with my family.

East Coast Lagoon Food Village · 1220 ECP, Singapore 468960
★★★★☆ · Eetmarkt

Bonus: Changi Airport

Before you leave / right when you enter Singapore, you can check out the airport's mall, they have an indoor waterfall plus nice restaurants. I also have fond memories of the staff canteen here.

Jewel Changi Airport · Singapore
★★★★★ · Winkelcentrum
Terminal 1 Staff Canteen - Orchis Food Court · Singapore
★★★★☆ · Foodcourt

There's also a scenic bike path that goes around behind the airport if you are interested in cycling.

North/Northeast Tour

Coney Island

It's a nice little island you can visit in the northeast or cycle in. It used to have Singapore's last wild cow before it died.

Coney Island · Singapore
★★★★☆ · Wandelroutes

Punggol Waterway Park

This is another nice walkway you can walk down on, it's a recently renovated walkway.

Punggol Waterway Park · Sentul Cres, Singapore 821313
★★★★★ · Park

Lunch - Waterway Point

Stop at waterway point to enjoy the air conditioning and grab a bite to eat.

Waterway Point · 83 Punggol Central, Singapore 828761
★★★★☆ · Winkelcentrum

Sembawang Park

Check out another park in the north, and admire Malaysia from afar.

Sembawang Park · Sembawang Rd, Singapore
★★★★☆ · Park

Holy Tree Sri Balasubramaniar Temple

Check out a nearby temple if you like.

Holy Tree Sri Balasubramaniar Temple · 10 Yishun Industrial Park A, Singapore 768772
★★★★★ · Hindoeïstische tempel

Sembawang Hot Springs

Singapore has a hot spring here, and you can rest your legs after a long day.

Sembawang Hot Spring Park · Along, Gambas Ave, Singapore 756952
★★★★☆ · Park

Dinner - Chong Pang Market and Food Centre

Head down to another famous hawker centre to enjoy some local fare at decent prices.

Chong Pang Market & Food Centre · 105 Yishun Ring Rd, Singapore 760105
★★★★☆ · Eetmarkt

Heartlands tour

MacRitchie Treetop Walk

This is probably Singapore's wildest hike, that still has a paved path in most sections, that is fairly accessible. Start from the MacRitche Treetop Walk Trailhead at the east side of the reservoir. MacRitchie is fairly big; you could continue to explore it for longer if you so wish, and even walk all the way to down to Beauty World Centre on the other side of the reservoir. If you do choose to walk to the other side of the park, bring some snacks because it will take the better half of the day. Let's call the full route Route 1, and the route where you walk back to the entrance Route 2.

TreeTop Walk · 601 Island Club Rd, Singapore 578775
★★★★★ · Brug

Route 1 (cross to west side): Former Ford Factory

If you do choose to walk to the other side of the park, you could visit this world war 2 museum.

Former Ford Factory · 351 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, Singapore 588192
★★★★★ · Oorlogsmuseum

Route 1: Dinner - the Rail Mall

If you cross to the west side of the park, grab a bite at the Rail Mall.

The Rail Mall · Upper Bukit Timah Rd, #380 Fuyong Estate, Singapore 678040
★★★★☆ · Winkelcentrum

Route 2 (go back to the east side): Lunch - Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery

This is a big buddhist temple that could be a point of interest. You can buy lunch from their cafe until 1230pm (weekdays) or 2pm (weekends)

Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery · 88 Bright Hill Rd, Singapore 574117
★★★★★ · Boeddhistische tempel

Route 2: Bishan - Ang Mo Kio Park

This is another park frequented by locals, modelled after floodplains to contain the river inside it.

Activity Lawn · 609 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, Singapore 569973 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, Singapore 569973
★★★★★ · Park

Downtown tour

Botanic Gardens

A UNESCO world heritage site, it retains some colonial architecture from the British. It also has an orchid park area where you can enter for S$1 (barring inflation).

Botanische tuin van Singapore · 1 Cluny Rd, Singapore 259569
★★★★★ · Botanische tuin

Orchard Road

If you are interested to shop, you can come here to shop for all the big brands. You can walk from Orchard MRT to Dhoby Ghaut MRT and the stretch is full of stores you can look into and explore.

ION Orchard · 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
★★★★★ · Winkelcentrum

Lunch - Plaza Singapura

A local mall with many different food options and a food court at the very top.

Plaza Singapura · 68 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238839
★★★★☆ · Winkelcentrum

National Museum of Singapore

Spend the afternoon checking out the museum. There are also many other museums here; you could spend several days just walking around the museums.

National Museum of Singapore · 93 Stamford Rd, Singapore 178897
★★★★★ · Nationaal Museum

If you do not wish to shop or do not wish to go to a museum, you can replace it with Fort Canning Park; it was a British fort back in World War II.

Fort Canning Park · Singapore
★★★★★ · Park

Dinner - Lau Pa Sat

Grab some dinner at one of the most famous hawker centres in Singapore.

Lau Pa Sat · 18 Raffles Quay, Singapore 048582
★★★★☆ · Eetmarkt

Marina Bay

It's beautiful when lit up at night, you can do the loop around the bay.

The Promontory@Marina Bay · 11 Marina Blvd, Singapore 018940
★★★★★ · Evenementenlocatie

Downtown tour part 2

Marina Barrage

Nearer to the coast, we have a dam that helps to control the sea levels and water between Singapore and the sea. They have a cool exhibit on how the dam works and also its history.

Marina Barrage · 8 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018951
★★★★★ · Picknickplaats

Gardens by the Bay

It's a renovated area with interesting architecture and plants to check out. A popular tourist spot.

Gardens by the Bay · 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
★★★★★ · Tuin

ArtScience Museum

This is a new museum with interesting exhibits combining art and science.

ArtScience Museum · 6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974
★★★★★ · Museum


Dubbed the "Durian", it's where Singapore hosts different concerts. Interesting on the outside but nothing much inside if you aren't watching a concert.

Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay · 1 Esplanade Dr, Singapore 038981
★★★★★ · Theater

Lunch - Albert Centre

Grab a bite at a hawker centre in Bugis.

Albert Centre · 270 Queen St, Singapore 180270
★★★★☆ · Eetmarkt

Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple

This Buddhist temple is interesting beacuse it's right next to a Hindu temple as well. You should check out both while you're on this road.

Kwan Im Thong Hood Chotempel · 178 Waterloo St, Singapore 187964
★★★★★ · Boeddhistische tempel

Sultan Mosque

After that, you can make your way down to the Sultan Mosque and Malay Heritage Centre, where you can learn more about Malay history and culture.

Sultanmoskee · 3 Muscat St, Singapore 198833
★★★★★ · Moskee

Mustafa Centre

You can check out Little India, the area surrounding Mustafa Centre. Mustafa Centre is also an interesting place to shop too.

Mustafa Centre · 145 Syed Alwi Rd, Mustafa Centre, Singapore 207704
★★★★☆ · Warenhuis

Dinner - City Square Mall / Indian restaurants nearby

There's a mall called City Square Mall nearby, or standalone restaurants around the area on the first floor of the shophouses. You can pick any - I'm not sure of the food courts nearby.

Downtown tour part 3

The downtown area has a lot of nice spots so there's a part 3. But basically it's a bunch of museums and notable places I didn't mention above that you could mix and match:

  • Museums: National Gallery, Asian Civilisations Museum
  • Points of interest: Cathedral of the Good Sheperd
  • Food: Haji Lane (at night), CHIJMES
  • Shopping: Bugis Street, Arab Street
  • Schools: Singapore Management University, but you will likely pass by the buildings while exploring the area around Bugis.
  • Notable buildings where you can take the lift up and look around: Pinnacle@Duxton (a nice-looking public housing project but you need to pay to get to the top with the view), SkyTerrace@Dawson (a nice-looking public housing project with free views from the top), various hotels inside Tanjong Pagar

South tour

Lee Kong Chian National History Museum

A nice little museum that's not as full of tourists as the other more popular ones.

Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, Singapore · 2 Conservatory Dr, Singapore 117377
★★★★★ · Natuurhistorisch museum

National University of Singapore (NUS)

You can check out the rest of NUS while you're at the museum.

Nationale Universiteit van Singapore · 21 Lower Kent Ridge Rd, Singapore 119077
★★★★★ · Universiteit

West Coast Park

This park is not as nice as East Coast Park, but a nice place to do people watching.

West Coast Park · W Coast Ferry Rd, Singapore 126978
★★★★☆ · Park

Haw Par Villa

An exhibit on Buddhist hell, to warn children about the perils of sinning. Pretty interesting to me. It was created by some rich locals here.

Haw Par Villa · 262 Pasir Panjang Rd, Singapore 118628
★★★★☆ · Themapark

Lunch - Pasir Panjang Food Centre

A quaint little hawker centre along the highway with decent prices.

Pasir Panjang Food Centre · 121 Pasir Panjang Rd, Singapore 118543
★★★★☆ · Eetmarkt

Option 1 - Southern Ridges

I like this lookout where you can see the sea. The sunset from here is really amazing, too. You can enter from any point on Google Maps, even from HortPark. You can walk from here all the way down to VivoCity. It's possible to do both this and Labrador Nature Reserve together, but I'd recommend this instead of Labrador Nature Reserve if you can only pick one.

Mount Faber Lookout Point · Mount Faber Lp., Singapore
★★★★★ · Panoramisch uitzicht

Option 2 - Labrador Nature Reserve

A small park with some historic buildings and a small hill you can walk up.

Nature Reserve Viewpoint · Singapore
★★★★☆ · Observatieplatform


You can walk from VivoCity down to Sentosa and enjoy the beaches, or take a train. This can be a full day thing too if you like to explore more.

Palawan Beach · Singapore
★★★★★ · Strand

Dinner - Seah Im Food Centre

Ignore Vivo City if you want local food that's cheaper - check out Seah Im Food Centre instead, on your way back from Sentosa/Southern Ridges.

Seah Im Food Centre · 2 Seah Im Rd, Singapore 099114
★★★★☆ · Eetmarkt


There are mainly several large parks here that will take a lot of time to explore.

Bukit Timah Railway Station

You can check out this old railway station that was turned into a park. The old trains and the controllers are still around.

Bukit Timah Railway Station · #1 Railway Station, Singapore 599938
★★★★★ · Historisch herkenningspunt

Kranji War Memorial

We have the graves of notable people here, such as Yusof Bin Ishak who was Singapore's first president. It is also a tribute to the people who served and died in World War II.

State Cemetery - Kranji War Memorial · 9 Woodlands Rd, Singapore 738656
★★★★★ · Begraafplaats

Lunch - Lot One

A shopping mall that locals frequent. There aren't much choices for food here; you could explore around to see if there are any restaurants you like. Alternatively, buy some snacks so that you can move on to the next part of the itinerary.

Lot One · 21 Choa Chu Kang Ave 4, Singapore 689812
★★★★☆ · Winkelcentrum

Option 1 - Singapore Zoo, River Safari, Night Safari, Bird Paradise

We have a cluster of zoos and animal exhibits here, you can check them out with a zoo pass. The restaurants are nice but a bit expensive, so you could consider bringing your own snacks or food while you rest.

Singapore Zoo · 80 Mandai Lake Rd, Singapore 729826
★★★★★ · Dierentuin

Option 2 - Kranji Marshes

Alternatively, you can opt to check out the nature here. You should probably pack snacks as well.

Kranji Marshes · 11 Neo Tiew Lane 2, Singapore 718814
★★★★☆ · Natuurreservaat

Dinner - Senja Hawker Centre

Another highly-rated hawker centre in the area.

Senja Hawker Centre · 2 Senja Cl, Singapore 677632
★★★★☆ · Eetmarkt


Choa Chu Kang Cemetery

This is an interesting cemetery where people used to be allowed to bury their dead and set up bigger memorials.

Choa Chu Kang Cemetery · Chinese Cemetry Path 17, Singapore
★★★★★ · Begraafplaats

Little Guilin

A small little park with a nice lake and a large rock.

Little Guilin · Bukit Batok East Ave 5, Singapore
★★★★☆ · Steengroeve

Science Centre

A place where there are exhibits on science that could be fun for kids. There is also Snow City nearby where you can experience snow in Singapore.

Science Centre Singapore · 15 Science Centre Rd, Singapore 609081
★★★★☆ · Wetenschapsmuseum

Jurong Lake Gardens

A larger garden with Chinese- and Japanese-themed parks and nice lakes.

Jurong Lake Gardens · Yuan Ching Rd, Singapore
★★★★★ · Park

Lunch - Taman Jurong Food Centre

A hawker centre near the gardens.

Taman Jurong Food Centre · 3 Yung Sheng Rd, Singapore 618499
★★★★☆ · Eetmarkt

Discovery Centre

Similar to the science centre, there are exhibits on Singapore's history, with a focus on the military and World War II.

Singapore Discovery Centre · 510 Upper Jurong Rd, Singapore 638365
★★★★★ · Museum

Nanyang Technological University

There's some interesting architecture here and a small museum on the school's history. Notable architecture includes Yunnan Gardens and The Hive.

Chinese Heritage Centre · 46 Nanyang Ave, Singapore 639817
★★★★☆ · Erfgoedmuseum

Tuas Lamp Post

If you like, you can consider going all the way to the farthest end of Singapore where we have factories and manufacturing and check out Singapore's industrial areas. I recommend cycling if you were to do this, it's a 11 kilometer walk to the end and I'm not sure if there are public transport options here.

Tuas Lamp Post 1 · Tuas S Blvd, Singapore
★★★★☆ · Cultureel monument

Nearby islands

Southern Islands

You could go to the smaller southern islands beyond Sentosa via a yacht tour or ferry. A trip like this could be interesting for the right people. You can typically easily buy a ticket directly at Marina South Pier, but it could be worth it to buy it in advance. You could also book a tour via Klook.

Marina South Pier · 31 Marina Coastal Dr, Singapore 018988
★★★★☆ · Veerdienst

Semakau Island

This is where Singapore stores incinerated waste, it's our offshore landfill. However, it's hard to visit - you have to go as a part of a school or an organisation. There are occasional public tours on eventbrite or similar platforms that you can book, such as this one below.

Tour of Singapore’s last landfill

Other things to do

There are a few things I didn't mention above, but you could simply click around and explore what looks interesting to you on any Maps application you have. Most reservoirs are accessible by the public and you can have a nice walk there, too. We also have many other universities I didn't mention here, such as the Singapore University of Social Sciences, our many different Polytechnics, and many private universities. Technically, you could also take the elevator up in public housing, since the corridors are open to the public, and check out the view from the top floor.

Go to Malaysia/Indonesia

If you are bored of Singapore, it's a quick trip out to Johor Bahru (by land) or to Batam (by boat).

Johor Bahru

You can go via the Woodlands checkpoint to nearby places for food, escape room, massage and the works. Once in Malaysia, you can just take a Grab to wherever you need to be, or figure out the local bus system. There are also buses that take you there directly from different places in Singapore. Tasixi is a traditional dimsum place where they come to you with plates of dimsum.


Here, people like to buy the kueh lapis (layered butter cake) back. It is famous for the seafood as well. I also enjoy tempeh so if given the chance, I would buy it from here too.

Online Ferry Booking - BATAMFAST.COM
Ferry booking for Singapore, Batam, and Malaysia. Departures from Harbourfront, Tanah Merah, Batam Center, Sekupang, Nongsapura, Harbourbay, Desaru Coast, Tanjung Pengelih, and Pasir Gudang.


Wikitravel's resources on Singapore is pretty well fleshed out. Read it. Seriously.

For a quick glance at ideas, Klook has some itineraries you could follow. (I get a commission on this link).

This wikipedia page has a good summary of Singapore's cuisine for things you may wish to try out.

Singaporean cuisine - Wikipedia