Free Singapore Tour
You may just be passing through this tiny island-state, but let Singapore’s sights and sounds, colours and beats, energy and electricity enthrall you on the Free Singapore Tour. If you have at least 5.5 hours (or at least 6 hours for City Lights Tour) to spare till your connecting flight, join one of our free 2.5 hours guided tours with 2 short stopovers. The Heritage Tour runs 4 times daily and the City Lights Tour runs twice daily.
|Registration closes at:||Tour Timing:||Flight Departure:|
|8.00am||9.00am to 11.30am||After 1.30pm|
|10.30am||11.30am to 2.00pm||After 4.00pm|
|1.30pm||2.30pm to 5.00pm||After 7.00pm|
|2.30pm||3.30pm to 6.00pm||After 8.00pm|
City Lights Tour
|Registration closes at:||Tour Timing:||Flight Departure:|
|5.00pm||6.00pm to 8.30pm||After 11.00pm|
|6.00pm||7.00pm to 9.30pm||After 12.00am|
Registration will close 1 hour before the tour start time and participants will be guided as a group to clear immigration before the tour starts. Availability of seats is on a first-come-first-serve basis.
To register, please ensure that you have your passport and boarding passes, and proceed to the Free Singapore Tours booths located at:
- Terminal 2
Near the escalators to North Arrival Immigration and Skytrain station at the Transit Mall North, Level 2 (Near Transfer Lounge E)
- Terminal 3
Transit Mall North, next to Transfer Lounge B, Level 2
- Terminal 1
If you are at Terminal 1, you can proceed to Terminal 2 for registration.
- Please remain in the transit area and do not clear immigration prior to the tour.
- Eligibility to participate in the tour is subject to visa entry requirements stipulated by the Immigrations & Checkpoints Authority of Singapore. Please enquire at the Free Singapore Tour booths for more information.
- Tour itinerary may change, depending on weather and traffic conditions.
About the Heritage Tour
The Heritage Tour drives you through the architectural brilliance of the past and present as we visit the colonial and cultural districts – Chinatown, Little India, Kampong Glam – with a short stopover at the Merlion Park where you get a photo opportunity with the symbol of Singapore. The second stopover is at Kampong Glam, the heart of Singapore's Malay community and one of our most colourful ethnic precincts, where you will find not just traditional stores selling carpets, household wares and textiles; you will also see interesting modern cafes and shops.
The Colonial District is of significant historical importance to Singapore which is now transformed into a performing and visual arts area. You will come across the Padang ("field" in Malay language) where on 9th August 1965, Mr Lee Kuan Yew declared Singapore's independence from the City Hall steps overlooking the Padang. The Padang is also the venue for Singapore's first National Day celebration. Located directly opposite the Padang is the old Supreme Court (now the National Gallery of Singapore) with its distinctive colonial style architecture. It is slated to open at the end of 2015 as the world's largest public collection of modern Southeast Asian and Singapore art.
|The Central Business District|
Singapore's core financial and commercial district impresses with its densely packed modern skyscrapers. At the doorstep of the many offices in the CBD is Lau Pa Sat, home to a variety of delicious Singaporean hawker fare where you can get your hands on a variety of tantalizing local eats. This financial district is also home to many rooftops bars that are becoming increasingly popular in Singapore, not just for a post-work drink, but also for weekend get-togethers.
|The Merlion Park (20 minute stopover)|
Situated at the mouth of the Singapore River, the Merlion is Singapore's national icon. The mythical creature has a head of a lion and body of a fish. The body symbolises Singapore's humble beginnings as a fishing village when it was called Temasek, meaning 'sea town' in Sanskrit. Its head represents the Lion City "Singapura".
Be delighted with the variety of authentic Chinese food, products and souvenirs peddled, and be charmed by the juxtaposition of old pre-war shophouses and modern high-rise buildings. It is also in Chinatown that you will have a Muslim mosque, a Hindu temple and a Buddhist temple all on one street – that is really one of the truly unique things about Singapore – so packed, yet so diverse. The streets of Chinatown often come alive with the sounds of traditional music, the sights of lion dancers and the tantalising smells wafting from the annual bazaar.
Singapore's foremost Indian enclave is a riot of sights, sounds and scents. Its charm lies in the fact that many of olden-day trades can still be found along the road, and within the alleys and back lanes. You may catch a glimpse of fortune-tellers and their parrots, flower vendors selling garlands of jasmine and street-side newspaper vendors. At the heart of Little India is the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, a Hindu temple dedicated to the goddess and destroyer of evil, Sri Veeramakaliamman or Kali. Built in 1855, the temple is adorned with hand painted statues of Hindu deities. Little India is transformed into a fantasyland of colourful arches and stunning lights during Deepavali, sometime in October/November.
|Kampong Glam and Malay Heritage Centre (20 minute stopover)|
Kampong Glam is the heart of Singapore's Malay community and is an ethnic district with strong Malay-Arab influence. At the centre of Kampong Glam, you will find the golden domes of Sultan Mosque and it remains as a major landmark and congregation point for Singapore Muslims. This area is unique for its eclectic blend of history, culture and a hip lifestyle scene. You can find also many modern art galleries, craft shops, cafes and fine European dining, blending in with traditional business like textile, carpet shops and blacksmith along the restored shophouses on its streets. Parallel to Haji Lane is Arab Street, home to lovely traditional shops selling silk, Persian rugs, batik and even organic perfumes.
City Lights Tour
As night falls, Singapore takes on another persona to offer a vibrant array of nightlife. The City Lights Tour showcases the modern Singapore with a short stopover at Merlion Park where you would have photo opportunity with a piece of history of the Lion City, the Merlion, against the magnificent cityscape of our world-class attractions in their night-lights – Singapore Flyer, Marina Bay Sands, the Esplanade, of all others. The tour will also have another short stopover at Gardens by the Bay for you to get close-up amongst the magical and towering Avatar-like Supertrees.
|The Singapore Flyer|
Standing at 165 metres, the Singapore Flyer is the world's second tallest observation wheel. A 60 minute ride on the wheel will offer you a bird's eye view of the Singapore skyline and its surroundings.
|The Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay|
The spiky glass facade of Singapore's premier arts destination resembles a popular local fruit – the durian, making it a striking icon by the waterfront. The Esplanade holds a 1,600-seat Concert Hall, a 2,000-seat Theatre and several more intimate performance venues, which have been the setting for a line-up of high-profile events such as the Singapore Arts Festival.
|Marina Bay Financial Centre|
The Marina Bay Financial Centre is a 3.55 hectare site which consists of 3 office towers, 2 residential towers and a retail space at the Marina Bay Link Mall. The well-connected and integrated Financial Centre is built with an environmental sustainable concept. The buildings are designed to ensure thermal efficiency which include sky terraces and gardens as well as energy saving ventilation systems.
|Merlion Park at dusk (20 minute stopover)|
The Merlion was unveiled on 15 September 1972 by then Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew at the mouth of the Singapore River, to welcome all visitors to Singapore. In 2002, the Merlion was relocated 120 metres away from the original position to where it stands today.
|Marina Bay Sands|
One of Singapore's two Integrated Resorts, the luxurious Marina Bay Sands (MBS) offers a wide variety of shops and also houses an ArtScience museum, theatre, hotel and convention centre. A three-tower spectacle crowned by the Sands SkyPark on the 57th storey, with a 150-metre long infinity pool, in which taking a selfie has become a quintessential Singapore experience.Young Singaporeans and expats love to head to Ku De Ta atop the three tower blocks for a drink, with stunning views of the Singapore skyline. Designed by famous Israeli architect Moshe Safdie, MBS's iconic architecture is now a must-see for many visitors to Singapore.
|Gardens by the Bay (30 minute stopover)|
Comprising of 3 waterfront gardens - Bay South, Bay East and Bay Central, this horticulture oasis nestled in the heart of the city has a wide variety of plant species sourced from all over the world. Gardens By the Bay features more than 500,000 plants from over 2,200 species. It is larger than the Botanic Garden at 101 hectares of reclaimed land, 18 Supertrees made of concrete and metal structures. It is indeed a magical experience as you take a stroll amongst the towering Avatar-like Supertrees!
The Free Singapore Tour is jointly organised by Changi Airport Group, Singapore Airlines and Singapore Tourism Board.