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How expensive for a Brit?

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How expensive for a Brit?

Hi

Travelling to Singapore next week. Just wondered if any fellow Brits found Singapore to be expensive (i.e food and drink)? Heard a few things that suggest we need to take more money than we first thought.

Thanks in advance.

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1. Re: How expensive for a Brit?

Fod is very cheap if you stick to the likes of Hawker centres and food courts ( airconditioned hawker centres rather than what you would expect from food courts in the UK). Pizza type places to dine in are cheaper than the likes of Pizza Hut in the UK.

Alcohol is consisted with London West end bar prices for beer, wine costs more. Beer in hawker centre is a lot cheaper.

Transport is much cheaper bus/ under ground and especially taxis ( compared to black and mini cabs in London) - figure a max of $5 on public transport.

Accommodation costs is cheaper than the equivalent London hotels, more than neighbouring countries though ( but its easy to figure out accommodation costs online).

Edited: 3:39 pm, September 15, 2013
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2. Re: How expensive for a Brit?

Singapore is many things, but ''cheap'' it ain't. Food in Hawkers and Food-Courts is as amazingly inexpensive as it is good.

The Food Republic, (Food-Court chain) is probably as good as it gets, though opinions may vary, few if any would disputes their value for money. Vegetables to die for (I wish we could buy vegetables in the UK HALF as fresh as the ones they sell in Singapore, certainly no self respecting Singaporean would put up with the rubbish we're forced to eat).

The 900 seat Vivo City branch is one of our favourite, but even with all those seats finding somewhere to seat can be a challenge at peak feeding times.

Maxwell's, in Chinatown is another. Really ''oldie world'' feeling about the place, like steeping back in time, it's a really ''nice'' feeling.

Have a great trip. Alan.

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3. Re: How expensive for a Brit?

Accomodation is the big cost, so once thats out of the way then its really very variable. It is more expensive than it used to be but the pound crashed from a 3:1 ratio to a 2:1 ratio in exchange rates. It should still be fairly cheap to do day by day, if you want it to be.

If you eat in western style restaurants, with imported goods and styles then it will be more expensive than local options. The same if you go for foreign made beers and similar in city bars, expect London Prices there. So there is an element of where you go as well as what you actually eat. I can breakfast on roti and a drink for less than 5SGD in a food court, I can eat well for lunch or dinner for 10SGD or less in the same place - so eating is ridiculously cheap in comparison if you want it to be - equally a high end restaurant in a big location will be as expensive as any major city centre in the world.

Transport is very cheap - the MRT. buses and taxis are all significantly cheaper than the UK equivalent. The longest MRT ride you will do should be somewhere just above 2SGD per person each way, with hops around the city costing under a dollar. Taxis - the most expensive trips are usually to the zoo area or from the airport at peak times. Both will be in the 25-30SGD range - with short hops or trips outside of the peak hours the price will drop eg City to Sentosa is around 10SGD.

Pretty much all the attractions have their prices on their website allowing you to prepare. Entry fees are cheaper than many places in the UK, but they are not tiny fractions off UK prices as some people assume with Asia. To get some equivalence ideas - Singapore zoo is 11GBP equivalent to get in, London Zoo is 25GBP for a walk up entry. USS is 36GBP equivalent for entry without any discounts, ALton Towers and Thorpe Park are 46GBP for the same day pass. Thats the general ratio - there are some exceptions - the big museums in London are free while its 10SGD for entry to the Asian Civilisation Museum and similar amounts for the main gallery at the National Museum, though Haw Par Villa is free. IT gets much more complicated when you start looking at discounts but generally the scheme is cheaper but not vastly so.

It depends a lot on what you intend on doing...overall I spend less holidaying in Singapore than I do running round the west country.

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4. Re: How expensive for a Brit?

The usual suggested approximation for a day in SIN ( aside from accommodation and airfare) is 100 SGD/ person = meals+ sightseeing+ local transport + souvenir shopping. Sure, the meal prices depend on where and how posh your prefer to dine.

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5. Re: How expensive for a Brit?

Thanks for all of your replies.

We've already pre-booked things like USS and Singapore Zoo and have booked the Carlton City Hotel with breakfast included so that'll save money while we're there. To be honest though, I expect to pay a bit more when I'm on holiday. Just want to make sure I take enough!!

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6. Re: How expensive for a Brit?

Hash Brown,

you`re welcome..

Travel safely and enjoy your trip to SIN!

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7. Re: How expensive for a Brit?

Hiya we found it to be expensive, for most things but as in all cities there are cheaper ways of doing things if you look for them. Taxis are cheap, food in hawkers markets were cheap ish but everything else was expensive. If you want to do the touristy things take a bit extra as you will need it ie Singapore slings in raffles(£16)or a drink at the top of sands resort(£10 for 1/2 a Stella). Drinks in the hotel are are also expensive, but for most it's not a place you visit every year and is that somewhere special - enjoy it it is a fantastic city!

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8. Re: How expensive for a Brit?

Compared to the UK we found that restaurants are cheap, bars are expensive, taxis and public transport are very cheap. Touristy things varied but there's a lot that's free. If you're flying with SIngapore Airlines have a look at their discounts brouchure - there's loads of stuff you can get discounts on.

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