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Singapore Stopovers

Singapore is a cultural metropolis and unsurprisingly one of our most popular stopover destinations for Australia holidays.

A lively mix of Chinese, Malay, Indian and British colonial history, the modern city is a fascinating place to break up your journey to Australasia. With plenty to keep you entertained, unearth the city’s best attractions from botanical gardens and harbour fronts, to museums and night safaris at the zoo.

Work your way through the various districts to get a real sense of the city. Visit bustling Chinatown for tasty street food from one of the many hawker stalls. Then head for Orchard Road, the shopping heart of the city, before walking the picturesque riverside. Another must-visit district on your Singapore stopover is Little India. Aromas of sweet spices and freshly cooked food, paired with colourful shopfronts playing Hindi music all day long, Little India is one of Singapore’s most exciting and vibrant places in the city. Explore the ornate temples and shrines before going to the 24-hour shopping mecca, the Mustafa Centre.

Nature lovers should certainly spend a few hours exploring the 101-hectare Gardens by the Bay. A nature park filled with awe-inspiring structures and exhibitions including the tropical Cloud Forest and the Supertree Grove with its elevated walkway and impressive aerial views of the gardens below. One of the best times to visit is after dark when it’s slightly cooler and the Supertrees come alive with vibrantly coloured lights and music.

For a bit of nightlife with a difference, experience the world’s first nocturnal zoo – the Night Safari. Enjoy being shown around the jungle at dusk by a knowledgeable guide, witnessing the 1,000 plus nocturnal animals as they awake. Set in an open-air zoo, the area can be explored by either foot or tram, while low lighting resembling moonlight allows you to spot the various animals, from ferocious predators to smaller forest inhabitants. There are many Singapore stopover tours to choose from, and each provides a taste of the vibrant city of Singapore, have a look at our What To Do page for inspiration.

Lastly, a Singapore stopover wouldn’t be complete without having an aptly-named Singapore Sling cocktail.

What to do in Singapore

Take a look at all the escorted tours and excursions on offer for your next trip to Singapore.

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Places to stay in Singapore

From self-catered apartments to all-inclusive luxury hotels, find the ideal accommodation for your Singapore holiday.

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Traveller's guide

  • Travellers Guide: 

    Useful information

    Currency: Singapore Dollar (SGD)

    Language: English, Malay, Mandarin, and Tamil

    Time difference: GMT +8

    Airport: Singapore Changi Airport (code: SIN)

    Visa: British passport holders do not need a visa for tourist stays of up to 28 days in Singapore.

    Climate: With a tropical rainforest climate, Singapore has a hot and humid temperature with daytime highs reaching 30°C, and falling to a more comfortable 20°C at night. Rainfall is heavy between the months of November and December, however, brief showers can be expected throughout the year providing a cool relief from the sun and heat.

    Approximate flying times

    If you're thinking about stopping over in Singapore, here's a rough guide of flying times from London, and then on to Australia and New Zealand.

    London Heathrow to Singapore = 13 hours

    Singapore to Sydney = 8 hours
    Singapore to Melbourne = 7 hours 30 minutes
    Singapore to Canberra = 7 hours 30 minutes
    Singapore to Gold Coast = 7 hours 30 minutes
    Singapore to Cairns = 6 hours 30 minutes

    Singapore to Auckland = 10 hours
    Singapore to Christchurch = 10 hours