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Form of governmentParliamentary republic
currencySingapore Dollar (SGD)
surface719.1 km²
population5.888.926 (2017)
languagesEnglish, Malay, Standard Chinese, Tamil
ReligionsBuddhists, Muslims, Christians, Hinduists, Sikh, Taoists
Electricity / plug230 V, 50Hz, G / A
Phone code+65
Internet TLD.sg
Time zoneCET + 8h

Singapore is a city-state in Southeast Asia. In 1819, Singapore was established by Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles as the East India Company's trading post. It was a British colony until 1959, united with Malaysia in 1963, but withdrew from the group two years later and became an independent republic. Little by little, Singapore developed into one of the most successful countries in the world, with solid international trade relations (its port is one of the largest in the world) and a per capita gross national product that equals that of the leading nations in Western Europe. One may well be of the opinion that Singapore lacks its own originality and a landmark (like the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the Burj-al-Arab in Dubai), but Singapore is nonetheless - as the tourist office's slogan "Uniquely Singapore" promises - unique in every way and an ideal place for a highly interesting and relaxing holiday.

Regions [edit]

Singapore is a very small country on a large and several small islands at the southern tip of the Malaysian peninsula, but with four million inhabitants it is a fairly large city, which consists of more or less large "districts".

  • Central Business District - The CBD is the inner city of Singapore, so to speak, which consists of the following parts:
    • Marina Bay - Probably the most modern part of the city-state with the new landmark, the Marina Bay Sands
    • Chinatown - A district of the Chinese settlers established since 1828 on the recommendation of Stamford Raffles
    • Orchard Road - Singapore's world-famous shopping mile
    • Riverside - here you will find museums, monuments and theaters and, last but not least, lots of restaurants, bars and clubs
  • Bugis and Kampong Glam - Bugis and Kampong Glam are the former centers of Muslim Singapore, and many Muslims still live here today, selling traditional goods.
  • Little India - Indian immigrants have settled in this area around Serangoon Road since the 19th century. It has since developed into the Indian center of Singapore.
  • east - The East Coast around Bedok is one of Singapore's largest residential areas, the East Coast Park on the coast is an artificial recreational area with beaches, barbecue areas, fitness areas and excellent restaurants. Furthermore, to the east is the island of Pulau Ubin, which can be reached by wooden boats and is the last remnant of an old Singaporean kampong (village).
  • North and west - The north and west of Singapore consists of large residential and industrial areas, including Woodlands and Jurong.
  • Central (Balestier, Newton, Novena and Toa Payoh) - In the "middle" of Singapore you will find not only residential areas but also some nature reserves with rainforests, reservoirs and parks.
  • Sentosa - Sentosa is Singapore's largest island which served the British as a military base until 1967 but has now been transformed into an amazing recreational island for all ages and interests.

Other goals [edit]

Even if Singapore's size does not necessarily suggest, the country has a lot of interesting things to discover, so that you can easily have a varied holiday in Singapore that lasts more than just a few days (that is at the moment nor the average length of stay of a Singapore traveler).

You can also make trips from Singapore to the surrounding islands and spend a few quieter hours there. The bathing islands include Kusu Island, St. John's Island, Lazarus Island and the Sister Islands, some of which even provide visitors with showers or BBQ areas and are very clean (typically Singapore). In the north of Singapore you can Pulau Ubin, Visit Singapore's second largest island (after Sentosa) and experience untouched nature there.

In addition, it really makes sense to take a trip to Singapore with one Beach vacation in Indonesia or Malaysia to combine. Not far from Singapore, for example, is the Indonesian island of Bintan, which is still a real, almost untouched vacation paradise, as is the Malaysian Tioman Islands. These islands can be reached very easily and cheaply with comfortable speedboats from Singapore.

Background [edit]

Downtown Singapore from above

In Singapore, a traveler has the opportunity to all of Asia in a single country because the residents of Singapore are Chinese, Malays, Indians as well as a lot of guest workers and emigrants from all over the world. As a state that is known everywhere for its strict laws and penalties, Singapore sometimes has a rather boring reputation, but for many the "Switzerland of Asia" is also a welcome relief from the poverty, chaos and crime that so many people have Parts of the Asian continent predominate.

But Singapore also has more to offer: First and foremost is certainly the legendary Singaporean eat with its busy hawker centers and 24-hour coffee shops that offer unbeatably cheap food from all over Asia. Closely followed by shop, because shopping meccas like Orchard Road or Suntec City invite you to spend unlimited money.

Last but not least, it should be noted that social restrictions have loosened more and more in recent years and it is now even possible to have fun with bungee jumping or table dancing. The first casinos opened in 2009 as part of Singapore's new campaign for Fun and Entertainment, with which the aim is to double the number of tourists and increase their length of stay. And in the future there will certainly be even more campaigns with which Singapore wants to transform itself from a "fine state" (fine = penalty fee) to a "fun state".

Arrival [edit]

There are two land connections with Malaysia. The causeway in the north, opened in the 1920s, connects Woodlands (Singapore) with Johor Bahru (Malaysia) with a road and rail link. A second connection is via a bridge in the west of Singapore, which was completed in 1996. It connects Tuas (Singapore) with Gelang Patah (Malaysia).

Entry requirements [edit]

Germans, Swiss and Austrians do not need a visa. Upon entry, a free entry permit for 14-30 days is issued. To do this, you have to fill out an entry / exit form, preferably before passport control. Air passengers usually receive these forms from their flight attendants before landing. Further information on the “Disembarkation / Embarkation Card” at ICA. The entry ban for HIV-positive persons for stays of up to 90 days was lifted with effect from September 1st, 2015.

Customs regulations [edit]

The import of chewing gum is strictly prohibited.


The import of cigarettes is not permitted, with the exception of an opened pack (not a carton!). The person entering the country can either pay the taxes (2017 S $ 77.60 per carton) or the customs officers will keep the cigarettes until their next departure. Locals can only choose between paying taxes or destroying the cigarettes.


Adults are allowed to import duty-free:

  • 1 liter of schnapps and 1 liter of wine and 1 liter of beer, or
  • 2 liters of wine and 1 liter of beer, or
  • 1 liter of wine and 2 liters of beer.

But Not when entering from Malaysia, the free amount is zero (luggage is scanned). Taxation is based on the pure alcohol content (2017: 160 S $ / l).


Singapore has very strict drug laws. The death penalty is provided for trafficking even relatively small quantities of drugs! It is also carried out on foreigners despite the intervention of their governments. (Death penalty sentences are based on the culpability of the accused. As a traveler caught with drugs in your luggage, you have to prove your innocence. It is therefore strongly recommended that you take special care of your own luggage.) If you travel with necessary medication, then you need a certificate from the doctor who prescribed the prescription that it is URGENT!

By plane

The easiest way of entry is by plane. In addition to the well-known airline Singapore Airlines and its regional subsidiary Silkair, there are also low-cost carriers such as Tiger Airways and Jetstar Asia on the island. The Changi Airport (SIN) is the country's most important airport and is considered an important Asian hub. The airport is located in the east of the city-state and is well organized and processing (entry, baggage logistics) is quick. There are currently four terminals that are connected to each other by a monorail (skytrain). Terminal 4, which replaces the former Budget Terminal, opened on October 31, 2017.
Passing the time when passing through is easy in Changi: There is a cinema (Terminal 2), swimming pool and fitness studio (Terminal 1) and around 200 free internet PCs and free wireless internet almost everywhere. There is also a transit hotel on the third floor of Terminals 1 and 2: Ambassador Transit Hotel, Tel. + 65-6541-9106, [2]. It is accessible without an immigration control. Rooms are available for 6-hour blocks that can be expanded by the hour. It is also possible to rent a shower (without a room) here.

There are several ways to get into the city from the airport:

  • taxi - Immediately after customs there are signs that lead to the taxi area. Taximeters are always used, the prices are cheap. A ride into the city costs around $ 20.00 (including $ 3-5 airport surcharge). As in many places in Singapore, tipping is not the norm. It can be paid for with the MasterCard credit card (not VISA) and other payment providers (written on the window of a taxi).
  • MRI - The MRT, Singapore's subway, goes to Terminal 2. Terminal 3 can be reached on foot from there, Terminal 1 by Skytrain. The airport trains always shuttle between Tanah Merah and Changi Airport, so you have to change to a train on the green line (East-West Line) in Tanah Merah (at ground level). The 30-minute drive to the town hall (City Hall station) is $ 2.40. Tickets are sold at (a few) machines and by staff (for a limited time). Cash only accepted (also at the machine), no credit cards! There are also no cash machines (ATM) in the station, there is an ATM in the nearby food court at the entrance to Terminal 3. The last train from the airport to the city center (departure time currently 11:18 p.m.) no longer has connections to other lines in the city center in all directions. The subway doesn't run around the clock, and if you have a flight in the early hours of the morning you have to rely on a taxi.
lineStation in Singaporeprice
Causeway Link CW-1Kranji MRI$ 1.30, RM1.30
Causeway Link CW-2Queen St$3.20
Causeway Link CW-3Jurong East$4.00
SBS 170 (red plate)Queen St via Kranji$1.70
SBS 170 (blue plate)Kranji MRI$1.10
SBS 160Jurong East MRT via Kranji$1.60
SMRT 950Woodlands MRT via Marsiling$1.30
Singapore-Johor ExpressQueen St only$2.40

By bus

Johor Bahru: With the city of Johor Bahru on the mainland opposite, there is permanent, rapid border traffic. Opposite the new train station, not far from the embankment in the direction of Singapore, is the new, large immigration office building. The paths through the building are signposted and there are plenty of counters. The buses to Singapore start one floor below. After a short drive over the dam, you have to get off again. All luggage must be taken with you, as the rest of the journey is done with the same bus company, but not the same vehicle. The necessary formalities are completed on the first floor of the immigration office. In front of the counters on the right-hand side there are tables with the entry forms that have to be filled out beforehand. After the border formalities, it's back to the buses. Each bus company has a queue marked on the floor. Here you line up again to take the next bus into town. Several companies operate to different destinations within Singapore. For visitors to the city center and the sights, the buses to Queen Street are recommended. The MRT station "Bugis" (BW12) is not far from the bus terminal. The Raffles Hotel and Marina Bay are within walking distance. The table gives an overview of the lines and prices.

Other destinations in Malaysia: Some bus companies run to Singapore from various cities in Malaysia.

  • . Tel .: (0) 3-20703300. Economy class buses leave Kuala Lumpur daily at 8:45 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m. and 11:59 p.m. You arrive at the terminal on Lavender Street (30 RM (= Ringgit) for a one-way ticket.) Last change: no details
  • . Quite comfortable, heading for two destinations in Malaysia: .Last change: no information
    • Kuala Lumpur: Seven times a day to the station at Harbourfront Center No. # 02-52, 1 Maritime Square in Singapore. The five-hour journey costs SD 49.00 / RM 90.00 (adults) or SD 38.00 / RM 65.00 (children). Departure is 06:00, 08:00, 09:00, 10:00, 15:30 and 16:45 (weekends already at 16:00) at the Corus Hotel, Jalan Ampang and at 10:00 at the Mines shopping Fair, L1 -01, Level 1, Jalan Dulang, Mines Resort City in Seri Kembangan a city in the southern district of Kuala Lumpur.
    • Petaling Jaya: Three times a day to the station at Harbourfront Center No. # 02-52, 1 Maritime Square in Singapore. The five-hour journey costs SD 49.00 / RM 115.00 (adults) or SD 38.00 / RM 90.00 (children). Departure is 09:30, 11:00 and 16:30 at the station Bandar Sunway, OB3.LG2.1A, Lower Ground Two, Oasis Boulevard, Sunway Pyramid, No 3 Jalan PJS 11/15, Bandar Sunway and 08:00, 10:00 and 16:00 at 1 Utama Shopping Center, No. 1 Lebuh Bandar Utama.

By train

Singapore does not have its own railroad, there is only a single-track rail link with Malaysia. The Malaysian Railways runs three times a day from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore, there is also a night train from Kota Bahru along the "Jungle Line" in northeast Malaysia to Singapore. The trains are clean and efficient, but slower than buses.

The journey time from Singapore Woodlands to Kuala Lumpur is around seven hours with an average speed of only 40–60 km / h. Since 2011, the trains have only run from Woodlands (in the north, near the border with Malaysia), the previous station near the city center, Tanjong Pagar, is no longer served.

The railway line is owned by Malaysia, so you have to go through the Malaysian border control before boarding the train, even if you are not leaving Singapore immediately. On the way back, you leave Woodlands station immediately after passing the border control and continue from there by taxi or bus.

With the ship [edit]

Cruise ships with a station in Singapore usually dock at Cruise Center of the Harbor Front Center, which is very centrally located, just before the leisure island of Sentosa. Since 2012, Singapore has had a second terminal for cruise ships with the Marina Bay Cruise Center.

Even if the passengers of a cruise ship only want to go ashore for a few minutes, they need their passport and a completed immigration form in addition to the mandatory boarding pass. As a rule, you can get the forms and instructions to fill in from the ship's reception.

The regional ferry traffic runs over the Tanah Merah Ferry Terminalwhich is not far from Changi Airport. From there, for example, speedboats go to Indonesian or Malaysian holiday islands.

There is an interesting connection to the nearby Indonesian island of Batam Sindo Ferry (Prices) or the speedboats from Horizon Ferry. Both companies drop off at 1.262123103.8179081, 1 Maritime Sq
Inner-Indonesian flights to / from Hang Nadim Airport (BTH) there, which received a new terminal in 2017, are significantly cheaper than international direct flights to Singapore, even if you include taxi and ferry.

Mobility [edit]

Driving around Singapore is effortless. The local transport system is one of the best in the world and taxis are unbeatable. If you plan to take the subway or buses several times, it is definitely worth buying an EZ-link card or, alternatively, the Singapore Tourist Pass (which includes an EZ-link card). This avoids the purchase of the (more expensive) single tickets and the respective return at the deposit machine, or the obligation to pay the exact fare on the buses (the driver does not give change). The EZ-Link card must be topped up with at least $ 5 (approx. 4-5 trips). It can be returned in any MRT station, amounts not displaced will be reimbursed. However, the purchase price of $ 5 for the EZ-Link card itself will be forfeited.

By train

Singapore's subway network is operated by SMRT Corp.and SBS operated and is well developed. Many of the lines run fully automatically without a driver. The MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) is a cheap and reliable means of transport. Tickets can be bought from machines at the stops or from the cashier. Prices (to be paid in cash or by EZ-link card) for a single ticket range from $ 1.10 to $ 1.50. The machines will refuse to pay if the change is more than $ 4.

Paying with the EZ-link card [edit]

The use of the EZ-link card works like this: When boarding, the card is briefly held up to the card reader. The maximum ticket price is debited, so sufficient credit is required. When you get out, you hold the card to the reader again and the difference is refunded. If you continue the journey with a line (change), a significantly lower amount is due (rebate). The EZ-link card costs $ 12, with $ 5 paid for the card (non-refundable) and $ 7 available in credit. The EZ-link card is always a little cheaper in percentage terms than a single ticket per trip, but due to the purchase price it is only worthwhile if you stay a few days in Singapore.

At the moment (2013) the line network consists of 5 lines, extensions are planned or under construction.

North SouthredNS1 (Jurong East) - NS27 (Marina South Pier)
Circle LineyellowCC1 (Dhoby Ghaut) - CC29 (HarbourFront)
from CC4 (Promenade) - CE2 (Marina Bay)
East westgreenEW1 (Pasir Ris) - EW33 (Tuas Link)
from EW4 (Tanah Merah) - CG2 (Changi Airport)
North EastvioletNE1 (HarbourFront) - NE17 (Punggol)
DowntownblueDT1 (Bukit Panjang) - DT35 (Expo)

Important transfer stations are

  • City Hall NS25, EW13
  • Dhoby Ghout CC1, NE6, NS24
  • Harbor Front NE1, CC29
  • Marina Bay NS27, CE2
  • Outram Park NE3, EW16
  • Paya Lebar EW8, CC9
  • Raffles Place NS26, EW14
  • Chinatown NE4, DT19
  • Bayfront CE1, DT16
  • Promenade CC4, DT15
  • Bugis EW12, DT14
  • Little India NE7, DT12
  • Newton NS21, DT11
  • Botanic Gardens CC19, DT9

By bus

There is no fixed timetable in the very well developed local bus system. Instead, the bus stopping intervals are indicated at the bus stops.

The tariff system for cash payments is very complex. It is best to ask the driver about the price, which is slightly higher for cash payments. Any change due will not be paid out. Payment is now also possible with the EZ-link card of the MRT, the billing takes place via the same system as in the MRT (see Paying with the EZ-link card). You only get on at the front.

On the street [edit]

In Singapore, left-hand traffic prevails due to the former status of the English colony.

Rental cars may only be driven with an interstate driver's license. The German driving license is valid for the first six months of the stay. A Singaporean driver's license must then be obtained ($ 50, theory test must be taken).

Rental cars in Singapore are generally very expensive (from $ 100 per day + fuel and toll). When visiting Malaysia, it is recommended to rent a car after the border. Rent and fuel cost half here. Furthermore, toll fees are to be paid for entering the CBD, which are based on the respective time of day and are recognized by an on-board unit (OBU) built into each vehicle. This unit must be equipped with a top-up card, on which a minimum amount must also be loaded. Free parking spaces are rare, in parking garages the fees are usually debited to the minute from the OBU card. Coupons are used in street parking lots or in suburbs, which have to be bought beforehand, e.g. at petrol stations or convenience stores, and then have to be validated beforehand for the roughly planned parking time. All in all, a rental car is rather pointless for tourists. Foreign vehicles can be imported for a short time (daily fee $ 20) and must be provided with the OBU mentioned. Long-term import is only possible for vehicles that are less than three years old, are right-hand drive and the following duties and COE (Certificate of Entitlement) must be paid. Vehicles can be bought, leased or rented for a long-term stay, but the vehicle prices are very high (110% import duty, license plate (COE) must be auctioned, currently approx. 90,000 $ for 10 years).

Cityspeed offers car sharing.

Taxi [edit]

Taxis are common and cheap. A ride in the central business district typically costs no more than $ 8.00 Depending on the vehicle type, a "basic fee" of $ 3.00 to $ 3.50 is charged, which is sufficient for one kilometer, after which it is increased by 22 cents for every 400 m. However, additional costs (in the range of a few dollars) may arise, e.g. surcharge during rush hour, toll, take-off at the airport. After midnight there is a 50% surcharge.

In the center it is advisable to call a taxi during rush hour. Telephone numbers of some taxi companies are: Comfort 6552-1111, Tibs 6555-8888, City Cab 6552-2222, Smart 6485-7700 and Trans cab 6553-3333, Comfort, Tibs and City Cab are the largest companies.

There can be severe bottlenecks, especially during rush hour, on Saturdays and when it rains.

Trishaw [edit]

Trishaws are small three-wheelers that are primarily designed for tourists. You're in the Chinatown area and the Singapore River to find. Before getting in you should definitely negotiate the price, but it will hardly be less than $ 10.

Boat [edit]

BumboatsRegular cruises across the Singapore River offer good views of high-rise buildings, colonial buildings, and shophouses in the Central Business District, so they shouldn't be missed. There are several stops along the river from which the boats continuously start their round trips.

Are also interesting Harbor tourswhich are offered several times a day by various providers at Marina Bay. Above all, they offer a good panoramic view of the city center and the huge harbor as well as the southern, mostly uninhabited islands.

You can also use the Boat to Pulau Ubin translate to experience the Singapore of the 1960s on this island.

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Singapore's official languages ​​are English, Malay, Mandarin and Tamil. English is spoken by almost every Singaporean under 40, but the dialect known as "Singlish" can be difficult to understand because words and phrases (and sometimes the sentence structure) from other languages, especially Chinese, are also used. Complex sentence structures are often simplified, plurals disappear, verb conjugations are replaced by adverbs, questions are adapted to the Chinese syntax and strange particles (especially the notorious "lah") appear:

Singlish: You wan 'beer or not? No lah, drink five botol oreddi. English: Do you want a beer? No, thanks, I've already drunk five bottles.

Thanks to nationwide campaigns, however, most young Singaporeans are able to speak what is known as "good English," and the ability to speak Mandarin is encouraged. Chinese dialects (especially Hokkien) and Indian languages ​​are also spoken.

Sights [edit]

The small country has a wide range of attractions to offer, from skyscrapers and colonial buildings to churches and temples, museums and theme parks, nature reserves and zoos, culture and cuisine to shopping centers and beaches.

From the colonial era: The Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

City tours / walks [edit]

Hop-on-hop-off [edit]

As in other metropolises, Singapore offers city tours based on the hop-on, hop-off principle. The bus runs a fixed round tour and you can get off at the desired stops and continue your tour later with any bus. With this system you are absolutely flexible in terms of time. You can also concentrate on your interests.

  • . Tel .: +65 67389798, +65 67383338, email: [email protected] The buses depart regularly from three of the company's main stations. 1. Esplanade Exchange (Esplanade MRT) 2. Orchard Central (Orchard Road) and 3. Singapore Flyer. A total of 5 different routes are offered. A flyer provides information about each stop on the tours and the travel times. Tickets are available in different packages. A single ticket costs $ 19.90 and is valid for one day. The Fun Vee City Pass offers a variety of tours for $ 29.90, as well as a boat ride and pick-up at some of the downtown hotels. Last change: not specified
  1. City Attractions Hopper - The tour covers the main attractions of the city (Merlion Park, Chinatown, Botanic Gardens, Orchard Road, Raffles City). The buses run every half hour from 09:00 to 17:00. A collective bus starts again at 6.30 p.m., but only stops at selected stations
  2. Ethnic Attractions Hopper A and B. - Both tours show a colorful mix of peoples in the city-state. They take you on two different tours through Chinatown, Little India, Kampong Glam and Arab Street. Tour A starts on the Singapore Flyer at 09:30, 11:30, 15:30 and 17:30, Tour B at the same location at 10:30, 12:30, 14:30 and 16:30
  3. Marina Attractions Hopper - The small round trip leads through Raffles Town and Marina Bay (via City Hall MRT, Esplanade MRT). Between 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., a bus leaves the Singapore Flyer every half hour
  4. Sentosa Attractions Hopper - This bus goes specifically to Sentosa Island.

Land and water tour

Another way to explore the city center around Marina Bay are tours that are carried out with amphibious vehicles (duck tours). The tour begins with a small tour of the city center. Then the vehicle drives straight into the water and takes a lap around Marina Bay. The tour costs approximately $ 30.00.

Singapore on foot

  • ,. Tel: +65 63251631, Fax: +65 62240136. Singapore Walks offers a range of guided walking tours. Destinations include the colonial district, Chinatown, Little Inida. The hikes cost $ 30.00 (children 15.00) and take about 2.5 hours. The day hikes start at 09:30, and there are also evening tours. Individual tours are possible around the clock from a minimum number (anything around 20). Last change: no information

Marina Bay [edit]

Infinity pool and skyline views

The Marina Bay Sands Hotel already looks spectacular during the day, for a fee you can also go to the upper floors and enjoy the view (the Infinity pool is unfortunately only for hotel guests). At night (at 8:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.) there is a laser show with water features, which can be easily observed from the opera (also an impressive building).

Suntec City / Fountain of Wealth

In Suntec City is the Fountain of Wealth - the former largest fountain in the world. Access to the fountain is in the basement of Suntec City, several spiral staircases lead from there to the Fountain of Wealth. During the day, the fountains are often shut down and visitors can then use a narrow walkway to convert the only remaining water columns in the middle (one hand is permanently stretched into the water). That should bring luck and fortune.

After dark there is an approximately one hour laser show with more water features and music. On certain days you can dedicate music tracks or messages drawn with a laser on the wall of water to your loved one.

Homepage Suntec City

Buy [edit]

Exchange rate (Nov. 1, 2017) [1]
1 S $0,63 €
1 S $US $ 0.74
1 S $3.11 Malay. Ring.
1 S $9975 Indon. Rup.

The national currency is the Singapore Dollar, abbreviated with S $ or at banks SGD often just $. One dollar is divided into 100 cents. There are $ 0.05 (brass), $ 0.10 (silver), $ 0.20 (silver), $ 0.50 (silver) and $ 1 (gold) coins. There are also $ 2 (purple), $ 5 (green), $ 10 (red), $ 50 (blue), $ 100 (orange), $ 1,000 (purple), and $ 10,000 (gold) notes. The Brunei dollar is tied one-to-one to the Singapore dollar, so don't be surprised if you get a Brunei bill as change.

Restaurants usually give their prices in the form of 19.99 ++ $, which means that the prices do not include taxes (5%) and service (10%) and are added to the invoice amount at the end. Hotels and imaginary restaurants may even indicate the net prices as +++, whereby the third plus corresponds to 1% CESS (a kind of "tourist tax"), which makes a total surcharge of 16.55%.

Tips are uncommon in Singapore, even taxi drivers generally give change down to the last cent or even round it off to their disadvantage in order not to have to worry about change.

Prices [edit]

Compared to Asian standards, Singapore is expensive. For tourists from most industrialized nations, however, it is still cheap here: $ 50 per day is a perfect livelihood for a backpacker, and the excellent food is especially good Hawker food for less than $ 5 a meal. On the other hand, you pay a little more for accommodation, but you can find a bed in a hostel for less than $ 20. Even in most luxury hotels (with the exception of Raffles, perhaps), with the right discounts, you can stay for as little as $ 200.

Shopping [edit]

Wild monkeys in Bukit Timah

Next to food is shop the big favorite pastime of the Singaporeans and accordingly Singapore is the shopping paradise par excellence. The largest shopping street is Orchard Road, in which one shopping center follows the next, which mainly houses upscale shops. The prices are correspondingly high. Outstanding shopping centers are ION and Takashimaya (often interesting promotions in the basement). Cheaper prices can be found in Bugis, where you can find the latest trends (and that's why it's especially popular with Singapore's teenagers). There is also a very good selection in the Vivo-City at the entrance to Sentosa / near the cruise terminal (MRT Harbor Front). The best prices and the most interesting things can be found in Little India or Chinatown, because the indigenous ethnic groups of Singapore live and buy here, but there are already many shops that are specially designed for tourists. Dempsey (opposite Botanic Garden), a former barracks area with a number of very good shops and restaurants, is interesting for handicrafts and furnishings of Asian provenance. Very popular with expats. When buying clothes and shoes, please note that sizes for men over 1.80, women over 1.65 and shoe sizes from 44 or 39 are virtually unavailable.

The times when electronics were comparatively cheap in Singapore are over due to the increased exchange rate and the more transparent pricing in Germany on the Internet. If you know exactly what you want, you may be able to save a few euros compared to German prices in the Funan Mall or the chains (especially Challenger). But then you should consider that the German customs can strike here and you have to make significant compromises in terms of goodwill or guarantee. Definitely avoid the tourist-oriented shops on Orchard Road (especially in the infamous Lucky Plaza). For computer accessories, the Sim Lim Square is recommended, but precise knowledge of the material and prices is advisable. In any case, before making any purchase, you should be aware that Singapore uses 220V voltage with a three-pin (English) plug.

Unlike most other Southeast Asian countries, pirated copies are not available in Singapore.

Tip [edit]

Porter $ 1 to $ 2 per bag

Housekeeping $ 1 to $ 2 per day

In Singapore you only tip in hotels (from the middle class). Taxi drivers can also round up the fare to the nearest full dollar amount.

Otherwise, tips are uncommon in Singapore and sometimes prohibited by law (such as at the airport).

Kitchen [edit]

As already mentioned Eating a kind of national sport in Singapore and thus the country as a melting pot of cultures is truly worth a culinary trip! The multi-ethnic state is a paradise for gourmets, offering a unique selection of flavors: Chinese, Malay, Indian, Thai, Indonesian, Japanese and Korean dishes offers the local culinary art, but also the sworn consumer of western food has to European or American food do not waive.

The range of restaurants in the city-state is as diverse as the choice of flavors. The local cuisine can best be tested in the simple cookshops of the hawker centers or food courts, where local dishes are served very quickly and inexpensively (one dish costs only a few dollars). In the luxurious, air-conditioned restaurants and hotels you can find excellent culinary delights from all over the world, but at correspondingly higher prices.

Local specialties [edit]

The following dishes are among the favorite dishes of the locals and should be on every traveler's agenda:

  • Satay - Meat skewers, served with peanut sauce, rice cooked in coconut milk, cucumber and onions
  • Laksa - Coconut curry soup with rice noodles and shrimp
  • Hainanese Chicken Rice - steamed chicken with fragrant rice and chili sauce
  • Chilli Crab - hard-shelled crabs with a tomato and chilli sauce. The chain No Signboard Seafood is known for this
  • Char kway teow - Various fried noodles with a dark, sweet sauce, fish cakes, Chinese sausages, chicken or shrimp and vegetables
  • Fish head curry - Fish heads cooked in a spicy curry sauce with vegetables and rice
  • Rojak - Fruit and vegetable salad with crab paste and peanuts
  • Hokkien Fried Mee - yellow noodles with pork, shrimp and vegetables
  • Durian - a tropical, Singapore-typical fruit that most tourists, disgusted, avoid it because of its stench. Most of the locals do Durian however, viewed as a specialty.

Hawker Center and Food Courts

The cheapest and most popular way to eat in Singapore are Hawker Center. Today's hawker centers are a collection of former street vendors who were turned into closed complexes by the government in order to improve hygiene. The prices are low (most dishes cost between $ 2 and $ 5), hygiene standards are high (the individual cookshops, so-called stalls, are regularly checked and rated; the short result in the form of a capital letter, starting with A and then descending, is clearly visible) and the food can be excellent (long lines in front of a stall are an indication of good food). Sometimes there may be a lack of atmosphere, there is also no air conditioning, but a visit to a hawker center is an absolute must Got to during a stay in Singapore!

In the hawker centers it is customary to first find a table and somehow occupy it, memorize the table number and then look at the dishes on offer at the cookshops. Once you have decided on one, you name your table number when ordering and it is delivered to your table a short time later. You only pay when you get the food. Occasionally there are also stalls with self-service where you have to pick up the dish yourself.

Virtually every block of flats in Singapore has its own hawker center, as Singaporeans rarely cook at home and have almost every meal away from home. The most popular hawker centers with tourists are the centrally located ones Newton Circus (near Orchard Road) and Lau Pa Sat (near the Singapore River), - which is why they don't necessarily have to be the cheapest and best, rather the discerning gourmet should try his luck in Chinatown instead. Up-to-date information on the best hawker food in town can be found at Makansutra.

Food courts are the improved and air-conditioned version of the Hawker Center. You can find them in the basement of almost every shopping mall, the food on offer is the same, but may be around $ 1 to $ 2 more expensive.

Restaurants [edit]

Singapore offers a wide variety of restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets. As a port city are seafood a well-known specialty in Singapore, the best seafood restaurants can be found at the