A 48 Hour Singapore Itinerary

It’s fairly common knowledge that Singapore is a great stopover destination, especially for those venturing to or from Australia or New Zealand. Singapore’s airport, Changi, is a veritable playground for in-transit passengers, as proven by the fact that it constantly tops lists of .

It’s a lesser known fact, however, that Singapore is an eclectic, beautiful, modern, fascinating city that’s so much more than its fantastic transit hub.

It’s a destination that you could – and should – spend multiple days exploring. While you’re there, try as many of these 57 essential Singapore experiences as you can. But if you’re just stopping through, make sure you extend your layover to last at least a couple of days, and start exploring using this 48 hour Singapore itinerary.

The Singapore Essentials

Getting there

Before you start planning an itinerary, you’ll first need to get to your destination. flies four times a day from London Heathrow, and daily from Manchester International to Singapore’s Changi Airport.

Where to stay

48 Hour Singapore Itinerary

On my recent trip I was hosted by the stylish , which is right on Orchard Road, a popular shopping street. The hotel is a short taxi ride away from many of Singapore’s major attractions, making it an ideal base for a glamorous stay in the city.

As well as great food and drink options, trendy rooms and wifi throughout, Grand Park Orchard also provides guests with a smartphone that they can use during their stay, so you can use Google Maps and make international calls without it costing you a penny.

48 Hour Singapore Itinerary

Day One in Singapore

1pm Once you’ve checked into the hotel and freshened up, pop across the road to PS. Cafe in Paragon Mall to grab a light and fresh lunch (think salads and sandwiches) that’ll energise you for an afternoon of discovering the city’s highlights.

start exploring using this 48 hour Singapore itinerary

2:30pm Catch a taxi to one of Singapore’s most impressive architectural sights, the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. Be whisked 56 floors up to the , where you can get your bearings of the city and admire uninterrupted views over all of Singapore.

4:30pm Take a stroll along the waterfront until you reach Merlion Park. Here you can join crowds of people photographing the famous part-lion, part fish statue as you enjoy a view of Marina Bay Sands from a distance. Take a river cruise in a traditional Bumboat from the Merlion, floating through the marina and gliding along the Singapore River for stunning views and a glimpse into the city’s history.

start exploring using this 48 hour Singapore itinerary

6:30pm You’ll no doubt be hungry by now. If you’re looking for a restaurant meal you’ll never forget, head to  at Swissotel Merchant Court for a buffet of unbelievable Straits Chinese flavours. If you’re in the mood for something a bit more casual, head to a Hawker Centre like Lau Pa Sat (go straight to stall 8 for satay you’ll be craving for weeks) or Gluttons Bay, where Singapore’s traditional chilli crab is the must-try menu item.

start exploring using this 48 hour Singapore itinerary

8:30pm If you’re still awake, make a beeline for One Raffles Place, an office building that’s also home to the world’s highest al fresco bar, . Look down on the Marina Bay Sands and its nightly laser light show, and enjoy the spectacular glittering views across the city as you sip a refreshing drink in the balmy evening air.

Day Two in Singapore

9am Hopefully you feel refreshed after a night in a comfy bed, so it’s time to start your day right with a hearty breakfast at the hotel’s Mitzo Restaurant & Bar.

10:00am Catch a taxi to Albert Mall and go for a ride in a trishaw (a cycle rickshaw) to see some highlights of the colourful Little India neighbourhood and Bugis district.

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11:00am Take a stroll through Bugis Market to shop for cheap clothes and accessories, and make your way on foot to the cute boutique-crammed Haji Lane. Peek inside trendy stores, perhaps get your face printed on your beverage at and look out for bright street art adorning the character-filled laneway.

48 Hour Singapore Itinerary

12:30 Wander a little further into the Kampong Glam area, being sure to check out the fabric stores on Arab Street and the beautiful Sultan Mosque surrounded by palm trees and pastel-hued shopfronts.

1:00pm Take a break from the heat in one of Kampong Glam’s cafes and enjoy a tasty lunch. Thai-Indonesian Bumbu is raved about by locals and tourists alike, and Kampong Glam Cafe offers traditional dishes in a casual setting.

48 Hour Singapore Itinerary

2:30pm Walk along Beach Road until you hit , an icon that needs no introduction. After marvelling at the stunning exterior, head inside to the world-famous Long Bar for a Singapore Sling and a handful of peanuts, and to soak up 100 years of history.

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4:00pm It’s time for another taxi ride, this time to , the two white domes you would have seen from the top of the Marina Bay Sands on day one. Spend a couple of hours in these cool, lush domes and enjoy the kaleidoscope of flora that surrounds you.

6:00pm Make your way back to the hotel for a refreshing swim and a drink in the super-chilled outdoor Bar Canary.

48 Hour Singapore Itinerary

8:00pm For dinner, venture to the Chinatown neighbourhood and treat yourself to dinner at one of Singapore’s finest restaurants, The Study, by world-renowned chef Jason Atherton. Although the menu is decidedly British you’ll find Asian inspiration in a number of dishes, but if you’re keen on a meal with more local flair you might like Yum Cha for an authentic dim sum experience.

10:00pm Before you leave The Study, ask your server for the password to The Library, a not-so-secret bar with a speakeasy vibe. Try drinks served in miniature bathtubs and cocktails that poke fun at Ryanair in this quirky and cosy hideaway.

Day Three in Singapore

9:00am If you fancy a change from your hotel breakfast, stroll along Orchard Road and find , where you can choose a breakfast inspired from one of 20 worldwide destinations.

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10:00am Topped up with enough fuel for some serious retail therapy, it’s time to hit the shops and malls along Orchard Road. From haute couture to souvenir stalls, give your wardrobe a reboot (and maybe buy an extra suitcase to get it all home).

12:00pm It’s time to pack, refresh and check out of the Grand Park Orchard. Your time in Singapore isn’t quite over yet, though – make sure you get to with plenty of time to explore the gardens, shopping and dining that the airport has to offer.

Have you visited Singapore? Would you change this itinerary?

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Elle Croft

Elle Croft is a London-based travel blogger who is equally happy exploring the city she lives in as venturing to far-flung destinations.She's a firm believer in stylish travel, and will always look for a twist on the traditional. Luckily for her, London offers unusual experiences in abundance. When Elle's not travelling or blogging over at A Bird in the Hand you can usually find her, coffee in one hand and camera in another, strolling the beautiful streets of the city she calls home.



SHOWHIDE Comments (13)
    1. I would have loved to have done that, but only guests at the hotel have access to the pool. The observation deck is amazing though, and just a floor beneath the amazing infinity pool.

  1. A really cool post bringing back memories. I’ve been to Singapore and there’s such a lot of interesting things to see. You have really brought up lovely things to do in such a small amount of time. In order not to feel exhausted for the next bit of travel especially if it’s a connecting city, I would spread out activities and budget at least 3 hours for activities and walks instead of 2!

    Asia is a fascinating continent and you wouldn’t want to miss anything if it’s your first time. Singapore is an Asian delight as it’s so organised and clean. All the more reason to spend some quality time at a restaurant, bar, market or shopping venue and do some people watching. Basically, really look around and stroll without rickshaws and tuk-tuks taking you on a merry dance of death LOL!
    I’d also recommend the Night Safari. It was pretty good!

    1. The Night Safari does look very cool!
      I agree that a bit more time at each stop would be better, which is why I don’t think 48 hours is enough time to see everything…but if you do want to pack it all in, it’s totally possible (if a little tiring!)

  2. My sister visited Singapore this summer, and she absolutely hated it. She said it was like a giant shopping mall. She was there for 5 days but that was way too much she said. However when i see photos like this, and itineraries I would love to visit it! Curious how I will find the city!

  3. I go to Singapore a lot as my parents live there (And I went to school there when I was younger) but still never made it to Bugis Market area – one to try when I’m there in December!

    I also love the Science Museum and for animal lovers, the trifecta of the Bird Park, Zoo and night safari are quite special – It’s hard with the limited time though isn’t it!

  4. That hotel looks so cool and I love the fact they give you a smartphone. No horrific phone bills to return home to, to put a dampener on your memories.

    I loved the SkyFlyer (think that is what it is called) big wheel too. I would highly recommend the VIP champagne experience as you get virtually your own capsule and glasses of Moet to enjoy while the wheel makes it’s turn. Great views by night but not great pictures!!

  5. There is so much to see and do in Singapore. I never tired of visiting Chinatown and the stalls there. Try a visit to the fresh food market in Chinatown on Saturday mornings for local flavor. Exotic fruit, fresh vegetables, and live turtles, frogs and fish will make it a memorable trip.

  6. Singapore Botanical Gardens is another must-see and a wonderful way to recharge. It has just been awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status, the first site for the tiny island nation. Bonus: Aside from a small fee for the visit-worthy orchid garden, admission to the gardens is free.

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