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There are a number of festivals, holidays and other events celebrated in Singapore each year. The main ones are listed below.

January 1: New Year's Day (national)

January or February: Spring Festival (Chinese New Year, national)

For three days, Chinese New Year celebrations involve merry-making and entertainment of many kinds, both at home with family members and outside in the streets of Singapore's Chinatown: stage shows, firecrackers and fireworks displays.

May 1: Labour Day (national)

Ninth month of the Hijiri calendar: Ramadan (national)

The holy month of Ramadan, during which the Quran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad, is an especially pious time for Singapore's Muslims, who represent nearly 15% of the population. Fasting begins each day at sunrise and ends at sunset. For the entire month within the Muslim community, everything moves at a slower pace during the day. The breaking of the fast at sunset is a time of togetherness for families.

August 9: National Day (national)

Commemorates Singapore's independence from Malaysia on this day in 1965. Everything, from the streets to office buildings, homes and cars, not to mention the Singaporeans themselves, is decked out in red and white, the colours of the national flag. Highlights include a military parade, civilian processions, a spectacular fireworks display, and other festivities.

August 27: Hungry Ghost Festival (U Lan Chit - national)

According to Chinese tradition, people stop working on that day, for hungry ghosts (criminals, thieves, drug addicts) are thought to return among the living to seek revenge and settle scores. On this particular night in the Chinese community of Singapore, it is thought best to not to set about doing anything, by fear of letting them near.

September 28: Birthday of the Monkey God (national)

This festival honours the birthday of T'se Tien Tai Seng Yeh, a very popular deity in Asia, who cures the sick and frees the hopeless. Celebrations take place at the Monkey God Temple on Seng Poh Road. Mediums enter a trance state, during which they write special charms. Elsewhere in the city, Chinese street operas, puppet shows and acrobatic performances are held.

December 25: Christmas (national)

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Singapore has an equatorial climate, with no distinctive seasons. Tropical temperatures and high humidity are the norm, with frequent heavy rain showers throughout the year. February and July are the sunniest months. From November to January, the city's weather is influenced by the north-east monsoon, resulting in slightly lower temperatures. The south-west monsoon, from June to September, brings less rainfall on the whole, but does result in occasionally violent morning thunderstorms, known as “Sumatra squalls”. Rains tend to be interspersed with good sunny spells, the ideal time to explore Singapore and its region.

Month Min. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Max. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Average Rains (MM) Best Time to Travel
January 23/73 30/86 239/9.4 Not the best period to go
February 24/75 31/88 173/6.8 Good period to go Good period to go
March 24/75 32/90 187/7.4 Not the best period to go
April 24/75 32/90 183/7.2 Not the best period to go
May 25/77 32/90 172/6.8 Not the best period to go
June 25/77 31/88 168/6.6 Not the best period to go
July 25/77 31/88 159/6.3 Good period to go Good period to go
August 24/75 31/88 180/7.1 Good period to go Good period to go
September 24/75 31/88 172/6.8 Not the best period to go
October 24/75 31/88 201/7.9 Not the best period to go
November 24/75 30/86 253/10.0 Not the best period to go
December 23/73 30/86 281/11.1 Not the best period to go
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Singapore Changi International Airport

The Singapore Changi International Airport is located about 17 kilometres (11 miles) north-east of the city centre.

  • Three terminals
    • Terminal 1 (Air France)
    • Terminal 2
    • Terminal 3

Getting from the airport to Singapore and back:
  • By car
    • Accessible via the Tampines Expressway (TPE).
    • Parking facilities with a total capacity of 5,500, located at each terminal (1, 2 and 3), with a rate of SGD 0.04 per minute, capped at SGD 35.00 for 24 hours).
    • Several car rental companies have counters in the arrivals halls of each terminal, open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • By rail
    • Singapore's Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system connects the airport with the city centre. The Changi Airport station, on the East-West Line, is located below Terminals 2 and 3. Expect 50 to 60 minutes to reach destination. SGD 5 for a one-way ticket.
  • By bus
    • Bus line 36 links the airport to central Singapore and runs from 6 a.m. to midnight. The trip takes about 1 hour and the fare is SGD 2.50.
  • By shuttle bus
    • The airport operates a shuttle bus service offering connections to the city centre. The trip takes about 1 hour and the fare is SGD 9 each way.
  • By taxi
    • Taxis are available at the ranks outside the arrivals halls. The trip to the city takes about 50 minutes and costs between SGD 20 and SGD 40, plus a luggage surcharge of SGD 3 to SGD 5, depending on the time of day.
  • Services: shops, bars and restaurants, free Internet access (Wi-Fi), bank and post office available in the airport.
  • Telephone: +65 6595 6868
  • Website: www.changiairport.com

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It is very easy to get around Singapore. The city's modern, efficient and affordable transport options cover the entire urban area.

By rail

Both fast and convenient, the MRT, Singapore's urban rail network, is certainly the easiest way to get around. Modern and thoroughly reliable, it serves most city districts. Trains operate at 2-minute intervals during peak hours. Fares are about SGD 1.

Useful tips

If you will be using the MRT several times during your stay, the system's rechargeable EZ-Link card, available at all MRT stations, is the most convenient way to buy fares. The minimum initial stored travel value is SGD 10, to which is added a non-refundable deposit of SGD 5. At your last destination station before leaving Singapore, you can turn in the card and obtain a refund of any unused travel value. The card may be charged with fares up to SGD 500.

By bus

Singapore has a very efficient network of bus routes. However, it is essential to know the name of your destination, because there are no system maps on the buses. You can pay the driver in cash (exact fare only, no change is given). Fares within the city centre start at about SGD 0.70 for air-conditioned buses.

By car

You can rent a car at one of the numerous car rental agencies (about SGD 120 per day, including insurance, for a small engine size). Note that in Singapore, people drive on the left-hand side and you will need a valid international driving license. Furthermore, the city set up an urban toll system. Vehicles are equipped with an automatic Cash Card device to run from Monday to Saturday, 7.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. in the city centre, a defined area (Electronic Road Pricing, or ERP).

By taxi

For longer trips, taxis can be very useful. They are plentiful in Singapore (almost 25,000) and relatively inexpensive. Expect to pay between SGD 5 and SGD 20 for a ride within the city centre.

By bike

Singapore is equipped with many bike lanes along the main roads. In spite of very dense traffic during rush hour, it therefore remains quite easy to move around. With its SG Bike and Mobike self-service bike rental systems, Singapore is one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world. Download one of the rental systems' free app and locate a bike near you. SGD 1 for the first 30 minutes, then SGD 0.03 per extra minute.

For more information:

Alternately, you may also rent a bike from one of the specialised stores (count about SGD 8 per hour).

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Visitor information

Upon your arrival in Singapore, you can get in touch with local tourism professionals for further information and to help organize your stay.

Singapore Visitor Centres

At various locations throughout the city, Singapore's tourism authority operates these centres, where you can obtain helpful information and recommendations for visiting the city and its surrounding area.

  • ION Orchard: ION Orchard, Level 1 Concierge
  • Chinatown Visitor Centre: 2 Banda Street (Behind Buddha Tooth Relic Temple)
  • Orchard: 216 Orchard Road

Singapore travel guide

The official website maintained by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) provides a wealth of information on Singapore.

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Medical information

See your doctor before you travel. It is also recommended to take out insurance covering medical expenses and repatriation before your trip. Singapore counts several hospitals and medical institutions, as well as quality medical practitioners and health specialists.


Booster doses of diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio vaccines are recommended. Depending on the length of your stay and hygiene conditions, the following additional vaccinations are also recommended: typhoid, hepatitis A and B.

For more information, contact Air France's international vaccination centre:

Food safety

There are no food safety risks in Singapore.


Tap water is safe to drink in Singapore.

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Administrative formalities

Entry requirements for Singapore

As a general rule, a visa is required to enter Singapore. However, Singapore has entered into visa exemption agreements with a number of countries.

For further information, visit the website of the Singapore Immigration & Checkpoints Authority:https://www.ica.gov.sg/

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Useful addresses

To enjoy peace of mind during your stay in Singapore, visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of your country.

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Good to know

+ phone number
7 : 00
of time difference with
No daylight savings time in Singapore


Usually open Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Government offices

Usually open Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4:45 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m. to 12:15 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
230 V / 50 Hz

Tipping is not a common practice in Singapore. It is also largely unnecessary because most restaurants automatically add a 10% service charge to the bill. But you can certainly leave something extra if no service charge has been included. Neither vendors at hawker centres nor taxis expect to receive a tip.

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