Singapore may be one of the most expensive cities to visit, but you don’t have to spend a lot to see the beautiful city. The majority of the attractions are located in the central part of the city and you can move around the city with its efficient public transportation system. That means you can efficiently spend 2 days in Singapore and see all the best tourist spots.
If you are wondering what to do in Singapore in 2 days, then keep reading. I put together a comprehensive Singapore 2-day itinerary that will allow you to see the best sites in Singapore in just 48 hours.
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Before you spend 2 days in Singapore
Before you spend two days in Singapore, take a look at my Singapore solo travel guide. I included recommendations for must-see attractions and ideas on where to stay and where to eat in Singapore. And if you need more ideas, I have a list of 17 free things to do alone in Singapore.
Here are some additional tips for spending two days in Singapore:
- The best way to get around Singapore is by taking Singapore’s subway system, MTR & LTR trains
- Get a rechargeable subway card called EZ-link card and use it for the subway. When you use the EZ-link card, you pay the discounted rate instead of the full fare. Purchased one at the MRT station or any 7-eleven.
- If you have a few hours at the airport before your flight leaves Singapore, you might want to get a premium lounge pass and get some local food and use the shower facilities at Changi Airport.
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Singapore Itinerary 2 days: Summary and Map
Here is a quick summary of my Singapore 2 day itinerary:
|Day 1 in Singapore||Day 2 in Singapore|
|1. Hong Lim Market & Food Centre|
2. Boat Quay
3. Clarke Quay
4. Old Hill Street Police Station
5. Tree Tunnel at Fort Canning Park
6. The Merlion
7. Helix Bridge
8. ArtSceience Museum
9. Marina Bay Sands
10. Cloud Forest
11. Flower Dome
12. Satay by the Bay
13. Marina Barrage
14. Supertree Grove
15. OCBC Skywalk
16. Long Bar at Raffles Hotel
17. Lloyd’s Inn Singapore
|1. Orchard Road|
2. Emerald Hill Road
4. Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
5. Sri Mariamman Temple
6. Maxwell Food Centre
7. Imbiah Trail on Sentosa Island
8. Fort Siloso Skywalk
9. Siloso Beach
10. Palawan Beach
11. Universal Studios Singapore
12. Tanjong Pagar
13. The Blue Ginger Restaurant
14. The Jewel at Changi Airport
All the attractions mentioned in this blog are pinned on the interactive map below. Follow the numbers and colours of the pins. And you can find more information about each attraction by clicking on the individual pin.
Things to do in Singapore in 2 days: Day 1
For day one in Singapore, it is all about getting acquainted with the city. Start off with delicious Michelin-rated food at a local hawker centre. Then the self-guided walking tour takes you across the city and seeing all the iconic attractions. The day ends off with a free light show and Singapore’s most famous cocktail.
Follow the red pins on the interactive map and see all the places for your first day in Singapore.
1. Try Michelin-level street food at Hong Lim Market & Food Centre
Foodies will be delighted to spend 2 days in Singapore! Singaporean local food is delicious and very cheap. And most of the good food can be found at hawkers centre (similar to a food court in western countries).
Locals like to eat various types of food in the morning. From soft-boiled eggs with toasts to stir-fried noodles, you will find something you want at the hawker centre.
And the best place to get your taste buds going is by eating at Hong Lim Market & Food Centre. Some of the best Michelin recommended street food places include:
- Char kway teow at Outram Park Fried Kway Teow Mee (Michelin Bib Gourmand 2019)
- Bak chor mee at Tai Wah Pork Noodles (Michelin Bib Gourmand 2019)
- Chicken curry noodles at Ah Heng Curry Chicken Bee Hoon Mee (Michelin Bib Gourmand 2019)
- Laksa at Famous Sungei Road Trishaw Laksa (Michelin Bib Gourmand 2019)
- Peanut butter pancake at Granny’s Pancake
Don’t worry if you want to try everything because they are all so delicious! And you will need the energy for a full day of walking around Singapore.
How to get there: Take the MRT to Chinatown Station (NE4/DT19) on the north-east (purple) line or downtown (blue) line and walk 5 minutes.
2 & 3. Walk along the Singapore River to see Boat Quay and Clarke Quay
After a full breakfast, walk towards the Singapore River, where you will find Boat Quay and Clarke Quay.
These two areas have many waterside restaurants and cafes. The area is tailored for tourists and is popular for nightlife. But visiting both Boat Quay and Clark Quay during the day is quite lovely, especially for taking photos.
How to get there: From Hong Lim Market & Food Centre, walk north for about 7 minutes, and you will see Boat Quay by the Singapore River. Clarke Quay is a 10-minute west of Boat Quay.
4 & 5. Take photos at several famous Instagram spots in Singapore
The 2 days in Singapore itinerary includes many free things to do in the city including taking photos at some of Singapore’s best Instagram-worthy spots like The Jewel, Gardens by the Bay, ArtScience Museum and many more.
One of my favourite Instagram spots is the Old Hill Street Police Station (see photo below). The rainbow facade of the building is eye-catching and one-of-a-kind.
Also, visit the Tree Tunnel at Fort Canning Park (see photo below). It is a popular Instagram spot, as many people would queue for the perfect picture. You can take photos from below and above. Both angles are quite stunning.
How to get there: Walk 5 minutes to The Old Hill Street Police Station from Clarke Quay. And Fort Canning Park is just northwest of the rainbow building. Follow the signs for “tree tunnel” in Fort Canning Park, which is located at the north end of the park.
6, 7, 8 & 9. Visit all the iconic attractions at Marina Bay
A visit to Singapore is not the same without seeing all the iconic attractions at Marina Bay.
When you walk around the marina area, you can see some of these famous landmarks:
- The Merlion – the symbol of Singapore
- Helix Bridge – a metal bridge that resembles the double helix of DNA
- ArtScience Museum – where the building resembles a lotus flower
- Marina Bay Sands – a hotel with a unique silhouette and has an infinity pool on the 57th floor
How to get there: From the Tree Tunnel at Fort Canning Park, the closest MRT station is Bras Basah (CC2) on the circle (yellow) line. Take the subway to Bayfront (CE1) on the circle (yellow) line. You will have to switch the subway train at Promenade (CC4).
10, 11, & 12. See all the highlights of Gardens by the Bay
Perhaps one of the most magical places in Singapore is Gardens by the Bay.
The large outdoor space has many types of gardens, including the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome. The paid exhibits have indoor tropical plants and blooming flowers under the two beautiful domes. Purchase advanced tickets for both domes so you can avoid the queue.
Have an early dinner at Satay by the Bay, a hawker centre at Gardens by the Bay. Get a myriad of food including delicious satays!
How to get there: Gardens by the Bay is next to Marina Bay. Walking is definitely the way to go.
I would suggest seeing all the activities and grabbing a bit to eat at Satays by the Bay, then going to Marina Barrage to watch the sunset (the next activity) then coming back to the Supertree Grove to watch the light and music show.
13. Watch the sunset at Marina Barrage
Marina Barrage has to be my favourite spot in Singapore! It is one of Singapore’s water reservoirs, and it is set in a modern contemporary building.
People bring picnic baskets, fly kites or simply enjoy the view of Marina Bay and all the downtown buildings. As for me, I like going to Marina Barrage to watch the sunset – I mean just take a look at these photos!
How to get there: From Satays by the Bay, walk 5 minutes to Marina Barrage. The sun sets around 7 pm in Singapore. But go early and enjoy the outdoor space and take photos of the sunset.
14 & 15. Enjoy the light show at Supertree Grove
During the evening, watch the Garden Rhapsody at 7:45 or 8:45 for a signature light and music show at the Supertree Grove. Go early and find a spot under the giant trees or watch the show from the OCBC Skywalk.
How to get there: The walk from Marina Barrage to Supertree Grove takes about 8 minutes. Go early and grab a spot under the Supertree to watch the light show at 7:45 pm.
16. Have a Singapore Sling at the famous Long Bar
While you are in Singapore, you should definitely try the original Singapore Sling at the Long Bar. The gin-based cocktail was first created in 1915 by a bartender at the Raffles Hotel. It also has pineapple juice, lime juice, curaçao, benedictine, grenadine and cherry liquor.
Trying the national drink of Singapore is perhaps the best way to finish day 1 of your 2 day itinerary in Singapore.
How to get there: From Gardens by the Bay, hop on the MRT at Bayfront (DT16/CE1) on the downtown (blue) line and take two stops to Bugis (EW12/DT14). Then walk 9 minutes to Raffles Hotel. The Long Bar is on the first floor at the southwest corner of the Raffles Arcade.
17. Enjoy a good night’s sleep at Lloyd’s Inn Singapore
There are several boutique hotels in Singapore that I really like. And for this 2-day itinerary, I would suggest staying at an affordable boutique hotel called Lloyd’s Inn Singapore near Orchard Road.
The boutique hotel has 34 rooms on a small property. But the room feels comfortable, clean and modern. It even has a semi-outdoor open concept bathroom.
I love the minimalist design aesthetics and the hospitality of Lloyd’s Inn. I wrote a hotel review of this beautiful boutique hotel.
Check Agoda for the current rate and other reviews.
How to get there: Walk to City Hall (EW13/NS25) and take the subway on north-south (red) line to Somerset (NS23). Lloyd’s Inn Singapore is about an 8-minute walk from Somerset Station.
Things to do in Singapore in 2 days: Day 2
Day 2 of your Singapore itinerary is all about choices. The morning is all about sightseeing. The afternoon is all about Sentosa Island. Either explore the west part of the island or go on thrilling rides in Universal Studios Singapore. And finally, the day ends with a stroll in the Tanjong Pagar neighbourhood for wall murals and a traditional Peranakan meal.
Follow the purple pins on the map for more info.
1 & 2. Check out Orchard Road and Peranakan heritage houses on Emerald Hill Road
A complimentary breakfast is included when you stay at Lloyd’s Inn Singapore. But the breakfast is at an offsite coffee shop called Artisan Boulangerie Co. You can enjoy a pastry and coffee there before you start your day of exploring.
First, check out Orchard Road, a glitzy street with many shopping malls. There are many international brand name shops at local boutique stores lining both sides of the street for several blocks.
Singapore has a unique culture that you won’t find anywhere else. It is called Peranakan. It can be seen in food, architecture and everyday life. Check out the Peranakan heritage houses on Emerald Hill Road. This area is part of Singapore’s conservation area and one of the most expensive real estate spots. Take note of the colourful facade and intricate design details.
How to get there: From Lloyd’s Inn Singapore, Orchard Road is only a few minute’s walk. And Emerald Hill Road is off of Orchard Road next to The Centrepoint.
3, 4 & 5. Tour around Chinatown
Chinatown is full of souvenirs shops, street art and of course, many eateries. Visit the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, where you can tour the four-storey temple and a museum. Also, check out the intricate design of the Hindu temple, Sri Mariamman Temple.
And make sure to walk around Chinatown to find wall murals. Some of them are on the exterior of Chinatown Complex Food Centre and others are on the small streets off of South Bridge Road.
How to get there: Take the MRT from Somerset (NS23) on the north-south (red) line to Chinatown Station (NE4/DT19) on the north-east (purple) line. You will have to change the subway line at Dhoby Ghaut (NS24/NE6/CC1).
6. Eat a Michelin level Hainanese chicken rice for lunch
Hainanese chicken rice is Singapore’s national dish! Typically, it is a poached chicken dish with seasoned rice served with chilli sauce. And you can find chicken rice anywhere in Singapore!
One of the best chicken rice is Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice at Maxwell Food Centre. For SGD$5, you can get a medium size Michelin-level chicken rice.
How to get there: Maxwell Food Centre is only a few minutes walk from Chinatown.
7, 8 & 9. Explore Sentosa Island
Day two in Singapore is about options. Either spend the afternoon wandering around the island of Sentosa or go to Universal Studios Singapore, the first theme park in Southeast Asia.
If you want to experience a bit of nature in the city, then spend the afternoon exploring Sentosa Island, the south part of Singapore, where the island has various outdoor activities, including several beaches, and hiking trails.
Follow the signs for Imbiah Trail where the hiking path will lead you to the west end of the island. There is a lookout point on the path and a waterfall.
Then walk the Fort Siloso Skywalk and explore Fort Siloso, a well-preserved fort. Then walk back towards the south until you reach Siloso Beach.
Follow the Beach Walk path until you see another beach, Palawan Beach. Here you will find the southernmost point of continental Asia.
How to get there: Get back on the MRT at Chinatown Station (NE4/DT19) and go to the end of the north-east (purple) line. Alight at HarbourFront Station (NE1/CC29). Then exit to VivoCity (shopping centre) and follow the signs for Sentosa Island. Either take the Sentosa Express for SGD$4 from the third level of VivoCity and alight at Imbiah Station. Or walk across the Sentosa Broadwalk for free.
FYI: Sentosa Express is free when you leave Sentosa. Hop on the monorail from any station (Resorts World, Imbiah or Beach Station) on Sentosa Island and ride the monorail back to VivoCity for free.
10. Experience some of the most exciting rides at Universal Studios Singapore
If you want to spend half a day at a theme park and enjoy some of the most thrilling rides, then you have to visit Universal Studios Singapore (USS).
USS is the first theme park in Southeast Asia where it has 28 exciting rides, attractions and shows in seven themed zones. The Transformers The Ride: The Ultimate 3D Battle was such a fun (and dizzy) ride! And the Battlestar Galactica: Human vs Cylon was simply out of this world!
And to save a bit of time, you can buy the USS entrance ticket online so you can walk straight into the theme park.
How to get there: Go to Sentosa Island the same way mentioned above. If you take the Sentosa Express, alight at Resorts World Station (first stop) for USS. Or you can walk across the Sentosa Broadwalk for free. Just follow the signs for USS when you reached Sentosa.
11 & 12. Enjoy a Peranakan dinner at Tanjong Pagar
Tanjong Pagar is an area full of restored Peranakan houses. And when you walk around the neighbourhood, you can find more colourful murals on the side the shophouses.
The area is also known for excellent restaurants and cafes. Choose from a variety of cuisine including Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Singaporean and Peranakan.
If you have never had Peranakan cuisine, I would recommend The Blue Ginger Restaurant. Try their beef rendang (stewed beef in a spicy sauce) and ayam buah keluak (chicken braised in a tamarind sauce).
How to get there: From VivoCity, take the MRT at HarbourFront Station (NE1/CC29) on the north-east (purple) line, change subway train at Outram Park (EW16/NE3/TE17) for the east-west (green) line and alight at Tanjong Pagar Station (EW15). The Blue Ginger Restaurant is a few minutes’ walks from Tanjong Pagar Station and murals are scattered between shophouses.
13. See the world’s tallest indoor waterfall at The Jewel
Before you leave Singapore, find the world’s tallest indoor waterfall at the Jewel at Changi Airport. The HSBC Rain Vortex is a 40-meter high waterfall surrounded by an indoor garden.
And if you are at the Jewel in the evening, make sure to catch the free light and sound show (at 8 pm and 9 pm Monday to Thursday and 8 pm, 9 pm, and 10 pm Friday to Sunday).
How to get there: Changi Airport is at the end of the east-west (green) line. Take the MRT to Changi Airport Station (CG2) and follow the signs to the Jewel.
Are you ready to spend 2 days in Singapore?
I hope you enjoyed my 2 day Singapore itinerary. I really put a lot of thought into what one should see especially if it is your first time in Singapore. And I also included a lot of transportation tips and places to eat.
If you are travelling solo in Singapore and trying my 2 days itinerary in Singapore, let me know what you like about the 2-day plan or if there is anything that can be improved. Leave your comments below.