With so much to see and do, it’s about time you add Singapore to your travel bucket list. With flights to China, Australia, New Zealand and Thailand all stopping to refuel in Singapore, it’s easy to add this tiny red dot which packs a punch to your travel itinerary.
Our pick of long-haul flight deals with a Singapore stopover
You can find flights with a Singapore stopover by using our multi-city option. Here are a few deals to get you started.
London Heathrow to Ho Chi Minh City from £343*
One-way, departing London on 12th January 2020 and leaving Singapore on 14th January 2020.
London Heathrow to Shanghai from £393*
One-way, departing London on 16th February 2020 and leaving Singapore on 18th February 2020.
Manchester to Bangkok from £419*
One-way, departing Manchester on 12th February 2020 and leaving Singapore on 14th February 2020.
London Heathrow to Tokyo from £434*
One-way, departing London on 3rd March 2020 and leaving Singapore on 5th March 2020.
London Stansted to Sydney from £519*
One-way, departing London on 9th June 2020 and leaving Singapore on 11th June 2020.
London Stansted to Beijing from £547*
One-way, departing London on 4th March 2020 and leaving Singapore on 6th March 2020.
Manchester to Brisbane from £553*
One-way, departing Manchester on 7th June 2020 and leaving Singapore on 9th June 2020.
London Heathrow to Adelaide from £652*
One-way, departing London on 12th July 2020 and leaving Singapore on 14th July 2020.
Manchester to Auckland from £691*
One-way, departing London on 7th July 2020 and leaving Singapore on 9th July 2020.
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6 reasons to book a stopover in Singapore
There’s nowhere quite like Singapore. A multicultural metropolis where East meets West – and different Asian cultures collide – it’s a true city of contrasts. It’s also a popular stopover point for flights from the UK and Europe to the Far East and Australia. If you’re passing through Singapore, it’s worth getting out of the airport for a bit of exploring.
While there’s plenty to discover in the city, these are some of the best things to do in Singapore during a stopover.
Treat your tastebuds in Singapore’s dining scene
From cheap eats to fine dining, Singapore has something to tempt every foodie. Try some of Singapore’s most famous dishes at Makansutra Glutton’s Bay. Down by the waterfront at the Esplanade, it’s packed with curated stalls selling classic dishes like chicken rice, oyster omelette and fried carrot cake.
For something fancier, book a table at Candlenut – the world’s first Michelin star Peranakan restaurant, where Chef Michael Lee recreates the dishes of his childhood with a high-end twist. If you still have space after dinner, treat yourself to a scoop from Birds of Paradise Gelato Boutique. Their freshly-churned gelato uses local flavours like lychee, pandan and white chrysanthemum.
Shop ’til you drop on Orchard Road
Orchard Road is the heart of Singapore’s world-famous shopping scene. It stretches for more than 2km and is lined with iconic malls like ION Orchard, Ngee Ann City, and Mandarin Gallery. Once you’ve gaped at the megamalls, visit TANGS. It’s the one that looks like the Forbidden City. One of the first shops to open on Orchard Road, it is often credited with transforming the street into the shopper’s paradise it is today.
Soak in the sights and sounds of Chinatown and Little India
Singapore’s neighbourhoods are the best place to immerse yourself in the city’s multicultural vibe. In Chinatown, the winding streets are hung with paper lanterns. The four-storey Buddah Tooth Relic Temple is worth a visit, as well as the Chinatown Street Market where you can buy silk robes, lucky cats and freshly steamed dim-sum. Meanwhile, Little India is packed with jewel-toned buildings. Snap up a bargain in the Mustafa Centre – open 24 hours, it’s two department stores joined together selling everything from clothes and Tiger Balm to eclectic jewellery. When hunger strikes, head to the Tekka Centre. This brightly coloured hawker market specialises in fiery Indian cuisine.
Get a taste of Peranakan culture in Joo Chiat and Katong
Peranakans – or Baba-Nyonya – are one of Singapore and Malaysia’s unique ethnic groups. Descended from Chinese settlers from the southern provinces, they’ve held onto their own culture through the years, and it’s most obvious in the Joochiat and Katong neighbourhoods. One of the best places to learn about it is The Intan, a small museum inside a typical terraced house which is packed with Peranakan treasures. If you fall in love with the beaded slippers or traditional sarong kebaya outfits, you can pick up your own at Rumah Bebe.
Enjoy the gardens of Singapore
You don’t have to stray too far from the city to enjoy some nature – just go for a stroll at Mount Faber. At the highest point you’ll find a wall painted with murals showing important events in Singapore’s history, as well as some stylish restaurants. You can catch a cable car from here to Sentosa Island and the harbourfront, or simply enjoy the views of downtown’s skyscrapers. Or walk into Jewel Changi Airport before your flight to enjoy a last dose of nature at Shiseido Forest Valley and Canopy Park.
Relax on the beaches
Singapore has hot humid weather all year round, and if you’re blessed with a sunny day why not head to the beach? Sentosa Island sits to the south of the mainland and has more than three kilometres of white sandy beaches to bask on. Tanjong Beach is your quintessential palm-fringed bay, ideal for a quiet afternoon, while lively Siloso Beach is lined with restaurants and bars.
Introducing the Changi Stopovers Programme
Singapore’s main airport, Changi, is a popular transit point for travellers heading from the UK to far-flung places like China, Australia, New Zealand and Thailand. Usually this just involves a few hours in the airport and, although Changi is the best airport in the world (it’s won the Skytrax title for seven years running), it’s a bit of a waste not to get out and explore.
That’s where the Changi Stopovers package comes in. You get two days and one night to experience Singapore, with a stay in a hotel of your choice. The package also includes a free one-way airport transfer and a SIM card so you can keep in touch with your friends back home. Prices start from a very wallet-friendly S$63 – about £36.
How to book your Singapore stopover
✈️ Book a multi-city flight, leaving enough room for one night in Singapore
🏨 Choose and book your Changi Stopover package
🎫 Add your flight details to confirm your booking
👀 Show your confirmation at the transport counter at Changi Airport
🙌 Enjoy your time in Singapore!
After a few days of eating, shopping and enjoying the big city sights of Singapore you’ll be refreshed and ready for the next leg of your journey. If you’re ready to book, head over to our hub page for more information on booking your Singapore stopover.
*Flight prices found using Skyscanner’s “multi-city” booking tool. Fares are subject to change and were accurate at the time of searching on 31 October 2019.