I had the opportunity to visit Singapore for two 12-Hour overnight layovers in Changi Airport on my way to visit family in the Philippines for the holidays. Unfortunately, since I had a night layover in Singapore, I didn’t arrive at Changi Airport until around 8:00 pm.
My choices were limited, but I was able to do more than I anticipated during that time frame! Singapore is a very clean and safe city. If you have kids, I recommend you read this guide on things to do in Singapore with kids. I had no problems walking around and didn’t worry about my safety during my 12-Hour overnight layovers. This city is perfect for solo travels and especially your first one. So here is my guide to a night layover in Singapore.
Night Layover in Singapore
Exiting the Airport
If you have carry-on luggage that you don’t want to lug around the city, I suggest you store it at the luggage storage right outside of customs. I did this since I had a 12-Hour Layover in Singapore. It costs about $4 for 12 hours which was perfect for me and my budget!
If you exited out of terminal 3, to take an uber you need to go downstairs to B1 or basement 1 (you can see the button on the elevator). To take a taxi you can stay at level 1. You can see signs everywhere to find signs where to take the train to the city if that is an option for you. Just be warned the train and buses do end early so if you are out late at night like I was, the train wasn’t much of an option for me. If you arrive in Singapore early enough, you may have time to do the Singapore Night Safari.
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How to Get Around
There are a few ways to get around Singapore such as a Taxi, MRT, Bus or uber. I found it easier for me to get around via Uber only because I had a short amount of time to spend in Singapore. Uber Pool was the way to go! It was more affordable and a great way to meet new people. On top of that, I was tired of traveling for 15 hours and I desperately wanted to get some food! If you are looking for a place to stay, read where to stay in Singapore village.
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What to do for an Overnight Layover in Singapore
Gardens by the Bay – Walkway Closes at 9
Gardens by the Bay is one of the most popular places to visit overnight in Singapore and made Singapore’s tourism skyrocket. With the famous trees and beautiful biodomes, it makes it the perfect location to visit for an overnight in Singapore. This was my favorite place to visit for my Night Layover in Singapore because the lights are so beautiful and it is open to the public throughout the night. Be sure to read Instagram Worthy places in Singapore. See the attractions below within the park:
5am – 2am
OCBC Skyway – $8 for Adults
9am – 9pm
Flower Dome and Cloud Forest $28
9am – 9pm
On the way from the Gardens by the Bay to the Merlion, you can walk around the Helix Bridge. If you have a hard time walking, I suggest you rent bikes but I found the walk fairly enjoyable. The Helix bridge reminds me of something from Harry Potter. It is beautifully lit at night and an interesting bridge to walk across.
Merlion – The Wonder Full Fire Show – FREE
8pm – 9:30pm
The Merlion is pretty much the symbol for Singapore. It is a beautiful Lion Mermaid which I relate to very much being a Leo that loves water so much. There are many souvenirs with this beautiful Merlion on it. It blows water out of its mouth and there supposedly is a beautiful fire show at 8 pm that I unfortunately missed.
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Singapore Changi Airport
One of the things to do in Singapore is also enjoying Singapore’s Changi Airport overnight for a layover. The Airport is huge with a bunch of accommodations such as the Changi Airport Hotel, indoor gardens, shopping, and great places to eat. If you do not have a night layover, I suggest you check out the Free Singapore Airport Tour.
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Foods to Eat
Most Hawker Centres close early and since I was more interested in seeing the Supertrees, I made that a priority which left me with limited options for late-night hawker centers. Some of the must-try food is laksa soup, garlic butter tiger prawn (these things are huge! I had only one thankfully and it at least 8 inches long), dim sum (my favorite are soup dim sum – the dumplings filled with broth) and the chili crab. This is the perfect place to get food overnight in Singapore.
Nelson Hawker Centre
Closes at 2 am
Hawker Centre for Local Singaporean Food
Closes 9 pm
Tai Hwa Pork Noodle 1 Star Michelin Restaurant
9:30am – 9pm
Some of the most affordable Michelin Star Restaurants are located in Singapore which makes their food incredibly popular among tourists. They have many hawker food stands with so many food options that it makes it hard to just choose one. Be sure to enjoy as much food as possible!
The Mustafa Centre – Open 24 Hours
This is the most affordable place in town to get souvenirs. They have a lot of keychains in bulk perfect for family members or coworkers. All the souvenirs are on the second level. This huge market offers more than souvenirs but plenty of other shopping needs as well. You can buy food, pearls, watches, suitcases and so much more here!
Other recommended places for a Night Layover in Singapore I didn’t have a chance to visit: Chinatown, Masjid Sultan, and Little India, make sure to stop by the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, and the Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple.
So there you have it, my things to do for Night Layover in Singapore. Will you be adding Singapore to your bucket list?