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Singapore River night cruise is a perfect intro to the city

Singapore River night cruise a perfect intro

Singapore River night cruise is a perfect first stop while visiting this Southeast Asian country/city/nation. Singapore is a bustling metropolis with tons of things to do, eat, see, experience. It can be a daunting to task to figure out what to do first.

This is why the Singapore River cruise is a nice first step. You only really have to make one decision and that is to buy a ticket and board. The cruise and the boat will do the rest, and all you have to do is gawk at the impressive city in front of you.

Singapore River night cruise

Marina Bay Sands Hotel – A highlight from the Singapore River night cruise

I recommend a night cruise as the city is lit up and looks amazing from the water as lights reflect off the river. The cool breeze feels great and revives the weary traveler who has either spent all day in transit in airports, buses, or trains or has spent another humid day exploring. While you take in the scenery, you can begin to plan your attack to how to visit the city with the rest of the time you have or you can merely chill and enjoy the view.

Red bridge Singapore River night cruise

Singapore River night cruise bridge

Singapore River night cruise top sights

You will pass by the Raffles Hotel, the Asian Civilization Museum, Marina Bay Sands Hotel, the Fullerton Hotel, beautiful bridges, and other must see spots in the city. While you relax and coast down the water, a guide will provide pertinent information and history on the places the boat glides past.

Singapore RIver night cruise

The Fullerton Hotel from a Singapore River night cruise

Singapore River night cruise

Singapore lit up at night

Living in Chicago, I am no stranger to river cruises having done the Chicago River with an architectural tour, by an electric boat, and self propelled with a canoe. I love rivers more than I love cities, so for me, being on the river is a way to make a bustling city with millions of people more tolerable.

Singapore River night cruise

Some pictures are better taken during the day

Singapore River night cruise ticket information

The ticket prices are affordable. You can either take a cruise and relax or use the river as a mode of transportation to get to places for a closer look. You can purchase an all day pass and hop on and off one of the boats where you please. This is a great option also if you want to see the river from a day and night perspective without having to purchase two separate tickets.

Marina Bay Singapore

Marina Bay

There are two main tour companies that provide tours. The Singapore River Cruise offers a 30 minute cruise that covers Boat and Clarke Quay into Marina Bay. This tour runs $15.00 dollars for adults and $8.00 for children. You can add Robertson Quay to the trip, which is another 15 minutes and costs $18.00 for adults and $10.00 for children.

These cruises go from 9 a.m. through 11 p.m. with the last running at 10:30 p.m. The cruises run in 15 minute intervals, so you don’t have long to wait if you just missed a boat.

Singapore River night cruise

Singapore River front

Hippo River Cruises is another alternative and they have a river cruise for $18.00. This company also offer an all day pass option for $23.00. These boats run 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Once you have the lay of the land down from checking out the city from the river, you will have more confidence and knowledge to tackle the rest of Singapore.

Note: all denominations noted are in local Singapore currency.

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24 Responses to Singapore River night cruise is a perfect intro to the city

  1. ciki March 11, 2014 at 1:43 pm #

    I must say, that though I am often in Sing visiting relatives, I have never taken the cruise. Shame on me! Well, I think I should on my next trip. The sights are indeed spectacular! 🙂
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    • Ted Nelson March 12, 2014 at 5:37 pm #

      If you visit Singapore often, the trip probably does not have the same kind of allure since you are more familiar with the city.

  2. Punchi March 12, 2014 at 11:36 am #

    Spectacular river views
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  3. Leah March 12, 2014 at 4:24 pm #

    I was in Singapore for an entire month and never did a river cruise. Looks like I missed out. On a side note, the Fullerton Hotel is magnificent.
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    • Ted Nelson March 12, 2014 at 5:41 pm #

      If you were in Singapore for a month, you surely saw a lot of the city and spent more quality time at individual places. I would recommend the river cruise the next time you visit if you are looking for something new to do.

  4. Trips By Lance March 12, 2014 at 6:25 pm #

    I agree that river cruises like this are great ways to get an introduction to a city. I would think Chicago, London and Paris are all cities that would be great to get an introduction by jumping on a cruise.
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    • Ted Nelson March 16, 2014 at 5:44 pm #

      The first time I met Raul, Leah, Lola, Pola, Francesca, and Aaron from Elatlboy was on a river cruise in Chicago. River cruises are great place to see a city and mix with friends.

  5. Mary Anne March 13, 2014 at 2:19 pm #

    River Cruises are all the rage right now. I get asked about them all the time. I think this is an article I will share with those who ask! Thanks.

    • Ted Nelson March 16, 2014 at 5:45 pm #

      Thanks Mary Anne. I can see why they are popular. An easy stress free way to see a beautiful city.

  6. Charu March 13, 2014 at 4:18 pm #

    Now, why didn’t I even think of a river cruise in Singapore? Nice find!
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    • Ted Nelson March 16, 2014 at 5:46 pm #

      I have a friend who has lived in Singapore for over 10 years, so he was the one who recommended. It is great to have friends in countries around the world.

  7. Erin at The World Wanderer March 13, 2014 at 11:53 pm #

    This seems perfect to me, Ted! Singapore is very high on my list, and I think the very first thing I’ll do is a river cruise!
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    • Ted Nelson March 16, 2014 at 5:48 pm #

      I would recommend it Erin. It is a beautiful way to begin your trip.

  8. Raul (@ilivetotravel) March 15, 2014 at 12:37 pm #

    I agree that river cruises are a great way to get to see a city and a great idea for a new city (like the hop-on/hop-off buses!). Did the fanny pack make it to the river cruise??
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    • Ted Nelson March 16, 2014 at 5:48 pm #

      I don’t think it did Raul. I only took pictures from my iPhone, which leads me to believe I did not have my other camera which I carry in my fanny pack.

  9. @mrsoaroundworld March 17, 2014 at 12:26 pm #

    One always sees a city better by water, if possible! Singapore is so on my list!
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    • Ted Nelson March 22, 2014 at 6:05 pm #

      Better and different. I like to walk too, but the water is a much more pleasant perspective in my opinion.

  10. the lazy travelers March 17, 2014 at 1:02 pm #

    oooh, what a cool way to see singapore! totally missed out on our visit, will clearly have to return.

    • Ted Nelson March 22, 2014 at 6:05 pm #

      I enjoyed my time in Singapore. I would definitely return.

  11. Pola (Jetting Around) March 21, 2014 at 11:33 am #

    Ooh, I’d do that! You know it, Ted.
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    • Ted Nelson March 22, 2014 at 6:06 pm #

      Ron needs to open up an electric boat operation here and branch out (and of course invite us 🙂

  12. Ben Warner March 24, 2014 at 7:31 pm #

    Teddy Two-Tone,

    I’m looking at Singapore + 1-2 destinations over Christmas and NYE this year.

    From what I’m hearing, it’s a HugeParty.

    Any recommendations for additional cities to visit?


    • Ted Nelson March 25, 2014 at 1:44 am #

      HugeParty would definitely love Thailand. You would enjoy a couple of days in Bangkok and then hit the beaches in the south. Phuket, Pattaya, Kho Phi Phi, Ko Samui, and/or Ko Pha-Ngan. The latter is home to the full moon party. Bali in Indonesia is another must for the HugeParty.

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