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2 Days in Singapore Itinerary For An Epic Stopover

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Singapore was one of our favourite places to visit during our Asia honeymoon. We actually spent 4 days in Singapore, but if you don’t have as much time as that and want to make the most of your Singapore stopover, then here’s how you can spend an epic 2 days in Singapore!

Is 2 Days in Singapore Enough?

First things first, is 2 days in Singapore enough? Like really is it?

Singapore is a small country so it’s certainly possible to see some top sights and attractions with just 2 days to spare. However, you will need to make some hard decisions over what to see as you won’t be able to do it all like if you had 3 or 4 days in Singapore instead. 

Singapore Cityscape

Also, don’t forget that if you’re travelling from afar then you’ll need to factor in how long it takes you to get over major jet lag. If you’re anything like me then you will be totally rubbish on your first day and falling asleep any chance you get. 

With all this said though, if you really can only spare 2 days in Singapore, then use our tips and inspiration below to plan an epic Singapore stopover for two action-packed and fun-filled days.

2 Days in Singapore Itinerary

Here are all the very best things to do in Singapore in 2 days… we hope you have just as good a time as we did!

Day 1 

See the beautiful sights of downtown Singapore by day before heading out of the city to see the incredible Night Safari…

Gardens by the Bay

Justine photographing Gardens by the Bay in Singapore

Start your first morning of your epic 2 days in Singapore with a relaxing stroll through Gardens by the Bay

If you just want to see Supertree Grove and the themed gardens then these are free to visit and are incredible. You could easily spend two or three hours just walking around these, but if you want to visit the Flower Dome, Cloud Forest and OCBC Skyway as well then you can do all this for S$38. 

OCBC Skyway, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

Just know that if the queues are long, you may need to skip these parts of the gardens or replace something else in this itinerary. 

It’s really up to you – and you definitely don’t need to make that decision yet. Wait and see what you think when you’re there.

ArtScience Museum

Within a quick ten minute walk of Gardens by the Bay, you can be at the incredible ArtScience Museum

Each of the rooms inside this museum have unique art and sound installations to marvel at – from interactive slides for all ages to a stunning crystal room you can control the lights of. 

When buying your tickets (ideally in advance), make sure you choose the Future World exhibit, which costs around S$17 per person.

Night Safari

Leopards inside Singapore Night Safari

From the Marina area in downtown Singapore, it’s really easy to catch an MRT train to see more of the country. When you’ve only got 2 days in Singapore to spare, you need to fill all those hours with incredible things to do. 

And one of the top things to do in 2 days in Singapore is the Night Safari. It was actually one of our top highlights of our entire honeymoon!

At the Night Safari, you can wander around a huge rainforest and see nocturnal animals in their prime – and super close up! There will be some animals you recognise like lions, tigers and hyenas as well as some creatures of the night you would have never seen before like clouded leopards (a really rare find!)

At the moment, you can also get a special deal on your ticket, which includes a visit to the Rainforest Lumina sound and light show at nearby Singapore Zoo. This is also a must so don’t miss it!

Inside Rainforest Lumina at Singapore Zoo

You’ll need to catch two trains and a shuttle bus to get to the Night Safari from downtown Singapore with the whole journey taking around 90 minutes. If you’ve booked the earliest slot possible at the Night Safari (7.15pm) then we’d recommend starting your journey at around 5pm to give you ample time to get there.

If you want the absolute best time at the Night Safari then check out our guide about it here. There are one or two insider tips that pay to know in advance!

Day 1: Where To Eat

As you’ve only got 2 days in Singapore, you don’t have much time to go in search of restaurants across the city. 

Thankfully, within Gardens by the Bay and surrounding the park, there are a number of restaurants and even Hawker Stalls you can visit for some fast and satisfying food. They may be a little pricey compared to elsewhere in the city but at least you won’t have to go far to get to them. 

Hawker Center, Singapore

As for later in the day, you can eat at one of the restaurants at the Night Safari. They will be busy but there are several different options on offer. Alternatively, take some food with you to eat in one of the picnic areas inside the park.

Day 2

It’s time to choose between history & culture and nature & adventure…

Option 1: Chinatown, Little India & Gardens by the Bay Show

From unique souvenirs and independent boutiques to tasty street food, you’ll have so much fun scouting out interesting purchases in Chinatown.

But don’t forget to also look at the buildings above and around the shops. All throughout Chinatown, you’ll see bright and colourful shophouses as well as various temples. 

Chinatown, Singapore

Some top must-sees in Chinatown are Thian Hock Keng Temple (the oldest Chinese temple in Singapore), Sri Mariamman Temple (the first Hindu temple in Singapore), Buddha Tooth Relic Temple (an Insta-famous museum) and Ann Siang Hill Park (where you can wander along a wooden walkway and through picturesque arches).

From Chinatown, make your way to Little India for yet more history and culture. Here, you’ll find yet more exquisite temples like the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple and Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple. 

The Insta-famous House of Tan Teng Niah is also in Little India, which is well worth a look if you love rainbow hues and pretty architecture.

You could easily spend the bulk of your second day in Singapore just wandering around these two districts before seeing the free sound and music show at Gardens by the Bay in the evening. 

The Garden Rhapsody shows start at 7.45pm and 8.45pm every day – and are truly magical to see!

Gardens by the Bay in Singapore at night

Option 2: Southern Ridges Hike, Singapore Cable Car & Gardens by the Bay Show

If you’re like us and can’t resist exploring Singapore’s natural side then we only have good things to say about a hike through the Southern Ridges.

The full hike runs from Kent Ridge Park through HortPark and Henderson Waves before finishing at Mount Faber Park.

Southern Ridges Hike, Singapore

We followed the directions in this Lonely Planet article and joined the Kent Ridge Park canopy walk near Bukit Chandu War Memorial and followed the trail through to Mount Faber Point. This took us around four hours in total with photo stops and breaks along the way.

The views are really pretty; from treetop views and zen gardens to modern architecture. And as with any other hike, you get such a rush of endorphins once you reach the top of Mount Faber!

Justine at the top of Mount Faber Point

From here, catch the Singapore Cable Car to the Harbour Front and then hop on the MRT into downtown Singapore.

Don’t forget to grab a bite to eat before seeing the Garden Rhapsody show at Gardens by the Bay. The shows start at 7.45pm and 8.45pm every day – and are truly magical!

Gardens by the Bay at Night

Day 2: Where To Eat

If you choose the first option and wander through Chinatown and Little India then you’re in the perfect place to score some delicious food from the local Hawker Centers. You can even visit some Michelin-starred ones!

Singapore Hawker Food

If you head out on the Southern Ridges hike instead then we’d suggest taking a picnic with you to eat on the way for lunch. And because Chinatown is not far from downtown Singapore, there’s no reason why you can’t grab some delicious Hawker food for dinner before seeing the Garden Rhapsody show.

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2 Day Singapore Itinerary: Where To Stay

With just 2 days in Singapore to spare, you won’t want to travel far for each attraction. 

You could stay in downtown Singapore but this will be pricey. Alternatively, you could do what we did and stay in Chinatown, which is only a couple of MRT stops away from downtown Singapore but much cheaper.

We stayed at a boutique 4-star hotel called The Scarlet Hotel on Erskine Road. We loved that this hotel was inside an authentic shophouse and that we were provided with a delicious cooked breakfast every morning. This hotel is also rather sexy with its lush red decor and plush furnishings making it perfect for couples and honeymooners.

Check prices for The Scarlet Hotel here >>>

Alternatively, other top rated midrange hotels in Chinatown include:

Read More About Singapore & Plan Your Trip

Check out our other Singapore travel blogs to help you prepare for your trip:

We hope this 2 day Singapore itinerary comes in handy! What are you most excited to see during your trip? Or is there anything else you want to know about a Singapore stopover? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll get back to you asap…

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Justine Jenkins

Justine is one half of the married couple behind the Wanderers of the World travel blog. She lives in Bristol, UK and has travelled extensively within Europe and beyond since 2013. After her trips, she shares detailed travel itineraries, helpful travel guides and inspiring blog posts about the places she's been to. When she's not travelling overseas, you'll find her joining her husband, Scott on various day trips, weekend getaways and walks within the UK, which she also writes about on Wanderers of the World. Aside from travelling and writing, she also loves reading, crafting and learning about nature.

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