5 Days In Singapore: The Perfect Itinerary

Singapore is a dynamic city known for its blend of cultures, modern architecture, and delectable cuisine – but how much time do you need, and how should you plan your itinerary?

Well, if you’re planning a trip to Singapore and wondering how to make the most of your time, you’ve come to the right place. This post is dedicated to providing a comprehensive itinerary for five days in Singapore, covering all the top attractions, experiences, and culinary delights the city-state has to offer. From the iconic Marina Bay Sands to the vibrant neighborhood of Chinatown, we’ve got you covered. Whether you’re a culture vulture, foodie, or adventure seeker, this itinerary has something for everyone.

Just a note though – I’ve deliberately made this itinerary very ambitious. I’ve done this so you can see which activities best fit with each other in terms of location and timing. If you’re travelling with adults and teens, you could probably get everything done this way. However, if you’re travelling with small children, you might want to scale back. If this is you, I’ve added some additional suggestions at the end of each day.

Also, for some suggestions on where to stay as well as information about costs, read our Singapore travel guide and our Singapore holiday budget posts.

So, pack your bags, and let’s explore Singapore together!

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Day 1 Itinerary: Discover Canopy Park, Jewel Waterfall, and Orchard Road

Day 1 of your Singapore itinerary is going to be jam-packed with excitement! Start off by having a blast at Canopy Park, marvel at Jewel Changi Airport’s Waterfall, relax by the Jurassic Mile, and wrap it all up at Orchard Road. With over 6 km of shopping roads intricately linked to various services and amenities, it will be hard not to have the time of your life during this Singapore itinerary.

Canopy Park – 4 hours (10:00 AM to 2:00 PM)

Located at the iconic Jewel Changi Airport, Canopy Park is an aerial playground that offers an array of interactive attractions. From Discovery Slides to Foggy Bowls, this place is all about fun and adventure. Check out the world’s tallest indoor waterfall – the Rain Vortex – before heading to the other attractions.

Jewel Changi Airport’s Waterfall – 1.5 hours (2:00 PM to 3:30 PM):

The Jewel Changi Airport is a sight not to be missed! After experiencing the wonders of Canopy Park, it serves as a perfect location to continue your journey. With different views day and night, it’s no wonder this beautiful waterfall is one of the most popular destinations in Singapore. Once you’ve snapped some photos, why not stroll around the connected shopping mall? Find fashion and beauty buys that won’t disappoint – it’ll be an unforgettable experience!

[Transit – Changi to Orchard Road approximately one hour]

Orchard Road – 2 hours (4:30 PM to 6:30 PM):

As one of the world’s top shopping districts, Orchard Road is packed with designer stores, stylish boutiques, and luxury malls. Whether you’re looking for high-end fashion or local trinkets, there’s something for every taste here. Be sure to take some time out to enjoy the vibrant nightlife, too – it’ll be worth it!

Dinner and drinks – 1 hour (6:30 PM to 7:30 PM):

No Singapore itinerary would be complete without sampling some of the city’s delectable cuisine. Food Republic at level 5 of 313@Somerset offers a delectable array of cuisines, such as Chinese, Indian, Malay, and Western dishes, all without breaking the bank. Boasting an impressive selection of savory options from all cultures and cuisines, explore the different parts of the world through your taste buds. With its vast variety and palatable price points, Food Republic is where all food lovers (including yourself) will find something to satisfy their appetites.

Small child option: skip the shopping on Orchard Road – they won’t be interested, and you won’t enjoy it. Instead, take them to an early dinner at Food Republic or the nearby Newton Circus food court. They will have so many food options to choose from, and food comes quickly in case you need to get them home to bed quickly.

Day 2 Itinerary: Exploring Singapore’s Marina Bay

Day two of your Singapore itinerary promises to be an exciting one. With Marina Bay waiting to be explored, get ready for a day packed with some of Singapore’s most famous sights. Head over to Gardens by the Bay – home to some of the most captivating scenery in the area – then take a trip to ArtScience Museum’s Future World for amazing digital multimedia installations. For a breathtaking view, Sands SkyPark Observation Deck is your must-visit destination; prepare yourself for a visual treat! 

Gardens by the Bay – 6 hours (9:00 AM to 3:00 PM):

Explore one of the world’s most stunning gardens, home to some mesmerizing flora and fauna. Take a stroll amongst the Supertrees Grove and Flower Dome, marvel at Cloud Forest and its gorgeous waterfall, or get up close with some of the rarest plants in the world.

We recommend purchasing your Gardens By The Bay ticket in advance to avoid long lines.

ArtScience Museum – Future World – 2 hours (3:00 PM to 5:00 PM):

See the wonders of art and science come together at ArtScience Museum’s Future World. With incredible digital installations that explore innovation and creativity, this museum is sure to leave you in awe.

Sands SkyPark Observation Deck– 2 hours (5:00 PM to 7:00 PM):

Located on Marina Bay Sands’ iconic roof, the Sands SkyPark Observation Deck offers an experience like no other. Enjoy 360-degree views of Singapore from the world’s highest observation deck and take some breathtaking photos to remember your visit. Visit the Rasapura Masters for a remarkable gastronomic experience after admiring the gorgeous Singapore skyline! This popular food court is located in The Shoppes of Marina Bay Sands shopping mall and offers a variety of delicious dishes from all over the world. Whether you’re looking for traditional favorites or more exotic options, Rasapura Masters has something to tantalize your taste buds. It’s the perfect stop for an unforgettable evening meal that will make you fall in love with Singapore even more!

Spectra – 15 minutes (7:00 PM to 8:15 PM):

Bask in the beauty of Spectra, an awe-inspiring light and water show. Located at the Event Plaza on Marina Bay Sands’ waterfront promenade, Spectra is a sight not to be missed! Come witness a spectacular display of music, lights, and laser effects as you’re whisked away into an enchanting world.

Helix Bridge – 30 minutes (8:15 PM to 8:45 PM):

End your day with a stroll across Helix Bridge, Singapore’s most iconic bridge. Admire the breathtaking views of Marina Bay and appreciate how this architectural feat has become one of our city’s defining landmarks. With its twirling double-helix design and dazzling nighttime illumination, you will be spellbound by this beautiful piece of art.

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Day 3 Itinerary: Sentosa Island

Day 3 of your trip to Singapore is sure to be an unforgettable adventure! Start your day off at Universal Studios Singapore, where you can explore some of the world’s most iconic movie locations. Then, spend time exploring the wonders of S.E.A. Aquarium Singapore and its expansive array of ocean life. Stroll down Tanjong Beach for a peaceful coastal atmosphere and then enjoy some thrilling rides along Siloso Beach. 

Universal Studios Singapore – 7 hours (10:00 AM to 5:00 PM):

Travel through the world of movies and explore some of your favorite blockbuster sets. From Hollywood to New York City, Universal Studios Singapore promises hours of fun for all ages. Get ready for a thrilling adventure as you take on roller coasters, shows, and more!

Top Attractions at Universal Studios Singapore:


Whether you’re a diehard TRANSFORMERS fan or a thrill seeker on the lookout for a good time, USS has got you covered with their top attraction: TRANSFORMERS The Ride. Buckle up for an adrenaline-pumping adventure that’ll take your breath away; this hyper-realistic ride is full of suspense and exhilarating visuals that combine to create an unforgettable experience. Feel the anticipation build as you get ready to become a part of the action yourself – don’t miss out on this truly one-of-a-kind escapade!

2) Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure:

Step into a prehistoric world and experience the thrilling rapids of Jurassic Park. Prepare for an unforgettable journey on this white-water rafting ride, full of exciting drops, drenches, and splashes! With its combination of special effects, animatronic dinosaurs, and other fun surprises along the way, you’ll never want to leave this primeval paradise.

3) Shrek 4-D Adventure:

Immerse yourself in the world of Shrek and join your favorite ogre for an unforgettable 4D adventure. Buckle up for thrilling drops and unexpected surprises as you journey through a kingdom filled with fun and fantastical creatures. With its mix of eye-popping special effects, vibrant animation, and dynamic surround sound, you’ll be captivated by this unique experience.

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S.E.A Aquarium – 2 hours (6:00 PM to 8:00 PM):

Experience the majestic beauty of S.E.A Aquarium, one of the world’s largest aquariums on Sentosa Island. Explore the expansive array of marine life and get up close and personal with some of the world’s most fascinating creatures. From sharks to stingrays, plenty of sea animals fascinate you!

Wings of Time – 20 minutes (7:40 PM to 8:00 PM):

Head over to Wings of Time and experience a breathtaking show unlike any other. Combining water, laser, music, and fire effects with an incredible story line, this popular nightly show is sure to dazzle you! Get ready for a visual feast as you witness the beauty of nature come alive before your very eyes.

Skyline Luge – 1 hour (8:00 PM to 9:00 PM):

End your day with an exciting thrill ride on the Skyline Luge! This 1.2km luge track offers riders a unique experience that combines downhill racing, sightseeing, and plenty of fun. Choose from different rides based on age and experience level, then prepare for some fast-paced excitement. The Skyline Luge is sure to highlight your day with its hairpin turns and spectacular views, and at night time the lights are super cool.

Small child option: It’s debatable how much they’ll actually get out of Universal Studios, so it’s up to you whether you think your child will enjoy it. It can be pretty hectic. If you skip Universal Studios, I highly recommend visiting SEA Aquarium first, grabbing some lunch at one of the many restaurants nearby, doing the luge (depending on their size, smaller children may be able to ride with an adult – our 3.5 year old did this with Dad while I played with our 1.5 year old on the beach) then having dinner, drinks and a swim at one of the beach clubs such as Tanjong Beach Club or Ola Beach Club. We found doing this meant the kids could drift off to sleep on one of the day beds if needed.

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Day 4 Itinerary: Visit Little India, Bugis, Chinatown, and Clarke Quay

Take a journey to discover the cultural history of Singapore! Begin your day at Little India’s vibrant sights and walk its colorful streets. Go to Bugis, where traditional shophouses stand alongside modern malls. After that, explore Chinatown, home to unique architecture and delicious local delicacies. Finally, end the day at Clarke Quay – Singapore’s popular riverside playground full of fun activities.

We also love this food tour of Kampong Glam, Little India, and Chinatown!

Little India – 1 hour 30 minutes (9:00 AM to 10:30 AM):

Explore the vibrant streets of Little India and get a glimpse into Singapore’s intriguing culture. Stroll through its bustling streets, browse its colorful shops, and sample some delicious Indian snacks along the way. Abdul Gaffoor Mosque, Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, Traditional Trades of Little India, and House of Tan Teng Niah Museum are just some of the attractions you can visit.

Be sure to take in this unique neighborhood’s vibrant sights and sounds. You won’t want to miss out on all that Little India has to offer!

Bugis – 4 hours 30 minutes (10:30 AM to 3:00 PM):

Discover the charming streets of Bugis, where traditional shophouses stand alongside modern malls. Visit Kampong Glam for an insight into Singapore’s Malay past, then drop by Haji Lane for some unique boutiques and lively cafes. Or head to the iconic Bugis Junction complex and enjoy its retail and entertainment offerings. With all these attractions and more, it’s easy to see why Bugis is a popular destination.

Chinatown – 2 hours (3:00 PM to 5:00 PM):

Uncover the fascinating history and culture of Singapore’s Chinatown. Stroll through its narrow alleyways and marvel at Chinese shophouses adorned with red lanterns. Visit Thian Hock Keng Temple, Chinatown Heritage Centre, and the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple for a deeper insight into Singapore’s culture. And don’t forget to sample some local delicacies along the way!

Clarke Quay – 2 hours (5:00 PM to 7:00 PM):

End your day with an exciting adventure at Singapore’s popular riverside playground of Clarke Quay. Enjoy a variety of entertainment options, from thrilling rides at the G-Max Reverse Bungy to the interactive trick art gallery Asia Alive! There are plenty of restaurants and bars, too, offering delicious local and international cuisine. Clarke Quay is the perfect place to finish your cultural journey with its lively atmosphere and stunning views.

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Day 5 Itinerary: Explore Botanic Gardens, Singapore Zoo, and Night Safari

Begin your day with a tranquil journey through the Singapore Botanic Gardens lush greenery. After that, experience the wonders of wildlife at the world-famous Singapore Zoo! And don’t forget to take an unforgettable evening safari adventure at Night Safari – get ready for some thrilling encounters with nocturnal animals in their natural habitats.

Singapore Botanic Gardens – 2 hours (9:00 AM to 11:00 PM):

Take a peaceful and relaxing stroll through the lush greenery of Singapore Botanic Gardens. Enjoy its tranquil beauty, admire its colorful flora, and explore its many attractions, such as Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden, National Orchid Garden, and more. Here you’ll also find educational exhibits about plants and nature conservation. Soak in this beautiful oasis for a few hours – it’s sure to be an unforgettable experience!

Singapore Zoo – 4 hours (11:00 AM to 3:00 PM):

Explore the world-famous Singapore Zoo and discover some of the world’s most exotic animals. Get up close with giraffes, elephants, tigers, and more. Learn about their behavior through interactive talks and demonstrations. And make sure to catch the animal shows for a truly captivating experience.

Without spoiling it too much, I’ll just say there’s a reason Singapore Zoo is talked about as one of the best Zoos in the world.

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Night Safari – 4 hours (3:00 PM to 7:00 PM):

Continue your adventure with an unforgettable night safari at Singapore’s award-winning attraction. Encounter nocturnal animals such as leopards, wild boars, and fruit bats in their natural habitats under the moonlight. Enjoy thrilling rides, and explore interactive exhibits – you’re sure to be amazed by this unique night-time experience!

Finish off your day with some souvenir shopping or a delicious dinner at one of the nearby restaurants before heading home after an exciting journey filled with culture and wildlife.

Small child option: skip the Botanic Gardens and head straight for the Zoo, as it’s a bit of a drive away. Explore the Zoo as normal, then head next door to the River Safari – Singapore Zoo’s freshwater ecosystem offshoot. Then head home for some rest, giving the Night Safari a miss.

We hope we have helped to plan your 5-day itinerary in Singapore! Enjoy the sights and sounds of this vibrant city, which truly is one of our favourite places.

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