Singapore is both a state and a city, an independent entity between Malaysia and Indonesia. It's located at the bottom of the Malay Peninsula and has the world's busiest port, thanks to both its geographical location and its wealth. Here, you will find an astonishing mix of cultures, stunning architecture and a rich history. Flights to Singapore are popular with adventure seekers, city lovers and businessmen, with regular flights from the UK to Singapore throughout the year.
Comprised of 62 islands, although it's very densely populated, about half of Singapore is lush greenery, which has earned it the nickname of the Garden City - there are four major nature parks as well as a whole host of smaller parks too. Expect shimmering high rise buildings and beautiful gardens, all tinged with both Chinese and Indian influences. Singapore flights will put you in a thoroughly modern world, where great food, fantastic shopping and an excellent nightlife all make a city break in Singapore a very exciting prospect.
You'll find here that bilingual cities are so last century, as Singapore has no fewer than four official languages - Malay, English, Mandarin and Tamil. You should be able to get by with a few words of Malay as most people also speak English.
Thanks to its popularity with both business and leisure travellers, flights to Singapore are pretty easy to come by, and if you use our helpful flight search you can be sure of a great price too! You can expect to be on a direct flight for around 13 - 14 hours, depending on where you leave from in the UK, but if you're looking for a cheap Singapore flight then it's definitely worth looking into options with a stop along the way.
If you're after a great deal on your flight to Singapore by booking indirect, then be sure to check how long you stopover for, and remember to compare it to the price for a direct flight to Singapore. Sometimes the savings in cost are negligible when compared to how much extra time you'll get on your holiday.
There is only one international airport in Singapore, so all flights will arrive at the same point. car hire is available in Singapore, but with plenty of public transport and cheap taxis in abundance you really can get around without any hassle. If you have a centrally located hotel in Singapore then you'll be able to get around on foot, by bike or on trishaws, which are three-wheeled rickshaws.
Thanks to a tropical climate, flora and fauna thrive here, so expect many of the attractions to revolve around the great outdoors. The Singapore Botanical Gardens are some of the best in the world, whilst the Istana, which is the official residence of the president of Singapore, showcases the fantastic architecture on show. Other landmarks include the Raffles Hotel, the Gateway of Sentosa and the Theatres on the Bay, whilst you can experience the best that Singaporean cuisine has to offer at Chinatown for Chinese dishes, Little India for curries, Kampong Glam for a taste of the Arab and Malay, and the East Coast for seafood. Here are our top five must-see attractions in Singapore:
Singapore Flyer - offering views of up to 28 miles on a clear day, a trip on the Singapore Flyer is certainly a great way to kickstart your holiday. Fear not if you're newly arrived on a Singapore flight from London or anywhere in the UK, this does not involve any lengthy check-in or full body search. It's the city's equivalent of the London Eye and offers jaw-dropping views over the skyscrapers, the city, the islands and the sea.
Sentosa Island - There are more than a few islands to explore in Singapore, but if you've only got time to visit one, we recommend it be Sentosa Island. One of Singapore's most popular attractions, you'll find a two-kilometre-long beach , a 100-metre-high viewing tower and a huge Oceanarium where you can swim with pink dolphins! Theme park fans won't want to miss out on Universal Studios Singapore, whilst history buffs will be fascinated by Fort Siloso.
Jurong Bird Park - Originally planned to bring some much-needed brightness to an industrial area, this bird park really took off and has become world-famous. Bird species from around the world are housed in regional groups, so that they can live harmoniously together where possible. The aviaries are simply huge, which allows many of the birds to fly freely around - the African Waterfall Aviary is in fact the world's largest. Make sure you see one of the daily shows where they showcase the birds of prey!
Science Center Singapore - With over 1,000 exhibits, housed across eight galleries, many of which are hands-on, you'll be pushed for time to see them all! Look out for temporary exhibits and be sure not to miss out on the Kinetic Garden, where you are the weight in huge physics experiments, or the Mind's Eye where you will be confronted with all manner of illusions and tricks. There's also a weekly chance to see the sky at the center's observatory - which is closer to the equator than any other.
Singapore Zoo - One of the first to use natural barriers to create an "open zoo", this zoo is also notable because around 16% of its species are endangered. It's one of the only places you can see a Tree Kangaroo, a Sun Bear or a Malayan Tapir! You can also take a ride on an elephant, explore the rainforest or even go on a night-time safari at the Night Safari Zoo!
Singapore is located only a hundred kilometres north of the equator, so expect a tropical rainforest climate with no distinctive seasons. Temperatures on average range from 22°C -34°C with high levels of humidity. This means that there is no real off-season, but away from the local festivities you should be able to bag a good deal by booking in advance. In fact, when you find a cheap flight to Singapore, you can bet there will also be good hotel deals at the same time!