“If Singapore is a nanny state, then I am proud to have fostered one. “
– Lee Kuan Yew, Former Prime minister of Singapore
The Gardens by the Bay are up there with the Marina Sands and Universal Studios in Sentosa as the most famous tourist attractions in Singapore. I’m my opinion, if you only have a short time in Singapore then visiting the gardens by the bay is easily the most important things to do here! (It beats drinking a Singapore Sling anyway)
You may have seen the famous supertrees before on various Singapore tourism images… but did you know that the 18 ‘trees’ have over 162,500 plants between them? That’s crazy. There are 200 species from all over the world growing on them right now!
The gardens aren’t just some huge metal trees with some different flowers on, though. There is the OCBC skyway which you can walk across for some picturesque views of the Singaporean waterfront. The two huge conservatories, cloud forest (pictured above) and flower dome will cost a little bit extra for entry. but I believe they are worth it – even just to get seek a cool air-conditioned refuge from the Singapore heat!
There also a number of smaller but equally informative gardens included within the ‘gardens by the bay’ area here, as well as several statues for you to enjoy.
How to get to the Gardens by the Bay
Visiting the Gardens by the Bay is easy if you are staying at the Marina bay Sands hotel, it is just a short walk over the Lion Bridge from there. However, I’m sure that not all of you readers will be staying here (it’s expensive you know!). So here are some alternative methods of getting to the Gardens by the Bay straight from their own website.
Train and Bus
Via the circle line or downtown line
- Alight at Bayfront MRT Station (CE1/DT16)
- Take Exit B and follow the underground linkway
- Exit and cross the Dragonfly Bridge or Meadow Bridge into Gardens by the Bay
Via the East-West Line
- Alight at Tanjong Pagar MRT Station (EW15)
- Take Exit C and head towards bus stop no. 03223 located at International Plaza, Anson Road
- Hop onto bus no. 400 and alight at bus stop no. 03371 along Marina Gardens Drive
Loop service between Bayfront MRT and the Conservatories.
How much does it cost?
Visiting the Gardens by the Bay is actually free however it will cost if you wish to go inside the cooled conservatories
Entry to both conservatories:
- Adult SGP$28
- Child SGP$15