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Gardens By The Bay In Singapore – A Complete Guide

If you’re visiting the country, then Gardens By The Bay Singapore will probably be on your to-do list! So here’s all the info for visiting.

How To Get To Gardens By The Bay

Gardens By The Bay Singapore is located directly behind the famous Marina Bay Sands Hotel.

Just a 2 minute walk from Bayfront MRT, the easiest way is to ride the local MRT through the city.

From Bayfront simply follow the signs, through the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, to the entrance of Gardens By The Bay Singapore.

We recommend purchasing a Singapore Tourist Pass for getting around Singapore. These allow you unlimited travel on the MRT system for one day (S$10), two days (S$16) or three days (S$20).

The Singapore Tourist Passes can be bought at at most MRT stations, and are also available 24 hours daily at the Automated STP Kiosks at Changi Airport MRT Station.

There is also of course the famous Singapore Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Tour.

For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.

Gardens By The Bay Entrance Fee

The are a few different sections to Gardens By The Bay, some of which are free, others your must pay to enter.

Supertrees & Bay South

Free to visit.

Flower Dome

Adults:$12

Children: $8 (3-12 years)

Cloud Forest

Adults: $12

Children: $8 (3-12 years)

OCBC Skyway

Adults: $8

Children: $5 (3-12 years)

There are discounts available if you wish to visit both indoor attractions, such as the Flower Dome + Cloud Forest Admission E-Ticket.

Or you can get access to the OCBC Skyway as well via the Flower Dome, Cloud Forest + OCBC Skyway Combo Ticket.

Gardens By The Bay Opening Times

Monday – Sunday: 9:00am – 9:00pm.

Last admission to the paid attractions are at 8:00pm.

The recommended duration for visiting each attraction is 1 hour.

Peak hours are between 4.00pm – 7.00pm, so longer waiting times may be expected.

The Supertrees & Bay South area remain open for the free light shows in the evenings, and also close at 9:00pm.

Gardens By The Bay Prices Singapore
Gardens By The Bay Singapore tickets as of March 2018

Best Time To Visit Gardens By The Bay

To make the most of all the outdoor attractions, including the Gardens By The Bay, the best time to visit Singapore is probably from December to June.

To be more precise, the months of February to April are Singapore’s dry season and this is when there is the least amount of rain, lowest humidity and the most sunshine.

Gardens By The Bay is a really popular tourist attraction, so if you want to beat the crowds as well as the heat, weekday mornings are a good option.

However, you could also head there later in the day and stay to catch the evening Gardens By The Bay light show.

Remember, this is just a guide, so you may want to mix it up and add/subtract different attractions. 

Make sure to add this to your 2 Days In Singapore Itinerary or 4 Days In Singapore Itinerary.

What To Pack

Photography Camera

Tripod

Day Bag

Power Bank

Reusable Water Bottle

Sunscreen

Lightweight Rain Jacket

Best Things To Do At Gardens By The Bay

Supertree Grove

Supertree Grove is the main tourist attraction located within Gardens By The Bay Singapore. It’s the main reason so many tourists flock here daily.

It’s completely free to enter, and the incredible Supertrees stand between 25 and 50 metres tall. The iconic tree-like vertical gardens are also home to the famous Garden Rhapsody light show every evening.

Throughout the day though, their large canopies provide shade, and you can also take a stroll along the 22-metre-high OCBC Skyway to enjoy the panoramic views of the gardens.

Below the Supertrees there are plenty of great spots to lay down a blanket and relax, or you could even take a picnic to Gardens By The Bay to enjoy there.

Of the 18 Supertrees in Gardens by the Bay, 12 of them can be found here at Supertree Grove, with the tallest one measuring up to 16 storeys in height.

At night they come alive in the not to be missed Garden Rhapsody light show, featuring beautiful colours and melodies.

With two shows daily at 7:45pm and 8:45pm, these 15 minutes of magic are an absolute must on your Singapore itinerary!

Gardens By The Bay Supertrees Singapore
The famous Supertree Grove at Gardens By The Bay Singapore.

Flower Dome

Listed as the largest glass greenhouse in the world in the 2015 Guinness World Records, the Flower Dome at Gardens By The Bay covers over 1.2 hectares of ground.

From baobabs and bottle trees, to the Australian, Californian and Mediterranean gardens, here you’ll find one of the most impressive displays of plants and native floral on earth.

Inside the Flower Dome, the temperature is kept constantly between 23ºC and 25ºC. Plus the humidity is regulated at around 60% – 80% in order for the plants to flourish.

Open daily from 9:00am until 9:00pm, you will need a Flower Dome + Cloud Forest Admission E-Ticket to enter.

It really does make for  peaceful afternoon stroll, and if you like flowers then you’ll be in your element. Plus the air conditioning is a comfortable escape from the sometimes tiring Singapore humidity.

Fun fact: 3,332 glass panels of 42 different shapes and sizes were needed to cover the whole 16,000m2 surface area of the dome.

Gardens By The Bay Flower Dome Singapore
Flowers a plenty at the Gardens By The Bay Flower Dome.

Cloud Forest

Located directly next door to the Flower Dome, the Cloud Forest is a 35-metre tall mountain, covered in lush vegetation and boasting the world’s tallest indoor waterfall.

Here you’ll enter a more mysterious world than that of the Flower Dome, as the Cloud Forest creates a misty atmosphere for you to explore amongst.

With plant life from tropical highlands, typically found at around 2,000 metres above sea level, it’s a great place to learn about the rarer plants found within Gardens By The Bay and their fast-disappearing environment. 

Think of it almost as a man made forest with controlled weather!

Most people choose to take an elevator up to the top of the dome, and then wind your way back down the path towards the exit, observing all of the different plants and educational opportunities along the way.

Again, open daily from 9:00am until 9:00pm, you will need a Flower Dome + Cloud Forest Admission E-Ticket to enter.

Also, don’t forget to check out the huge waterfall, which has become a hit with tourists looking for the Singapore Instagram spots, which you can view from the board walk at the top.

You’ll likely find yourself standing in awe at the breathtaking views from the top walkway, and the walk around the dome itself.

Gardens By The Bay Cloud Forest Singapore
The Cloud Forest walkway at Gardens By The Bay
Gardens By The Bay Cloud Forest Waterfall Singapore
The indoor waterfall at Gardens By The Bay Cloud Forest

OCBC Skyway

The OCBC Skyway is a 128 metre long walkway, connecting the magic of the Supertree Grove.

This high-rise platform stands at 22-metres high, and is a great way to witness the panoramic views of the garden from above.

It connects two of the Supertrees, giving visitors an up-close look at the technical marvels of the Garden’s most popular futuristic attraction.

Open daily from 9:00am until 9:00pm, you will need a ticket to enter, which you can purchase in advance here: Gardens By The Bay + OCBC Skyway Combo Tickets

The whole Skyway can be completed in 10-15 minutes, although the views are not just incredible of the Gardens, but Singapore harbour and the iconic Marina Bay Sands Hotel.

We visited in the morning so it was super quiet, and we can imagine it gets pretty throughout the day. But then again, the view from OCBC Skyway as the sun goes down and Singapore turns its lights on must be spectacular.

Either way, one thing’s for sure, your Gardens By The Bay Singapore experience will be fully complete having ticked off the high flying yellow bridge.

Gardens By The Bay OCBC Skyway Singapore
The OCBC Skyway for those skyline views of Gardens By The Bay Singapore

Gardens By The Bay Light Show

Lay beneath the monstrous Supertrees and watch as they come to life.

You can even join in and dance along to some of the most iconic movie soundtracks in history at the Gardens By The Bay light show!

Our favourite of the Singapore light shows, the forest of Supertrees is simply mind blowing, and everybody sits in awe of the giant display going on above them.

Almost like something from a scene in Avatar, the wild light performance matches every beat, and this spectacle is a show not to be missed on your Singapore itinerary.

Entrance

Free.

Location

Best seen from directly beneath the Supertree Grove.

Show Times

Daily at 7:45pm & 8:45pm.

Duration

15 minutes.

Gardens By The Bay Light Show Singapore Garden Rhapsody
The Gardens By The Bay light show is a must see!

Where To Stay In Singapore

Luxury

Marina Bay Sands

Towering over the bay, this iconic hotel offers the world’s largest rooftop infinity pool, 20 dining options and a world-class casino.

It has direct access to Singapore’s premier shopping mall and the ArtScience Museum, which features the permanent exhibition, Future World.

All rooms at Marina Bay Sands come with a flat-screen cable TV. Furnished with contemporary-style dark wood decor and carpeted floors, free WiFi is also available.

Floor-to-ceiling windows open up to panoramic views of the Singapore skyline.

Mid-Budget

Holiday Inn Express Clarke Quay

Holiday Inn Express Singapore Clarke Quay is centrally located in Singapore. It’s located just 750 yards from the Clarke Quay MRT Station and 0.6 miles from Chinatown.

It offers a 24-hour rooftop fitness centre, 2 whirlpools and a 40 yards swimming pool overlooking Clarke Quay and Robertson Quay. 

Each air-conditioned hotel room comes with a 32-inch LED TV, an iPod dock and free Wi-Fi access.

Backpacker

Blue Jazz Hostel

Strategically located in Jalan Besar, Blue Jazz Hostel offers budget accommodation in Singapore. 

Just 450 yards from City Square Mall, Blue Jazz Hostel is a 5-minute walk from Farrer Park MRT Station.

Guests can also take a stroll through the interlocking streets to cultural heritage sites such as Little India and Arab Street. 

Blue Jazz provides air-conditioned dormitories with a personal reading light, power socket and personal locker. Shared bathrooms include hot/cold shower facilities. 

Guests can also enjoy meals at the in-house cafe or have a drink at the bar. Free WiFi is available throughout the property.

For more places to stay in Singapore you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.

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Sinita Basak

Sunday 15th of December 2019

Thank you for sharing the details, I just love reading your blogs. So interesting to ready! :)

Charlie Pauly

Thursday 19th of December 2019

Thank you so much! :)