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Where to buy discounted entrance tickets for attractions in Singapore

When I moved to Singapore as a university student in 2005, I felt poor. My brain would change whatever price that is listed into Malaysian Ringgit by multiplying everything by 2.8.

After graduating and getting a job, I’ve stopped automatically changing prices into Ringgit but I still pinched pennies where I could.

That’s why I rarely visited Singapore attractions. It didn’t seem worth it to pay so much for anything.

It wasn’t until nine years in when my friend Lilian asked me if I wanted to visit the S.E.A. Aquarium (which I most likely declined because of entrance ticket price, that she told me that there were places in Singapore which sold discounted tickets.

She brought me to a tour agency in Chinatown which sold me a ticket to S.E.A. Aquarium ticket for S$24, a S$14 savings compared to the then full price of S$38. [Prices are cheaper now in 2017.]

The tour agencies have cheaper prices because they buy them in bulk. Technically, they’re not supposed to sell them separately to customers who are not in a tour group.

So the last time I went back to check, the tour agencies that promoted DISCOUNTED TICKETS TO SINGAPORE ATTRACTIONS in big hand-written posters had taken down the signs. Maybe they were persuaded not to advertise them so blatantly. I didn’t ask.

Where else to buy discounted entrance tickets for SEA Aquarium and USS

I thought that was the end of cheap tickets but one day, I found a hostel in Chinatown that still sells discounted tickets. Heritage Hostel/Hotel [293 South Bridge Rd, Singapore 058837].

Here are some of the prices from July:

  • Universal Studios Singapore S$62 (instead of S$76)
  • S.E.A. Aquarium S$23 (instead of S$38)
  • Gardens by the Bay: 2 Domes S$18 (instead of S$28)

cheap universal studios singapore s.e.a. aquarium tickets

If you’re thinking of getting tickets, get them fast in case the hostel’s pressured to close down their side business of selling attraction tickets.

This blogpost was first published in 2014. It has been updated on October 2, 2017 with more up-to-date information. 

Disclosure: I had worked at Resorts World Sentosa (which operates S.E.A. Aquarium and Universal Studios Singapore from 2014 to 2017.


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More about Liau Yun Qing

Yun Qing is a writer, improviser and curious person. She loves finding little adventures in life. In 2013, she went on a 130-day round-the-world trip. She wrote a book to help those who also want to go on a career break.


    1. Hi Yun Qing! Thanks for sharing your experience. May I ask whether you could comment on the very steep discount offered on Qoo100? The USS admission ticket can go as low as SGD 32. Do you think it’s legit? I understand that USS encourages direct booking for more secure SSL transaction and perks like complimentary WiFi and no queue. However, do the ticketing/admission officers really discriminate between tickets bought directly and tickets bought from websites like Qoo100 and Klook? If yes, what exactly will they be?

      1. Hi Joanna, I’ve not bought tickets from Qoo10 before. But what I understand is that they show you the price of the Senior Citizens tickets, and you have to top up extra for regular Adult and Children’s tickets.
        If you’ve pre-bought tickets–even from Qoo10 or Klook–you can skip the queue.

    1. Hi i would like to have best discounted price for sentosa cable car and garden by the bay today for 2 adults.

    1. I can confirm they still exist and the tickets actually work. Some prices had risen one or two dollars.

      1. Hi tim where is this place?is that the tickets are cheaper than e tickets & shld i have to wait..

        1. Hi Yun Qing,

          The hostel now sells USS tickets at SGD67 per person, a SGD5 per ticket increase that has taken place since the article was last updated in October 2017.

    1. Hi Yun Qing, thanks for writing this post to educate people about how they can get cheaper attraction tickets. I sell cheap attraction tickets on Carousell, so feel free to contact me if you need them. I’ll be more than happy to help. My Carousell name is @joelpzc. Have a nice day!

    1. I would like to book to swim with the dolphins (Trek- underwater) on 8th May, how best do I go about booking it

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