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)
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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