Singapore is a popular destination for business travelers, and its hotels tend to cater to those traveling with a corporate credit card. You'll find a wide variety of four- and five-star luxury hotels, but cheaper options are harder to find—unless you visit during the off-season (January to May and August to October). Public transportation, whether by subway, bus, taxi, or rickshaw, is easy and affordable, so most travelers won't need to rent a car.
When to book
Book accommodations and airfare several months in advance for the best prices and availability. You may be able to find last-minute hotel deals, but if you visit during the high season (June, July, November, and December), or during one of Singapore's popular festivals, you should secure accommodations before you arrive.
Where to find deals and book
Singapore Airlines, the country's national carrier, flies nonstop to Singapore from New York and Los Angeles, but it's not the only carrier you should consider. Northwest and United both serve Singapore, as do about a dozen Asia- and Europe-based airlines. Compare prices before you book to ensure you find the best deal for your route.
Singapore's hotel scene caters mostly to international business travelers, so leisure travelers may find themselves paying for pricey amenities, such as a business center, that they probably won't use. Uniquely Singapore offers hotel directory and an accommodations search and booking engine, and listings include important information such as rates, facilities, fact sheets, and maps.
If you arrive at Changi Airport without hotel reservations, the Singapore Hotels Association outposts in both terminals can help you arrange accommodations. Both terminals have counters open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Bundling airfare and hotel in a vacation package can often save money. Providers offering Singapore vacations include Asian Affair Holidays (Singapore Airlines' tour partner), go-today.com, Pleasant Holidays, and Virgin Vacations. Online travel agencies such as Expedia, Orbitz, and Travelocity offer customizable packages.
A few more sites for deals and booking
- AsiaRooms.com: This website offers discounted rates for hotel rooms in Singapore.
- The Visitors Card: This discount card includes public transportation, Internet, and a mobile phone, plus up to 40 percent off tours.
- Tiger Airways: Based at Singapore's Changi airport, Tiger Airways serves a handful of Asian cities.
- Jetstar Asia Airways: This low-fare carrier offers inexpensive fares to Singapore from other cities in Asia, as well as from Australia.
- Cathay Pacific: The All Asia Pass offered by Cathay Pacific includes Singapore, and can be a good value for travelers visiting several cities in Asia.
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