Singapore River Cruise: For the Time-Poor Travellers

If your time in Singapore is short but you want to see as many iconic landmarks in Singapore as possible, a 60-minute cruise in Singapore River might be ideal for you.

The mouth of Singapore River was the old port of Singapore, where trading and finance activities began to emerge into the economic powerhouse that Singapore today is. Naturally, the area around Singapore River is where you can find some of Singapore’s most iconic landmarks and towering buildings.

Key buildings you’ll get to see from Singapore River Cruise: Riverside Point, Clarke Quay, Boat Quay, Fullerton Hotel, Esplanade, Merlion Park, Marina Bay Sands, ArtScience Museum, Singapore Flyer, Raffles Place’s financial district. That covers 4 out of my personal 7 Wonders of Singapore, not too bad!

Here are just a few of the pictures I took:

Clarke Quay as seen during Singapore River Cruise

Raffles Place's financial district as seen during Singapore River Cruise

The Fullerton Hotel as seen during Singapore River Cruise

Esplanade Theatres on the Bay as seen during Singapore River Cruise

Merlion Park as seen during Singapore River Cruise

How to Make the Most of Singapore River Cruise

Firstly, there’s a question of whether you should take day cruise or night cruise for the Singapore River experience.

I haven’t taken the day cruise before. But instinctively speaking, I’d say go for the night cruise as the colors of Clarke Quay and Boat Quay will really come alive and get reflected by the river. Best time to take the cruise is around 7.00-7.30 pm.

I made the mistake of starting the cruise around 8 pm. It was a pain to capture a decent snapshot: the sky was too dark, the city lights too blinding.

Singapore River Cruise Price

The official website says SGD 20 for an adult and SGD 10 for a child. But it only cost me SGD 18 when I took the cruise back in April 2013.

A little expensive for a short cruise, especially since you can actually visit all these attractions for free. But if you are short of time, Singapore River Cruise is your best bet for a good glimpse to all things iconic in Singapore.

How to Get to Singapore River Cruise

There are a few jetties you can start your journey from: Robertson Quay, Read Bridge, Clarke Quay, Fullerton, Merlion Park, Esplanade, Promenade, Bayfront South. The easiest jetty to find is the one on Clarke Quay.

Have you ever taken Singapore River Cruise before? Is the day cruise or the night cruise better?


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