Travelling Singapore on the cheap is no easy task but it can be done. Sites such as Agoda and Hostel World are great. Many couples or solo travellers who want to avoid dorms can stay in Oxley Blossom Hotel in the Geyland area, near the stadium. This hotel is very basic with small rooms but it has Wifi and is situated in a cheap area close to an MRT, a mall and bus stops. Locally there is a huge Chinese community so you eat here cheaply.
I arrived from Singapore Airport via the shuttle bus which costs $$9. The shuttle bus drops you right to your door and you can also book them for the way back to the airport, as long as you give them four hours notice. Equally you can get the MRT to and from the airport for very cheap but you may have to change lines. Generally, transport around the city is super cheap. I used the bus, MRT and walked where possible, avoiding expensive taxis.
There are so many beautiful sights to see for cheap or even better, for free! Check out the free evening light and music show at Gardens by the Bay. Try to get there for 18:30 so you get a seat. The show starts at 19:00 and they have different music most nights. The night we went it was ‘sounds of the theatre’ and it was magical. Visit the flower dome and/or the cloud dome at Gardens by the Bay which have an entrance fee but you can always skip the domes and simply walk the free gardens. If you have a spare three hours catch the bus to Singapore Botanic Gardens. This was one of my favourite days out. The Orchid Garden is the only garden that requires a fee within the park. At $$5 and I felt this was great value. The park houses lots of wildlife including turtles, sunbirds and monitor lizards. Another great day out can be spent viewing the overwhelming Marine Sands Hotel. On the bottom floor they have a cheap food court full of every type of food you can imagine. If you have an hour to spare, head over to Little India by bus and check out the free temple (they have sarongs to cover yourself with at no fee) and try an Indian curry. If you need to buy shoes, socks and t-shirts you can’t beat the prices in this area. Spend a relaxing evening in the many malls and check out a movie as the tickets are very reasonable. Finally don’t miss the biggest light show in Asia held at the arena on the promenade. It’s free and starts at 20:00 but try to get there for 19:30 to ensure a seat. I promise it’s a night you’ll never forget.
If you avoid the expensive shopping and drinking of alcohol, you can indeed see Singapore on the cheap. If you do want to drink alcohol I’d suggest buying some beers in the supermarket to drink before you go out, then treat yourself to a beer or two at a sky bar. If you’re going to drink in Singapore, you may as well have an incredible view!