You may be dreaming of your next escape right now – while planning a getaway far away might not be an option at this point in time, there are lots of activities locally in Singapore that can keep you entertained.
The Go Singapore Pass is a sightseeing pass that allows one to experience 35+ tourist attractions in the Lion City without having to purchase tickets on the spot. It’s brought to us by GoCity.com which covers 26 (and growing) cities globally including Bangkok, Dubai, Sydney, Hawaii, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco, San Diego, New York, Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Berlin and more.
If you’re looking for things to do in Singapore, be rest assured that many of the attractions on the Go Singapore Pass have been granted the SG CLEAN certification which commits to upholding good sanitation and hygiene practices.
There are two versions of the Go Singapore Pass.
First is the All-Inclusive Pass which enables one to visit an unlimited number of 35+ of Singapore’s tourist attractions within a set number of days, ranging from 2 days to 7 days.
The second is the Explorer Pass which enables one to visit a fixed number of attractions (from 2 choices to 7 choices) within the 35+ of Singapore’s best attractions covered inside the pass.
Other than not having to buy separate tickets and therefore not having to queue in some attractions, the logic for getting the Go Singapore Pass is to save on admission fees. This may work especially if one is planning to visit a couple of attractions during a trip to Singapore.
Pass holders can take their pick among 36 (and growing) attractions with the Go Singapore Pass. I won’t enumerate all the attractions here but the most recognizable ones such as Universal Studios Singapore, Gardens By The Bay, Jurong Bird Park, S.E.A. Aquarium, Singapore Zoo, River Safari and Singapore Night Safari are all included. It’s also a relatively diverse list with family-friendly attractions, theme parks, cultural sights, transportation options, cooking classes and even nightlife options, a whiskey museum, and a brewery tour thrown into the mix. The attractions are also evenly distributed geographically around Singapore. There are groups of attractions revolving around Sentosa and the city area so you can easily combine a few without having to travel far.
The All-Inclusive Pass comes in 2 to 7 days versions, with 1 day increments in between. This just about fits the usual duration of a trip to the Lion City. In 2018, tourists spent an average of 3.33 days in Singapore.
As of this writing, the regular prices of the All-Inclusive Pass is as follows:
|2-days||S$209 / S$164|
|3-days||S$299 / S$224|
|4-days||S$349 / S$274|
|5-days||S$374 / S$299|
|6-days||S$394 / S$319|
|7-days||S$409 / S$334|
The Explorer Pass on the other hand, comes in 2 to 7 attractions options, with 1 attraction increments in between. If you do not plan to sightsee extensively in Singapore, this may be a better option than the All-Inclusive Pass.
For locals who have not been to some of the attractions but plan to, the Go Singapore Explorer pass is the most worthwhile because it allows you 60 days to visit from 2 to 7 attractions, providing better flexibility.
|Number of attractions||Price (adult/child)|
|2 attractions||S$77 / S$64|
|3 attractions||S$99 / S$79|
|4 attractions||S$129 / S$104|
|5 attractions||S$157 / S$124|
|6 attractions||S$184 / S$147|
|7 attractions||S$209/ S$167|
Is the Go Singapore Pass Worth Getting?
Whether or not you’ll get your money’s worth with the Go Singapore Pass depends on how many attractions you plan to visit during your Singapore trip. Take the most conventional visit for instance.
Customary trips to Universal Studios Singapore (S$81), Singapore Night Safari (S$55) and the S.E.A. Aquarium (S$41) already sets one back by S$172 – close to the cost of a 2-day all inclusive pass. It is not difficult to find value in the pass even when taking in the most common attractions.
It also depends on the type of activities you’d be interested in and the time you choose to allocate for each. Museums, which are likewise included in the pass, tend to cost less in terms of admission fees but usually take 1 to 2 hours to complete. In contrast, a visit to Adventure Cove Waterpark (S$38) can easily take a day if the kids are up for it!
Another sweet spot for the Go Singapore Pass is to meld activities that can be done in the day with those that can be done in the evening. Young adults could perhaps go for the S.E.A. Aquarium (S$41) and the AJ Hackett Sentosa Giant Swing (S$74) in the day, cool off with a museum or two by late afternoon before appreciating the city lights through the Singapore River Cruise (S$25). One can then stop by the Raffles Hotel Long Bar for a complimentary drink, the iconic ‘Singapore Sling’ (S$39) and then end with a nightcap at the CE LA VI Rooftop Bar at the Marina Bay Sands (S$23).
Aside from the potential saving in admission fees, the Go Singapore Pass also allows one to skip queues in selected attractions. This can also help to save time especially when visiting during busier periods such as school or public holidays.
Should you get the Explorer Pass or All-Inclusive Pass?
Personally, I find the Explorer Pass to be of greater value as it’s valid for 60 days and allows you better control of your time and the amount potentially saved is already excellent with that alone.
However, if you do not foresee yourself ticking many time-hogging attractions but would like to see as much of Singapore as possible, the All-Inclusive Pass will work in your favor. A possible scenario is one involving a run through of the various museums and attractions around town in as little as 2 days. Admission fees can easily add up if purchased separately.
When used properly, the Go Singapore Pass can be a good time and money-saving addition to one’s trip to the Lion City.
- Explorer Pass allows one to save on time and money while still retaining a degree of flexibility in terms of schedule, as it’s valid for 60 days upon first scan. The pass is available for as little as 2-attractions.
- All-Inclusive Pass is more suitable for those who plan their itineraries more carefully and know they have enough time to run through several Singapore attractions for the limited duration of their trip.
- You have up to 24 months upon purchase to use the pass, and upon scanning your pass at your first attraction, you have 60 days thereafter to make full use of it.
- The attractions covered by the Go Singapore Pass are relatively diverse and comprehensive for the Lion City.
- From time to time, the Go Singapore Pass may go on sale which translates to even greater savings. Their 30-day money back guarantee means that you can sit back knowing you can get a full refund in case your schedule in Singapore changes
Not good for:
- Those who intend to visit few and lower value attractions in Singapore
- Those who intend to visit attractions in Singapore which are not available in the pass (though the pass is already quite comprehensive in terms of the theme parks and museums)
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