Is Dabao Singlish
Where is the best place to change money in Singapore? Singapore currency: banknotes and coins used in the city-state. Traveling in Southeast Asia by land transport
Singapore is a city-state that is only 50 years old. Over the years Singapore has grown from a third world country to a first world country. It's clean, safe, beautiful and there's almost everything: it's a city of skyscrapers, but there's enough greenery, there are concrete apartment blocks, but the magnificent colonial buildings are also there, there are tourist attractions and a business district, elite restaurants with Michelin Stars and a breathtaking road. Food (sometimes awarded a Michelin star). You can spend a lot in Singapore, but you can also save:
€ 30.4 (S $ 45.8 / 2,091.8) minimum budget per day in Singapore 🇸🇬. This is enough for a decent budget hostel, two trips on public transport, and food (the sum equals two lunches in inexpensive cafes).
This amount does not include travel and insurance costs. A return ticket from Moscow costs 27-28 thousand rubles. Slightly cheaper when selling (subscribe to the telegram channel @ samokatus so you don't miss them). Insurance can be found under the services or prices from € 0.7 per day.
A visa for Singapore can be applied for through intermediary companies. The consular fee is 30 Singapore dollars (1,369.4 ₽), there is an additional service fee: from 700 to 1000 rubles, depending on the company. A standard set of documents includes a questionnaire, airline tickets, accommodation reservations, and preferably insurance. Unmarried women under the age of 32 have stricter visa requirements: they need a certificate of employment, confirmation of financial support for the trip and a description of the trip on a budget.
- Visa information on the Singapore Embassy website
- Instructions for obtaining a visa
On the go, you can stay in Singapore for up to 96 hours without a visa... You can enter the country in any way, but you should only leave by plane to a third country. At the entrance, border guards may require you to present a paid ticket to a third country, confirmation of the availability of funds, and a hotel reservation if the transit is longer than 24 hours.
There are usually no problems with paying with cards. However, in some small shops you can only pay with a card using the national payment system NETS (like our "Welt"), and "Visa" and "Mastercard" are not accepted. For example, cash must be paid at street food points.
There are several ways to get to central Singapore from Changi Airport:
- On underground You can get to the main train stations in 40-50 minutes (you'll need to make a change). The cost of the ticket depends on the distance. On average, a trip to the center costs 2 dollars (91.3 ₽). You can take the metro from Terminals 2 and 3.
- Departure from the airport buses to different parts of the city. A trip costs approximately $ 2.5 (114.1 ₽). The driving time to the center is about an hour.
- Some hotels in the center can be reached via shuttle bus for $ 9 (410.8 ₽), round trip for 22 (1,004.3 ₽).
- taxi Central Singapore costs an average of $ 30 (1,369.4 ₽).
- Private transfer (Costs from 38 €) can be ordered on the website or.
What does public transport cost?
The public transportation system in Singapore includes buses, subways (including light rail lines) and a monorail.
- The cost of a trip by bus and subway depends on the distance and varies from $ 0.6 to $ 4 (27.4 to 182.6 rubles). 4 - 'nj to get from one end of the city to the other / ticket must be attached to the turnstile at the entrance and exit.
- The monorail ticket to Sentosa Island is $ 4 ($ 2.80) round-trip. You can also walk just 800 meters to the island (instead of the monorail).
To save money, consider purchasing an Ez-Link rechargeable card. It costs $ 12 (547.8 ₽), of which $ 5 is a non-refundable portion. The card allows you to pay for various types of transport at a discount.
For many bus and subway trips, it is worth buying a Singapore Tourist Pass. The cost of the card itself is $ 10 (456.5 ₽). These will be returned if the card is returned within 5 days. The ticket itself for 1 day costs 10 dollars (456.5 ₽), for 2 days - 16 dollars (730.4 ₽), for 3 days - 20 dollars (913.0 ₽).
What does a taxi cost?
The price of a taxi in Singapore is approximately 159.8 ₽ ($ 3.5) and one kilometer of the trip is 27.4 ₽ (0.6 dollars). Prices rise during peak hours and at night. There is an additional charge for calling a taxi. You can save money by using Grab's taxi call service. For example, an average taxi from the airport to the city center costs $ 30-40, a grave $ 20-30. You can estimate the price of a taxi and grab here: reide.guru.
What is the cost of gasoline and parking?
A liter of 95 gasoline in Singapore costs 2.2 dollars (100.4 ₽). An hour of parking in the center costs about US $ 5 (228.2 ₽), outside the center it is less, but everywhere there are problems finding free space. Plus, you still have to pay for toll roads (there are plenty of them). But there are almost no traffic jams.
However, you do not need this information. Nobody drives a car in Singapore.
Traveling in Southeast Asia by land transport
For buses, trains and ferries in Singapore and Malaysia, busonlineticket.com is usually the cheapest.
The second place that can help when traveling across the Southeast Asian area is. It is one of the largest companies in the region and offers online reservations for land and water transport (bus, ferry, plane and train tickets).
From Singapore, you can travel to the Indonesian islands of Bintan and Batam. A ferry that costs 1,825.9 arrives there in just 45 minutes. There are good beaches, but not much to do there. You have to fly to other places in Asia, but it is good that many low-cost airlines fly from Singapore (Air Asia, Scoot and others).
Hotels: In inexpensive hotels, just a few kilometers from the center, you can rent a double room for 30-35 € (e.g. Darlene Hotel, Diamond Hotel or Amrise Hotel), in the center the price is twice as high - from 65-70 € (for example Fragrance Hotel - Bugis or Hotel 81 Bugis). Most inexpensive options have a score of around 6-7. Rare options with an estimate of 8.5 cost between € 58 and € 60 further from the center (Chris Home Stay). In contrast to regular hotels, many capsule hotels offer good ratings from 40 to 45 € per capsule for two (e.g. The Atlas Station or Dream Lodge), closer to the center - around 50 € (for example, Galaxy Pods or MET A Space Pod) .
A room in a three-star hotel further from the center with a rating above 6.5 costs between 50 and 60 € (for example RedDoorz @ Aljunied, Q Loft Hotel or Harbor Ville Hotel), closer to the center - from 70-75 € (for example The Inn at Temple Street or Hotel Bencoolen Singapore). Please note the presence of a window when booking. Good option for rating, price and location up to € 80 per room - Hotel 1929 or Hotel Clover 7.
You can also book a double capsule (more on this below)
Hostels: The cheapest hostel costs 9-10 € for a place in a dormitory (for example in Little India, rating 7.7 - You can live). Better hostels start at € 20 (for example) but breakfast is usually included in that amount. A double room in a hostel costs € 30-50.
There's something between a hostel and a hotel - capsule hotels (“capsules” are often referred to as pods). They cost from € 20. There are a lot of them. Here are a few
- (Estimate 8.6, from 20 €)
- (Estimate 8.3, from 23 €)
When booking, the price is often shown excluding tax (7%) or service charge (10%). So expect to pay 7-17% more on-site.)
Find a hotel:
AirBnb: An apartment can be rented for € 45-50, but the options are few and it is worth booking in advance. A room costs € 30-35, further from the center there are few options at a cost of € 20-25.
If you don't have an AirBnb account, get € 36 on your first booking when you sign up using this link.
So cheap accommodation in Singapore will cost you € 10-15 per person per night.
Among the Singaporean mobile operators, the most favorable conditions are: A tourist SIM card for 5 days costs 15 dollars (684.7 rubles) and includes 100 GB of Internet, messages and calls (including 20 minutes international).
One way to save money on communication is to order a DrimSim SIM card for travelers in Russia. What we like about Drimsim:
- cheap internet. ~ € 10 for 1 GB in many countries around the world (with the exception of third world countries, which are rarely visited by tourists)
- the SIM card already works on the plane: you can order a taxi immediately or write to the host.
- billing is in megabytes, d. H. For 100 MB you give ~ 1 €. If you are traveling to a country with inexpensive internet for more than 3-4 days, consider buying a local SIM card. If less, then you should take a closer look at a travel SIM card.
The delivery of the card costs 10 €. If you register them using this link, you will receive € 7 as a gift in your account. The minimum top-up amount for Dreamsim is € 25. Look at this point.
In Singapore, 1GB of internet costs 20 euros (1,376.2 ₽), which is fine if you're in town with a short connection. Of course, if you need a lot of internet even with a short connection, it will be more profitable to buy a local SIM card.
- dinner or a business lunch at an inexpensive coffee shop or food court: $ 10-15 (456.5–684.7 ₽).
Food courts or hawker centers are usually the most popular restaurants, here is an overview. The hawker centers are spread across the city and serve Chinese, Malay and Korean food courts. The dish can cost $ 2 to $ 4, but it's quite a large volume.
Traditional Singaporean breakfast - "Kaya Toast" with butter and coconut jam, two boiled eggs and tea or coffee. This costs from 3 US dollars (684.7 ₽).
- Fast food / street food:
- noodles and rice dishes - $ 5-6 (228 228.2-273.9)
- a cup of cappuccino - $ 6 (273.9 ₽). For example Jewel Coffee.
- a glass of beer - from $ 11 (502.1 ₽) For example Molly Malones. The grocery store has cheap beer starting at $ 7.50. Inexpensive wine $ 10-15 a glass in a restaurant and $ 20-30 a bottle in the grocery store.
The prices in Singapore in supermarkets are on average a little higher than in Moscow. Some types of fruits and vegetables as well as seafood are cheaper. But alcohol and cigarettes are incredibly expensive. A pack of cigarettes is five times more expensive than in Russia. The three largest supermarket chains are Fairprice, Giant and Cold Storage (the most expensive). You can save money by buying products from FairPrice. There are 7 to 11 stores across the city.
There are several free tours available in Singapore. Participation in a city tour with a guide costs 12-15 €. You can find a Russian-language travel guide on sites like and.
Entrance fees to museums in Singapore vary. A ticket to the National Museum of Singapore is $ 15 (684.7 ₽), the Museum of Asian Civilizations is $ 8 (684.7 ₽) and the Art Museum is $ 6 (684.7 ,7).
A combination ticket for zoological parks in Singapore (zoo itself, night safari, river safari, bird park) costs 79 dollars (3,606.2 rubles), single tickets cost 29 to 45 dollars (1,323.8–2,054.2 rubles).
- The famous Marina Bay Sands Hotel
- futuristic gardens by the bay
- amusement island Sentosa
- night safari and zoo
- one of the largest ferris wheels in the world
- formula 1 night route
- Chinatown and Little India cultural districts
- haw par villa
- Orchard Road shopping street
Language. Everyone in Singapore speaks English. Although there is a special local version of English called "Singlish". Here are a few words and phrases to help you out.
- "Lah" (la) - nothing in particular, added to the end of every phrase, something like "Yo" (yo).
- "Can Can" means consent, simply "Yes". You can say "Can Lah".
- "Let's do" - let's eat.
- Kopi O Kosong dabao - Sugar-free black coffee to take away. The Malay coffee and tea naming system does not allow you to order Americano at the food court. Kosong means no sugar. If you want tea, it's te (te). If with milk "Kopi Si", if with condensed milk - then just kopi or te. Dabao means with you.
Weather... In Singapore it's +30 all year round. and higher March to August is dry season and very hot. The rainy season is from September to February. The worst is in November and December. Air conditioning systems are used to full capacity in public transport and in all buildings. The temperature is kept at +20, so it's worth taking warm clothes with you. At least a sweatshirt. It is also very humid in Singapore.
How much more expensive in Singapore compared to Moscow?
Prices for vacations in Singapore are higher than in Moscow. The food in cafes and restaurants is comparable in price, and there are many options in town for a cheap snack. Fruit and vegetables in the supermarket are often cheaper, but everything else is more expensive (especially cigarettes and alcohol). Public transportation and taxis in Singapore are also much more expensive. Learn more at numbeo.com.
When to arrive in Singapore
It is worth arriving in Singapore for 3-4 days. The weather is roughly the same all year round - hot and humid. Maximum rainfall from November to February. Due to its cultural diversity, Singapore celebrates various religious holidays as well as the regular and lunar New Years. Many facilities are closed for the Chinese New Year. Singapore is beautifully decorated with lights for Christmas. A parade is held on August 9, Singapore's Independence Day.
In addition to religious and public holidays, Singapore hosts interesting events and festivals throughout the year. For example SGIFF Film Festival, SIFA and Fringe Arts Festivals, ZoukOut Dance Music Festival and others.
A Formula 1 night race takes place in Singapore every September. Because of her, half of the center is closed and famous musicians are invited to the opening.
: 1 SGD \ u003d 0.7 EUR \ u003d 45.6 RUB.
Compiled by: Vasilisa (four years studying in Singapore), author of the telegram channel @lion_fish, where she writes about local customs, singles and the philosophy of emigrants.
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In Singapore, it is impossible to pay with any currency other than the Singapore dollar. Therefore, tourists must have goods and services with them, either in cash in Singapore dollars or with an active bank card. Singapore dollars can be purchased in advance from the bank, withdrawn from a bank card or exchanged upon arrival in Singapore.
The national currency of Singapore is the Singapore dollar (abbreviated - SGD), which is shown on the price tags as S $.
Singapore dollar exchange rate
At the time of this writing, the exchange rate was:
- the rate of the Singapore dollar to the US dollar - 1 SGD is equal to 0.72 USD;
- the rate of the Singapore dollar to the euro - 1 SGD is 0.64 EUR.
- the rate of the Singapore dollar to the ruble - SGD 1 is equivalent to RUB 47.55.
What Singapore Dollars Look Like
Singapore dollars in banknotes and coins
On the Singapore dollar bills the portrait of the first President of Singapore Yusuf bin Yitzhak (Encik Yusof Bin Ishak). Go around denominations $ 2, 5, 10, 50, 100, 1000 and 10,000. S $ 1,000 and S $ 10,000 bills are extremely rare.
Singaporecoins: 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents and 1 dollar. The obverse of the coins shows the landmarks or national images of Singapore and the reverse - floral motifs or the coat of arms of Singapore.
Withdraw cash from a card at an ATM in Singapore
Cash from a bank card can be withdrawn from cash machines (ATMs), of which there are many in Singapore. Most ATMs are located in shopping malls, near subway entrances, bank offices, and convenience stores. ATMs accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express.
ATMs near a subway station in Singapore
Currency exchange in Singapore
Change existing currency The Singapore dollar can be exchanged at airport exchange offices, in major shopping malls and in some hotels.
Note that Exchange offices only work during the day... If you need cash in the evening or early in the morning, you may have trouble changing money. In this case, it is better to be able to withdraw cash from a bank card.
Payment by credit card in Singapore
If you don't like messing around with cash, go to any store you can pay by cardWhen the purchase amount is greater than the limit (usually it is $ 5-15 and depends on the rules of the store).
Most taxis accept both cash and credit cards for payment. Everything to make life easier. And of course card payments are accepted in cafes and restaurants. Even so, you should have at least a few dozen Singapore dollars in your pocket. They will come in handy, at least for paying for the subway or doing small purchases for a few dollars.
The Singapore dollar is very easy to use - just follow our advice.The tiny island nation of Singapore is similar to Switzerland - it has its own stable and well-developed banking system, low levels of government corruption and a high standard of living. The Singapore currency underpins all of this by creating one of the most reliable and stable currencies in the region. Tourists will have no problem exchanging money - US dollars can be easily exchanged at any money changer or bank across the island. Singapore is a modern, modernized country, so it makes sense that the same rules apply here as in New York or London. In fact, this is good news for shoppers and tax-free goods as most stores accept both credit cards and cash.
Legal currency in SingaporeSingapore dollar(SGD, also popularly known as "Sing Dollar") is the country's official currency. Paper bills come in denominations of $ 2, $ 5, $ 10, and $ 50 (less commonly, $ 100, $ 500, $ 1,000, and $ 10,000). The coins are issued in amounts of 5, 10, 20, 50 cents and $ 1. Brunei dollars is also legal in a country with a 1: 1 exchange rate that is the result of an agreement between two small southeastern countries. Some malls and hotels accept US and Australian dollars, Japanese yen, and pounds sterling. Many stores also accept these currencies. In addition, they accept travelers checks at a lower rate than currency exchange offices.
Currency exchange in Singapore: exchangers and banksSingapore is Asia's largest financial center and therefore filled with banks and money exchange offices. You can change money at banks or official money exchange offices anywhere in the city. License clauses You can find it at Changi Airport, Orchard Road, in shopping malls and in the central business district near City Hall. In addition, points are located in other major locations (such as Little India and Chinatown). Look for the Licensed Money Exchange sign for honest service. The exchange rate is different from the banks (it's even better as there is no service charge for the points). Many exchange offices will also change other currencies, but it's best to ask first. Banks will also convert your money to local dollars. There are banks on every corner where you can make an exchange, but banks can charge a fee of S $ 3 per transaction. The banks are open on weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
ATMs in SingaporeCash machines (ATM) Scattered all over the city - every bank, subway station or mall has ATMs. With Plus or Cloud ATMs, you can withdraw money from your ATM. Most ATMs accept Visa and Mastercard.
Credit cardsMost credit cards are accepted across the island. Additional charges for card transactions are prohibited. Any business trying to get an additional fee must be reported to the credit card company that owns the card:
- American Express (www.americanexpress.com, + 65-6299-8133)
- Diners Club (www.dinersclub.com.sg, + 65-6294-4222)
- JCB (www.jcbusa.com /, + 65-6734-0096)
- MasterCard & Visa (1800-345-1345)
TipYou don't have to go to tea in Singapore. This practice is discouraged at Changi Airport and is not expected in most restaurants and hotels. Even taxi drivers and vendors in food courts and coffee shops do not expect tips.
How to spend as long as possible in SingaporeSingapore's reputation as the most valuable country in Southeast Asia is hardly deserved. Although it is definitely more expensive than Kuala Lumpur or Yangon, you can use these proven rulesso as not to go broke and visit the city:
- Eat at food courts.With cheap dishes around every corner, you are unlikely to have to eat at expensive Singapore restaurants. Lunch on the food courts costs a little more than S $ 5.
- Use public transport.Forget about Uber and take advantage of the EZ-Link card, which gives you access to the country's state-of-the-art public transportation system. A card works both on buses and on the subway.
- Sleep in hostels or budget hotels.We understand that you might want to book a room on Orchard Road or Marina Bay. However, if you want to save some money, you should try one of the cheap Singapore hotels that are close to the historic city: Chinatown or Kampong Glam.
The tiny nation-state of Singapore is called the Switzerland of Southeast Asia because of its stable and well-developed banking system, the low level of government corruption and the high standard of living. Singapore money takes center stage, creating one of the most stable and reliable currencies in the region.
Visitors will have no problem exchanging their USD for Singapore currency at one of the many exchange offices or banks across the island. Lower expectations just don't apply - Singapore is a fully modernized nation and visitors can expect to be playing the same rules for money as they are in London or New York.
This is great news for travelers looking to explore Singapore's diverse shopping and duty free retail experience. Most stores take plastic and good money with no problem.
Legal tender in Singapore
Singapore dollar (SGD, known in the street as "Sing the Dollar") is Singapore's official currency. Paper banknotes are denominated in US $ 2, 5, 10 and 50 (more rarely there are US $ 100, 500, 1000 and 10,000 notes). Coins come in 5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents and a face value of 1 dollar.
Thanks to an agreement between two tiny Southeast Asian countries, the Brunei dollar is also legal tender in Singapore at an exchange rate of 1: 1.
Some malls and hotels accept US dollars, Australian dollars, Japanese yen, and pounds sterling. Many stores accept these denominations, including travelers checks, at a slightly lower rate than currency exchange offices.
For information on how far your dollar can go in Singapore, see: What $ 100 Will You Buy In Southeast Asia?
Currency exchange in Singapore: exchange offices and banks
Singapore is an important Asian financial center and therefore has a fully developed banking and stock exchange system. Money can be exchanged at banks and official exchange offices throughout the city-state.
Licensed exchangers It is located at Singapore's Changi Airport, Orchard Road shopping malls, the business district near City Hall, and other major shopping areas (such as Little India and Chinatown). Look for the Licensed Changer badge for quick and honest service.
The exchange rates of the exchange offices are competitive with the exchange rates of the banks (even better as the exchange offices do not charge a service fee). Many exchange offices sell many currencies in addition to Singapore dollars, but ask first.
Banks will also convert your dollars to local currency. There is a bank on every corner to do business with. However, banks can charge a flat fee of S $ 3 per transaction.
The banks are open from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Weekdays and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
ATMs in Singapore
ATMs (ATMs) are located throughout the city-state - each bank, subway station, or mall has its own. With vending machines with a plus or cirrus sign, you can withdraw money from your own ATM. Most ATMs allow you to withdraw Visa or Mastercard.
- United Overseas Bank - Sitemap (to find out the location of the ATMs, click the ATMs link in the General Information section.)
- StreetDB Singapore - Closest ATM
Major credit cards are accepted across the island. Surcharges for purchases made with credit cards are not allowed and stores attempting to impose one should be reported to the credit card company:
- American Express (www.americanexpress.com, + 65-6299-8133)
- Diners Club (www.dinersclub.com.sg, + 65-6294-4222)
- JCB (www.jcbusa.com/, + 65-6734-0096)
- MasterCard & Visa (1800-345-1345)
Tip in Singapore
There is no need to tip in Singapore. This practice is not recommended at Changi Airport and is not expected in facilities with a 10 percent service charge (see: Most Hotels and Restaurants). Even taxi drivers, shopping malls and cafes don't expect tips.
How to make money in Singapore
Singapore's reputation as the most valuable country in Southeast Asia is hardly deserved. While visiting Kuala Lumpur or Yangon is certainly more expensive, there are certain rules you can follow to ensure you don't go broke visiting Lion City:
Eat in shopping malls. With a cheap mall on almost every corner, you have no excuse to dine in Singapore's expensive restaurants. Hawker food is only SGD 5 per serving.
Take public transport.Leave Uber behind and grab an EZ-Link card that gives you access to Singapore's super-efficient public transportation system. Subway and bus prices are stored on an EZ-Link card.
Stay in a hostel or budget hotel.We got it: you want to stay in the middle of the action, so book a room on Orchard Road and Marina Bay if possible. But if you want to save some money you have to try one of the cheap Singapore hotels while staying near ethnic enclaves like Chinatown or Kampong Glam.
Before a tourist from Russia goes to Singapore, he has to find out what currency he can bring to that country. It doesn't hurt to find out the Singapore dollar's rate against the ruble, either. This can be done not only in the nearest bank branches, but also online on the Internet.
The main currency that can be paid in Singapore is the Singapore Dollar (SGD). Tourists should take a trip in US dollars or euros that can be exchanged for local money at any exchange office or bank. It is not advisable to take Russian rubles with you. In Singapore, even with a strong desire, they cannot be exchanged. Residents of Kazakhstan (their currency is tenge) and many other republics that were previously part of the USSR should take this into account.
Tourists traveling to Singapore need an accurate exchange rate. Today, one Singapore dollar is roughly equivalent to 48.5 rubles. Future travelers also need information about larger quantities:
- 20 SGD costs about 970 rubles;
- 30 - about 1,455 rubles;
- 50 - about 2,425 rubles;
- 100 - about 4850 rubles;
- 200 - about 9700 rubles;
- 500 - about 24249 rubles, etc.
To change American currency for Singapore money, you also need to know the Singapore dollar to US dollar rate. Today, one Singapore dollar is roughly equivalent to $ 0.74. The rate of the Singapore dollar to the euro today is as follows: One SGD is roughly equivalent to EUR 0.65.
The currency converter available on our website will show you more relevant information. To use it you need to choose two currencies and enter the required amount. The calculator delivers an accurate result in a matter of seconds (the data is updated daily).
Where is the best place to change?
First of all, you can exchange dollars or euros for local bills at the airport as soon as you arrive. Finding a bank that conducts foreign exchange transactions is not difficult. It is located near the baggage claim area. Tourists can also buy a SIM card for their phone at this bank branch. However, the exchange rate is not the most profitable here. So unless there is a special need, it is better to exchange small amounts at the airport, which will be used to pay for the trip to the hotel.
To buy Singapore bills at a cheaper rate, a tourist can go to any of the exchange offices in different parts of the city. Most often, exchangers are located in hotels, at subway stations and in large shopping centers. You can recognize them by the light panels that show the exchange rates. The usual working hours of the exchange offices are from ten in the morning to five or eight in the evening. You can also find exchangers around the clock.
You can exchange at such points without worrying about fraud or deception. Such organizations operate honestly and legally. It is worth remembering that the most profitable is to change large amounts immediately. In such cases, tourists can be offered the cheapest price.
In addition to exchange offices, local banks also sell local currencies. The exchange rate in them can be less favorable than in exchange offices. Most banks work weekdays from half past nine in the morning to half past four in the evening. The banks close at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. Sunday in the bank structures is a day off.
If a tourist flies home and has some local money left over, exchanging for euros or dollars works without any problems. You can get the required currency at the airport by going to the duty free zone.
If for any reason your money exchange failed, you can pay with a credit card in Singapore. Visa and Mastercsard payments are accepted in shopping malls, hotels and restaurants. Taxi drivers charge an additional 15% commission for paying for travel by card. Hence, it is best to pay for a taxi in cash. When sellers pay in some stores, they give discounts to buyers who give paper money for the goods.
If a tourist who has a Russian bank card needs cash, he can always withdraw it from ATMs, which are located in every part of the city in Singapore at almost every step. When you redeem a ruble card, the ATM issues local bills. The minimum withdrawal amount is SGD 20. You can withdraw up to two thousand SGD at a time. You shouldn't withdraw money in crowded places where pickpockets and petty thieves usually live.
It is important to know!
Tourists coming to Singapore should consider a number of nuances and important details related to money that will help them not to find themselves in an awkward situation when paying for goods or services:
1). In stores, restaurant menus, and various price lists, the Singapore dollar can be denoted by the $ symbol, sometimes the Latin letter S (S $) is added. You will also find the U $ symbol on the price tags. This means that the price is in US dollars. You need to look very carefully at such inscriptions.
2).In some cases, after the cost of a product or service, you may see additional symbols on the price tags, knowing what value you can understand how much the product actually costs:
- the plus sign (+) means that a 10% service charge (tip) must be added to the cost of a product or service.
- the symbol "two plus" (++) indicates that in addition to the tip of 10%, another 7% must be added to the price (tax on goods similar to the value-added tax known in Russia as VAT).
- "Nice" tells the buyer that this is the total cost of the purchase or service. There are no additional fees.
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