Travel Tips

We’ve gathered some information about traveling to Singapore to help you plan your trip.

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Southeast Asia is a subregion of about 4.5 million square kilometers, south of China, east of India, west of New Guinea and north of Australia. Singapore is that tiny red dot you see, and it’s easy to reach, and to get around and stay for a week. It’s a very well-connected city-state. It is quite tiny, but surrounded by big neighbors with even bigger hearts. Malaysia, which Singapore was once part of; the Indonesian archipelago; the Philippines; Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia. It is all close enough to hop over for a day or two to explore what was the East Indies.

Important Travel Information

Before you go, please be aware that you may need a visa, and that each country has different rules. This website lists countries and regions that require a visa to enter Singapore, but you should conduct your own research to verify this information. All travelers to Singapore must meet these entry requirements, according to Singapore’s Immigration & Checkpoints Authority.

Getting There

Singapore’s Changi Airport is the “World’s Best Airport” three years running!

Hotels in Singapore

Look to stay near the National Design Centre, which is where we will gather in the mornings.

The Oxford Hotel has offered Symposium participants a discounted rate of S$130 per night, including breakfast. To take advantage of this special, contact Josephine at and mention that you are attending the Urban Sketchers Symposium.

Group accommodations are now available. Our co-host, Temasek Polytechnic, is offering their learning space, an apartment block at Global Connect Village. See this post for more information.

A wide variety of hotels are available within walking distance of the National Design Centre. Here are some with a variety of prices and ratings:

1 Star – S$27 to S$47 per night including taxes

G4 Station Backpackers’ Hostel, Mackenzie Road

Hawaii Hostel, Bencoolen Street

Plush Pods Hotel, Tan Quee Lan Street

2 Stars – S$51 to S$146 per night including taxes

The Pod – Boutique Capsule Hotel, Beach Road

85 Beach Garden Hotel, Beach Road

Hotel 81 Heritage, Jalan Sultan

Fragrance Hotel, Middle Road

Hotel 81, Bencoolen Street

Beach Hotel, Beach Road

Hangout @ Mt Emily, Upper Wilkie Road

Amaris Hotel by Santika, Middle Road

Victoria Hotel, Victoria Street

3 Stars – S$83 to S$210 per night including taxes

Soluxe Inn, Mackenzie Road

Fragrance Hotel Selegie, Selegie Road

J8 Hotel, Townshend Road

Marrison Hotel, Beach Road

Summer View Hotel, Bencoolen Street

Hotel Bencoolen, Bencoolen Street

Strand Hotel, Bencoolen Street

Ibis Singapore, Bencoolen Street

Bayview Hotel, Bencoolen Street

4 Stars – S$158 to S$258 per night including taxes

V Hotel Bencoolen, Bencoolen Street

The Sultan, Jalan Sultan

BIG Hotel, Middle Road

Hotel Royal @ Queens, Queen Street

Hotel Grand Pacific , Victoria Street