Getting to Sentosa island from mainland Singapore is one of the most commonly asked question. This is the question I also had when we moved to Singapore back in 2017. Now I know the answers and am sharing the options of getting to the island of fun below:
GETTING TO SENTOSA ISLAND FROM MAINLAND SINGAPORE
Although an island, Sentosa is easily accessible from mainland Singapore. Below are some of the options:
The most convenient one is taking a taxi or a ride via Grab app (Uber is not available in Singapore). Taxi’s in Singapore are clean and air conditioned, relatively cheap and drivers do not attempt to cheat like in some other countries in South East Asia. Note that you may be asked to pay a small extra fee (2-6 SGD) to access the island applicable for cars and taxis.
There is a monorail shuttle service to and from Sentosa. The ride takes ~5 minutes and departs from Vivo City Mall departure station. The ride costs 4 SGD. To reach this mall by public transport just take MRT (subway in Singapore) the North-East Line or Circle Line and alight at the HarbourFront Station. Sentosa Express monorail shuttle station is on the third floor of the mall. Easy to find, just follow the signs.
The journey over can be as much fun as the island itself. This one is our favourite as it offers great views and my daughter seems to love heights. You can jump in a cable car on the Mount Faber Peak and enjoy a comfortable ride into the island.
We took the ride like a thousand times and it has always been pretty empty despite many tourists and locals going to Sentosa. Most of the times Thea and I were alone in a cable car, a couple of times there were 2-3 other passengers. More information about getting to Sentosa island by a cable car is here.
If the weather is not too hot (this does happen sometimes) and you are up for a walk, you can take a stroll to the island from VivoCity Shopping Mall’s waterfront promenade which has been made easy by two-way canopy-covered travellators.
If you love cycling it’s another great and free way to access the island. Cycling on the island is safe and convenient. You can rent a shared bike here.
I don’t own a car in Singapore so I have never personally tried this option, but if you own or rent one you can drive and enter the island via the Sentosa Gateway. Please note there is a small fee to enter the island applicable to cars and taxis and it ranges from 2-6 SGD depending on what time you go.
Know before you go
Please note that there are many hotels located on the island as well. Agoda has some awesome deals. I’m inserting the link here, check them out!
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And one last piece of advice, if you are going to visit all or several of the attractions on Sentosa consider purchasing combo tickets or Unlimited Attractions Pass. That way you save on tickets. Some sample combo tickets to attractions we recommend visiting:
Universal Studio, S.E.A Aquarium & Adventure Cove Waterpark
Combo: Universal Studio Singapore and S.E.A Aquarium
Singapore City Card: Unlimited Attractions Pass
READ MORE ABOUT SENTOSA ISLAND WITH KIDS:
The ultimate Sentosa bucketlist- a go to with kids guide
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