Singapore Flyer is something one might not miss while on their vacation to the beautiful destination of Singapore. Standing tall at 165m, the stunning ferry wheel that moves at snail’s pace amazes the visitors with the 360-degree perfect view of Singapore from such a good height. London Eye is not as tall as Singapore Flyer, and the Flyer is not just an observatory wheel but a lot more than that. For my second visit, I chose a brighter time than the eight p.m. which was the first time I went to view the city from the Flyer.
The Flyer wasn’t the best spot, though, at least for me to get a view of the Singapore city, for the reason that the 57-floor Marina Bay Sands’ Skypark is easily taller than this and gives a better view. But this doesn’t make the Flyer a bad choice if you wanted to spend 30 minutes exploring the different parts of the city from the height of 165m.
Based on the time of the day and the crowd visiting the Flyer, you will see the capsule filled accordingly. Each capsule can easily accommodate about 28 people, and the glass has UV protection, thus another plus for the visitors who are much skeptical about the sunlight hitting them for the 30 minutes while they are in the capsule. The Singapore Flyer opens early at 8:30 a.m. and keeps rotating till 10:30 p.m. in the night and you would never really feel that the wheel is rotating, due to its slow pace.
Located at 30 Raffles Avenue, Singapore, the Flyer can be reached by the various ways of transportation, but if you are a foreign tourist, it is better to catch a taxi which is the easiest option. For the ones who choose MRT, it is the Promenade Station (Circle Line, CC4) which you have to get down at, from where the Singapore Flyer is a mere five-minute walk.
There are some good extras at the Flyer – Restaurants, Juice point, 6D theater, Subway, Fish Spa and more, thus, you aren’t going to the Flyer only for the 30-minute ride.
My experience here was perfect both the times, and the second time, during August 2014 was when the security area enhancement was seen, and we were shown the screens and the X-ray machines through which our bags have to be sent for the security check, and we have to walk through the metal detector, just like in Airports. From there, there was an art gallery we had to pass through, and there is a giant round wheel where rotating it would show the pictures of the construction of the Singapore Flyer – how the central pillars were placed, then the capsules and the entire timeline of it.
It took no more than 10 minutes for me to get out of the taxi, take the tickets and reach the entrance of the capsule which was moving slowly and I was guided by the crew which was quite helpful and very much active. Whatever experience in the capsule, was something one should experience. The amazing view of the city – Singapore! Never fails to impress.
What can I see from Singapore Flyer?
Almost the entire city, except for the stuff behind the tall skyscrapers and Marina Bay because they are taller than the Flyer, but whatever the important buildings and places are there, you get a view of all of them from the top point at 165m height.
- Collyer Quay
- Raffles Place
- The Fullerton Singapore
- Esplanade – Theatres On The Bay
- Merlion Park
- Empress Place
- Singapore River
- Fort Canning Park
- Floating Stadium
- F1 Circuit
- New Bridge
- Art Park
- Marina Barrage
- Marina Bay Sands
What is the best time to go to Singapore Flyer?
I visited the Flyer twice, and purposefully chose two different times, and I felt it was the sunset time better for the view. The night is nowhere a bad time at Singapore, but the glass of the capsule might limit you from taking some clear photos of the city area while you are on the top.
The sunlight and heat are not going to matter much because the Flyer capsules are Air conditioned. Thus, try to go in the evening time when the sun is about to set. The view towards Marina Bay, Merlion Park, and Esplanade is the best at that time.
How much does the Singapore Flyer flight cost?
It is $33 for an adult, and $21 for a child, while for a senior citizen, the ticket would cost $24.
These prices were for the basic flight where you get into the capsule and get the view of the city. But if you are someone who loves to experience more, the Flyer has some options as follows.
- Full Butler Sky Dining from S$249 per couple – Great for those who wanted to surprise their spouse, fiance/fiancee, etc.
- VIP Signature Cocktail Flight S$69.00
- Moët & Chandon Champagne Flight – S$69.00
- Express Boarding Flight S$52.00
Are there any risks?
Not at all, especially because of the speed. You really won’t notice that you are 165m above the ground, because it isn’t something like the cable car, and the chamber is large like a room where you can stand or sit based on your comfort. I was joined by an elderly person in the same capsule, and he was enjoying it quite well.
Tips for Singapore Flyer Visitors
- The first thing you need to keep in mind is that you should better buy the ticket at the Flyer counter rather than purchasing it online. There is no huge crowd, and you will not have to stand in a queue for most of the times, and the online booking limits your visit to a particular time, and you cannot skip it, in case there is a bad weather.
- If you are on a Singapore tour in a normal season, not during any special day, then you will not have to worry about the crowd. But if it is something like the Singapore National Day or the special days mentioned in the Singapore Flyer’s website, you can see the queue extending for even a 100m length.
- Don’t miss the 6D theater which is quite an experience once you are back from the Flyer. It is somewhere on the second floor if I’m right.
- If you are taking your kids along, you can take them to the lowest floor where there is a nice little pond with lots of fishes to check out.
- Once you get out of the Flyer, try to go to the river side from the back side where you see not many people, and the sunset time is the best to sit and enjoy the evening viewing the Marina Bay on the front and Flyer on the back.
- If you have a fear of heights, better take some medication because 165 meters is no less although the movement is not going to make you feel anything. Standing near the edge of the capsule and suddenly looking down to the ground could give you some waves if you already fear to go to the terrace of a 20-storey building.