These are some budget and expenses notes on my 5-day trip to Singapore and Legoland Malaysia. To start, I haven’t actually tallied the exact totals because each in our group had varying contributions on shared expenses but I will try to estimate how much we spent and list down major costs during the trip to give you an idea.

Expenses Estimates

For two people traveling to Singapore for 5 days using the same itinerary that we did, my estimated budget would be around P25,000 to P26,000 for expenses within Singapore.

This is assuming that the travelers will: (1) stay in a hostel for the first two nights; (2) take the 2 night multi-attraction package at Resorts World Sentosa; (3) visit the same theme parks; (4) dine mostly at Hawker-type stalls; (5) ride the public trains, and taxis from time to time, to get around.

Add-in the round trip flights from Manila, Manila Airport terminal fee, and Philippine Travel tax, the total expenses should be around P32,000 to P33,000.

Travel date — 2014

List of expenses

Peso Equivalent
Pre/post trip and Day 1 to 2
Iloilo-Manila-Iloilo (round trip) Flight via Philippine AirlinesPHP3,280 per person
Manila-Singapore-Manila (round trip) Flight via Singapore AirlinesUSD148.93 per personPHP6404 per person
Manila-NAIA Airport Terminal Fee for International FlightsPHP550 per person
Philippine Travel Tax (for outbound Filipino travelers)PHP1,620 per person
Bunc@Radius Clarke Quay Hostel: 2 nights stay at family room (shared bathroom ). Paid during check-outSGD440 per room for two nights or SGD73 per personPHP2628 per person for two nights
Legoland Adventure Package: Two way transfers + Legoland Park admissionSGD68 per personPHP2448 per person
Day 3 to 5
3D2N Hotel + Multi-Attractions Package at Festive Hotel (also includes USS, SEA Aquarium, and Adventure Cove admission for two adults)SGD808 for two people for two nightsPHP29,088 for two people for two nights
Universal Studios Singapore Adult AdmissionSGD74 per personPHP2664 per person
S.E.A Aquarium Singapore Adult AdmissionSGD38 per personPHP1368 per person
Adventure Cove Singapore Adult AdmissionSGD36 per personPHP1296 per person
Sentosa Cable Car Adult AdmissionSGD29 per personPHP1044 per person
Singapore Zoo Adult AdmissionSGD28 per personPHP1008 per person
Other expenses
Singapore MRT and LRT FaresSGD1.75 (average) or SGD10 total (approx) + SGD5 non-refundable depositPHP360 per person
Taxi faresSGD9.3 (average) per ride.PHP334.8 per ride
Food at Hawker-type stallsSGD5 to 10 per meal or SGD8 (average)P288 per meal

For those who want to travel cheaper, it of course possible to travel more cheaply in Singapore by doing away with some of the theme parks (and their expensive admission fees). We didn’t get to explore most parts of each stop we made (because we wanted to cover more ground), so excluding some and spending more time on each theme park is also a good alternative.

In addition, there are a lot of cheap yet worthwhile thrills and activities to do in Singapore like taking self-guided walking tours around its cultural districts and nature parks. It’s possible to do a 5-day trip to Singapore for PHP18,000 to PHP25,000 (including round trip flights from Manila and expenses in Singapore).