As there is no international airport in Sentosa, passengers need to take a flight to mainland Singapore to reach the city. Changi International Airport is the main airport. It is located at a distance of 17.2 kilometres north-east from the commercial centre in Changi. It is a regional hub of Singapore Airlines, Singapore Airlines Cargo, SilkAir, Tiger Airways, Jetstar Asia Airways, Valuair and Jett8 Airlines Cargo. It is also a secondary hub for Qantas.
The airport has three terminals namely T1, T2 & T3 and a dedicated Budget Terminal for low-cost airlines. The latter serves airlines like Tiger Airways, Cebu Pacific, Firefly and Berjaya Air. Singapore Airlines uses both terminals T2 and T3. A free Skytrain service connects the various terminals.
Terminal T2 has an indoor garden, a music listening area with couches, a computer gaming room, a small movie theatre, paid massage service and plenty of duty-free shops. Terminal T1 has a swimming pool and Jacuzzi.
T1 operates Malaysia Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Royal Brunei Airlines, Air Canada and Austrian Airlines. Internet access is available at all the terminals. ATMs and money changers are also located at all the terminals.
Terminal 3 serves China Eastern Airlines, Jet Airways, Qatar Airways and United Airlines. Further, the airport also has a JetQuay CIP Terminal that is located next to terminal T2.
Changi International Airport is located at a distance of 21.33 kilometres from Sentosa. From the airport, one needs to head towards the East Coast Parkway (ECP) and exit at Keppel Road. From here, one can travel to Telok Blangah Road and drive to Sentosa. The travelling distance between Sentosa and Changi International Airport is 10 minutes, depending on the traffic.
Transfers to city
To reach the island resort Sentosa, one can travel from Singapore mainland. From mainland Singapore, the island is accessible through the North-East Line of the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT).
One can reach the HarbourFront at Singapore and then travel to Level 3 of VivoCity. From here, the Sentosa Express monorail, which operates from 7 am to 11:45 pm, takes passengers to Sentosa. The frequency of the service is 5 to 8 minutes. The fare for this journey is 106.20 INR.
Alternatively, one can also take a SMRT bus for Sentosa from the mainland. The RW8 operates till VivoCity from the HarbourFront MRT station. From the Outram MRT station of mainland Singapore, RWS 68 SMRT buses can be boarded. On weekends, one can also opt for the RWS 88 from City Hall MRT station of the mainland.
From mainland Singapore, public buses also run for Sentosa. One can take the orange Sentosa bus from the HarbourFront Bus interchange. Another bus service, namely Sentosa Rider connects Singapore mainland with Sentosa. One can board the bus from Marriott Hotel, Heeren, Raffles Hotel and Singapore Flyer. The service is also available from Orchard Road, Marina Bay and Chinatown.
A taxi or private car needs to pay an entry tax of 70.83 INR to enter Sentosa from Singapore mainland. From HarbourFront and Mount Faber in the mainland, cable cars run for Sentosa. From Singapore, one can reach Sentosa on foot via the Sentosa Boardwalk.
Visitors can also travel to Sentosa from Singapore by The Sentosa Express. The station that is located at VivoCity (Lobby L, Level 3) connects Sentosa with HarbourFront Center and St. James Power Station in Singapore mainland.
From the Tuas Checkpoint, also known as the 2nd Link, tourists can travel along Telok Blangah Road to reach Sentosa. One can also travel to Singapore mainland from Johor Bahru via the Woodlands Causeway Checkpoint. From the Pasir Panjang Road and Telok Blangah Road, one can travel to Sentosa.
A ferry service also links Sentosa's ferry terminal with Singapore mainland and the southern islands of Kusu & St. John. The service begins from Marina South Pier at Singapore, reaches Sentosa, Kusu & St. John and then retraces its path.
The service is operational from Monday to Saturday. There are two services on these days, one at 10 am and the next at 1:30 pm. 5 services operate on Sunday and public holidays. These run at 9 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm & 5 pm. The cost of the trip is 529.27 INR. Tourists coming by ferry are not required to pay any entry fee at Sentosa Island.
Jewel Cable Car Ride is another way to travel from Singapore to Sentosa. These can be boarded at HarbourFront Tower Two and passengers can alight at Imbiah Lookout in Sentosa. The service is operational from 8.30 am to 10 pm daily. A one-way trip by this mode of transport costs 849.64 INR.
Public transport from Singapore to Sentosa is also available through EZ-Link smart card. The card can be purchase with a non-refundable fee of 176.98 INR.
At the Sentosa Islands, I plan to catch the following (other than Universal Studios, of course) based on general public feedback.
- Sentosa CineBlast + Desperados - 2-IN-1
- Megazip (Not too adventurous so avoiding Climbmax, Parajump, Northface)
- Luge & Skyride
- Underwater World and Dolphin Lagoon
- Songs of the Sea
- Animal & Bird Encounters at Palawan Amphitheatre
- Segway Fun Ride (on secure circuit)
- Southernmost point of Continental Asia
For anyone who has covered Sentosa Islands as comprehensively as possible, could you please guide me on a few queries…
1) I have short-listed the following to save time and money. But am I missing anything really worthwhile from the above mentioned rides/shows/attractions?
2) Would I be able to cover all this within one day? Will it he a rush-n-run experience?
3) Do I need to go for advance booking for any of these rides? I plan to visit in Apr-May 2012… is that peak period?
4) What kind of transport is available within Sentosa to go from one attraction point to other? Are they really far-away from each other? Are there any shuttle services and how much would it cost? I don’t have personal transport…
5) What are the best economical pure veg food options within Sentosa?
6) Finally, how much would I compromise on the fun if I take along my 2-yr son, since I guess kids are not allowed on most rides?
Would really appreciate genuine feedback. Thanks in advance.
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