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Getting to Sentosa

Sentosa Express from Vivo City

There’s a few ways to get across to Sentosa Island. Firstly, you can simply walk across the boardwalk from Vivo City at Harbour Front, and pay a S$1 entry fee to the island. You can then take the Sentosa Express back for free.

The next, and most popular way, is to take the Sentosa Express, a short 4-stop monorail leaving from within Vivo City on level 3. This costs $4 and includes entrance to the island. You can either pay using your EZ-link card, or purchase a “Sentosa Pass” smart card. You can also purchase an “Islander card” if you plan to visit Sentosa often, giving you unlimited rides for a year for S$25. Setnosa Express runs 07:00 ~ 00:00.

For S$2 round trip, you can take bus RWS 8 from the bus stop outside Vivo City, 06:00 ~ 23:30.

You can take a taxi to or from the island, but you will pay a surcharge.

Finally, the Cable Car (S$26 Adults, S$15 Children) is the ultimate way to get to Sentosa Island, albeit more expensive. Find out all about the cable car and the “jewel card” here.

Singapore Cable Car

Singapore’s Cable Car takes you from HarbourFront to Mount Faber & Sentosa Island, in an 8 seater cabin with full 360 panoramic views over Singapore’s skyline, the harbour and Sentosa. If its not busy, you can try to get your own car to yourselves, but otherwise they will group you with others. They play light music (like jazz) inside, and there are fans but not a/c. The ride takes about 10-15min from the top at Mount Faber to the bottom at Sentosa.

It opened in 1974 and has been not just a mode of transport but a tourist attraction ever since. They periodically update the cabin designs and colours and add novelties like glass bottoms. There are currently 7 VIP cabins with Glass floor enhanced with Swarovski crystal elements.

S$26 Adults, S$15 children, or you can purchase a Faber Licence for S$39 for 12 months unlimited rides on the Cable car, and Sentosa Express! It also gives you a 30% discount for a friend’s ticket, and 20% off at some restaurants and shops on Mount Faber and Sentosa Island. If you plan to go on the cable car even twice within a year, its worth it.

The HarbourFront Cable Car station is about a 5-10min walk from HarbourFront MRT. Take exit B into HarbourFront Tower II, go up the escalators, and across the bridge, down to street level and turn left into the square after the first large building. There are signs posted along the way.

Daily 08:45 ~ 22:00 (last boarding 21:30)

Universal Studios Sentosa

Universal Studios Sentosa is the newest branch of the theme park with the grand opening in 2011. It was also the first branch to get the Transformers 3D ride, which is great and probably the best use of Stereoscopic 3D I’ve seen (Shrek 4D at Universal being the worst). Battlestar Galactica offers two different, co-running roller coasters, The Mummy is a coaster-in-the-dark thrill-ride and Jurrassic Park Rafting will get you nice and wet. There are more rides but these are the best. The Waterworld Show is also pretty good, lots of stunts and no animals involved.

I suggest you visit during the week and early in the day, where you will have minimal waiting. On a weekend or public holiday, you will spend most of your time in queues, whereas during off-peak periods you can go on every ride two or three times. You can buy an express pass to speed things up, but this is per-person and only works once per ride.

Surprisingly, the food inside the park is not bad for vegans. The pricing is reasonable, and the park map even lists which restaurants have vegetarian options. I visited the Indian restaurant inside the Ancient Egypt area, and they had a number of vegan choices.

Tickets are S$75 for adults, S$54 for children. Express pass additional S$30.

Take the Sentosa Express (S$3.50, return is free) from Vivo City at Harbourfront MRT station, and alight at Waterfront Station. Or you can take the Bus RWS 8 from Vivo City for S$2 return.

Daily 10:00 ~ 19:00