When to go
Singapore is in the tropics and prone to sudden downpours all year round, but the rainiest months are October–January. In a country where shopping is the national pastime, it makes sense for the sales to be exceptional: May–July brings the Great Singapore Sale, an eight-week retail extravaganza (www.greatsingaporesale.com.sg). Pick up a Tourist Privilege Card from any visitor centre and you’ll get extra benefits.
PlanesSingapore’s superb Changi Airport (www.changiairport.com) is served by more than 80 international carriers, including Singapore Airlines (www.singaporeair.com), British Airways (www.ba.com), Qantas (www.qantas.com), Virgin Atlantic (www.virgin-atlantic.com), Emirates (www.emirates.com), KLM (www.klm.com) and Malaysia Airlines (www.malaysiaairlines.com).
TrainsYou can reach Singapore by rail from Malaysia and Thailand: travel in style on the Eastern & Oriental Express (www.orient-express.com). From the airport there’s a fast 30-minute train transfer to the city on the MRT, Singapore’s tube system, but the catch is you can only take one small piece of luggage on board. Within the city itself, you can’t beat the MRT: it’s cheap, clean and super-efficient. Buy a Tourist Day Ticket for unlimited journeys – you can use it on buses, too (www.smrt.com.sg).
AutomobilesDon’t bother hiring a car; the public transport is excellent and metered taxis plentiful.
TaxisEasy to hail on the street (except during rush hours and just before midnight), cabs are the most convenient and economical way to get around the city centre. Expect surcharges for journeys in rush hour, at night, on public holidays or to certain destinations.