Singapore Flyer – The World’s Largest Giant Observation Wheel!

Finally, Kate and I got to board the Singapore Flyer! It is currently the world’s largest giant observation wheel standing at a height of 165m!

We are so proud to have finally “flew” on the Singapore Flyer and I must applaud Kate for the courage of taking the flight because of her fear of heights and general dislike for thrill rides (see Busch Gardens and Universal Studios Singapore post)

Before we begin, we know that visitors would like to know the price and opening hours of the Singapore Flyer…

Opening Hours : 8:30am – 10:30pm (With the last admission at 10:15pm)
Ticket Sales : 8:00am – 10:00pm

Ticket Prices

Adults (13 yrs and above) : $29.50
Children (3-12 yrs) : $20.65(Children below 3yrs : Free)
Senior Citizens (60 yrs and above): $23.60 (Singaporeans/PR)

Getting There

Of course, the most straight forward way is to call a cab and tell the cabby to take you to “Singapore Flyer”.

There are also buses where you will need to alight at Temasek Avenue. The buses are 106, 111, 133.

But we prefer the MRT (Mass Rapid Transit). You have basically 2 options. The first is to alight at Promenade MRT Station which is just a 5 minutes walk from the Singapore Flyer.

We prefer option 2 though. And on this trip, we took this option and really enjoyed the walk. Taking this option meant that you would alight at City Hall Interchange and walk along City Link Mall, cross over to Esplanade and walk along the River Front. This is about a 20 minutes walk…but along the way, you will enjoy these views…

View of the Singapore City Skyline @ Marina Bay
View of the Singapore City Skyline @ Marina Bay

To allow our readers to see the benefits of this walk to the Singapore Flyer, here is a video of the views of Marina Bay…

As seen in the video, you would be able to take pictures of the Marina Bay Sands, Artscience Museum, Helix Bridge, Singapore City Skyline, Fullerton Hotel as well as the Singapore Tourism Icon – The Merlion!

After this nice leisurely walk, we were greeted by the Singapore Flyer…

The Singapore Flyer
The Singapore Flyer

We got our tickets in advance and headed straight to the entrance of the Singapore Flyer. There are scans as you enter so it may take some time during peak hours (i.e. sunset, school holidays, morning tour groups).

You would first be led into the Journey of Dreams. The Journey of Dreams is inclusive in the ticket price of the Singapore Flyer and it is basically a series of exhibits and multimedia interactives that allow visitors to know more about the Singapore Story as well as the Singapore Flyer itself…

3D Map of the Singapore Flyer and its vicinity
3D Map of the Singapore Flyer and its vicinity

Did you know that there so many parts of Singapore that are reclaimed land? (Those in green are reclaimed land)
Did you know that so many parts of Singapore is actually reclaimed land? (Those in green are reclaimed land)

Fragment of Dreams - Use the
Fragment of Dreams – Use the “torch” and reveal portions of the screen!

Reservoir of Dreams
Reservoir of Dreams

At the Reservoir of Dreams, you will see 3 giant spheres that are basically artistic displays. The first one is Oneiroi’s Orb that depicts the Flyer’s spherical shape through circular artifacts. The next is The Planet which is the first inflated PufferSphere using internal projection in Asia…

Description of the Planet @ Singapore Flyer
Description of the Planet @ Singapore Flyer


The Planet @ Singapore Flyer

The last is the Numeric that displays all numbers (Facts, Figures, Physique) associated with the Singapore Flyer.

After the Journey of Dreams, you would enter a tunnel that has numbers on the side that blinks 5,4,3,2,1 that is somewhat like astronauts entering the tunnel to their space flight with the numbers signifying the countdown to blast off!


As you approach the capsules, please note the curvature of the platform so that you wouldnt trip and fall. Recently, a dad did not hold on to his stroller and the kid was caught by the safety net…

The other thing you would notice is that smaller wheels (like tyres) that are used to rotate the Singapore Flyer itself. This is the mechanism used to turn the larger wheel (Singapore Flyer) using smaller wheels (tyres)…

Mechanism of turning the Singapore Flyer
Mechanism of turning the Singapore Flyer

Though it is not really clear, but you can also vaguely see the demonstration of the smaller wheels turning the Singapore Flyer here in this video…


Mechanism of turning the Singapore Flyer

You can also at this moment, opt to board a flyer with lesser people, but it really depends on the people who are enjoying the Journey of Dreams. If they stay there and you let the passengers behind you board first, you might just have a whole capsule of the Singapore Flyer to yourself! In our case, we shared with 2 others which was very enjoyable and private :)

At the top of the Singapore Flyer, you will enjoy basically 2 views…to the east, the shipping lanes and ALOT of HDB flats (HDB flats are Singapore’s public housing) and to the west, the Marina Barrage, Marina Bay Sands, parts of the port. And of course, a breath-taking view of the Marina Bay itself…

Residential Buildings to the East
Residential Buildings to the East

Marina Bay Sands
Marina Bay Sands

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Shipping lanes and Gardens by the Bay

Marina Bay Singapore
Breath-Taking Views of Marina Bay Singapore

An Artistic Shot of the Singapore Flyer Capsule
An Artistic Shot of the Singapore Flyer Capsule

We’ve also captured a 360degrees view from the top of the Singapore Flyer for our readers…


360degrees view from the Top of the Singapore Flyer

We were also able to see the aerial view of the marina bay where the wishes of Singaporeans are written on round inflated balls and lined up in the waters. Still cant figure out what it is meant to shape like though…(The island of Singapore maybe?)

After the flight, remember to disembark with care as there is curvature of the platform that you would need to look out for.

Kate and I then proceeded to the Singapore Food Trails for a sumptuous meal!

Singapore Food Trail
Singapore Food Trail

The Singapore Food Trail is actually a project undertaken by the Singapore Tourism Board to recreate the old street food hawkers of the 1960s…

Stalls at the Singapore Food Trail
Stalls at the Singapore Food Trail

Alot of effort (and money) have been placed into recreating the feel of the 1960s. The design of the stalls, the furniture and even the floor (made of tarmac to represent the road) have been meticulously thought through.

The best part about the Singapore Food Trails is its food!! It has a collection of some of the best hawker foods in Singapore! What’s more, the price is still within the acceptable range (though it is of course cheaper at the food centres)! Given that you just have to go to one destination to taste all the best hawker food in Singapore, the price is really well worth it. Today, we tried the following…

Drinks from authentic chinese cups of the 60s
Drinks from authentic chinese cups of the 60s

Fried Hokkien Mee
Fried Hokkien Mee (Read here for more information)

Satay Beehoon
Satay Beehoon

Orh Lua (or Fried Oysters)
Orh Lua (or Fried Oysters)

Ice Kachang (or Iced Ball with Sweet Syrup)
Ice Kachang (or Iced Ball with Sweet Syrup)

What a sumptuous meal, all for less than $20!!

During this festive season, if you ride on the Singapore Flyer, you can also enter this snow dome to take some pictures with Santa!

Snow Dome
Snow Dome

All in all, we thoroughly enjoyed the Singapore Flyer and all it has to offer! The views were splendid and the ride was enjoyable! Remember to pop by the Singapore Food Trail when you’re there, you’ll enjoy it as well!

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Singapore Flyer - World's Largest Wheel Observatory

Singapore Flyer - World's Largest Wheel Observatory

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