The Singapore River Cruise

Singapore River Cruise
Singapore River Cruise

Facts about The Singapore River Cruise:

  • The Singapore River extends for 4.1 kilometres (2.55 miles) and flows under 12 bridges.
  • Singapore River Cruise was awarded the license to provide river services in 1987.
  • The rides are performed in “bumboats”, typical vessels once used to ferry cargo along the Singapore River from ships anchored in the harbour.
  • It departs from each ‘station’ every 10 minutes and the full ride takes about 30 minutes from start to finish.

See Singapore from the water

Either if you want to sit back and relax while you learn some of Singapore’s history, rejoicing yourself with beautiful views along the riverside, or if you want to take a romantic ride at sunset, serenaded by the many sounds of the lively Quays, the Singapore River Cruise is a great option for sightseeing in Singapore.  Imagine viewing the city’s historical landmarks (Raffle’s site, the Merlion and the Esplanade), the architecture of the awing skyscrapers, and the nightlife and culture of the main Quays (Boat Quay, Clarke Quay and Robertson Quay) from the comfort of a boat ride. It doesn’t get any better than that!

Go back in Singapore’s past

Flow beneath 11 historical bridges, ranging from the elegant Anderson Bridge to the simple ordinary Bridge. Admire old colonial buildings and other landmarks of colonial heritage. Learn about how the foresight of Sir Stamford Raffles, Singapore’s founder, turned the country from a humble fishermen town into a modern and progressive jewel of Asia.

Dining, shopping and having fun at the Quays

Stop at Boat Quay to experience great cocktails and dining in a superb array of pubs and themed restaurants; colourful façades make this spot the favourite evening pedestrian walk in Singapore. Or do some day shopping at the many options Clarke Quay offers, stopping after to indulge in some mouth-watering Szechuan, Chinese or Japanese cuisine in the various fine-dining restaurants, or even enjoy a comedy show or a DJ’s performance at the local bars and clubs. For a more laid-back experience, visit Robertson Quay to experience international cuisine, wine bars and art houses. There is evening entertaining for everyone!

Travel the river by bits or in one run

You can choose to purchase a bumboat ride from one point to another, like a River Taxi, or you can take the whole tour, listening to the story play as you drift away in the waters of the river. It is a good option to do the Cruise first and then engage in a walking tour of the city to experience it in more detail.

Sightseeing by day or night

Taking the Singapore River Cruise by day shows you the vivid life of the Quays and the waterfront in broad daylight – and high temperatures depending on the season. Jumping on a bumboat by dusk can treat you to a nice sunset on the water and the gorgeous sight (and taste) of the Quays illuminated nightlife.

Book your tickets

The cruise is open daily from 9:00am to 10:30pm.  Tickets for the Singapore River Cruise are $13 for adults and $8 for children in the 2-quays ride, and $18 for adults and $10 for children in the 3-quays ride. Also, the River taxi experience ranges from $3 to $9 depending on the length of the ride. Tickets can be bought at many locations:

1. MerlionPark
2. The Fullerton Singapore
3. Boat Quay
4. Riverside Point
5. Grand Copthorne Waterfront
6. Robertson Quay
7. Liang Court
8. Raffles Landing Site

Be sure to check out promotions at the Singapore River Cruise website ( for the best price on Singapore’s river experience!

Things You Should Know

  • The Singapore River Cruise also offers private cruises for dining on-board or just to recreate on Singapore waters. From groups of 10 to 200 persons, different boats can be chartered according to the customers’ needs.
  • New vessels are soon to be incorporated to Singapore River Cruise float.
  • Most establishments in the Quays are century-old warehouses and shops restored with enchanting charm to enhance Singapore’s tourist attractions.

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