From end Jan 2011, guests can travel into Sentosa on foot via the Sentosa Boardwalk. It’s a leisurely stroll from VivoCity Shopping Mall’s waterfront promenade, made easy by two-way canopy-covered travellators. Guests are encouraged to leave their cars behind on mainland Singapore and take the MRT to HarbourFront station at VivoCity Shopping Mall, before making their way to the Sentosa Boardwalk.
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A better alternative to get to Sentosa
Many of you would had been to Sentosa one way or another; either by car or the Sentosa Express. One other alternative to reach Sentosa would be by the Sentosa Boardwalk.
Sentosa is just a mere five minutes away if you take the Sentosa Express from level three at VivoCity. The first train leaves at seven in the morning and the last train at twelve at night. However, if you go on the boardwalk, it will be more time consuming. Therefore, it is suitable if you have got extra time to spare.
You will find travellators on the whole stretch of boardwalk. It is highly accessible via Habourfront MRT (NE1/CC29). Choose between walking in the sheltered or non-sheltered area. The non-sheltered area will allow you a better view of course. The best would be to go in the evening and take the non-sheltered way. Take your time and enjoy the scenic view. Overall, this is a cheaper and better alternative to Sentosa but then again, if you are not in a rush.
Why ride when you can walk?
I would always take the boardwalk over the monorail to go in Sentosa because you pay only $1 compared to $4 for the monorail and you get good views and can take selfies with good looking background. Entering Sentosa through the entrance, you have to walk a bit of distance to the monorail but you would have walked past some places like USS to get there. So for those who are going USS, walking in can be a great alternative as well.
I would recommend anyone to take the boardwalk since is it better way in all aspects. However, do take note of the weather, if it rains you are better off going with the monorail but it may be very congested with lots of people.
A prettier and cheaper alternative.
Why waste $3 extra on a monorail ride when you can save it, by going through a scenic pathway heading to the same place? Sure it is a little more time-consuming, but if you are going to Sentosa for the sceneries and for her beauty, why not start at the Sentosa Boardwalk?
i've seen so many girls with Sentosa Boardwalk as their backdrop to their facebook profile photo (I no longer became an exception) and I soon realised why. The place was simply gorgeous! With the calming view of the sea, and the pretty pathway, it is definitely a reason why you can forsake a comfortable ride with Mr Monorail.
You can even choose if you want to walk at the sheltered pathway, or walk outside; It is still a beautiful scenery either way! For friends, even couples, it is definitely a good place for you to hangout as well, even if you're not going to Sentosa. If you're feeling a little rich, you can also go to the restaurants along the pathway to have what it seems to be a high-end dining experience that I would love to have one day.
Amazingly beautiful, be it day or night, Sentosa Broadwalk is a place you need to visit.
My new way into Sentosa!
Take a scenic walk down the Sentosa Broadwalk, with, many, many photo opportunities along the way? If that sounds good to you, wait till you hear this. The entry fee is $1, compared to the $3 monorail ride! Best of both worlds, no?
The Sentosa Broadwalk is not merely a means of entering the iconic Sentosa. There are dining outlets (albeit costly), giftshops, and bars around the walkway. Girls who like to take group shots, take note! It’s a pretty decent place, spacious and pretty to take photos in. There’s even a staircase embedded with many lights. You’ll feel like you just walked into a Star Wars filiming set.
Here’s a tip. On special days, you can grad a seat opposite RWS early. There are some seats which can give you a perfect view of the spectacular Crane Dance – which only customers of RWS can watch.
Perfect for families and couples!
This is the most affordable but tiring method known to get into Sentosa. Either you pay a few dollars for the monorail or embark on this long walk to pay just one dollar.
Actually, the boardwalk is an option favourable to families on day outings and - of course - couples who are out dating. Besides the usual Singapore weather, which the sun mercilessly roasts you while the sea breezes saves your day, it is very relaxing to walk along the boardwalk and enjoy the surrounding sceneries.
I remember strolling along the boardwalk with my family just about a year back. It was a perfect outing but soon badly affected by a sudden rain. Remember to bring umbrellas!
The boardwalk is certainly not my preferred choice to get to the island. Like many people, I usually have a list of sights or things to do within the island itself, so I often choose the fastest way to commute there.
Nevertheless, the boardtalk is an interesting experience for those who has never been on it before or have time to spare. I remembered going there when they first opened and it was very crowded. I don’t think it is so crowded nowadays and you should definitely be able to enjoy the tranquillity and beautiful scenery by the side.
The travelators are a great help for those who are just too impatient to walk all the way or when the hot or wet weather turns for the worse.
Nice view but very time consuming
The boardwalk is a great place BUT only for people with alot of time on their hands. What I find really nice and refreshing about the boardwalk is the view. To the right of the boardwalk (assuming you are going to Sentosa) you can get a stunning view of the Harbour. The view is absolutely breath-taking and you can admire the waves and stare into the horizon. The latter part being done only during sunset or sunrise.
There are travellators on the boardwalk granting fast passage for those in a rush or simply too lazy to walk. If you have some time to spare, I suggest that you go to the side of the pathway, and admire the view whilst getting some exercise. It is definitely much easier to just use the boardwalk to enter Sentosa and much more worth it.
Do take note of the distance however. If you are in a rush, taking the boardwalk is a very silly thing to do. Even with the travellators, it can easily last between 15-20 minutes to get from one end to the other but believe me when I say the view more than makes up for it.
The Sentosa Boardwalk is a rather innovative idea that the tourism board has come up with to provide an alternative to enter Asia's favourite playground. Personally, it is the only way I choose to get in to Sentosa ever since it opened.
It provides you the option of walking by the straits, to be able to admire whatever's left of the scenery as well as for the lazy (Oops), travellators that transport you over without breaking out into sweat.
I love the artistic pieces that the boardwalk boasts. Last month, the newly installed Half Built Merlion Statue did get alot of attention from passers by and it serves to spice up the walk to the island, giving you a glimpse of the how the arts are embraced in Singapore. I also love the music they play as it adds that special touch to the whole experience, even before you reach the island!
On my several trips to Sentosa, I decided once to take the boardwalk for a different experience. However, I was quite disappointed by it!
According to the description I read on the website, the boardwalk would be lined with decoration displaying different kinds of landscapes so that you could walk into different worlds each time you stepped off one travellator. However, when I went onto the boardwalk, I could hardly see any differences in the landscapes throughout. Some of the landscapes covered quite a small patch of display so I hardly even noticed it. It might be improved if the landscapes were much more elaborated decorated.
If you do not wish to walk under the shelter, you can also walk by the side of the waters, where you will be treated with a good view of Sentosa island and its attractions that await you. However, because Singapore is so hot, I would opt for the sheltered walkway myself. There are stairways in between so you can switch over any time you want.
Overall, I would take the boardwalk for a cheaper option to entering Sentosa, as it is not a long walk, but can get a little mundane if they don’t mix it up every now and then!
I don't think I'll ever take the train to Sentosa again.
I didn't know the boardwalk existed until only a few weeks ago! I was hanging around Vivocity and when I saw there's this stretch of walkway towards RWS, I was pretty stunned. I've always, always took the train to Sentosa and even though it's only $3, I felt it was pretty overpriced. So obviously I was overjoyed to discover there's another way to get to Sentosa for free, only having to pay the $1 for admission.
It was a really nice walk, and if you get too tired of walking, there's the travellators. It just stopped raining while I was there, so the weather was just nice. In fact, I enjoyed myself so much I think I'll stop taking the train to Sentosa and just walk my way there. Saves my money and good for my health! :)