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Standing at a stunning 165 metres, Singapore Flyer offers you 360° panoramic views of Singapore.
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Overrated, Underachieving. Overall-Meh.
The Singapore Flyer, one of the most meh-worthy attractions I have seen hit Singapore's shores. WHY do I say that? People rave so much about how 'oooohhhh' the view looks from all the way up on that stupid wheel. Okay, I will NOT argue that the view from up there is panoramic. However, the experience you get from the Singapore Flyer depends on:
-Who you're with.
-What you're in Singapore for.
The Service Staff is STELLAR. They are some of the friendliest service staff I've met in my years as a consumer. However, you will not enjoy your ride if you're not easily wowed. It depends on how cynical you are, and having seen Singapore in many other angles, I don't particular prefer the Singapore Flyer after my first ride.
-6/10, might visit again, but not for a while.
Once is enough
The outlook is pretty impressive but the enjoyment level wasn't on par with the magnificent exterior. Definitely not recommended for dates especially on a first date! You don't get any privacy (unless u booked the whole capsule), not enough seats and 30mins+ is really too long.
Perhaps everyone will enjoy the promised panoramic 360degree view of Singapore for the first 15mins and after that, boredom kicks.
But to be fair, I would say flyer can be a very good private event venue, such as booking the whole capsule for ROM. I think that's when you'll be glad with the slow turning motion and scenery!
Back in the day when the Flyer was first built, I was still in secondary school. Thank goodness for student discounts then, since my friends and I managed to get a not-so-scenic view of...a blurred landscape of Singapore. Granted, it only cost us a little over $10 per head, but it rained just before we got there so the glass was super fogged up. I remember attempting to take a photo and ended up with a jpeg that showed a blur of black and white...not cool.
In short, the Flyer is probably ideal for one-time visits; I sure wouldn't be amused if anyone wanted to bring me there on a date it is BO-RING.
Getting on the Singapore Flyer with a partner for a romantic sight-seeing activity is worth the 37 minutes. However, if you're merely expecting an enjoyable ride with family or friends, the Singapore Flyer is clearly not for you.
To be fair, you do get a clear bird's-eye view from the capsule, as promised. Unfortunately, everything else was satisfactory. The queue dragged metres long and the customer service provided was not up to expectations. Attendants were sparsely stationed. The ultimate drawback was definitely the sluggish flyer itself.
The sight of people slumped against the glass walls and having their chins buried in their hands was extremely common within the capsule. It also got uncomfortable for some parents with children to be around couples there.
It was an eye-opening experience to have been on the Singapore Flyer, especially for me since I had never seen the whole of Singapore. However, it is not what I would recommend to anyone. I definitely wouldn't step into the capsule ever again, too.
Overated and not worth the money
1 word to describe this. Monotonous. The Singapore Flyer is definitely for foreigners or people who just want to take beautiful landscape pictures of Singapore. However, they do not appeal to us Singaporeans who have lived here all our lives! Well, to me that is how I feel. It takes 30 minutes to go one full round. When I went to the Singapore Flyer with my friends, we were expecting an amazing view of singapore that would blow our mind! But to our disappointment, it did not excite us as much as we expected. For the first 10-15 minutes, we were wow-ed.
But till the later part, it got boring as it was moving so slowly and we all could not wait for it to end. Singapore has so many high rise buildings. If I really wanted to see a good view of Singapore, all I had to do was pick a high rise building that had a good view and enjoy it from there. Overall, I would say it was boring because it revolved slowly and had too many people crammed into one capsule hence the noise was amplified with everybody talking at once.
You Only Try Once
The Singapore Flyer have always being a tourist attractions for ever since it was launched these few years. It can be quite a new experience for first-timers that wants to try it out, or maybe a good place for couple that would spent that long 40 minutes inside the capsule chatting and stuffs like that. However to me it is just a big and tall Ferris Wheel that most people that tried in fun-fairs.
The only thing about this that makes it special is because of the slow-motion rotating system, which makes you think that you're actually not moving at all, and just let time slowly pass. While taking the Singapore Flyer with my friends, we enjoyed for the first 15 minutes, till we get bored, and talk about other stuffs inside the capsules, till one of us urgently needs to go to the toilet, which makes everyone laugh.
There is nothing much special about these other then spending money to spent your 40 minutes inside a slow moving capsule of a gigantic Ferris Wheel, after the 40 minutes have ended, everybody run out as the capsule can get really very stuffy if too much people were inside of it, some were relief to be able to walk out again rather then standing up for 40 minutes looking out at views that are not appealing.
Probably they should put it in funfairs instead...
All the hype about this particular attraction opening then, had it compared to international icons like the London eye even before it opened. The magnificent structure that opened a few years ago and until now still stands as one of the most distinct attractions of Singapore today. It takes passengers on the huge ferris wheel displaying the scenic views of Singapore on the half an hour ride. Many might think that its a waste of money, but I feel that its one of those tourist attractions that we should at least see once so that we know what it is like.
On my first ride up, I was amazed at how subtle the movement of the wheel was when I was in the cabin. It was as though the cabin was not even moving and one would not feel insecure or uncomfortable at all within the securely sealed yet transparent capsule. The view on top was definitely breath-taking, looking at the modern city state filled with so many high rise buildings from a birds eye view and being able to point out the different locations and estates and even see ongoing projects. Singapore really did look very gorgeous, and wonderfully developed. The view in the day is pretty different from when it is at night as the whole city is lighted up, so for those who have already seen it once, a second time might not be all too boring.
Besides the ferris wheel, in the compound itself, the Singapore Flyer has its own eco-garden and a 2 level basic shopping area catered fully with restaurants and shopping needs. Hence, taking a walk around would not be too bad after all if the ride is too costly. On a side note, try standing and observing the ferris wheel at a distance, it really does look like its not moving doesn't it!
Singapore flyer advertised itself on their website as “ Experience breathtaking, panoramic views on the world’s largest observation wheel”.
I beg your pardon? Is there anything to observe up there other than the aerial view of shopping malls and hotels in disorganized colours and structures? Maybe the best sighting is Marina Bay Sands Hotel that towers more than 50 floors. I doubt you can even steal a glimpse of swimming babes or hunks at the Marina Bay Sands Sky Park.
Similar as the Gmax Reverse bungee in Clarke Quay, the Singapore Flyer is another money making scheme erected by the government to promise great views of the Padang – a green patch of swampy grassland, Merlion – An ugly looking red eyed vomiting medusa, Central Business District – Watching busy office people while you are enjoying up there, City Hall Building, Singapore River aka Drain, Esplanade at its awkward location sandwiched between an old Mandarin Oriental Hotel and Ritz Carlton, deserted F1 Pits.
What is there to see at Clifford Pier by the way?
$29.50 a ride is really breathtaking for such views.
Oh, maybe it can earn some credits when the sun dusk crawls its way down and the lights from the surrounding buildings start to be more prominent. We should see a network of lights mapping that part of Singapore. Are those networks of lights a scenic view? Let it remain subjective.
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Bird's Eye View Of Singapore
I’ve been on the Singapore Flyer thrice, but once would have sufficed. The Singapore Flyer does indeed provide a beautiful view of Singapore’s city skyline. From your cabin, you’ll have a bird’s eye view of our country’s iconic landmarks such as Marina Bay Sands and Gardens by the Bay.
However, after 10 minutes of being on the Singapore Flyer, I started feeling restless. The view was picture perfect, but 10 minutes was more than enough to take in the sights and snap countless of pictures. I feel that it’’ll be nice to ride on the Singapore Flyer at least once, but it doesn’t warrant a second trip back.
It was a truly exhilarating experience for me when I first stepped onboard the Singapore Flyer. The feeling of being 165 metres above ground level at the highest point is simply breathtaking – I was able to get an eagle's eye view of the Marina Bay Financial District area, as well as behold a panoramic view of the city skyline. From my experience, evening is the best time to go, as the warm evening light makes everything look astounding. Ready up your cameras then!
The whole experience cost me $33, which is pricey considering that there are no food or drinks to accompany the whole trip. Although it's not worth the money, it is at least worth a try! Personally, there isn't any reason why people would board the Flyer again, unless you're an aspiring photographer looking to capture the perfect sunset.
Worth only one visit
Having read several reviews before riding the flyer, I held little expectations as I stood in queue some weeks ago. Unfortunately for me, I was there on a particularly busy evening and ended up queuing for an hour.
Once I passed the gantry, I found myself following the crowd through a gallery space leading up to the flyer. It boasted a futuristic look with LED lights, sleek info-graphics on the flyer's engineering milestones and even a towering sculpture constructed out of… plastic bottles and scrap materials. This was clearly a nod to Singapore’s expounded ideals on ‘sustainability’. While the numbers were impressive, I admit that they didn't interest me at all!
The ride was underwhelming, to say the least. There were about 25+ people in the same carriage as me. It was loud, squeezy, and I ended up having to sit on the floor. Since I was at there at night, the view was little more than a smattering of glittering lights across the bayfront area. It was a pretty sight, but if I ever made a second visit, I’d be sure to catch a ride in clear daylight. (Avoid hazy days! You don’t want to pay $33 to be shrouded in smoky blurriness)
On the whole, it was pleasant enough for a short romantic getaway. Families with young children may struggle with preventing their little ones from becoming bored and restless. The activities staged there also seemed limited.
They are quite strict with the items you’re allowed to bring onto the flyer; I saw the security guard turn away a tourist with a birthday cake at the entrance, who was clearly dismayed at his thwarted plans. Be sure to check with the staff before you decide to embark on any special celebrations onboard the carriage.
Panoramic view but seemed to take forever
Singapore Flyer, the second largest observation wheel after the High Roller in Las Vegas. Prices per ticket start from S$33 for adults, though you can get better deals off some other websites. Students with a valid ID can get tickets at almost half the price cheaper at S$15.
There are different packages listed on their website. Packages include options for a glass of champagne, cocktail or Singapore Sling. The prices for each package vary. One special experience they have would be the sky dining experience. At S$269 (exclusive of charges), per couple, I would consider it slightly steep. You can probably get the same experience somewhere else. If you would like to give sky dining a try, check out their website for the menu. There will be a change in dishes on the menu about once every three months.
It will be a short walk away to the cabin itself; the entire ride will take about 40 minutes. I would suggest taking the ride at night instead of morning or afternoon. I went in the afternoon and the skyline of Singapore did not seem as magnificent as I expected. You can still see the ongoing construction around the area. Therefore, I suppose when it gets darker at night and with the lights up, the view would be much more scenic.
The first fifteen minutes the Singapore Flyer would be exciting. The tourists in the same cabin as I was were busy snapping pictures and admiring the view, so was I. The next ten minutes will seem to take forever to move to the peak. When you are at the peak, you will be awed by the height you are at; not for the faint hearted! Then to land will seem like forever again. Except for the view, there is nothing much to rave about. I would say, once is enough.
Bright City Lights
The Singapore Flyer has got to be one of the ways anyone can capture Singapore's beautiful skyline. I had the privilege of going twice, once in the day and the other at night. I think that most of the visitors would agree with me that they prefer riding the flyer at night.
The first time I was fortunate enough to visit the flyer was with my friend who had an extra ticket. Before entering the ride, we were given a tour about the Singapore Flyer and its surroundings. While waiting in line, we had mini a "photoshoot" which allows us purchase the edited pictures after the ride. We had to run and quickly jump into the flyer capsule as it rotates slowly. I thought I was not able to make it as there were no barriers on the nearby edge. Scary!
Once I was in the capsule, I was able to witness the lights from the buildings surrounding the Singapore River were shining brightly among the dark skies. I immediately took out my camera to capture the sights. The best pictures that I have captured have got to be at the highest peak of the flyer. It was magical. I personally think everyone in Singapore should at least ride the Singapore Flyer once in their life.
I was lucky because my dad's company gave him 4 tickets to the Singapore Flyer as a form of job bonus for target achievement, hence my first and probably last time to the Singapore Flyer was free. Alright, it was a cool experience and all, getting in that big capsule for the first time and seeing our surroundings in 360 unobstructed.
However, I think that the time at the peak is too short and before you know it, you're on your way down again. With the amount that people usually pay for the Singapore Flyer, I would rather spend it on Marina Bay Sands skypark, which offers unlimited time viewing and about the same spectacular view as the Singapore Flyer. Good first time experience, but not worth going back a second time.
Sights from the Flyer
This ride was the ride of a lifetime. Fortunately for me, this ride was on my Birthday celebration that left a lasting impression on me. The journey to the platform of the flyer was fitted with lazer lights leading us on our way. Since the journey that we embarked on was at night, the lazer lights were apt in its atmosphere, generating excitement for the ride we were anticipating.
While on the flyer, the slow journey upwards allowed us to view the beautiful scene of the cityscape. However, the vision was disappointing as some parts of the flyer carriage only allowed a view of vast water. Despite that, the city scape was still admirable.
The flyer would have been much better had it been in the heart of the city to enable a full city scape surrounding. Additionally, the ride seemed a little short - before we knew it, it was time to leave.
It did not meet my expectations and was a disappointment.
Quite costly, but a good experience
I’ve only had one chance to ride the Singapore Flyer, but it is one experience I will always treasure! As we all know, the Singapore Flyer provides a birds - eye view of the whole of Singapore, and the view was just amazing. I think I even saw Indonesia from inside the capsule! It gave me the top- of- the- world feeling, and it was great. The Singapore Flyer is not only for tourists, but for locals too!
I feel that the price was still quite affordable, though I don’t think I am willing to fork out the same amount for another ride. The timing was just nice, in my opinion. It took about forty to forty- five minutes. But I don’t think I’ll be going again, because I feel that this sort of thing is a once- in- a- lifetime experience, and going again and again would not make the experience special anymore.
High flyer? High cost.
Supposedly the world’s highest, the Singapore Flyer can’t be missed as you enter the city from the airport. I resisted for some months before taking it. I wanted to wait until it rotated clockwise, as opposed to its original anti clockwise mode. Apparently, according to the metallic speaker guide in the capsule, the Feng Shue Advisors told them to change the way it turned.
Each capsule is large. It seems you could fit almost 30 people in one. I was a little amused at the routine you go through once you buy your ticket, but given the price of the tickets (an exorbitant $33), when they give you a boarding pass and announce the departure of your flight, you might as well be boarding Scoot or Tiger: except, that real budget airlines are cheaper.
Is the view worth the half hour trip? I really can’t decide. Given that you can see most of the same from the top of several tall Singapore buildings for free, probably not. Given that it is an experience for tourists with more money than sense, OK.
And then if you have not been caught on the way in, on the way out you can run the gauntlet of restaurants and eateries and ice cream shops and fast food places and food courts and souvenir shops and gift shops… shall I continue?
Nice experience....at least on the 1st visit...
Many attractions anywhere in the world suffer this fate...just 1 time and that's it... and the Singapore Flyer is no different. But the great thing is, it was a great experience at The Flyer while it last :) . So you get your money worth. The following are pointers that might be useful for those planning a "flight' on the Flyer".
1) Best time to step on the Flyer : 630-645pm (for both day & night scene)
2) Average time per revolution: 30min
3) Photo-taking by the staff prior stepping is free...but retain the pic-slip to select the composite-pic at the end of the ride. Charges apply should you do buy the photo-shopped picture but there's no obligation or pressure to buy.
4) Standby camera en route from the "check-in" gate to stepping on your capsule, lots of pic taking opportunity along the way...
5) The Flyer operations are suspended by the company during adverse weather (rain,etc). Otherwise your money is wasted. That's what I call great service. But you have a long wait at the ticket booth while waiting for the weather to clear...
6) Don't use flash light in the capsule at night to capture the lovely views...you will waste battery, disturb others in the capsule and your pics will not turn out. Instead , select night scene mode, high ISO, etc.
7) Souvenirs shop at the end of the ride is nice...get some for friends at home or for personal keepsakes...
8) Average time spend at this attraction : 1.5-2.5 hours (including meals)
9) The Singapore Food Trail at level 1 offers introduction to local fares...or a few mid-high end eateries avail at the venue. You can get better local street elsewhere...but just in case you got hungry here, you know you have options...
10) The Marina Bay Sands and the Promontory at the Bay are just short walk (7-10min) walk away, do spend some time to wrap up an enjoyable night out...