Free entry to Gardens by the Bay for Singaporeans


Holding a Singapore Passport may require us to fork out $150 to get into the MBS Casino. But walk 700m down and the same passport can get you complimentary admission into our beloved Flower Dome and Cloud Forest. In our latest series of things we’re not gatekeeping, here’s a hack for all local fans to get free entry into Gardens by the Bay.


Can I visit Gardens by the Bay for free?


Well, of course, most of the beautiful gardens and outdoor spaces can be accessed by anyone for free. The grounds cover a pretty big area of 540,000sqm, so if you want to clock in your daily steps, simply complete a full circle.

To check out specific highlights, follow the online gardens map for directions to “hidden” spots like the Big Fish Aquarium and Victoria Lily Pond. There’s even a free water playground for kiddos to splash around in.

Gardens by the Bay free entry - Flower Dome
Tulipmania 2023 in the Flower Dome.

There are, however, 5 main attractions that require one to purchase an entry ticket. Namely, Cloud Forest, Flower Dome, Floral Fantasy, OCBC Skyway, and Supertree Observatory.

Attraction

Cloud Forest

Flower Dome Floral Fantasy OCBC Skyway

Supertree Observatory

Admission Fee Singapore residents:
$12/adult | $8/child
Singapore residents:
$12/adult | $8/childNon-residents:
$20/adult | $12/child
Singapore residents:
$10/adult | $7/childNon-residents:
$14/adult | $10/child

When it comes to the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome, non-residents only have the option of getting a package for both attractions at $32/adult and $18/child.

Singaporeans can purchase individual tickets for either attraction or get the same combined package for $20/adult and $12/child.

Gardens by the Bay free entry - Cloud Forest
Avatar: The Experience in the Cloud Forest.

Now, if you want to save on the entrance fee for these 2 domes, listen up. You’ve got to camp on the GBTB website on the first Wednesday of each month and register for one of their free Nature and Sustainability Tours.

These 1-hour tours happen every Saturday and Sunday hourly between 8.30am and 11.30am. But choose wisely as only selected tours include free entry into the conservatoires for Singaporeans.

Gardens by the Bay free entry - sustainability tours
Carbon and Climate Tour.
Image credit: Gardens by the Bay

Tour Time Free entry zones
Energy and Water Tour 8.30am-9.30am Cloud Forest
Carbon and Climate Tour 8.30am-9.30am Flower Dome
Urban Wetlands Tour 9.30am-10.30am
Seeds and Senses – Smell Tour 10.30am-11.30am
Biodiversity and Ecosystems Tour 10.30am-11.30am Flower Dome
Seeds and Senses – Touch Tour 11.30am-12.30pm

Each tour allows roughly 20 participants to join and spaces run out pretty quickly. Hence, it’s best to plan early on which day and tour you’re interested in.

Pro tip: Sign-ups are via Eventbrite so follow Gardens by the Bay on the platform to be notified whenever new tour dates are released. And voila! You’ve got yourself a fun weekend activity planned, plus free entry to the Flower Dome or Cloud Forest.

Having said that, don’t be kiasu and book multiple back-to-back tours as the meeting points are quite far apart and require a fair bit of walking. If you’re more than 10 minutes late, you may be denied entry to the tour.


What is the difference between Flower Dome and Cloud Forest?


 

For the uninitiated, Cloud Forest is the dome with the gorgeous waterfall – one of the tallest in the world. It’s been designed to mimic a mountain with aerial walkways bringing you higher up to view the exotic plants from around the world that thrive in mountainous climates.

The Flower Dome is one of the largest glass greenhouses in the world and often holds themed floral displays such as tulips from Türkiye and sunflowers from Spain. Bookmark your calendars for Sakura Festival 2024 this March where the dome will be temporarily transformed into Kyoto’s Golden Pavilion.


How much time is needed for Gardens by the Bay?


Gardens by the Bay free entry - view from MBS Skypark
Image credit: @heydeets via Instagram

If you plan to see the garden in its entirety, you’ll probably need a good 3-4 hours. Each of the domes takes about an hour to explore, and you’ll need another 30 minutes at the Skywalk. You won’t want to miss Insta-worthy spots like the Dragonfly Lake and Serene Garden either.

Gardens by the Bay free entry - Jurassic Nest Food Hall
Image credit: Eatbook

Factor in time for resting and filling your tummies too. When it comes to Gardens by the Bay food options, there’s Shake Shack, McDonald’s, a couple of cafes, and sit-down restaurants like TungLok Seafood.

If you’re looking for variety then head to Satay by the Bay for local delights or the indoor Jurassic Nest food hall. Btw, when the weather is pleasant, it might also be a good idea to pack food for a picnic in the gardens.


How to get to Gardens by the Bay?


The easiest way to get there via public transport is to take the MRT to Bayfront Station and get out from Exit B. Follow the underground linkway to Gardens by the Bay. This side is closer to the Dragonfly Bridge and the Meadow Bridge and will get you to the ticket counter.

If you’ve already bought tickets online, you can choose to get off at Gardens by the Bay Station and walk along the Singapore River towards Cloud Forest and Flower Dome.


Visit GBTB’s Flower Dome & Cloud Forest for free


Gardens by the Bay free entry - Big Fish Aquarium
Biodiversity and Ecosystems Tour.
Image credit: Gardens by the Bay

There’s nothing more exciting for Singaporeans than places and events that are free. Now that you know there’s a way to get complimentary access to these famous attractions, KIV for things to do over the weekend.

Plus, when you sign up for one of these free educational tours by Gardens by the Bay, you also get to say you learnt something new that day!

Sign up for Gardens by the Bay’s free tours

 

ADDRESS
18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
Opening Hours: Sunday 09:00 a.m - 09:00 p.m  Show More Timings 
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Cover image adapted from: Gardens by the Bay via Facebook, @pao_smno via Instagram

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