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The best time to visit Singapore: when is the best time to go to Singapore?
We're big fans of Singapore. That's why you can find a lot of information about the city on our blog. But what is the most important information for a trip to Singapore? Of course: the question of the best travel time for Singapore!
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When is the best time to travel to Singapore?
What about the seasons? How cold or how hot can it get and what about the rainy season?
Can you safely leave your sweater at home for a trip in January? Do you need a rain jacket in July?
So that you are well equipped and don't pack your travel bag full of unnecessary stuff (also check our packing list for Southeast Asia), we provide you with the most important information about the best time to travel to Singapore.
We'll also show you which holidays or celebrations you should take into account when planning your trip.
Read all of our articles on Singapore
What is the climate of Singapore?
Singapore is located in the tropical belt between Malaysia and Indonesia, so the humidity is quite high all year round. A good portion of rain belongs to the tropical belt, the rain and thunderstorm risk averages 40 percent.
So Singapore is not necessarily the ideal travel destination for pure sun worshipers, but it still has a nice warm 25 to 33 degrees Celsius all year round. So t-shirts and shorts always work.
In contrast to the four seasons in Europe, the year in Singapore is only divided into rainy and dry seasons.
These times are based on the two main monsoons that generate the most rain. In the German winter, Singapore has the northeast monsoon, which brings the most rain. From the end of June the southwest monsoon comes into play, which also causes a lot of rain.
It is also interesting that the more humid northeast monsoons are divided into a “wetter phase” (December and January) and a “drier phase” (February and March).
In the wet phase there is regular moderate to heavy rainfall in the afternoon and early evening. The dry phase is cooler and pleasant, with comparatively little or no rain.
The best time to travel to Singapore
That also leads us to the question of when is the best time to pack your backpack or suitcase to discover Singapore.
Basically, there is no really bad rainy season for Singapore. Even in November and December, i.e. in the rainiest months, it is nice and warm and the rain is usually limited to only 1-2 hours a day. Then it often pours out of buckets, but the rest of the day you still have nice weather.
We were already in Singapore in December and had a rain shower in the afternoon on one of four days.
If you like it drier and want to be as safe as possible, it is still better to travel in the dry season from March to September. On average it then rains less, but it is also hotter.
March, April and May are the driest months of the year, but the humidity is always around 80 to 85%. So these months are ideal for a nice summer vacation in the tropics, with summer, sun, beach and everything that goes with it.
During this time you have to expect higher prices and fully booked hotels, because this is the most popular travel time in Singapore.
Our tip: Avoid the weekends
Most travelers combine a stay in Singapore with a trip to another country in Southeast Asia. If you only spend a few days in Singapore, try to put them during the week if possible.
Most of the locals have their weekends off and thousands of people populate the shopping malls and famous sights such as Sentosa Island or the zoo. In addition, there are many Asian tourists on the weekends who take a short trip to Singapore.
So if you can set it up, it's best not to come to Singapore on the weekend.
The cheapest travel time for Singapore
One thing first: Singapore is not a bargain paradise.
Basically, however, the drier the weather, the more visitors flock to Singapore. Accordingly, the hotels are better booked in the dry season from March to September and are therefore more expensive.
So if you don't mind packing rain gear and an umbrella and you want to save some money, you should travel to Singapore during our winter months from October to February.
Holidays in Singapore are then a little cheaper and one or two bargains are actually possible. More rain means fewer tourists, and therefore not only cheaper accommodation but also shorter waiting times at the city's many attractions.
Travel weather in Singapore by months
Since there are two rainy seasons and one dry season in Singapore during the year, we have divided the travel weather into three parts of the year:
The weather in Singapore from November to February
The northeast monsoon season in Singapore brings more rain with it. November and December are among the cooler and wetter months, if 30 degrees can be described as cool at all.
It rains almost every day, mostly in the afternoon and evening. So if you choose these months as your travel time to Singapore, it can be worthwhile to start the day early to avoid the rain.
January and February, the second part of the “winter” monsoon, are less rainy and less oppressive. Of the German winter months, these are the better months for a stay in Singapore.
The weather in Singapore from March to May
The dry season is here! This means that only a few downpours are pounding down during these months. There are many hours of sunshine per day with temperatures of up to 33 degrees.
During this time there is sometimes a pleasant breeze, which is unlikely during the other quarters.
Unfortunately, we cannot promise you a completely rain-free time, because Singapore is never really dry.
We ourselves were in Singapore for 10 days in April and also caught a day when it rained for more than 6 hours. But that is very unusual for this time. Once it rained for about 2 hours in the evening, the other eight days were free of rain.
Typical for this time is a half hour heavy rainfall in the afternoon, which also cools the hot air a little.
The weather in Singapore from June to September
At the end of June the southwest monsoon sets in and brings the typical monsoon showers with it.
"Sumatran gusts" are common during this time. These are a series of thunderstorms that develop over Sumatra at night, move to the west coast of Malaysia and reach Singapore in the early hours of the morning. Then it rains for an hour or two, and then clears up again.
Nevertheless, there is less precipitation during the summer monsoon than in the winter months. Therefore, these months are also well suited for a trip to Singapore.
Bargain hunters watch out: Thanks to the Great Singapore Sale, which offers discounts of up to 70%, visitor numbers and hotel prices will rise again in June and July. Those who like to shop a lot save a lot when shopping.
Best time to visit Singapore for activities and events
There are exciting events happening in Singapore all year round and of course there are also some public holidays that you should take into account when planning your trip.
The whole city is fully booked for certain events and the accommodation is correspondingly expensive. We present the most important events and holidays in this section.
Chinese New Year
The Chinese New Year falls in early February, sometimes in late January, depending on the full moon.
Officially, the festivities last 15 days, but the days around New Year's Day are especially celebrated. Most Chinese take a full week off, and quite a few of them travel to Singapore during that time. Dragons, lion dancers and spectacular decorations then shine under the lanterns of the night bazaar in Chinatown.
Accommodation is more expensive than normal at this time, but Chinese New Year is also an exciting experience. 14 days after New Year's Day there is also the Lantern Festival, during which Chinatown is brightly lit.
The dates for New Year's Day for the coming years are as follows:
- 5th February 2019
- January 25, 2020
- February 12, 2021
- February 1, 2022
Dragon Boat Race
The Dragon Boat Festival falls on the fifth day of the fifth month of the lunar calendar, i.e. June. The dragon boat race with boats from all over the world takes place in the Bedok Reservoir.
Traditionally, dumplings, i.e. rice dumplings, are eaten, which is why the festival is also called "The Dumpling Festival".
The dates for the race in the coming years are as follows:
- June 18, 2018
- June 7, 2019
- June 25, 2020
Singapore in a party mood! August 9th is Singapore's national holiday. It celebrates independence from the UK and national unity.
A sensational parade, dance choreographies and spectacular fireworks await you. The whole city is on its feet and partying through the night.
A holiday for Chinese families, this festival turns the city into a sea of lion dancers and lanterns in September.
The highlight is the Children's Lantern Parade, with hundreds of children wandering the streets of Chinatown with their lanterns.
The dates for the Mid-Autumn Festival in the coming years are as follows:
- September 24, 2018
- 13th September 2019
- October 1, 2020
Formula 1 Grand Prix in September
The Formula 1 race is one of the biggest events of the year and takes place in mid-September.
Formula 1 fans consider the race in Singapore to be one of the most spectacular of all. What makes it special is that it is driven in the late evening and the course leads through the middle of the city. The cars thunder across Marina Bay, among other places.
If you are not interested in Formula 1, you should avoid the time around the race weekend. Hotel prices are skyrocketing and some parts of the city cannot be visited as usual due to closings.
In 2018, the race will take place on the weekend from September 14th to 16th. The exact date is always published at the beginning of the year. In recent years, however, it has always been the third weekend in September.
The Festival of Light is an important Hindu holiday in October or November. The streets and temples in Little India are decorated with lights and garlands, and visitors from all over the world marvel at devout Hindus walking barefoot over coals.
The dates for Deepavali in the coming years are as follows:
- November 6, 2018
- October 27, 2019
- November 14, 2020
New Year's Eve
Singapore also welcomes the (Gregorian) New Year with big parties, often on the city's beaches. Marina Bay offers spectacular fireworks, and the hotels offer champagne brunch and fine menus.
Singapore on New Year's Eve is definitely an experience, but the rooms are also relatively expensive at this time.
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