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Sentosa, Singapore Fun Pass review

Last updated on August 24th, 2017 at 03:57 pm

Wondering if Sentosa Island fun pass at Singapore is worth it? Weather you are headed to Singapore for honeymoon or just a casual family holiday; its always good to plan in advance. Get a detailed review of activities and attractions in Sentosa and plan your day.

We visited Singapore in Sep 2016 and had taken a 2 day fun pass. I had done my research and thought I was well prepared for the day. However, I still felt lost when I arrived Sentosa island. Hope this blog will help some people to plan their visit to Sentosa and Universal Studio.

Here are the questions I have tried answering:

  1. Is 2 day fun pass worth it?
  2. Where to buy the fun pass?
  3. When to visit Sentosa/ USS?
  4. How to get the day pass redeemed?
  5. How to reach Sentosa/ USS?
  6. Are there any special events in Sentosa/ Universal Studio?
  7. Is outside food/ drink allowed in Sentosa/ USS?
  8. What are the various attractions in Sentosa (along with restrictions/ videos/ descriptions)?
  9. How does one travel inside Sentosa?
  10. Are all attractions in Sentosa closeby?
  11. Which Sentosa attractions are most popular?
  12. Are Sentosa attractions open when it rains?
  13. Is there a suggested itinerary for Sentosa?

Is 2 day fun pass worth it?

I think 2 day fun pass is totally worth it. Though we went on Monday and Tuesday and did not see much crowd; it was still not worth wasting time buying tickets after reaching Sentosa. 2 day fun pass covers the following:

  1. 1 day at Universal Studio Singapore
  2. 1 day at Sentosa Island that gives access to 20 attractions in Sentosa Island. The attractions include:
  • 4D AdventureLand: Desperados in 4D (10:00 am to 9:00pm)
  • 4D AdventureLand: Extreme Log Ride (10:00 am to 9:00pm)
  • 4D AdventureLand: Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (10:00 am to 9:00pm)
  • Bi-Pedal Bicycle (2 Hours) (10:00 am to 7:30 pm)
  • Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom (9:30 am to 7:00pm)
  • Megabounce or Parajump @ Mega Adventure (11:00 am to 7:00 pm)
  • MOSH! (10:00 am  to 9:00 pm)
  • S.E.A. Aquarium (10:00 am  to 7:00 pm)
  • K-Live Sentosa (Hologram) (10:00 am  to 8:00 pm)
  • Segway Fun Ride (Ride worth 4 min) (10:00 am  to 7:30 pm)
  • Sentosa Merlion (10:00 am – 8:00 pm daily (last entry: 7.30pm))
  • Skyline Luge Sentosa (1 Luge & 1 Skyride) (10:00 am  to 9:30 pm)
  • Singapore Cable Car – Sentosa Line (9:00 am to 9:30 pm)
  • Tiger Sky Tower (9:00 am  to 9:00 pm)
  • Trick Eye Museum Singapore (10:00 am  to 9:00 pm)
  • Wave House Sentosa – Catch-A-Wave (1 Try) (11:30 am to 9:30 pm)
  • Wings of Time (Standard Seat) (2 shows one at 7:40 pm and the other at 8:40 pm (show duration 20 min))
  • Images of Singapore LIVE (10:00 am  to 6:30 pm)
  • Madame Tussauds Singapore (10:00 am  to 6:00 pm)

The timings may vary on public holidays and check at the information desk if you are visiting on a public holiday.

Sentosa is huge and it is not possible to do all of these in one day; but we were able to do most of the activities we wanted to do (15 of them). With careful planning, we could have done atleast 2-3 more activities.

Where to buy the 2 day fun pass?

Fun pass is available at Sentosa’s website. We looked at various website for discounted tickets, but we got the best deal at their website itself. Click on the value bundles to look at all the packages.

Cost of the packages as on Sep 2017 are:

1 Day Sentosa Fun Pass: 115 SGD for adults / 95 SGD for kids.

2 Day Fun pass: 175 SGD/ 145 SGD

There are Sentosa Day pass for 3/ 5 attractions as well. This saves upto 60% easily, apart from the hassle of buying tickets everywhere.

When to visit Sentosa/ Universal Studio?

Its best to plan your visit in advance; making sure you do not land on weekends or public holidays; if you can avoid it. Check the Universal calendar on their website.

Check this calendar for Sep 2017:

USS Sep 2017 calendar

USS Sep 2017 calendar

Now check the Dec 2016 calendar:

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USS December 2016 calendar

You can see that though the usual timings are from 10am – 6pm; Universal is open till 9:00 pm on most of the days in Dec.

Sometimes, they have special Halloween Horror night or other special events which are shown on the calendar. It also means those days will be more crowded than others. Unless you are interested in the event, its best to avoid these days.

This can help you plan your day.

Check the latest calendar on this site: Link to Resort World Sentosa Calendar

How to get the day pass redeemed?

Sentosa fun pass can be redeemed at the following places:

Sentosa Ticketing Counters

  • Beach Station (9:00am to 9:00pm)
  • Fort Siloso (10:00am to 5:30pm)
  • Imbiah Forecourt (9:00am to 6:00pm)
  • Imbiah Lookout (10:00am to 7:00pm)
  • Merlion Plaza (9:00am to 8:00pm)
  • Sentosa Boardwalk (9:00am to 5:00pm)
  • Sentosa Station, VivoCity, Lobby L, Level 3 (9:00am to 9:00pm)
  • Sentosa Merlion (10:00am to 7:30pm)
  • Waterfront Station (9:00am to 8:00pm)

Unless you are staying in Sentosa, easiest of these is the Sentosa Station at Vivocity. Vivocity is the mall located along with the Harbourfront MRT. So reach Harbourfront MRT, follow directions to go to Level 3 of Vivocity. Ticket counters are right there. If you reach Sentosa before 9:00 am, ticket counters are at many places as you can see in the list.

When you redeem the fun pass; you get separate passes for Universal Studio and Sentosa. You need to tell them if you want to go to Sentosa first or USS (2 day fun pass is valid on 2 consecutive days). We chose Sentosa on the 1st day and USS on the 2nd.

The pass we got was a green one; the color I guess depends on which ticket you have. This pass is to be shown at all the attractions. At some places like Wings of time, 4D adventure, Madam Tussaud; you will get another ticket on showing this pass. With this pass; you are all set to enjoy the attractions.

How to reach Sentosa

There are many ways to reach Sentosa/ USS:

By Sentosa Express Monorail: This is one of the fastest mode to reach Sentosa from Vivocity. The monorail that takes one to Sentosa is called Sentosa Express. It runs from Vivocity and has 3 stations: Waterfront, Imbiah and Beach station. There is a ticket of 4 SGD to board Sentosa Express. This can be paid via EZ link or tickets are available at the Vivocity ticket counters. This is again a similar green looking pass; so don’t get confused. If you are leaving Sentosa by monorail; there are no charges. So if you only want to get for an experience; come back free on Sentosa Express.

By Bus (RWS8): This is the cheapest way (other than walking) to reach Sentosa. Board at bus stops outside VivoCity, Merrill Lynch HarbourFront and before Seah Im Road. Flat fare of S$1.00 applies when entering the Resort. Exiting the Resort using the RWS8 bus is free. RWS8 drops you at Waterfront bus depot.

By walk: Reach Harbourfront station and go to Vivocity. At Vivocity; look for exit that takes you to Harbourfront boardwalk. It takes anywhere between 5-15 min depending on your speed to reach Sentosa. The boardwalk is not air conditioned though, so not a great choice during sunny days. There are travelators in between. If there is a long queue for Sentosa Express, this can be a good option.

By Taxi: Radio taxis are easily available in Singapore. if you are not close to an MRT, this would be the fastest option to reach Sentosa/ Universal Studio. Most popular taxi service is Comfort Delgro, but it requires one to have a local number. If you do not have that, you can use Uber.

By Cable Car: Singapore Cable car has 2 lines:

Mount Faber Line Stations

  • Mount Faber Station (Faber Peak Singapore)
  • HarbourFront Station (HarbourFront Tower 2)
  • Sentosa Station (Imbiah Lookout – next to Gift Shop)

Sentosa Line Stations

  • Merlion Station
  • Siloso Point Station
  • Imbiah Lookout Station

Sentosa line stations are all inside Sentosa and are accessible only when one is in Sentosa. You will need to take the Mount Faber line if you want to go from Faber Peak or Harbourfront stations.

The cable car ride included in the 2 day fun pass is for Sentosa line; so one cannot use that to reach Sentosa. You can redeem it after you reach Sentosa.

By Car: Having a private car is convenient to reach Sentosa; but not of use once inside USS. Car Parking charges are also high.

Parking charges (as on Sep 2016) are:

Monday – Thursday (excludes Public Holidays):7am to 7pm: $7 for 1st hour, $1 subsequent half hour or part thereof

After 7pm: $6 per entry (Maximum: $28 per 24 hours)

Friday/Saturday/Sunday/Public Holiday:

7am to 7pm: $8 for 1st hour, $2 subsequent half hour or part thereof

After 7pm: $8 per entry

Maximum: $28 per 24 hours

Valet Service Charges
$3 service fee per vehicle (excludes prevailing parking charges)

If for whatever reasons you decide to take your own car:

  1. Keep to the left lane after you enter Sentosa Gateway and head down Ramp A.
  2. Look for the “Cars/Taxis” sign overhead towards your right.

There are designated car parks. List is:

B1 East Car Park and park in the red or blue zone

  • Universal Studios Singapore
  • S.E.A. Aquarium
  • Adventure Cove Waterpark
  • Trick Eye Museum
  • Resorts World Theatre
  • Hotel Michael

B1 West Car Park and park in the green zone

  • Festive Hotel
  • Hard Rock Hotel

B2 VIP Car Park

  • Crockfords Tower

B1 West Car Park and park in the purple zone

  • Equarius Hotel
  • Beach Villa
  • Ocean Suits
  • Treetop Loft

Are there any special events in Sentosa/ Universal Studio that one needs to check before visiting?

Sentosa/ USS has special events depending on the occasion. A list of the same is available on their events page https://store.sentosa.com.sg/main/events .

Is outside food/ drink allowed in Sentosa/ Universal Studio?

Sentosa is an island and you can carry food/ drink from outside. Water dispensers are available at various locations so one need not buy water inside. You can carry packed food on the day you are visiting Sentosa.

However, Universal Studio prohibits taking outside food and drinks. We met couple of people who carried 4-5 lts of water and were asked to throw it outside or keep in a locker.

That said, its not that you absolutely cannot take anything inside. We took one 1 litre bottle half full and no one said anything. There are water dispensers inside so one need not carry more. We also carried little snacks for our kiddo which we kept wrapped inside extra clothes/ raincoat that we carried to avoid detection. Mind you, only little can be carried this way. The lady did check our bags but the small items went undetected. Indian veg food is an issue in USS, but we had to live with whatever was available.

What are the various attractions in Sentosa Island?

I will cover only the ones covered in fun pass. There are many more, which we did not explore.

  • 4D AdventureLand: There are 3 rides in this – extreme log ride, desperados and Journey 2 Mysterious island. The 4D effects in journey 2 mysterious island are good; extreme log ride is like a virtual roller coaster and kids would love desperados. I have made a youtube playlist of some attractins in Sentosa and it has a short promotional video on 4D adventureland too.You can access this playlist here.

The rides are popular and you should cover this before the queue gets long. The rides are each 10-15 min long.

  • Restrictions:
    • Journey 2/Extreme Log Ride – 90 cm or 2 feet 11.4 inches
    • Desperados – 110 cm or 3 feet 6 inches
    • Children under 3 years or those who do not meet height restrictions need to sit on their parents lap.
    • Individuals with following conditions are encouraged to refrain:
      • Pregnancy
      • Physical Disabilities
      • Intoxication
      • Heart and Cardiac Conditions
      • Back and Spinal Problems
      • Motion Sickness and Vertigo
  • Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom: This is a small enclosure where you can see various types of butterflies and insects. We found the pupa nursery fascinating; one butterfly had just come out of the cocoon when we went. Also, we saw leaf insects and stick insects for the first time. The attraction should take max 30 min. I had recorded the lead insect and video is in the youtube playlist.
Pupa Nursery, Butterfly park, Sentosa

Pupa Nursery, Butterfly park, Sentosa

Stick Insect, Butterfly park, Sentosa

Stick Insect, Butterfly park, Sentosa

Leaf Insect, Butterfly park, Sentosa

Leaf Insect, Butterfly park, Sentosa

Butterfly park does not get very crowded, so you can visit it anytime.

  • S.E.A. Aquarium: This is the 2nd largest aquarium in the world (2nd only next to China) and has over 1 lakh marine animals of 800 different species. We saw hammerhead shark for the first time here. If you have seen giant aquariums in Dubai/ Hong Kong; you can get an idea of how big it is. Its built beautifully and one can easily spent 1.5-2 hrs here admiring marine life and clicking pictures. One of the unique things was that they also feature some beautiful corals from across the world; which we have not found in any other aquarium till now. It is one of the popular attractions.
  • Sentosa Merlion: Its the largest Merlion statue in Singapore. One can get inside and reach the top to click pictures. Budget 30 min for this.
  • Skyline Luge Sentosa (1 Luge & 1 Skyride): This is one of the most popular and fun activity. Its first of its kind in south east asia and is hugely popular. Try to do this as early as you can when the queue is shorter. Luge is a fast paced cart which takes you down the beach station and you can come back on Skyride. One can go down the luge, spend time at the beach and then come back later on skyride. The entire ride takes 10 min, but queues could be long. Also, if you show the 1st ride ticket, you get the 2nd ride at 8SGD (as against ~18 SGD per ride). So if you really get thrill out of it, do it then and there.
    • Restrictions:
      • Children must be at least 6 years old and 110cm tall to ride the Luge alone.
      • Children under 110cm tall or below 6 years old can ride the Luge in tandem
      •  Children must be at least 135cm in height to be able to ride on the Skyride alone.
      • Children must be at least 85cm in height to be able to ride on the Skyride with an adult
      • Due to safety reasons, pregnant women are unable to ride the Skyride or Luge.
  • Singapore Cable Car – Sentosa Line or K-Live Sentosa (Hologram): K-Live Sentosa was not available when we went. Cable car sentosa line is available only after you enter Sentosa. It cannot be used for entering Sentosa. It has 3 stations – Waterfront (or Merlion), Imbiah and Siloso Beach. For getting the maximum out of it, get on at waterfront; go till the beach station and then come back from beach station to waterfront. You can do a round trip without getting down at beach station if you are expecting lot of crowd when coming back. Entire ride takes 8-10 min. Its a good attraction to start your day with; getting a birds eye view of all the activities. A video of the same can be found in the playlist here.
  • Tiger Sky Tower: Sky tower takes you slowly to the top and then descends down. Entire Sentosa island and some of Indonesian islands are also visible from the top.
  • Trick Eye Museum Singapore: We loved the trick eye museum and spent around 1.5 hr here. We have been to a similar museum in Mauritius (called Curious Corner of Chamarel); but I would rate trick eye museum in Singapore better. Reason being, every trick here had a guideline picture next to it showing how to get the best photo. Some of my favourites:
Shaolin Kung Fu at Trick Eye Museum

Shaolin Kung Fu at Trick Eye Museum

Look who learnt to levitate

Look who learnt to levitate

Trick eye museum, Sentosa

Trick eye museum, Sentosa

Trick eye museum, Sentosa

Trick eye museum, Sentosa

trick-eye-museum-panda

  • Madame Tussauds Singapore and Images of Singapore LIVE:  Madame Tussauds has many celebrity wax statues and you can spend a lot of time here if clicking pictures with celebrities interest you. We took a round looking at the statues and clicking a few pics and came out in 30-40 mins. Images of Singapore is a 45 min attraction that needs to be covered along with Madame Tussauds. People interested in history may find this fascinating, otherwise there is nothing you will miss. I have included a promotional video in the playlist.
  • Segway Fun Ride (2 Rides): Segway fun ride is a short 4 min segway ride that you get to do. Kids have a trainer with them all the time and its a short fun ride.
    • Restrictions:
      • Participants must be over 42in (105cm) tall and weigh no more than 264lbs (120kg)
      • Riders below the age of 10 will be accompanied by a walking guide
Segway Ride, Sentosa

Segway Ride, Sentosa

  • Wings of Time: This is one of the best attractions of Sentosa. Its a 20 min show which happens at 7:40 pm and 8:40 pm. It gets really crowded so arrive early to get the best seats (middle row). Also, food is allowed inside so you can get something packed from many restaurants around. Recording of the entire show is available in the youtube playlist.
  • MOSH! – This is a strictly kid’s attraction. It uses digital multimedia technology from Japan and would be fascinating for kids less than 10 yrs of age. It has 4 interesting activities for kids. It also has a small cafe where parents can relax while kids play. I have uploaded videos of 2 activities in the playlist.

We could not do Megabounce, Wave House Sentosa, Flying trapeze and did not rent a bicycle; though we did want to do megabounce and cycling. K-Live Sentosa was introduced in late 2016 after we had visited.

How does one travel inside Sentosa?

This was little tricky for us. I had read that Sentosa is not very big and all attractions are easily walk-able. While this is true; the time is limited and its too hot during the day; so its not as easy as it sounds. There are few ways to travel inside Sentosa:

  • Cable Car: Since you get a round trip ticket; you can finish activities around Merlion, board at Waterfront (Merlion) station and get down at Siloso beach. Once you are done, you can come back to Imbiah station and finish rest of the activities. Waterfront and Imbiah station are very close.
  • Sentosa Buses: Travelling by buses inside Sentosa is free. There are 2 routes and buses run frequently. However, there are designated bus stops were they stop. Unfortunately, you do not get this map when you ask for Sentosa Map at their information desk. Fortunately, we had one map we collected at the airport which showed bus routes. We finished everything around Resorts World Sentosa and took the bus and went to Beach station.
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Sentosa Bus Route 1 and 2

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Sentosa Bus Route 3 and Tram route

  • Sentosa Beach tram: Beach tram goes every 10 min and has stations close to the beach.
  • Sentosa Express: Sentosa Express monorail has 3 stations: Imbiah, waterfront and Siloso beach. If you want to commute between 3, you can use the monorail for free.

Are all attractions in Sentosa closeby?

They are all in a radius of 1-1.5km from the Resorts world sentosa. But they are not easy to commute on foot; especially in Singapore heat. Download the Sentosa tourist map from this link (as on Aug 2017) and plan your day accordingly:

Sentosa Island, Singapore Tourist map

Queues can get long so cover these popular attractions first:

  • 4D adventureland
  • Luge/ Skyride
  • Singapore Cablecar
  • S.E.A Aquarium
  • Trick Eye Museum

Are all Sentosa attractions open even when it rains?

The ones which are in open may not be open when it rains. This includes Luge, Megabounce, Segway and Wings of time. Its best to check the weather once before you plan your day. Weather forecast is available at NEA govt website on 24 hour weather forecast -Singapore

Is there a suggested itinerary for Sentosa?

When you arrive at Sentosa by Sentosa Express/ bus RWS 8, you will arrive at waterfront (merlion) station or Resort World Sentosa basement 1. If you look at Sentosa tourist map, you will realise that this is close to many attractions. If you want to make full use of the fun pass, follow this order:

  • Singapore cable car (opens at 9:00 am)
  • Tiger Sky tower (opens at 9:00 am)
  • Butterfly park and insect kingdom (opens at 9:30am)
  • Luge & Skyride (opens at 10am and can get very crowded)
  • 4D adventureland (opens at 10am and gets crowded later)
  • Madame Tussauds if you get down at Imbiah lookout station or Singapore Merlion if you get down at waterfront station.
  • S.E.A aquarium
  • Trick eye museum

Covering all this would easily make it past lunch so have you lunch in between when you are free. There is Subway near 4D adventureland and many other restaurants if you get to Resort world Sentosa side. Samundar, Beavers are some Indian restaurants in walking distance and depending on the time, you can have lunch in one of them.

After you have covered these, take Sentosa bus and go to Beach station. Beach station is very close to Wings of time. So collect your tickets for Wings of time well in advance because the seating is limited.

Siloso point/ beach station has the following activities within walk-able distance:

  • Segway
  • MOSH!
  • Bicycle rental for sometime if you would want.
  • Flying trapeze
  • Megabounce
  • Wavehouse
  • Fort Siloso combat skirmish

Once you are done with all, head towards Wings of time. Remember to grab some food meanwhile. We had Margerita pizza at Flames (only Veggie option available) and it costed 16 SGD. It was good and packed well. Ask them to pack condiments though!

I have uploaded videos of many of the attractions and added them to a youtube playlist. You can go through them on this link.

You will have to be flexible based on what time you reach Sentosa, how big the queues are and then the weather! Don’t forget to carry your umbrella/ raincoat for kids. It can rain anytime in Singapore and you do not want to waste your day waiting in the shade.

Have you been to Sentosa before and think I have missed out on some tips? Leave them in a comment below and I will add them here with credits 🙂

Do you know of someone traveling to Singapore who may need these fundae? Share this blog post with them. If you have any questions for me, leave a comment below the post or head to the travel forum.

17 Comments

  1. Radha says:

    Hi Priyanka

    We r planning for a trip this may 2018 along with our parents 65 years and above. Can you please share some tips on how we can take them as they cannot walk for a long time. Though they cannot enjoy all the attractions I believe they can see a few. Is the environment senior citizens friendly? Can we make them sit till we finish some attractions. Is it safe ? I too have 8 years old kid. So need to balance the trip between both. Need your tips pls.

    • Priyanka says:

      Hi Radha,

      Singapore is very elderly friendly place, with ramps along with stairs everywhere. Wheelchairs are also available on rent at most attractions, in case required. However, it does require a lot of walking if you plan to enjoy to the fullest. What I would suggest is this:

      1. Take the Park Hopper Plus tickets that cover Singapore zoo, night safari, river safari and Jurong Bird park. That allows you to use tram at the bird park and night safari. At the bird park, you can take a tram from one station to other, see the enclosures around and then take tram to next station. You parents can wait at the stations while you all can see more birds that require little walking. You can do zoo and river safari leisurely, take as much rest as you need. We did not enjoy the night safari, but you can see the fire show, do the tram ride and leave the place. That would not involve any walking.
      2. Plan gardens by the bay in the evenings, maybe around 4pm. Flower dome and cloud dome are both near the entrance. You can see them both first. Your parents can then sit and relax at one of the domes while you all can see rest of the gardens. It does take a lot of time, but you can skip a few. After you finish and pick up your parents and you can all walk to the supertree grove. Sit in the garden there and enjoy the light and sound show. You can also do the OCBC walk there, it has a lift to go up.
      3. Take Uber instead of MRT/LRT to most places because travelling by metro involves a lot of walk. Take Sentosa Express from Vivo City to Waterfront station when going to Sentosa/USS to experience the monorail.
      4. Botanical garden / East Coast park etc have many places to rest and you can cover them leisurely if you plan to go there.
      5. Take your 8 yr old to Art Science museum. The exhibition future world there is amazing for kids that age.Our 7 yr son had a great time. I will be writing a blog with details in a few days time on that. You can subscribe so you get the updates.

      Hope it helps you in planning.
      -Priyanka

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