Singapore Stopover: Resorts World Sentosa tips

With Singapore being the transit hub for many airlines, you might find yourself in the country with a few hours to spare before your next flight.

If you have around 9 hours to spend in Singapore, come spend your stopover at Resorts World Sentosa for a dose of excitement.

To help you plan your trip, we have some itineraries. You can also pick and choose from the list since we’ve included the estimated time spent to make sure you don’t miss your flight.

Depending on your interest, take your pick from

Sample itinerary 1

For those who love photo opportunities and water adventures

  • Start the trip with a photo in front of the Universal Studios globe. (10 minutes)
  • Head to Malaysian Food Street for an authentic Malaysian meal. (1 hour)
  • Visit Trick Eye Museum where you can take photos that are out of this world. (1 to 1.5 hours)
  • Go to Adventure Cove Waterpark for water-based adventures. (3 hours)
  • (If time permits) Watch the sun set on RWS around 6:30pm. (30 minutes)



Sample itinerary 2

For those who love marine animals

Manta Ray at the S.E.A. Aquarium at RWS

  • Go to S.E.A. Aquarium  where you can
    • learn about the different stops on the historical marine silk road; (20 minutes)
    • go on a 4D multi-sensory ride at the Typhoon Theatre (You’ll need to pay an extra fee for the experience); (~20 minutes including waiting time)
    • admire underwater life at the Aquarium proper (at least 2.5 hours for an in-depth look at the habitats).
  • Take your pick from different cuisines at RWS: Enjoy Italian meal at Palio, Australian fusion at Osia, buffet at Starz Restaurant and many more. (1.5 hours)
  • Visit Trick Eye Museum to take hilarious photos. (1 to 1.5 hours)

Sample itinerary 3

For those who love theme parks

Family on a budget at USS

Half a day is not quite enough for the complete experience of Universal Studios Singapore but you can definitely squeeze in a few rides, watch a few shows and get wonderful photos with the movie characters.

  • Start the trip with a photo in front of the Universal Studios globe. (10 minutes)
  • Visit Universal Studios Singapore. (Until you need to leave)
  • Have your meal inside Universal Studios Singapore (30 minutes)

You can also get the Express Pass (starts from $30) for a speedier entry to the rides.

If you don’t wish to fork out this additional cost, here’s a tip: try the Single Rider queue. It’s usually quicker but you don’t get to sit with friends. It’s perfect if you are flying solo.

Sample itinerary 4

For those who want to relax


  • Get pampered at ESPA by picking your favourite treatment. (30 minutes to two hours, depending on treatment)
  • Enjoy a healthy meal at Tangerine. (1.5 hours)
  • If you have booked a minimum 60-minute treatment, you can enjoy complimentary use of the Crystal Steam Rooms, Rock Saunas, Ice Fountains, Experience Showers, Outdoor Vitality Pools, Sleep Zone and Social Relaxation Lounge. (As much time as you wish).

Important: Travel time from Changi Airport to Resorts World Sentosa

Remember to give yourself enough time to go back to the airport. Here’s an estimate of travel time from Changi Airport to Resorts World Sentosa (or vice versa) on different transportation:

By taxi: 30 to 40 minutes with minimal traffic. (Do note that taxi queues can get long during peak hour so give yourself more buffer time if you’re travelling back to Changi Airport in the evening)

By MRT (Mass Rapid Train) : Around 1 hour and 40 minutes.

From Changi, take the East-West Line (Green Line) to Tanah Merah station and switch to the west-bound train to Joo Koon. Stop at Outram Park MRT and switch to the North-East Line (Purple line) MRT heading to Harbourfront. From Harbourfront, either take the Sentosa Express Monorail or the RWS8 bus into RWS.

By bus: This route is not recommended if you’re new to Singapore since it involves a few bus transfers.

Find out other ways to go to Resorts World Sentosa.

What if my stopover is shorter than six hours?

Merlion in Singapore

The sample itineraries are best for people with eight  to 10 hours for a stopover.

If your stopover is shorter (around 4 hours), you can consider taking the tours organised by Changi Airport. The airport has free two-hour guided tours at regular timings. Find out more about the free Singapore tours on Changi Airport’s website.

The next time you come back to Singapore, you can spend more time at Resorts World Sentosa.

How would you spend a stopover at RWS? Share your brilliant ideas in the comment section.

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