Explore downtown Singapore on a bumboat

Singapore Travel Guides / October 07, 2016
Explore downtown Singapore on a bumboat Image credit: shankar s/Flickr

What
In Singapore, bumboat refers to a small boat or water taxi that is used for quick transport and river tours. These bumboats are often painted with eyes and faces supposedly to “see the danger ahead.”

There are two bumboat service companies in Singapore – Singapore River Cruise and Singapore River Explorer. They follow a similar route with stops at the Esplanade, Boat Quay, Clarke Quay, Clemenceau, and Robertson Quay.

A one-stop trip costs SG$3.00 (US$2.20). 40-minute river tours are also offered at SG$25.00 (US$18.00) per passenger.

Why
A bumboat ride down Singapore River is the cheapest and fastest way to see the stunning sights of downtown Singapore.

You can relax at the boat deck and enjoy the breeze as the boat chugs along the river.

Go in the late afternoon to catch the sunset and get the best of day and night views of the waterfront. A nighttime bumboat trip is a great chance to enjoy the light show at Marina Bay from a different yet amazing angle.

Landmarks to see along the bumboat route
The Merlion is undoubtedly the most identifiable representation of Singapore. Built by a local sculptor, Lim Nang Seng, this 8.6-metre statue sits at one end of the Marina Bay waterfront.

Marina Bay Sands is an iconic resort complex located at the Bayfront. The landmark consists of three towers connected at the top by a 1-hectare roof terrace. Don’t forget to take a selfie on the bumboat with MBS at the background!

The statue of Sir Stamford Raffles stands at the Raffles Landing Site near the Boat Quay. Sir Raffles was the founder of modern day Singapore. The statue is a reminder of Singapore’s olden days and the single point in history that changed the destiny of this Lion country.

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