The Singapore Flyer is the most massive observation wheel in Asia. Opened in 2008 it is the best and the only way to watch the city through a bird’s eye view. Locals and tourists both visit the Flyer to capture some panoramic views of the entire island city from great heights.
The Flyer is located towards Marina Bay. You can witness a 360-degree view from a height of 165m above ground level and the wheel is 150m in diameter. There are a total of 28 closed glass capsules to reach the maximum height. Every capsule is fully air-conditioned and it lasts for a total of 30 minutes for one complete rotation. A maximum of 28 people can be taken in at once in a single capsule. You can visit anytime during the day or night however the ideal time would be sunset time (5:30 pm-6:30 pm) as you get to witness the city dazzle as the sun goes down. During this time, the city lights slowly come on and the entire city starts twinkling which is an iconic scene to watch. Avoid noontime as the sun can get harsh.
As you reach the topmost height you get a chance to see beautiful views of the Singapore River, Merlion Park, Empress Place, and more. On a clear sunny day when the weather is pleasant, you may be lucky enough to catch glimpses of the city’s landmarks at a distance of approximately 45km. Besides this ride, there are other added features to enjoy.
Enjoy the State of the Art XD theatre. Here you get to experience the first 6D motion ride of Singapore. It is open from noon to 9 pm in the night every day except Wednesdays. Also, try out the Flight Experience as you get to witness the charm of 737 real simulators where you can learn to fly an airplane. This is open from 10 am-10 pm. These are located on the 2nd floor of the terminal building at the Flyer. On level 3 there is a Flyer Lounge where coffee, a range of the cocktails, and other drinks are available for professional and business meets. There is Joyscoot on level 1 where you can pick e-scooters, e-bicycles, or even hoverboards for your enjoyment. There are complimentary lessons available and the working hours are from 9 am-9 pm.
The best plan would be to arrive early. Enjoy Joyscoot, take the ride on the Flyer, and then head to the Flight Experience and the Magical Theatre for more entertainment purposes on level 2. You could also dine in the sky with a four-course lavish meal and professional butler service. The dress code for a special dining experience like this is strictly smart casuals.
The timings are from 8:30 am-10:30 pm on all days throughout the year. You can reach by bus or taxi. The Singapore Flyer tickets are priced at 69 SGD for adults, 31 SGD for children aged 3-12. Tickets for children below 3 years are free. For a more private affair, you could go in for a private capsule costing around 1765 SGD. The Sky Dining for two is priced at 328.90 SGD. Your tours also make sure to include this in your itinerary. So if you are on tour the Flyer will already be listed in your itinerary.
No outside food is allowed to be taken inside the capsule. The entire area is wheelchair friendly. There are toilets located on levels 1,2 and 3. CCTV cameras are installed inside each capsule. Book tickets online to avoid long queues. There are different dining options as well as reservation facilities for corporate parties, dinner dates, school visits, premium champagne flights, etc. You can also buy merchandise at their retail shops.
Coming to Singapore and not taking a ride on this wheel would be a unique experience you would miss out on.