Cruise Along Singapore River in a Bumboat


Bumboat is a water taxi or a small sized boat to go from one place to another in the river tour. Such bumboats have a comfortable seating partly inside and partly outside.

Singapore River Cruise is an awesome way to explore Downtown running since 1987. From earlier days when there were sail powered, river boats have evolved to now become silent and environmentally friendly electric with zero CO2 emissions! Singapore River Cruise fleet has grown from 4 to 24 bumboats and are constantly improving.

How much does Singapore River Cruise cost?

The 40 minutes River Cruise tickets are priced at $25 for Adults and $15 for Children. There is a special laser show Cruise as well priced at $38 for Adults and $22 for Children.

Where to buy Singapore River Cruise Tickets? Where does the River Cruise start?

If you are wondering where to book the tickets to this awesome attraction, you can book them at the ticket counter at Clarke Quay. It’s the best place to catch the ferry as it starts there and you get to enjoy the full round trip. You can also book the tickets at some websites online like Klook.

What to expect in the Singapore River Cruise?

This is a 40-minute-long relaxing cruise along the Singapore river with an Audio Visual commentary in English on board on an electronic bumboat with indoor and outdoor seating available. Outdoor seating gives a better view though. You get to see all the must-see highlights of Singapore along the Central Business District (CBD) and find out the history about sites along the river.

The history talks about colorful shophouses along Clarke Quay and Boat Quay, Raffles Landing Site, Parliament House, Merlion, The Esplanade, Marina Bay Sands and more. You will also get to know about the history of the Bridges – Anderson Bridge, Alkaff Bridge, Benjamin Sheares Bridge and Cavenagh Bridge.

You can opt to get down the bumboat along the cruise route at any stop and continue walking to explore on foot. Note, however you cannot re-board the boat, once you get off.

Which timings are best for the River Cruise?

Ideally board the bumboat between 6pm-7pm. This way, you would get to see Singapore in the day and late evening with all its bling lights.

Laser Show Cruise – Night River Cruise

Marina Bay Sands Light and Water show happens every night at 8pm and 9:30pm. On Friday and Saturday nights, there is additional show at 11pm. This is free to watch and you can get view this from the water without any obstruction by choosing to go for the Laser Show Cruise. We recommend you take the 7-30pm slot for the best views when the show starts at 8pm. Please note that the prices for Laser Show Cruise are $38 for Adult and $22 for a child.

Singapore River Cruise – Must Have on your Singapore Itinerary

Singapore River Cruise gives a unique way of seeing Singapore’s history and present, while giving you a new perspective. You can always end the tour with lovely places to eat around Clarke Quay with almost every type of cuisine and some happening bars and bistros.

In case you are looking for more ideas on what to do in your Singapore trip, check out our blog on 10 top things to do in Singapore.

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