The Singapore Flyer, proudly standing at a towering height of 165m, boasts of its gigantic structure, giving it the honors of being the largest Giant Observation Wheel in the world.
It was publicly announced in September 2005, making it known to the world that they were about to hit Singapore shores with a big bang. Three years later in 2008, they held their grand official opening along Raffles Avenue, where the wheel stood - literally and figuratively - as one of Asia's biggest tourist attraction.
'Capsules', as they are called, make for the foundation that gives the flyer its structure. Each capsule is big enough to accommodate 28 persons, piecing together nicely, to form this monstrous marvel with a capacity that holds a whopping total of 784 passengers.
A Capsule of the Flyer
Inside view of the capsule
A ride on the Flyer would last an estimated 30 minutes - long enough for you take in and admire the beautiful lush scenery, yet not too long that your mind starts to wonder about what you'll be having for your next meal.
Anyone who has had the privilege of being on board this gigantic observaton wheel would tell you that the view you get from up above is beyond exuberating. While basking in the allure of luxury, style and comfort of the Flyer, you'll get a panoramic view of the Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort, Collyer Quay, Raffles Place (Singapore's main Central Business District), The Fullerton Singapore (probably the most prestigious 5-star hotel you'll find in this country), Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay (our very own performance arts hall), the Merlion Park (an iconic 8.6m tall tourist attraction), the Asian Civilizations Museum, a popular nightlife line-up which includes Boat Quay, Clarke Quay and Robertson Quay; Fort Canning Park, and saving the best for last, the Floating Stadium - known as the world's largest floating platform performance stage on water.
A view of Marina Bay from Singapore Flyer. View more Flyer Photos.
A view of Gardens by the Bay from the Flyer. View more Gardens by the Bay Photos.
As you can see, a ride on the Flyer is practically a 360-degree bird's-eye-view of some of the famous sights and sounds of Singapore - all summed up in a nutshell while taking flight on this S$240 million rotating wheel.
And as breath-taking as the experience may be, don't forget to take a tour round the vicinity. You can get close to Mother Nature by taking a stroll through the Yakult Rainforest - a landscaped rainforest built within the grounds of the Flyer with the purpose of creating a relaxing atmosphere amidst the hustling and bustling city life.
If you understand true Singaporean culture, I'm sure you'll notice that we have two very distinct pastimes - shopping and eating! At the Flyer, you'll be able to treat yourself to retail therapy with shops selling branded watches; crocodile skin products, sunglasses, and souvenirs to give you an even more memorable experience.
The Singapore Flyer knows us all too well. It's amazing the number of food outlets there are in this place. You'll find names such as Seafood Paradise, Ya Kun Kaya Toast, O'Learys & Popeye's - popular American favorites and Bayview Tandoor - an authentic Indian restaurant.
Singapore Food Trail, located at level one of the Singapore Flyer, is another ideal place to hunt for your favourite Singapore Food all under one roof. Beside the popular Chicken Rice, Fried Hokkien Mee, Fried Carrot Cake and Satay, you can also try out other local delights such as Fried Oyster Omelette, Prawn Noodle, Barbecue Seafood and Beef Noodle.
8.30am to 10.30pm daily (last entry 10.15pm)
Adult Ticket S$33, Senior Ticket S$24 (Above 60 years old), Child Ticket S$21 (3 to 12 years old). Buy Singapore Flyer tickets online to enjoy 10% discount, call (65) 6333 3311 for details.
Take a Circle Line MRT train to Promenade Station and take Exit A after alighting the train. When you are out of the station, you will see a junction on your left. Cross the junction and take on Temasek Avenue. When you come to the next junction, you will see the flyer on your left. It shouldn't take you more than 10 minutes to reach there.
Marina Centre Bus Terminal, which is located at Raffles Boulevard, is only two blocks away from the flyer. You may take any one of the following bus service numbers to the bus terminal and take a slow walk to the flyer: 1N, 2N, 3N, 4N, 5N, 6N, NR2, NR5, NR7, NR8, 56, 75, 77, 171, 195, 960.
From Orchard road, the bus service number 106 will take you to the bus stop along Temasek Avenue opposite of The Ritz-Carlton. The journey should take less than 20 minutes and cost less than S$1.50. From there, it's only a 5 minutes walk to the flyer. You may board from the following bus stops along Orchard Road:
If you board at the bus stop at Tang Plaza (or subsequent bus stops), you may also take 77 and 171, which ends at the Marina Centre Bus Terminal, just two blocks away from the flyer.
The Singapore Flyer lets you wine, dine, shop, relax and best of all, feast on a 360-degree panoramic view of Singapore - everything conveniently located, only for your pleasure!
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