Universal Studios Singapore: Day Trip Guide

Updated July 6, 2020
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Universal Studios Singapore is a great single-day visit for a theme park. Compared to other big-name parks in the region, USS is really small. It’s more than half the size of USJ! But that’s part of what makes it easy to explore. If you plan properly, you can really make the most out of your day.

Universal Studios Singapore Globe
Universal Studios Singapore Globe

When to visit?

The first thing you have to consider is the day of your visit. Personally, I always visit a theme park on a weekday. The best choices are from Tuesday to Thursday because that’s when the crowd is lowest. The only good reason to visit on a weekend is if parks have special events or longer operating hours. That doesn’t always happen so you really have to check the calendar on their website.

It’s also important to check the weather on your target date. Even though USS has a roofed section, it’s just a small portion of the park. Though there might be fewer people on a rainy day, it’s just not very enjoyable overall.

Jim somewhere in New York area
Jim somewhere in New York area

Where to buy tickets?

Travel booking sites are the easiest and most convenient way to buy tickets. There are a lot of options like Klook, KKDay, Traveloka, and they all pretty much offer the same tickets. Sometimes one website has coupons or even a cheaper offer so better to check out each site to compare before purchasing. I always get the best deals from Klook though!

How to get there?

Aside from the convenient options like Taxi or Grab, the cheapest way to ride the MRT. Sentosa, the island where USS is, has its own monorail line. It is connected to the rail network of Singapore. You can pretty much go there easily from anywhere in the city with just a few train rides. HarbourFront is the station you have to go to. It’s along the Circle Line and the North-East Line. And from HarbourFront station, you just take the Sentosa Express monorail to USS.

There are also updated bus options that you can learn more on their website.

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Far Far Away Land Castle
Far Far Away Land Castle

What are the must-see attractions?

The park has plenty of options for every type of guest. Water rides, calm rides, thrill rides, roller coasters, they have at least one for what you’re looking for. The attractions I’ll be highlighting are the ones that I enjoyed the best, so if you want a super fun and thrilling experience, make sure to prioritize these rides!

Battlestar Galactica Human vs Cylon

What’s better than one roller coaster? Two that duel each other! This dueling coaster has 2 separate tracks that intertwine with each other. So when both coasters launch a train at the same time, they interact at certain elements making the ride more thrilling. Each coaster has a separate queue line and boarding area, so you don’t have to ride both but if you want to, you must fall in line again.

The coasters are not just different in colors, but in intensity as well. Human (red) is a sit-down coaster that goes through hills and turns with moderate speed and excitement. It’s perfect for kids who want to try their first big coaster. The layout has no inversions and is a fun family-friendly ride. Cylon (gray) is an inverted coaster that suspends you under the tracks as you go through steep drops and tight inversions. It’s definitely more intense as it has 5 inversions and goes faster than Human. Still, both coasters are exciting and equally as enjoyable to ride.

Battlestar Galactica: Cylon
Battlestar Galactica: Cylon

Transformers: The Ride 3D

3D dark rides are always fun and Transformers is one of the top ones for me. You’ll board a car, put your 3D glasses on, and go on an adventure with Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and the rest of the Transformers. There will be no spoiler in this post because it’s a really great ride to experience without knowing anything.

Revenge of the Mummy: The Ride

So on my list so far, there are roller coasters and a 3D dark ride. What would be better than to combine those two? That’s what Revenge of the Mummy is! It’s a fast-paced indoor coaster with horror elements themed to The Mummy. The theming is very impressive even just from the queue area and to the ride itself. The detail that they put into this ride is a big factor in how amazing the overall experience is.

Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure

Each Universal park has its own version of a Jurassic Park boat ride but the one in Singapore is the most unique of them all. The main difference is that it’s a River Rapids instead of the typical log flume in other Universals. Riders board a circular raft that goes through a river with rapids simulating white-water rafting. Of course, since this is a Jurassic Park ride, there are dinosaurs all over the river and a soaking ending! If you’re worried about getting too wet, you can buy a poncho or go to the drying pods after the ride.

Waterworld: A Live Sea War Spectacular

Waterworld is one of the best theme park shows out there. It’s a stunt show that amazes everyone in the audience. There are fireworks, water splashes, water diving, fighting scenes, jetskis, and more! I didn’t even know the Waterworld movie but I enjoyed the show very much.

And unlike the USJ version which is in Japanese, this one is in English so you can easily follow the story. Make sure to check the show schedule of Waterworld (and all the other live shows) on the day of your visit. Usually, theme parks give out a Times Guide on a paper, or it’s included in the map.

Waterworld stunt show
Waterworld stunt show

Lights! Camera! Action!

If you’re curious how Hollywood magic is made, this is a great attraction to visit. It’s basically a sound stage that’s fully equipped with practical effects, projections, and realistic props. It’s an amazing experience and especially inspiring for everyone interested in filmmaking.

Set of Lights Camera Action
Set of Lights Camera Action

Where to Eat?

There are seven zones in the park and each one has at least a single food and beverage outlet.

  • Hollywood
    • Mel’s Drive-In – diner food (burgers, fries, milkshakes…)
    • Starbucks
  • New York City
    • Loui’s NY Pizza Parlor – New York pizza
    • KT’s Grill – Irish-American grill
  • Sci-Fi City
    • Starbot Cafe – Japanese food
    • Stardots – yogurt soft serve
  • Ancient Egypt
    • Oasis Spice Café – Indian cuisine
  • The Lost World
    • Discovery Food Court – Singaporean cuisine
    • Fossil Fuels – unique-flavored hotdogs
  • Far Far Away
    • Fairy Godmother’s Juice Bar
    • Goldilocks – homemade fried chicken
    • Friar’s – pizza, burgers, ice cream
  • Madagascar
    • Marty’s Casa Del Wild Food Court – Southeast Asian specialties (curries, satay…)
    • Gloria’s Snack Shack – bingsu and churros

My most recommended are “Discovery Food Court” and “Oasis Spice Café”. Mainly because I like trying dishes that I don’t always get to try. Discovery Food Court has cheap but satisfying meals like their chicken rice. While Oasis Spice Café has a great line-up of Indian food, and my suggestion is to get a plate of Butter Chicken Biryani with Aloo Palak.

As you can see from the list above, there are a lot of food places so you don’t even have to plan it out. You can just eat whenever you’re hungry. And to be honest, eating complete meals in a theme park is such a time-wasting activity. I usually just eat a big meal at lunch and just eat a lot of snacks throughout the day. It might not be the best diet advice though!

Inside Oasis Spice Café
Inside Oasis Spice Café

How to plan your day at the park?

This is just a sample idea based on what I did on my few visits. Basically I always go to my favorite rides first (Battlestar Galactica roller coasters, Transformers 3D, Mummy, Jurassic). No picture taking yet, that could be done in the afternoon! I pack as many rides in the morning as I can, so after I take my lunch, I can go to the scheduled shows and maybe some other rides in between. At the end of the day, I take another ride (or two) on my favorites because there would be less waiting time by then!

Entrance to the Jurassic Park area of Lost World
Entrance to the Jurassic Park area of Lost World

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For a small theme park, Universal Studios Singapore makes great use of the space and themes. Of course, it’s not as immersive as Universal Studios Japan or Tokyo DisneySea. But there are certain areas that you can get immersed into, especially in the back-alleys of New York. The park is quite charming in its own way. It’s also easily accessible from the city so you don’t have to travel a long way just to get there. Overall, it’s a must-visit, especially for first-time travelers to the island-nation. I always had a great time whenever I went there and it’s such a fun break from the business-y vibe of Singapore.

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