Singapore Flyer

The Singapore Flyer is a huge Ferris wheel that can be found at Singapore’s Marina Bay. Actually the tallest Ferris wheel in the world, it is justifiably referred to on a regular basis as an observation wheel. Riders certainly enjoy amazing views of the Singapore city skyline and beyond. There’s more to this attraction than just the views, however. The large, 492-foot-diameter wheel is built over a three-story terminal building that features retail shops, food and beverage outlets, a flight simulator, a multimedia showcase, a spa, a recreated rainforest, and a mix of special event venues. Events that are held at the Singapore Flyer include general events for all and private events for specific groups.

Singapore Flyer Facts

Singapore Flyer Facts
Singapore Flyer Facts

Singapore Flyer Facts

With a total height of 541 feet, or 165 meters, the Singapore Flyer is the tallest Ferris wheel in the world. This could change in the near future, as there are proposals to build taller ones elsewhere. By 2015, for example, Staten Island, New York plans to have a completed Ferris wheel with a height of 625 feet, or 190.5 meters. As for now, however, the Singapore Flyer is the loftiest attraction of its kind. Work on the soaring wheel began in 2005 and was completed in 2008. Originally, the finished product rotated in a counter-clockwise direction when viewed from Marina Centre. Under the advice of feng shui masters, however, the rotation direction was changed. It takes about 30 minutes for each of the bus-sized riding capsules to make a complete rotation. There are 28 of these enclosed capsules. Each is air-conditioned and can hold 28 people. That means that the Singapore Flyer Ferris wheel can accommodate up to 784 passengers at a time. During a ride, passengers aren’t only treated to Singapore views. They can also catch glimpses of the neighboring countries of Malaysia and Indonesia.

Events Onboard the Singapore Flyer Ferris Wheel

Events Onboard the Singapore Flyer Ferris Wheel
Events Onboard the Singapore Flyer Ferris Wheel  Image: williamcho (flickr), CC BY-SA 2.0

Some of the event venues at the Singapore Flyer Ferris wheel complex are found in the three-story terminal or on the surrounding grounds. There are also the air-conditioned riding capsules, which are commonly employed for onboard events, or "Unique Experiences," as the Singapore Flyer likes to call them. It is possible to enjoy an onboard dining experience with full butler service, for example, or even have a wedding in one of the capsules. Enjoying tea service while you ride, sipping on bubbly during a "Moet & Chandon Champagne Flight," or throwing a birthday party are just some of the other "Unique Experience" options. Ferris wheels have definitely come a long way since the original Ferris Wheel was unveiled in 1893 at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

Singapore Flyer Tickets & Discounts

Singapore Flyer Tickets & Discounts
Singapore Flyer Tickets & Discounts

Tickets for the Singapore Flyer are understandably hot commodities. General tickets can be purchased daily at the terminal from 8 am to 10 pm. It is also possible to buy tickets online or via mobile devices. The full-priced Singapore Flyer tickets include a ride on the Ferris wheel and admission to the Journey of Dreams multimedia showcase, which offers insight into Singapore history and the history of the Singapore Flyer itself. Added fees apply for the "Unique Experiences," and visitors can also choose to spend more at the shops, eateries, and other related attractions. For those who are interested in Singapore Flyer discounts, it is often possible to save some money by purchasing tickets online. Also worth noting are the City Pass options. The City Pass is a smartcard that allows its holders to access various Singapore attractions and activities, and it has built-in discounts.

Singapore Flyer Map

Singapore Flyer Map
Singapore Flyer Map

The Singapore Flyer Ferris wheel isn’t difficult to find. It sits within easy reach of the downtown core at Marina Bay and is easy to spot because of its height. Nearby attractions include, but aren’t limited to, Gardens by the Bay, the Marina City Park, the Asian Civilization Museum, and the National Museum of Singapore. The address for the Singapore Flyer is 30 Raffles Avenue. Hotels are also close by, and it takes just 10 minutes to get to the Singapore Flyer from Orchard Road. The trip time from the Changi Airport to the observation wheel is approximately 20 minutes. To get to the Singapore Flyer from any number of places, you could possibly walk, take a taxi, rely on the Mass Rapid Transport system, hop on a bus, drive yourself, or take a Singapore River Cruise water taxi. The options for getting around Singapore in general are numerous.

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