Going To Visit Sentosa Merlion One Last Time? Here's How You Can Save Money On Entry Fees And Activities!

Going To Visit Sentosa Merlion One Last Time? Here's How You Can Save Money On Entry Fees And Activities!

Jacqueline Yan

Those of you who have fond memories of your school excursion to the Sentosa Merlion, listen up!

After standing tall over Sentosa for 24 years, the Sentosa Merlion will cease operations on 20 October 2019 as it prepares for demolition.

merlion illustration in shock
Source: giphy

That’s right, better gather your friends for a trip to Sentosa to relive some of those memories!

The demolition comes with new plans that have been drawn up for Sentosa, including the development of Pulau Brani to form “one big island”.

TL;DR – Maximising Your Trip To Sentosa For The Merlion

I just might go to Sentosa again soon for the Merlion ‘cus I honestly don’t remember going inside…

But anyway, if you’d like bid farewell, good news!

sentosa entry and transport fees merlion promotional prices

Sentosa Merlion tickets will be available online at a 50% discount for localsyay! 

The cheapest way to get into Sentosa will be walking in through the Sentosa Boardwalk, of course, it’s free!

When the weather is too hot or if walking is inconvenient for your group, taking Bus RWS8 for $1 will be the next best option!

You’ll probably spend more time there since you’ve already made the effort to travel there, and there might be some activities that you want to try.

If that’s the case, you might want to plan ahead and get yourselves a Fun Pass!

Fun Pass TierFun Pass Cost
55 Tokens$43.30
80 Tokens$61.20
120 Tokens$89.20

Depending on which activities you’re interested in, you can save about 20.1% – 54.8% with the Fun Pass.

ActivitiesPotential Savings
iFly Singapore
AJ Hackett Giant Swing31.3%
Mega Zip
Headrock VR28.9% - 32.3%
S.E.A. Aquarium23.2%
Adventure Cove Waterpark13.5%
Madame Tussauds Singapore 1.2%
Trick Eye Museum
Stand Up Paddle Board 54.8%

Not too bad, eh?

Experiencing The Sentosa Merlion Before It Closes

Good news, everyone!

Sentosa knows that a lot of us would want to make one last trip into the Merlion, whether it’s to relive the story of the Merlion or brushing the Merlion’s teeth while enjoying the awesome view of Singapore.

sentosa merlion closing demolition
Source: HardwareZone

No prizes for guessing which Seedly writer tried to brush the Merlion’s teeth when she was a kid…

Promotional Ticket Prices for Sentosa Merlion

Ticket TypeUsual PricePromotional Price
Adult $15.00$7.50
(4 - 12 years old)
Senior Citizens
(60 years and above)

Uh huh, you’ll get a 50% discount for your Sentosa Merlion tickets if you are a Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident!

All you have to do enjoy the discount is to book your tickets online on Sentosa or One Faber Group’s website, easy right?

If you’re planning this as a multi-generation outing, your parents can enjoy free admission if they are 60 years and above. They’ll just need to show their senior cards at the entrance for verification of eligibility.

Special Edition Sentosa Merlion Magic Lights Show

Watching a lights show is probably one of our favourite past time, and watching the Sentosa Merlion lighting up is probably something we’ve all done as a kid.

sentosa merlion magic lights show
Source: The Straits Times

The Special Edition Sentosa Merlion Magic Lights Show will run 4 times every night in October at the Merlion Plaza, at 7:45pm, 8;20pm, 8:55pm and 9:30pm.

Take note of the timings, for if you missed the last one, you’ll have to go back again!

Other Activities & Programmes

On top of that, Sentosa Merlion will also be hosting interactive games, photo opportunities and other activities from 10am – 10pm throughout the month.

Fun Day At Sentosa Can Be Cheap Day Too!

Of course, you’re not only going to visit the Merlion while you’re at Sentosa!

Sentosa Entry Fees

You’ll have to get to Sentosa first before you can make your way to the Merlion, right?

sentosa express
Source: Sentosa

I know, most of us will just take the Sentosa Express since it’s so accessible from Vivocity, but guys, it’s $4 per admission!

There are so many ways you can get into Sentosa and some of them after cheaper and pretty convenient too!

Transport OptionsCostRemarks
Sentosa BoardwalkFreeUntil 31 December 2020
Bus RWS8$1 per rideBoard bus at VivoCity
& alight at Resorts World Sentosa
Bus 123$1.03 - $1.84
(Adult Card Fares)
Board from Opposite Mt Faber Lodge
or any point with Bus 123 & alight at
Merlion Plaza,
Resorts World Sentosa,
or Beach Station Terminal
$0.69 - $0.88
(Senior Citizen/PWD Card Fares)
$0.48 - $0.59
(Student Card Fares)
$0.80 - $1.46
(Workfare Transport Concession
Scheme Card Fares)
Sentosa Cove Shuttle Bus$2 per rideBoard shuttle bus from HarbourFront Bus Interchange
& alight at Sentosa Cover Village's drop off point
Sentosa Express$4 per personIncludes Island Admission Fees
Singapore Cable Car
Mount Faber Line
(Round Trip)
$28 (Adult)Includes Island Admission Fees
- Child: 4 to 12 years old
- Senior: 60 years & above
$18.50 (Child)
$18.10 (Senior)
Car & Taxi$2 gantry admission charge per car Weekday:
- 12pm to 2pm
- 5pm - 7am
- 5pm - 7am
$6 gantry admission charge per carWeekday:
- 7am to 12pm
- 2pm to 5pm
- 7am to 5pm
sentosa boardwalk
Source: RC Building Technology

The cheapest way to get into Sentosa is definitely taking the Sentosa Boardwalk, well it’s free.

But it may not always be feasible if you have young children or senior citizens with you, or if the weather is unbearably hot.

If you’re not in a hurry, the next best option is to spend $1 per person and take Bus RWS8 from VivoCity, before hopping on the Sentosa Express Monorail to whichever stop you’d like to go to.

And if you’re driving, enter during lunch hour or after 5pm on weekdays, and after 5pm on weekends if your aim is to pay the minimum amount for your car’s gantry admission charge. Don’t forget that you’ll have to pay for parking too!

Maximising Your Dollar

Since my rare trips to Sentosa nowadays either involve spending some money and going to the beach club or having a super chill picnic by the beach, I’ve never really given the Fun Pass much consideration.

Until recently…

Sentosa Fun Pass
Source: Klook

My partner and I were each given a 55-Token Fun Pass and all we spent out-of-pocket was our brunch when we arrived, and well, some beers midday because it was just so hot.

Granted, we had dinner elsewhere after we left Sentosa but it would still have been super affordable even if we paid for our own Fun Passes!

Fun Pass TierCost
55 TokensFun Pass Only
(Valid for 2 days)
Fun Pass & Universal Studios Singapore Ticket
(Valid for 3 days)
$43.30 $120
80 TokensFun Pass Only
(Valid for 2 days)
Fun Pass & Universal Studios Singapore Ticket
(Valid for 3 days)
120 TokensFun Pass Only
(Valid for 2 days)
Fun Pass & Universal Studios Singapore Ticket
(Valid for 3 days)
Top-up $5 per 5 Tokens

Should I Use The Fun Pass For Sentosa Merlion?

Please, don’t use your Fun Pass for the Sentosa Merlion okay?

It would have been pretty worth it without the ongoing promotion, but a 50% discount, even the Fun Pass can’t beat that man.

What Can I Use The Fun Pass On And Is It Worth It?

To be honest, I can be such an auntie sometimes that I can’t even deal with it.

So, bear with me, let’s look at how much each token costs you based on your Fun Pass tier.

Fun Pass TierAmount PaidCost Per Token
55 Tokens$43.30$0.79
80 Tokens$61.20$0.76
120 Tokens$89.20$0.74

There are quite a lot of activities covered under the Fun Pass, catering to different interests.

sentosa skyline luge
Source: Skyline Luge

I was a little disappointed to find out that the Skyline Luge is not included in the Fun Pass, so make sure to check if the activities you are interested in are covered under the Fun Pass!

We picked out a few popular activities that Singaporeans usually go for and calculated if the Fun Pass is worth it.

ActivitiesStandard Adult
Ticket Prices
Number of Tokens
needed to Redeem
Amount Spent
on Tokens
(based on $0.79
per token)
Percentage Savings
iFly Singapore
(The Teaser - 1 Skydive)
The Challenge
- 2 Skydives
(Off Peak)
The Teaser
- 1 Skydive
AJ Hackett Giant Swing$69
(includes access to
Skybridge worth $10)
50 (Giant Swing)$47.4031.3%
10 (Skybridge)
Mega Adventure Park
- Mega Zip
Headrock VRBig 5$5045$35.5528.9%
Big 3$3530$23.7032.3%
2 Orange Zone Rides$2620$15.8039.2%
1 Orange Zone Ride$1310$7.9039.2%
S.E.A. Aquarium$3635$27.6523.2%
Adventure Cove Waterpark$3235$27.6513.5%
Madame Tussauds Singapore
(Includes entry to:
Spirit of Singapore boat ride
Images of Singapore LIVE
Marvel 4D Cinema
Ultimate Film Star Experience)
Trick Eye Museum
Ola Beach Club
30 minutes Stand Up Paddle Board
($35 per hour)
10 $7.9054.8%

The Standard Adult Ticket Prices above were compiled from each activity’s official website and factors in the discounts available for locals and online purchases.

Also, the equivalent amount spent on each activity if you have the Fun Pass is based on the Cost Per Token ($0.79) for the 55 Tokens Fun Pass.

So if you purchased the 80 or 120 Tokens Fun Pass, you’ll definitely be saving a little bit more!

It sure looks like the Fun Pass is worth getting if you’re planning to do some of these activities above.

However, if you decided to do more on the day itself and needed to top up $5 per 5 tokens, it may not be as worth it anymore.

Just remember to plan a little in advance, in the scenario above, you probably will be able to find better deals online.

Is the Fun Pass & Universal Studios Singapore Combo Worth It?

Universal Studios Singapore Sentosa
Source: The Straits Times

I’m not entirely sure about the Fun Pass & Universal Studios Singapore (USS) combo though.

Purchasing a Singapore Resident One-Day Ticket (Anytime) on Resorts World Sentosa’s official website will cost you $75 for an adult ticket and $56 for a child ticket.

Doing a quick calculation would show you that you’re technically paying more for your USS tickets with the Fun Pass combo.

"Base Cost" of Fun PassDifference Paid for USS Adult TicketSingapore Resident
One-Day Adult Ticket (Anytime)
Difference Paid for USS Child TicketSingapore Resident
One-Day Child Ticket (Anytime)
(55 Tokens)
$76.70$75 $56.90$56
(80 Tokens)
(120 Tokens)

Besides, if you’re a little more hardworking, you’ll probably be able to find better deals on their website and other platforms!

But of course, you’d already have saved quite a fair bit of money by getting the basic Fun Pass, so all’s good!

Furthermore, you’re likely to spend most of your time at USS covering all the rides, which means you may not have time to make use of your Fun Pass unless you’re going back the next day.

Will you be heading to Sentosa soon to visit the Merlion one last time before it’s gone?

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About Jacqueline Yan
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