Get ready for your trip to Singapore or Brunei. Order your Singapore Dollars at Manor FX today. Our great exchange rates mean you’ll have more SGD cash to spend. Have your Singapore Dollar banknotes delivered securely to your home or office, or pick them up from the Manor FX bureau near Heathrow.
Manor FX offers fast delivery times and a fuss-free online ordering process for your Singapore dollar travel money.
Travel advise: payments in Singapore
Jet off well-informed to Singapore. Here are some handy facts about cash and card payments in Singapore.
Yes. International payments by Visa and Mastercard are accepted in almost every supermarket, shop and restaurant in Singapore. Most large retailers (supermarkets, department stores, hotels, chain restaurants, etc.) also accept American Express cards.
Be advised that most card machines in Singapore do not support chip and pin payments. Unlike in the UK, the majority of payments in Singapore are made by swiping your card’s magetic strip and signing the receipt. You need to be aware that many British cards don’t support swiping payments unless the feature is activitated beforehand.
In shops that have the newest type of card readers, contactless payments are accepted for purchases of up to $100 SGD. Singaporean contactless smart card like EZ-link and NETS Flashpay are very popular with the locals. Contactless payments can be used for public transport and taxis. They are also widely accepted in food courts, convenience stores, supermarkets and selected hawker centres.
Be aware of currency conversion fees: British banks may charge heavily for international card payments made in Singapore. In addition, your bank’s SGD to GBP exchange rate may not be so good. This is how banks make money. Before using your bank card for payments in Singapore, it’s certainly a good idea to contact your bank. This will avoid your card becoming blocked due to international transactions that your bank may find suspicious.
It’s recommended that you take Singapore Dollar cash with you on your trip to Singapore.
Cash is a popular means of payment in Singapore and it’s a great fallback option. In addition you will be able to spend money without having to worry about the exchange rate fees charged by your bank or card provider.
Coffee in a hawker centre, also known as Kopitiam, costs $1.20 SGD to $1.90 SGD. For a three-course dinner in a mid-range restaurant the bill will be in the area of $40 SGD to $60 SGD, including a 10% service charge.
The overall cost of living in Singapore is around 25% higher than the cost of living in the UK.
Tipping is not common practice in Singapore. A 10% service charge is usually already added to the bill. Just paying the bill, including service charge, is fine.
Banknotes in Singapore
All Singapore Dollar banknotes have the portrait of Encik Yusof bin Ishak, Singapore’s first President. Banknotes in circulation are in both paper and polymer versions.
SGD bills in use are $2, $5, $10, $50 and $100 SGD. Singapore Dollar banknotes are also used for payments in the Sultanate of Brunei. The banknotes of $1,000 SGD and $10,000 SGD are hardly in use for day to day purchases.
Coins in Singapore
Singaporean coins range from 1c to 1. Did you get back from Singapore with some leftover coins? Our sister company Leftover Currency can help you to exchange Singapore Dollar coins back to cash.
Singapore’s currency import and export regulations
There are no limits on the amount of SGD or foreign currency you can import/export into or from Singapore. However you need to make a cash declaration if you are carrying over $20,000 SGD worth of currency, both for entering and exiting Singapore.
Ordering Singapore Dollars online
Order Singapore Dollars online and have them delivered fast and securely to your home or office, with Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed®. Or pick them up from our travel money shop near Heathrow. Click here to buy Singapore Dollars online.
Selling back Singapore Dollars
If you have Singapore Dollars to sell, follow this link to exchange Singapore Dollars to Pounds, click on ‘sell currency’ and select ‘SGD Singapore Dollar’. We’ll pay good rates for your leftover Singapore Dollars.