Planning a trip to Universal Studios Singapore? Read on to discover what you need to know before you go.
In this handy guide, we’ll cover how to get tickets, the easiest way to travel to the park, and the top rides (and food) that you need to make time for during your trip.
It’s no secret that we are HUGE theme park fans. In fact, we make it our mission to visit a theme park wherever we are in the world. So it was a no-brainer that we had to visit Universal Singapore on our most recent trip to the country.
Theme park lovers, here’s why you need to visit Universal Studios Singapore.
Universal Singapore: What You Need to Know
How to Get Universal Studios Singapore Tickets
Booking Universal Studios Singapore tickets is easy. While you can purchase tickets on the day at the entrance, we recommend booking your tickets in advance either through Get Your Guide or on Resorts World Sentosa’s website (we use Get Your Guide for most things as we find it extremely handy keeping everything in one place).
Simply book your tickets online and then you can use the emailed barcode to scan into the park on the day.
How much do Universal Studios Singapore tickets cost?: A one day pass will set you back S$87 for adults and S$65 for children. Which, FYI, is way cheaper than the American – and even Japanese – iterations of the park.
For those who fancy skipping the queues, you can opt to purchase the Universal Studios Singapore Express Pass. We didn’t purchase the pass because, to be totally honest, we were happy to just get on a couple of rides and enjoy the park’s atmosphere.
However, if you’re only there for one day and want to make the most of the attractions, we recommend splurging on the Universal Express Pass Unlimited. The Express Pass Universal Studios Singapore price is an extra S$80 on top of the price of admission.
Getting to Universal Studios Singapore
As with getting around the entirety of Singapore, making your way to USS is easy. We opted to use the MRT system (which is ridiculously efficient) and took the North-East Line to HarbourFront station – though, you can also hop on the Circle line.
Once you arrive at the subway, you’ll want to take Exit E towards VivoCity, where you’ll find yourself in a shopping centre. Head up the escalators in the centre to level three to board the Sentosa Express.
Word of warning: Regular MRT cards do not work on this line, so you’ll need to purchase a new ticket by the barrier for S$4. Once you’ve boarded, you’ll need to alight at the Waterfront stop, which services Resorts World and Universal Studios Singapore.
If you want to travel by bus, it’s a little bit more of a faff, but still fairly straightforward. Again, head to VivoCity via the MRT and then find the bus stop outside VivoCity, where you can hop on the RWS 8 bus to Resorts World.
You can also choose to take a taxi, but this will be far more expensive than making your way to USS via public transport.
Best Time of Year to go to Universal Studios Singapore
We reckon that the best time to visit Universal Studios Singapore is between late November and March – it’s far less hot throughout these months, though it can be quite rainy, so bear this in mind when planning your trip.
February to April is also an excellent time to visit Singapore (and Universal!) but, since this is the driest time, it can get very busy. We headed to the park in October and, while there was a midday rain shower, it was pretty dry and hot throughout our visit.
Obviously, there are plenty of special events at the park throughout the year, such as Halloween Horror Nights and Christmas celebrations. It’s no surprise that the parks get extremely crowded during these festivities, so make sure you arrive early to make the most out of your ticket.
The Best Rides in Singapore Universal Studios
Battlestar Galactica: Human vs Cylon
Battlestar Galactica is usually the ride with the longest waiting time in the entire park – and it’s no wonder why; it’s Universal Studios Singapore’s main rollercoaster. Before you embark on this incredibly thrilling ride you have to make a decision: Will you tackle the Human version… Or Cylon? Thats right, this is a dueling coaster!
There’s a difference between the two rides: Cylon is an inverted coaster, while Human is a traditional seated coaster. Cylon is definitely the scarier of the two in our opinion, though we recommend picking the one with the lowest waiting time. Which, we’ll level with you, is likely to be around the two-hour mark in peak times.
Puss in Boots’ Giant Journey
Ever wondered what it’s like to be a cat? Don’t write this ride off – even if you don’t have children. We actually only went on this ride because the queue was short and had very low expectations; but it’s actually one of the most unique attractions in the park.
Board your sailing ship and enter into the world of Puss in Boots. As you shrink – and the world around you becomes a little bit bigger – you’ll embark on a surprisingly thrilling journey around Far Far Away.
Transformers: The Ride 3D
If you’ve visited Florida you’ll no doubt be familiar with this ride. And, although this might be a skip in a US park, in Singapore it’s one of the first rides you should go on when you arrive at USS in the morning. The queues get seriously long.
This is a dark ride where guests don a pair of 3D glasses and board a vehicle that transports them around kick-ass action scenes. Kids and adults alike will adore Transformers: The Ride 3D.
Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure
Fun for the entire family, this circular raft ride sees you travel past dinos and prehistoric creatures, before sending you down an adrenaline-pumping white water drop. Situated in The Lost World, expect to get very wet – which, to be quite honest, is welcomed in the blaring Singapore heat.
Revenge of the Mummy
Out of all the brilliant Universal Studios Singapore rides, Revenge of the Mummy was our favourite. We’d obviously ridden the ride at Universal Studios in Florida before, but this one was slightly different. And we loved it.
It’s not quite as intense as Battlestar Galactica, though it’s still a thrill ride. The first part is a track ride where you travel through an Egyptian-themed pre-show, while the second section of the ride is a scream-inducing dark coaster.
Shrek 4D Adventure
Okay, so this might be more of a show than a thrilling ride, but it’s still one of our favourite attractions in USS. Fun for the entire family, this adventure takes place in the world of Shrek as the green hero and his trusty noble steed attempt to rescue Princess Fiona.
The wait time for this ride rarely surpasses 20 minutes, so you don’t need to rush over to this ride. Start at Battlestar Galactica and Transformers and leisurely make your way over to Far Far Away.
Top Universal Singapore Food Options
We foolishly skipped breakfast in favour of heading to Universal Singapore early AF. So, by the time we got into the park, we were ready to chow down. Fossil Fuel was our first stop when we visited USS – and we were HUNGRY. So imagine our joy when we spotted a Chilli Crab Hot Dog on the menu.
The verdict? Delicious actually. We figured it would’ve been rude to visit Singapore and not try the Chilli Crab option. Oh, and don’t rule this one out because it’s theme park food, it was seriously impressive. We were eyeing up the Teryaki Hot Dog, too.
Mel’s Drive-In is another restaurant serving up gigantic portions of American food in Universal Studios Singapore. Those who have visited Florida might recognise this uber-grammable food joint from Universal Studios over in the States.
Head here for burgers, hot dogs, fries, milkshakes – the works. But perhaps leave it a while before you ride Battlestar Galactica.
Discovery Food Court
Craving something hearty and filling but don’t fancy a full sit-down meal? Make your way around to the right of Universal Singapore, all the way past Egypt, and you’ll find the Discovery Food Court in the Jurassic Park section of USS.
Take our advice, this spot is busy throughout most of the day – you’ll need to time your meals accordingly if you want a chance of getting a seat (AKA avoid visiting at lunch or dinner hours). The Roasted Chicken Rice is, without a doubt, the standout meal, though the entire menu is packed with Singaporean favourites – no wonder it’s so popular.
For what might just be the tastiest slushy you’ll ever try, head to the Frozen Fuel stand opposite Battlestar Galactica – you’ll notice this place as it also sells corn on the cob, and the smell wafts across the road.
We weren’t hungry when we queued up, but we were in the mood for a slush. In particular, a radioactive green apple slush. Boy, it was delicious.
Hard Rock Cafe
Located in Resorts World, just outside the gates of Singapore Universal, is the Hard Rock Cafe. This is a place that needs no introduction with its worldwide reach and iconic logo, you’ll want to head here if you’re craving classic American food and an epic drinks menu to match.