Gardens by the Bay
18 Marina Gardens Drive SingaporeGetting there
Bayfront MRT Station is the nearest station that connects the underground MRT (Mass Rapid Train) to Marina Bay Sands and is an extension to the existing Circle Line operated by SMRT.
Promenade (CC4) station and Marina Bay (NS27 CE2) station will be the stations that you need to transfer at in order to reach Bayfront (CE1) station.
General Enquiry Hotline
Tel: +65 6420 6848
8:30 AM to 6 PM (Mondays to Thursdays)
8.30 AM to 5.30 PM (Fridays)
Visitor Information Counter Hotline
Tel: +65 6420 6841
8:30 AM to 9 PM (daily)
gardens free, conservatories adult/child under 13yr S$28/15, OCBC Skyway adult/child under 13yr S$8/$5Opening hours
Outdoor Gardens: Daily 05:00 - 02:00
OCBC Skyway: Daily 09:00 - 21:00 (Last ticket sale at 20:00)
Garden Cruiser: Mon - Fri 09:30 - 17:00
(Last ride), Sat - Sun & Public Holiday 09:30 - 16:00
This sprawling garden in the city provides mesmerising waterfront views across three gardens, spanning over 101 hectares of reclaimed land. Singapore's 21st-century botanic garden is a S$1 billion, 101-hectare fantasy land of space-age bio-domes, high-tech Supertrees and whimsical sculptures. The Flower Dome replicates the dry Mediterranean climates found across the world, while the even more astounding Cloud Forest is a tropical montane affair, complete with waterfall. Connecting two of the Supertrees is the OCBC Skyway, with knockout views of the gardens, city and South China Sea. At 7.45pm and 8.45pm, the Supertrees twinkle and glow for the spectacular Garden Rhapsody show.
Singapore is often referred to as a Garden City, with numerous species of trees and flowers all over the island, green parks, sanctuaries and lush displays of flowers and trees even indoors. So it’s entirely appropriate that it’s home to Gardens by the Bay, a top attraction in Singapore which features the world’s largest glass greenhouse, the Flower Dome – an impressive 1.28 hectares of flowers under glass.
Gardens by the Bay is a huge, colourful, futuristic park in the bay area of Singapore. The famous Supertree structures offer an impressive skywalk over the gardens, over-sized seashell-shaped greenhouses recreate chilly mountain climates and there are hundreds of trees and plants to discover, making this destination great fun for both kids and adults.
The best place to grasp the size of Gardens by the Bay is from the top of Marina Bay Sands, which sits directly opposite the park, the space encompass 250 acres of reclaimed land on the waterfront. Getting here is easy, either via walkways from the hotel, giving you an elevated view of the gardens, or taking the slightly longer riverside promenade to enter the park near the two domes. Walking around the park won’t cost you a cent but if you want to step inside the climate-controlled conservatories, or walk amongst the Supertrees, there is a fee. The main park area is open from 9:00 to 21:00.
Conservatory Complex is an architectural icon and a horticultural attraction. There are about 226, 000 plants from every continent except Antarctica, all of them showcased at the Conservatory Complex. The conservatory Complex consists of the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest. Visitors can experience the cool-dry climate of the Mediterranean and cool-moist climate that is typical of Singapore at the two domes.
Consisting of special themed domes ('Flower Dome', known as the 'Cool Dry', and the upcoming 'Cloud Forest', also known as 'Cool Moist'), the cooled conservatories will provide an all-weather 'edutainment' space within the gardens. Flower Dome, the larger of the two cooled conservatories in the Bay South Garden, replicates the cool-dry, springtime climate of the Mediterranean-type and semi-arid regions (20 to 25 degree Celsius), enabling the display of habitats and plants from different regions in the world, such as baobabs or bottle trees, olive trees and date palms. The conservatory is also divided into smaller gardens, one of which is the Flower Field, featuring changing displays of temporary flower beds to reflect different seasons, festivals and themes.
Visitors to the second dome, 'Cloud Forest', which replicates a cool-moist climate found in high-elevation areas such as South America will be greeted by a mountain, covered in a layer of luscious plants and complete with a 35-metre waterfall.
Designed with the environment in mind, the complex incorporates cutting-edge technologies that provide energy-efficient solutions in cooling. Only areas occupied by plants and visitors will be cooled.
The Flower Dome is about 1.2 hectares in area and has the temperature set between 23 to 25 deg C. It replicates the cool-dry climate of Mediterranean and semi-arid subtropical regions like South Africa and parts of Europe like Spain and Italy. The Dome will showcase plants from the Mediterranean and semi-arid subtropical regions which are complemented by changing displays in the Flower Field to reflect different seasons and festivals.
Bay South Garden is the largest of the gardens. Inspired by an orchid, the design resembles Singapore’s national flower, Vanda ‘Miss Joaquim’. You can’t miss the massive Supertrees here. These tree-shaped vertical gardens are between nine to 16 storeys tall. Walk on the suspended walkway between two Supertrees to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the gardens. In the evening, catch the sky show of choreographed lights and sounds at the Garden Rhapsody amidst the Supertrees.
Head to Bay East Garden for the perfect picnic setting with lush lawns and tropical palm trees. From the waterfront promenade, you will see a picturesque view of the city skyline.
There is no doubting the dominance of the steel-framed ‘tree’ plantation, towering over Gardens by the Bay with 12 of the large metal structures in the central grove and half a dozen others placed in other parts of the garden. Over 200 difference species of plants and flowers cover the exterior of these tall upright gardens and twice a night they are a centrepiece of the gardens’ light and music show (at 19:45 and 20:45), casting a glow over the park, and making you feel like you are in a modern fairytale.
For those who like a view, take the trip 25 metres up to the remarkable walkway that connects three of the trees together. For that extra special dining experience, the 50 metre tree at the centre offers food and a view at Supertree by Indochine, with a 360 degree view from the lounge and a tree-top roofless bar.
If you need to cool down, head into Cloud Forest, the smaller shell-shaped building, with a 35 metre high mountain covered in plants that thrive in tropical highlands. Don’t worry if climbing feels too much, there is a lift that takes you up into the mist and gives you a great view looking down over the walls of plants and orchids. The Flower Dome is also cooler than outside, recreating the drier climes of places like California and the Mediterranean. In this gigantic conservatory you will find yourself on a journey around the world, with Baobabs from Africa, Olive trees from Spain, Kangaroo Paw from Australia.
A visit to both greenhouses will cost 28 SGD for adults and 15 SGD for children. Inside the Flower Dome you will also find Pollen, a Mediterranean restaurant that creates dishes using herbs and vegetables grown in-house.
A forest in the clouds
Unique to Gardens by the Bay is the Cloud Forest. Within the enclosed compound, a 35-metre tall mountain is veiled in mist and covered in lush vegetation amidst the world’s tallest indoor waterfall. Here, you will find plant life from tropical highlands up to 2,000 metres above sea level.
The natural beauty of the gardens translates indoors. Dine in style at a range of eateries across the gardens, from casual cafes to posh restaurants, all with interiors designed to reflect the splendour of Gardens by the Bay.
The Rest of the Garden
If you arrive via the MRT at Bayfront you will first have to walk past the Dragonfly and Kingfisher lakes. If you have enough time, walk along the boardwalk to discover the many birds and insects that have made this area their home. In a nod to the different nationalities that have settled in Singapore over the years, there is a series of four interconnecting gardens with plants and trees from India, China, Malaysia and the Colonial garden. As well as Pollen and the Supertree there is also a host of casual restaurants to try: Cafe Crema offers sandwiches and snacks, Seventh Heaven serves up ice-cream and Verandah is a traditionally inspired black and white bungalow that features an Asian and International inspired menu.
Gardens by the Bay’s location makes it an easy getaway from Singapore traffic and skyscrapers, offering a fun space to explore horticulture from around the world, but even better than that, the Supertrees, Cloud Forest and Flower Dome bring plants to life in a way you will have never seen before.
Slightly smaller than Flower Dome, the Cloud Forest takes up around 0.8 hectares in area. It also replicates the cool-moist climate of 23 to 25 deg C found in Tropical mountain regions such as Mt Kinabalu and areas of high elevation in Suth America. There is even a 35m tall Cloud Mountain covered with lush vegetation accompanied by a waterfall.
Horticultural Themes and Dragonfly Lake
Horticultural Themes showcase the best of tropical horticulture and garden artistry. There are two collections, the Heritage Gardens and The World of Plants
The Heritage Gardens is a collection of 4 gardens the Indian Garden, Chinese Garden, Malay Garden and Colonial Garden that reflects the history and culture of Singapore's main ethnic groups, as well as the city-state's colonial heritage.
The second collection Is the World of Plants, based on the theme of Plants and Planet. It showcases the biodiversity of plant life on the planet and serves as a window into the plant kingdom and showcases the web of relationships between various flora within a forest setting
The Heritage Gardens features a collection of four horticultural themed gardens – Indian Garden, Chinese Garden, Malay Garden and Colonial Garden – which reflect the history and culture of Singapore's main ethnic groups, as well as the city-state's colonial heritage, through plants. It features trees, shrubs and herbs associated with the various cultural groups. For example, the Malay Garden tells the story of life in a traditional 'kampong' (village), whereas the Chinese Garden reflects the role of gardens in Chinese culture as places of inspiration for writers, poets and artists, through seclusion and tranquility.
There is also the Dragonfly Lake where visitors can stroll along the promenade or to break for a rest. The 440-metre long boardwalk along the lake will also make a great spot for photographers to capture the best opportunities for nature photos.
Garden Cruiser Trail
Visitors who would like to explore the gardens can hop onto a Garden Cruiser tram, which costs between S$3 to S$5. The 25 minute tour around Bay South Garden features an informative audio commentary and is also wheelchair-friendly.
Bay East is 32 hectares in size and it has a 2km promenade frontage that embroiders the Marina Reservoir. Is is a recreation heaven with water sports at Bay Central.
This garden serves as a link between Bay South and Bay East. It stands at 15 hectares in size with a 3km waterfront promenade that allows for scenic walks stretching from the city centre to the east of Singapore.
Strolling around the Gardens, you’ll see the Dragonfly Lake and Kingfisher Lake, both of which are part of the Gardens’ lake system and an extension of the Marina Reservoir. The water from the lake system is used to irrigate the Gardens and the lakes themselves are habitats for aquatic life and provide great platforms for biodiversity education.
Gardens by the Bay has earned the Green Mark for Non-Buildings (Platinum Award) and the Green Mark for Buildings (Gold Award) for Satay by the Bay food court. But its real impact comes from educating visitors about the importance of conservation and biodiversity – after all, what better way to learn about protecting nature when you’re surrounded by the best of what nature offers?
How to Get to Gardens by the Bay
a) Via the North-South Line: Alight at Marina Bay MRT Station (NS27/CE2). Take Exit A and hop onto SBS bus service 400. Alight four stops later at the bus stop along Marina Gardens Drive. [Click to see bus route]
b) Via the Circle Line: Alight at Bayfront MRT Station (CE1). Take Exit B and follow the underground link way. Exit and cross the Dragonfly Bridge into Gardens by the Bay.
a) From East Coast Parkway (ECP) towards the city: Take Exit 17A and turn left onto Marina Place. Continue through to Marina Boulevard and turn left at Marina Gardens Drive.
b) From East Coast Parkway (ECP) towards the airport: Take Exit 17 and turn right onto Central Boulevard. Turn right onto Marina Station Road and then left onto Marina Street. Follow through onto Marina Boulevard and turn left at Marina Gardens Drive.
From Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, go onto the Lions Bridge on Level 4, which connects to the Dragonfly Bridge into Gardens by the Bay.
From the Helix Bridge towards the Art Science Museum, follow the footpath which leads under the ECP, that will bring you directly into Bay South Garden along the waterfront.
Reviews by visitors
Been here twice and love it just love it. Must go in Singapore and always good to have a nice walk around. The have two Domes where u can experience beautiful 7flour building full of green trees and colourful fountains and just prettiest house with flowers . Truly beauty! Love it
It was just beautiful suggest going at night as well so you can see the towers lit up. The hot houses were fantastic. Really enjoyed our visit
Visited gardens by the bay in morning while not too hot, but were presently surprised by the flower and cloud domes which cost $33 per adult to visit was all air conditioned and climate controlled so very pleasant escape from the heat and see some lovely plants, flowers etc. The cloud dome was our favorite with waterfall and walking track up high. Did not stay for light show in gardens this time but have seen it and was great,
A walk through the greens and gardens is a must here. Brought my folks from UK and they were impressed with the beauty. If only we had stuff like this in the UK.
Typical attention to detail makes this a wonderful place well worth a visit. Take a walk along the sky walkway if you've got a head for heights!
The gardens themselves are very tranquil and pleasant to walk around.You can easily get lost amongst the flora and fauna. Please note that the cloud forest and the other indoor exhibit require you to pay to enter, whilst very nice its probably a one time thing to do and see. The cloud forest is freezing inside strangely. All in all a nice experience and worth the trip.
The gardens by the bay take an innovative approach to plants as an attraction. Instead of the usual horizontal park like walkthroughs, it has a vertical component that makes it stand out. The indoor rainforest is pretty neat and the big trees that light up at night are cool too (take away: go in the evening and stay till they light up). The souvenir shop is nice.
Gardens by the Bay is absolutely stunning and rightly the No.1 attraction in Singapore. The MRT and many buses take you there, just seaward of the Marina Sands Hotel, itself well worth seeing. Unless you have mobility problems don’t bother with the S$6 shuttle to the conservatory entrance, it isn’t as far as it looks and the grounds are fascinating. Definitely visit both conservatories, although if you only have time for one, choose Cloud Forest. Within an enormous glass conservatory engineers and gardeners have re-created a cool wet tropical mountain forest environment that is endlessly fascinating. A lift takes you to the upper levels and you walk down enjoying the beautiful plant life: colourful flowers, a thousand shades of green, epiphytes and ferns. All around water falls as if in a mountain jungle. Just wonderful. At the bottom and inside “the mountain” a rather confusing educational display on the impact of global warming on the environment. Give it a miss – the information is overwhelming and chaotically presented. There is nowhere to sit, either.
The second conservatory is called the Flower Dome and is no less impressive housing temperate region plants under a massive dome. Although most of the plants were very familiar to me I enjoyed their presentation very much. The attention to detail and maintenance is first rate, although there are a few too many really old olive trees transplanted there. They are taking over the place!
The outside gardens include the “supertrees” which are part of the cooling system for the conservatories and are covered with vegetation. There are many plants and vines climbing up these tall structures giving them a slightly surreal look. We didn’t take the high walkway, so can’t comment on whether it is worth doing. There are many garden “rooms” to explore in the grounds that will hold the interest of keen gardeners and photographers from everywhere.
An interesting path and bridge cross the “Dragonfly Lake” and take you into and through the Marina Sands Hotel. Well worth the walk, but you have to come down to ground level to enter the lobby.
Be very careful if you venture by the lake. As we crossed the (thankfully high) bridge a 3 metre crocodile swam under. Not someone I would like to meet at ground level, it did add a unexpected level of excitement to the visit!
Singapore is always developing new attractions for both its residents and visitors - and the Gardens by the Bay is one of the best eco-attractions in an urban environment I have ever experienced. Singapore takes its ecological responsibilities seriously and is already one of the greenest cities on the planet - this attraction is both fun and educational at the same time.
Our family visited it as part of a New Year trip to Singapore in Jan, 2016 and had a enjoyable 2 hours exploring it. Easy to get to by public transport or taxi, it has two main domes, extensive gardens and biological exhibits, and these enormous artificial canopy trees.
All of these are integrated into a highly responsible way with sunlight supplying the power and the water all recycled. All is explained carefully in the tram tour of the park which is also highly recommended as walking can get hot under the tropical sun. By using the reasonably priced tram tour, families can get an idea of the whole Gardens by the Bay and go back later to anything that they find interesting.
I found the mountain environment dome the most interesting, where under this huge dome they have re-created the biological and botanical life of a mountain environment. The numerous layers are accessible by walkway as well as lifts to minimize stairs. It is full of fascinating exhibits, all well explained, and using latest technology to interest young and old.
Tip: If you only have time for one dome, don't buy the dual ticket that allows access to both - focus on the mountain environment. The tropical dome seemed quite ordinary to me, but then I live in a tropical country.
Evening is the right time to reach this place. try and reach by 6 pm do a tour and then be ready for a mesmerising sound and light show. This show you need to see lying down (you will know why once you are there). After the show immediately leave for another live show at River front opposite the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. Go to the ground floor of the Mall and walk right out to the river front for another show. Both these shows are free and are conducted every day.
There is now the lilly garden in the flower dome. So beautiful ❤️ Due to rainy season, you can come to Garden by the Bay to escape from the rain and see lovely flowers and inhale flower smell.
Was such an awesome experience to see a garden in the middle of a city. Very beautiful with lots to see and do. You can spend a whole afternoon there if you wanted to. We went late in the afternoon to the Cloud Forrest which was outstanding. Then we watched the Super Tree grove come to life with lights and music. Was a great experience.
Dome of Rainforest is awesome. Was like being in the avatar movie. Amazing man-made design of rainforest, fantastic resource and energy sustainability design, wonderful calming ambience and the plants are beautifully grown. Love the man-made rafflesia.
Singapore is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. You understand why when you see beauty all along the way from airport to your hotels. Large gardens and extraordinary designs of the buildings create a special place in your heart. Garden by the Bay has one of the most iconic locations with one Fullerton, Merlion statue nearby and some of the iconic hotels of Singapore as neighbours Marina bay Sands and Fullerton. The domes are not only being made with special care but create a special place in your heart with the domes illuminating in colourful lights in evening. Flower dome showcase topography from the world with many special plants. A sure place to visit in the evening to get a special evening.
You can visit the trees for free and wonder around the gardens. There is a skyway bridge walk, it's 22m
High and $8 for 15 minutes (they don't tend to limit your time in quiet periods just peak times) open 9-9 last purchase of tickets 20:30.
You can watch the light show at 7:45 and 8:45 each day. The domes are an additional cost
This is a definite must see, and one I will come back to. There are lots to see and we wish we had more time. We did one of the domes (it had tulips at the time) and missed out on the walkways due to rain (three days in Singapore and it has to only rain then !!!)
Take the time, come and visit this place.
We travelled to the fantastic night display with RMG Tours. The orchestrated sound/light show is just wonderful. Unfortunately, we did not see the gardens in daylight as our time was very limited, but we have it on our list to go again when we return in 2018.
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