Standing at 165 metres tall, the Singapore Flyer is a huge observation wheel that occupies a prominent place in the Singapore skyline. It is hard to miss the massive circular wheel situated beside the waters of the Kallang Basin and next to the Singapore GP pit building.
The Singapore Flyer opened in 2008 after a 2.5 year construction period and is a popular attraction for tourists visiting Singapore. From inside the Flyer’s capsule, visitors are able to get a panoramic view that stretches out from the east to west of Singapore.
The experience starts at the complex at the base of the flyer where visitors get “checked-in” for their “flight”. After purchasing tickets, head past the entry gates, through a multimedia gallery and to the embarkation point for the Flyer. The Singapore Flyer never stops but it moves slowly enough that passengers can easily step on and off the passenger capsule.
Here are five useful and interesting things to know about the Singapore Flyer.
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Number of Capsules
There are a total of 28 passenger capsules on the observation wheel. Each capsule measures four metres by seven metres and can hold up to 28 persons. Inside, passengers get a 360-degree view of the surrounding vista. Inside the capsule, there is a bench where visitors can sit for a rest when they aren’t gawking out of the glass windows.
How Long One Round Takes
A ride on the Singapore Flyer consists of one round of the massive observation wheel. It takes around 30 minutes for the Singapore Flyer to complete the revolution. This is counted from the time you step on to the passenger capsule to the time you step of the capsule.
Singapore Flyer Operating Hours
The Singapore Flyer starts operating at 8.30 am and has its last departure at 10 pm. This means that visitors have a choice between taking a day flight and view the landmarks around Singapore, or embark on a night flight and take in the sparkling city lights.
Landmarks to See from the Singapore Flyer
Keep a look out for some of these sights and landmarks while on the giant observation wheel:
- Gardens by the Bay’s Supertree Grove
- The Merlion spouting water at Merlion Park
- Esplanade Theatres on the Bay – affectionately known as “The Durian”
- Suntec City – designed to look like an open hand (four tall towers represent figners and one short tower representing the thumb)
- The National Stadium at Singapore Sports Hub
- National Gallery Singapore – formerly City Hall and the Supreme Court and recognisable by its dome
- Marina Barrage – a dam built to create the Marina Bay Reservoir
What Else to Do At Singapore Flyer
The Singapore Flyer building has some other amenities that visitors may wish to take note. There are food outlets offering local hawker fare as well as restaurants at the building. Other things to do at the Singapore Flyer building includes Rainforest Discovery, a garden, a flight simulator attraction and a 6-D ride.