Most of the ‘attractions’ inside Sentosa Island Singapore cost money. Yet there are a few that are free like the three beaches, the Crane Dance Show in Resorts World Sentosa, the Animal & Bird Encounters in an amphitheatre near Palawan Beach, and the rope bridge at Palawan Beach. And remember, all the internal transportation in Sentosa Island is free. That means once you are inside, you do not need to pay for going from one attraction to the other. So if one decides to go into Sentosa Island just to see the ‘free’ attractions, will your trip to Sentosa be completely free? Apparently not because you still have to pay for transportation (Sentosa Express Monorail or the Cable Car) and the Island Admission Fee. The minimum spend on the entry if you choose to take the monorail would be 4 SGD per person. But there is still a way to make a trip to Sentosa Island totally free, at least up to December 31, 2017. Say hello to Sentosa Boradwalk…
Sentosa Broadwalk is a foot bridge that connects Vivo City, a shopping mall connected to the HarbourFront MRT Station, to Sentosa Island. Its roughly a 600 metre walk upto the entry point to the island. use of the Sentosa Broadwalk is free upto December 31, 2017 after which they may start charging a fee of one Singapore Dollar per person. The Broadwalk is open 24 hours but the travellators work from 7.00am to midnight.
How to find the Sentosa Broadwalk
When you arrive at HarbourFront MRT Station, look for Exit ‘E’ that takes you towards Sentosa Express Monorail (ViviCity Level 3) and Sentosa Boradwalk (ViviCity level 1). You will find sign boards pointing you towards Exit ‘E’ to go to Sentosa. Once inside VivoCity, again there are signs that will lead you towards the Broadwalk. You need to exit through a glass door from VivoCity and walk towards the bridge (See the picture above).
Once on the bridge, you will find signs telling you how many metres more you need to walk. There are viewing galleries on the sides of the bridge to stand for a while and rest in case you get tired from walking. But really its not too much of a walk and can be comfortably done in about ten minutes. There are travellators too along the way to speed up your journey.
Entry to Sentosa
After the entry point to Sentosa on the Boradwalk, you may like to divert towards Resorts World Sentosa where the excellent free show “Crane Dance” of giant mechanical birds is staged every evening. Outside the entry point to Universal Studios here, you will find several food and entertainment options like the Malaysian Food Street, the fountains, the Trick Eye Museum (paid), the S.E.A. Aquarium (paid), etc.
Board The Sentosa Monorail for Free
Having reached the gates of Universal Studios for free via boradwalk, you also get to use the Sentosa Monorail for free. To do so, instead of turning left into Universal Studios, just walk ahead a little and you will come across the Waterfront Station of the Monorail. Climb up the stairs and board the next train to go to Imbiah Station (Imbiah Lookout) or the Beach Station (Wings of Time show, Palawant & Siloso beaches).
Another option to get to the Beach Station is to use the Sentosa Bus “A ” from the basement near the entry / exit gate of the RWS Casino. From the area outside Universal Studios, there are escalators going down towards the casino. Once down, instead of going towards the casino, go right and then exit to the basement. Once in the basement, you will see the bus stop of Bus number “A” for a free ride to the Beach Station and also of Bus number RWS8 (also free) that goes to the Vivo City Shopping Mall / HarbourFront MRT Station.