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Foreign Exchange Guide to Singapore

Read this currency guide to Singapore with HKD money transfer and travel tips.   [HKD/SGD=0.1769]

 
Singapore
Country Code:
SG
Domestic Currency:
Singapore Dollar
Symbol - Code:
S$ SGD
Telephone Prefix:
+65

This is a foreign exchange guide to Singapore, the Singapore Dollar currency plus HKD to SGD transfers and travel tips.


In this Singapore currency guide we take a look at :

  1. Singapore Dollar info - general info about the Singapore Dollar
  2. Singapore Dollar in the markets - recent SGD moves and predictions from the FX markets
  3. Travelling in Singapore - currency & money saving tips
  4. Buying Singapore Dollar cash online - travel money for Singapore
  5. Sending money to Singapore - save on Singapore Dollar bank transfers to Singapore
  6. Singapore Dollar exchange rates - latest & historic exchange rates.
  7. SGD News - the latest Singapore Dollar related articles from our blog.

Singapore Dollar (SGD) general currency information


What is the Singapore Dollar currency code and symbol?

The three letter currency code for the Singapore Dollar is SGD and the symbol is S$.


Which countries use the Singapore Dollar?

It is the domestic currency in Singapore.

According to the Bank for International Settlements, trading in the Singapore dollar contributes to 1.8% of the foreign exchange market’s daily turnover, and as such the currency is Asia’s third most traded (behind the Japanese yen and China’s yuan) and the twelfth most traded in the world.

Singapore’s currency is of special importance to the country’s central bank, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). Unlike other central banks which tighten or ease monetary policy by adjusting a national interest rate, the MAS achieve the same end via management of Singapore dollar exchange rates – an unconventional method which has served the country well since its introduction in 1981.

Because of its importance to monetary policy, the value of the Singapore dollar is managed carefully under a ‘managed float’ regime and is not truly freely floating. Its value is managed against a basket of currencies from the country’s major trading partners and the trade-weighted Singapore dollar exchange rate is restricted by the central bank to moves within a specified range, the boundaries of which are announced every six months.

The currency’s all-time valuation low against the US dollar occurred in September 1985 when USD/SGD reached 2.31. It's all-time high came in August 2011 when USD/SGD fell to just 1.2.


Singapore Dollar (SGD) in the markets

Singapore was added to a US watchlist of suspected currency manipulators in May. Though that means little right now in terms of economic implications, it created some negative sentiment that spurred a rise in USD/SGD to a 6-month high (SGD low) of S$1.384.

Overall, it’s been a mixed 2019 for the Singapore dollar, with small gains (<2 percent) against the euro and Australian dollar, but small losses against the US dollar and pound.

In May, SGD was pressured by data showing core inflation at a 1-year low, by an escalation in US-China trade tensions, and after Singapore’s Ministry of Trade and Industry downgraded 2019 growth forecasts. At 1.2 percent, quarterly growth in the Lion City has slowed to its lowest level in a decade.

All said, the Monetary Authority of Singapore will, at best, keep monetary policy unchanged when it next meets in October (there's a chance it could turn dovish).

For more details read the full article Singapore Dollar Forecasts.

The interactive chart below shows the HKD to SGD exchange rate and trend for the previous 3 months:

Travel, Currency and Money saving tips for Singapore

 

Famous for it's cleanliness, diverse culture, fantastic food and stunning architecture, Singapore is becoming an increasingly popular destination.. The concrete jungles that once dominated Singapore’s skyline are slowly giving way to green skyscrapers, which look more like living ecosystems than business hubs. Fervently working towards its ‘City in a Garden’ dream, the nation is ploughing money into becoming more sustainable and, well, green. Head out of town a little and you’ll find plenty of walking trails, treetop jungle bridges, wildlife galore and the city's green jewel, the Unesco World Heritage–listed Singapore Botanic Gardens: these are the lungs of Singapore.

Singapore.

What currency is used in Singapore?

Singapore’s official currency is the Singapore Dollar (SGD), and it is divided into 100 cents. Foreign currencies, travelers’ checks, and personal checks can be changed at most banks and licensed money changers. ATMs can be found all over Singapore, and major credit cards are widely accepted.

How to get around in Singapore?

There are plenty of buses and taxis around Singapore, but the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) runs the length and breadth of the country. The efficient Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) subway system is the easiest, quickest and most comfortable way to get around Singapore. The system operates from 5.30am to midnight, with trains at peak times running every two to three minutes, and off-peak every five to seven minutes. MRT tickets vary in price, as they are based on the distance traveled, but generally cost around 4 SGD. Travel on public transport is just 10 SGD per day for tourists with a Singapore Tourist Pass. This will get you unlimited rides on a number of buses and trains.

Singapore's extensive bus service is clean, efficient and regular, reaching every corner of the island. The two main operators are SBS Transit and SMRT. Both offer similar services. For information and routes, check the websites. Alternatively download the 'SG Buses' smartphone app, which will give you real-time bus arrivals.

"Supertrees" in Gardens by the Bay.

For the budget travelers the stalls here offer food for less than 6 SGD and are a great place to sample local snacks, otherwise eating out can cost you. If you struggle with finding your way around there is a very complex underground system that is very useful.

Visit the Southern Islands of Singapore from the Marina South Pier. There are regular bumboat (motorised sampan) services from Changi Point Ferry Terminal to Pulau Ubin (S$3). To get there, take bus 2 from Tanah Merah MRT.

Travel tips for Singapore.

Singapore is not cheap, but that aside it is a classy, and impressive place to visit. Singapore is expensive by Southeast-Asian standards, with everything costing about double what it does elsewhere in the region. However, the extra fees may be worth it because it’s small enough to explore adequately in a short amount of time, and has modern conveniences and infrastructure right at your fingertips.

There is so much to do in Singapore, try to spend a few days, the food is amazing. That said, it can get pretty humid, so depending on your tastes decide on your travel time wisely. Singapore‘s tropical climate means it’s like summer all year round, with temperatures ranging from 26–34 degrees Celsius (about 78–93 degrees Fahrenheit) on average. The high humidity also means a lot of perspiration when outdoors, so pick the right clothing to wear or risk looking like a sweaty, frazzled mess throughout your trip. Plan your outdoor activities for cooler mornings, and urban walks at night when the lights come on.

Food in Singapore is taken very seriously. From cheap hawker fare to Michelin-starred fine dining, food-enamoured Singaporeans will line up for it, Instagram the hell out of it and passionately debate whether it is ‘die, die, must try’ – Singlish slang for ‘to die for’. Don’t fret about finding a place to chow down, as each neighbourhood is home to local hawker centres and coffeeshops dishing up some of the island’s best meals for just a couple of bucks.

Located along Marina Bay, Gardens by the Bay is a urban landscaping project is a series of fake “supertrees”. At heights of 80-160 feet, the metal structures have roughly 200 species of orchids, ferns, and other tropical plants coating their structure and forming a lush, colorful skin. It’s free to walk through the outdoor gardens, but you have to pay $8 SGD ($6 USD) for entry if you want to do the OCBC Skyway (the 128-metre long walkway through the canopy of the Supertree Grove).

 

Travel money for Singapore

 

Save money and time by Ordering your Singapore Dollar online from Travelex, you get better rates and can pick up the SGD cash locally or even on travel day at the airport.

Another popular option is to use a Pre-paid Travel Card. Your Debit/Credit Card provider will charge you 2% from market mid-rate, but your bank may also charge an extra 3% as an “Overseas Transaction Charge” plus “Overseas ATM” fees for withdrawing cash.

For card purchases if offered a choice of currencies always select to Pay in Singapore Dollar otherwise you may get much worst exchange rates.

   

Singapore Trip Checklist    

 
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  3. Lonely Planet - world's best travel guide (coupon and deals)

Sending money to Singapore

When searching around for information on how to get a good exchange rate when sending money to Singapore you need to start with finding out the latest Singapore Dollar foreign-transfer exchange rate.

Then compare your bank's exchange rates to several licensed FX providers exchange rate and fees to see how much you can save (we make that calculation easy here).


Get a better deal for foreign transfers to Singapore

When sending money to Singapore it’s important to compare your bank’s rates & fees with those we have negotiated with our partner money transfer providers. To get a better deal you should follow these 4 simple steps :

  1. Open an account with a BER reviewed FX provider (id docs may be required)
  2. You specify the local or Singapore Dollar amount you want to transfer
  3. Make a local currency domestic transfer for the requested amount to the provider's bank account in your country
  4. Once your funds are received by the provider the converted SGD amount will be transfered to the recipient account you specify in Singapore.

Use our Send to SGD calculator to compare the exchange rates of FX specialist providers rates versus your bank's standard rates you can hopefully save around 5% and maybe more - end result is more Singapore Dollar deposited into the recipient bank account and less margins and fees kept by the banks!

 
Foreign Transfer ProvidersReceive SGD(S$)Exchange RateFee HKDTotal CostDeal Links
WorldFirst logo
8,800 SGD0.17600.51%
OFX logo
8,610 SGD0.17220 for BER users (normally $15)2.66%
DBS Bank logo
8,521.47 SGD0.1706503.66%
Banks - Average Rate
DBS Bank logo Citibank logo HSBC logo
8,429 SGD0.1687554.71%
HSBC logo
8,401.54 SGD0.1683$805.01%
Citibank International Money Transfers
Citibank logo
8,362.99 SGD0.1673125.45%
WorldFirst: Foreign Transfer HKD→SGD
HKD amount:$50,000 HKD
Fee:
Exchange Rate:0.1760 (0.51% from mid-rate)
SGD amount:8,800 SGD
Total Cost:0.51%
Time:1:06 Local
Transfer Speed:1-2 days
Services:Bank Transfers - Online & Phone, Foreign Currency Accounts
Rating:
 
: 4.6/5.0
Reviews:
 
OFX: Foreign Transfer HKD→SGD
HKD amount:$50,000 HKD
Fee:0 for BER users (normally $15)
Exchange Rate:0.1722 (2.66% from mid-rate)
SGD amount:8,610 SGD
Total Cost:2.66%
Difference:
190 SGD less than using WorldFirst
Time:
Rate Fetched: Sat Aug 24 2019 00:16:29 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Transfer Speed:1-2 days
Services:Bank Transfers - Online & Phone, Foreign Currency Accounts
Rating:
 
: 4.8/5.0
Reviews:
 

DBS Bank logoDBS Bank

DBS Bank: Foreign Transfer HKD→SGD
HKD amount:$50,000 HKD
Fee:50
Exchange Rate:0.1706 (3.56% from mid-rate)
SGD amount:8,521.47 SGD
Total Cost:3.66%
Difference:
279 SGD less than using WorldFirst
Time:1:06 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 

Banks - Average Rate

Foreign Transfer HKD→SGD
HKD amount:$50,000 HKD
Fee:55
Exchange Rate:0.1692 (4.35% from mid-rate)
SGD amount:8,429 SGD
Total Cost:4.71%
Difference:
371 SGD less than using WorldFirst
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
 

HSBC logoHSBC

HSBC: Foreign Transfer HKD→SGD
HKD amount:$50,000 HKD
Fee:$80 HKD (Minimum fee)
Exchange Rate:0.1683 (4.86% from mid-rate)
SGD amount:8,401.54 SGD
Total Cost:5.01%
Difference:
398 SGD less than using WorldFirst
Time:1:06 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 

Citibank logoCitibank

Citibank: Foreign Transfer HKD→SGD
HKD amount:$50,000 HKD
Fee:12
Exchange Rate:0.1673 (5.43% from mid-rate)
SGD amount:8,362.99 SGD
Total Cost:5.45%
Difference:
437 SGD less than using WorldFirst
Time:1:06 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 
Snapshot 08/24/2019 - See full table
 

SGD/USD - Singapore Dollar to United States Dollar - Historical Rates

PeriodChange*SGD/USDDate
1 Day-0.07%0.721522 Aug 2019
1 Week-0.18%0.722316 Aug 2019
1 Month-1.64%0.733024 Jul 2019
6 Months-2.65%0.740624 Feb 2019
1 Year-0.93%0.727823 Aug 2018
5 Years-9.86%0.799924 Aug 2014
10 Years+3.94%0.693725 Aug 2009

*For period to 23-Aug 21UTC when SGD/USD was 0.7210

SGD/EUR - Singapore Dollar to Euro - Historical Rates

PeriodChange*SGD/EURDate
1 Day-0.74%0.651022 Aug 2019
1 Week-0.74%0.651016 Aug 2019
1 Month-1.78%0.657924 Jul 2019
6 Months-1.04%0.653024 Feb 2019
1 Year+2.47%0.630623 Aug 2018
5 Years+6.56%0.606424 Aug 2014
10 Years+33.46%0.484225 Aug 2009

*For period to 23-Aug 21UTC when SGD/EUR was 0.6462

SGD/GBP - Singapore Dollar to British Pound Sterling - 10 Year History

PeriodChange*SGD/GBPDate
1 Day-0.29%0.588922 Aug 2019
1 Week-1.23%0.594516 Aug 2019
1 Month+0.02%0.587124 Jul 2019
6 Months+3.58%0.566924 Feb 2019
1 Year+3.34%0.568223 Aug 2018
5 Years+21.45%0.483524 Aug 2014
10 Years+38.69%0.423425 Aug 2009

*For period to 23-Aug 21UTC when SGD/GBP was 0.5872

SGD/AUD - Singapore Dollar to Australian Dollar - Historical Rates

PeriodChange*SGD/AUDDate
1 Day-0.07%1.068022 Aug 2019
1 Week+0.18%1.065316 Aug 2019
1 Month+1.59%1.050524 Jul 2019
6 Months+3.13%1.034824 Feb 2019
1 Year+6.21%1.004823 Aug 2018
5 Years+24.02%0.860524 Aug 2014
10 Years+29.09%0.826725 Aug 2009

*For period to 23-Aug 21UTC when SGD/AUD was 1.0672

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