At 165 metres, the Singapore Flyer is, at the time of writing, the tallest Ferris wheel in the world, five metres taller than the Star of Nanchang in China and thirty metres higher than the London Eye. The entire structure is mounted atop a three story complex housing restaurants, shops and bars. An average, adult Singapore Flyer tickets cost around S$29.50, (€18 or US$24) for the 30 minute ride. There are numerous upgrade options, so I’ve listed a few here.
Singapore Flyer Sky Dining
One feature is an evening full butler dining special where you can dine from a fixed menu aboard the Flyer for two rotations, at S$269 per couple, two seatings at 7.30pm and 8.30pm daily. This isn’t two people per capsule, so it’s not quite as exclusive as one might think. However, they do have a maximum of ten people per car for this event, typically at one large table, so you’re not going to be crammed in like sardines. Wine is extra.
VIP Signature Cocktail/Singapore Sling Flight
Every couple of hours throughout the day there is a slightly more expensive VIP Signature Cocktail or Singapore Sling Flight at S$69 per adult. This includes a choice between two cocktails, (fairly obviously), and you get to keep the glass as a memento.
Moët & Chandon Champagne Flight
If you prefer champagne, and for the same price (albeit at different times to the cocktail flights), you can sip on champagne as you soar about the city. Personally, I’d stop at the pub on the way to the wheel if I felt the need to have a drink and save myself a few bucks, or sneak on a hip flask, but whatever floats your boat, I suppose. I mean, this is the kind of thing you’ll probably want to do with the missus, so it might be an idea to suck it up, blow the dust off the wallet and spring for the on board booze to avoid looking like an unromantic skinflint.
Singapore Flyer Restaurants
This nearby restaurant has a somewhat spotty reputation for service, though the food seems to be in high demand, especially their signature crab dishes.
Singapore Food Trail
Recently opened at the Flyer is the Singapore Food Trail, a indoor/outdoor food court consisting of a succession of seventeen traditional Singapore street food vendors to introduce the visitor to more authentic, and affordable, local cuisine. It opens from 10.30am to 10.30pm from Sunday to Thursday, and from 10.30am to 11.30pm on Friday and Saturday.
O’Leary’s Sports Bar & Grill
American themed sports bar at the Flyer with rather a poor reputation for food and ambience. My opinion is stick with the Food Trail, with the variety and wares from multi-generational vendors to sample, you can’t really go wrong.