The cheapest parking spots in Singapore may be hard to find but they do exist. Undoubtedly, parking rates have been steadily increasing in Singapore over the years. Higher rates reduce traffic congestion in the city and promote the public transport system among the locals.  However, the convenience and flexibility of driving your car around especially when you have tiny tots and seniors mean having to know the best and cheapest parking places around the Lion City. Read on to find the totally free, the free at lunchtime and all the cheap places to park in Singapore.

Happiness is Finding Free Parking

For travel savvy drivers who know every secret parking hideaway within and without the city, finding a place to park may prove not so challenging after all. The trick is to look for lunchtime parking hours, cheaper parking prices after 5pm and weekend parking at car parks to enjoy the cheapest rates.

Just beyond the city are a few places left that offer the privilege of free parking.

1. The Grandstand

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Located at 200 Turf Club Road, Singapore 287994, The Grandstand offers free parking daily. When city shopping gets you down, this quaint place which was previously the Singapore Turf Club prides itself as the largest family lifestyle destination in Bukit Timah.

2. Tampines Retail Hub

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Free parking daily makes this hub an attractive place to enjoy the best of everything in the suburbs. Comprised of IKEA Tampines, Giant Hypermarket and Courts Megastore, it will take more than a day to explore all its wonders.

Better yet, the retail hub provides a free shuttle service daily to the nearest MRT stations located at Tampines and Bedok. Simply park here, hop on the free shuttle and train to the city for any errands, adventures or shopping. Then be back by 10pm to exit with your vehicle.

3. Mount Faber

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Fancy a walk in a nature park or cable car ride? Free parking daily makes Mount Faber one of Singapore’s favourite and most picturesque attractions. Located in Bukit Merah, this park offers heritage trails, nature walks, bird watching, healthy exercise plus ample parking, all for free.

4. Labrador Nature Reserve

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When the great outdoors calls, park for free and answer it at the Labrador Nature Reserve located at Labrador Villa Road. Not only are the views scenic, this park is home to the only coastal cliff in Singapore, to be enjoyed at no extra cost.

Cheapest Places to Park in Singapore

Truly an adventure on its own, finding the cheapest parking spots within the city is sometimes like striking the lottery and being richly rewarded. Unless you go directly to the locations below.

1. Far East Plaza

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One of the oldest malls along Orchard Road, parking rates here remain reasonable at $1.07 for the first hour and $1.07 for the subsequent half hour. Charges are $3.53 per entry after 5pm on Mondays to Saturdays as well as on Sundays and public holidays.

It’s still one of the cheaper places to park should you want to enjoy a day out on the Orchard strip as it is only a short walk to ION Orchard,  Tangs, Takashimaya and Ngee Ann City.

2. Marina Square

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Charges start from $2.20 for first 2 hours and $1.10 for the subsequent half hour. Located close to popular destinations such as Marina Bay Sands, The Esplanade and Suntec City, many park at Marina Square for its cheaper parking rates.

Per entry rates at $2.20 begin after 5pm on weekdays. On weekends starting on Friday plus public holidays, charges are $2.40 for first 2 hours and $1.20 for subsequent 2 hours.

3. Orchid Hotel

Located within the Tanjong Pagar precinct in the Central Business District, parking rates start from $2.00 per hour daily and $2.00 per subsequent half hour, with $3.00 per entry after 6pm. Having dinner or a late night out with friends, this hotel is among the cheapest per entry parking in the vicinity.

4. Angullia Park

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Located just behind Wheelock Place in the bustling Orchard area, Angullia Park is an open space public car park. Charges start from $2.58 per hour on weekdays and $1.62 per hour after 5pm. Weekend and public holiday rates start from $1.38 per hour.

5. Bugis Junction

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Located in the hustle and bustle of the popular Bugis area, this mall’s parking rates start from $1.60 for the first hour and $0.40 for subsequent 10 mins. After 5pm, rates are $2.70 per entry for weekdays. Weekends and public holidays are a little cheaper at $2.70 for the first 2 hours and $0.27 for subsequent 10 mins.

6. Singapore Flyer

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Enjoy free parking during lunch time from 12 noon to 2pm on weekdays. Subsequently, it’s $2.00 per hour or part thereof and a flat rate of $2.00 after 6pm. If you’re planning to lunch in the city, park here for 2 hours free.

7. Mustafa Centre

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Located in Little India, this 24-hour shopping mall offers free parking for the first hour daily and $1.00 for the subsequent half hour. One hour may just be enough to do some retail shopping and grab a bite to eat at the popular stalls along the famous Syed Alwi Road.

Free Lunchtime Parking and Cheaper Rates

1. Clarke Quay

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This is a popular hot spot with free lunchtime parking from 12.30pm to 1.29pm on weekdays. After that, it’s $1.28 for the first hour and then $0.43 for subsequent 15 mins. Planning to enjoy a pint for an hour on a balmy afternoon, this place is perfect.

2. Jurong Point

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Shoppers galore for heartlanders in Jurong, this mall provides free parking at lunch hours from 12 noon to 2pm on weekdays. Then, its $1.07 per subsequent hour or part thereof. What a wonderful way to enjoy shopping and lunching for 2 hours. Just remember to zoom out by 2pm.

3. IMM Building

Free parking for the first 2 hours daily at Singapore’s largest outlet mall located at Jurong East gives you more reason to shop here. Charges are $0.30 for subsequent 15 mins. but 2 hours is all you need to enjoy lovely eats and retail therapy.

4. Causeway Point

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Located in the thriving Woodlands area, charges are $1.20 per hour and $0.60 for the subsequent half hour daily.  Running errands in the south, then this mall has among the cheapest parking rates.

Places of Attraction with Cheap Parking

5. Big Splash

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Enjoy free parking from 12 midnight to 5.00pm on weekdays and $1.50 per hour after 5pm. Weekend and public holiday rates are $1.50 per hour. Love to bring the kids for a splashing good time? You can’t go wrong with the Big Splash.

6. Chinese Gardens

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Free parking for the first hour and $0.60 for the subsequent half hour make the Chinese Gardens a charming place to explore and enjoy a great workout. Located at Jurong East, the gardens are connected to the beautiful Japanese Garden with amazing landscapes and dazzling booms.

7. Singapore Botanic Gardens

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Reconnect with nature and park for $1.20 per hour daily at the world-famous Singapore Botanic Gardens. Located at the fringe of Orchard road, this green lung is a breath of fresh air that offers cheaper parking in the city.

Convenience On The Go

Digital payment of parking charges at public car parks in Singapore is now available via the mobile app Parking.sg. What’s so useful about this app is that motorists simply have to key in their vehicle registration number, select the car park spot, tap in the duration of parking and presto, parking payment is done.

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It adds a world of convenience to local and foreign drivers alike as motorists no longer have to hunt for car park coupons and correctly use as well as display them in the vehicles. Parking coupons are still available for motorists who find them handy and easier to use.

Paying for parking in private car parks takes a little skill as well. For locally registered cars, payment via cash card is welcome at most car parks. Foreign registered vehicles must ensure that they have an Autopass card topped up with the requisite amount to enter and exit the country, plus pay for parking wherever they park.

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Fortunately, cash cards and Autopass cards can be easily topped up at major convenience stores such as 7-11, Cheers and ATMs. Foreign vehicles also enjoy the convenience of topping up their Autopass card at the Vehicle Entry Permit Toll office located at Woodlands Town Garden or Tuas.

Savings Wherever You Drive

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Drive well and park well. Should you know cheaper places to park around Singapore, do clue us in. Motorists all over would definitely appreciate your feedback.

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