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Marina Bay Sands' Sampan Rides

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  • Sail the waters of Singapore in a Sampan boat and soar 200 meters over the city at Marina Bay SkyPark - all in one ticket!
  • When at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, check out the laidback Sampan ride along the Canal.
  • A highlight of this ride is passing by the Rain Oculus up close. This eco-friendly art installation collects rainwater in a 70-foot diameter bowl, two stories above, and deposits it into the Canal. This whirlpool flow of water is mesmerizing.
  • Want to upgrade your experience? Opt to include access to Marina Bay SkyPark - an observation deck 57 floors above ground.
  • Get a stunning view of the cityscape from Marina South Pier all the way to Singapore Strait.


  • Sampan boat ride
  • Access to Marina Bay SkyPark (optional)

This ticket has the following options you can choose from:

  • Sampan Boat Ride
  • Sampan Boat Ride + Marina Bay SkyPark
  • Tip: Witnessing the hourly cascade of water is the best way to experience this boat tour, although you can take a Sampan ride both at the beginning or end of your shopping day.
  • It's mandatory to pre-book your time slot from here before your visit.
  • Entry will be denied if you fail to reserve a time slot.
  • The SkyPark Observation Deck is fully closed on 30 Sept 2022 due to a private event.
  • Guests can only visit parts of the Observation Deck on 1 & 2 Oct 2022 due to concurrent events. The last admission is at 4pm.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.

A trip to Singapore is incomplete without visiting the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark for it's breathtaking views of the cityscape. After you've experienced the thrill of being up in the sky, you may want to float down gently back to solid ground. We recommend a soothing Sampan Ride along The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands!

Want to know more about this offbeat experience you can enjoy with your family? Well, read on and find information on Sampan Ride tickets, opening hours, visitor tips, and FAQs to help plan your visit.

Why Take A Sampan Ride?

Why Take A Sampan Ride?
  • Family Friendly Activity: The involvement of water and the short duration of the ride makes it a great activity when you want to entertain your kids after a day full of walking around the city.
  • Earth Conscious Design: The Rain Oculus is the centrepiece of the Sampan Ride, and rightly so. This 22-meter wide installation is shaped like a bowl and collects rainwater that pours right into the Canal where the Sampan Ride happens.
  • Venice In Asia: The Canal is designed to emulate the iconic Italian waterways so that you get the feeling of a Venetian holiday right there in Singapore. Here's a tip: include this activity for a romantic date in Singapore with your partner!

Your Sampan Ride Ticket Explained

Sampan Ride Ticket Explained

Duration: 10 minutes

  • Take a tour of The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands on a traditional East-Asian wooden boat, aka the sampan.
  • Get up close and personal to the eco-friendly skylight-cum-water harvesting installation, Rain Oculus. Watch as it pours 22,000 liters of rainwater per minute, into the Canal, every hour.
  • Upgrade your Sampan Ride ticket to include access to the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark at the top of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel.
  • Experience stunning birds-eye views of Singapore's top attractions from 200 meters above the ground on the SkyPark Observation Deck. If you plan your visit right, you can even watch the light shows in Marina Bay and Gardens by the Bay.
  • Your Sampan Ride ticket will have an extended validity, but please note that tickets once purchased cannot be cancelled or rescheduled.

What Is The Best Way To Buy Sampan Ride Tickets?

The best way to buy tickets to Sampan Ride is by purchasing them online. This allows for a safe and contactless transaction along with other several benefits such as:

  • Advance Booking: By booking your Sampan Ride tickets online, you can plan your visit well in advance.
  • Convenience: Not only do you get to book your Sampan Ride tickets online, you also get to skip the ticketing queues at the venue.
  • Discounts: Get awesome discounts when you book your Sampan Ride tickets online.

Sampan Ride Highlights

Sampan Ride Highlights - Rain Oculus

Rain Oculus

  • As part of their environmental sustainability initiative, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands features a unique 22 meter wide bowl-shaped installation that doubles as a skylight and transfers rain water into the Canal.
  • Every hour you can see over 22,000 liters of harvested rainwater being poured from the Rain Oculus down to the Canal. If you happen to be on the Sampan Ride at that point, you'll get to go right up to the waterfall.
Sampan Ride Highlights - Tour of The Shoppes

Tour of The Shoppes

  • Being a high end resort with world class amenities like a casino, Infinity pool, and luxury suites, Marina Bay Sands also has luxe shopping and lifestyle in store.
  • On your Sampan Ride, you get a quick look at all the high-end fashion labels, electronic stores, designer jewellery, and world-class dining options that await you at The Shoppes.

Plan Your Sampan Ride Experience

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Sampan Ride - Timings

Sampan Ride opening hours hours are as follows:

Monday - Sunday: 11 AM – 9 PM. Last ticket sale at 8:30 PM.

Best Time To Visit: Weekends are generally crowded all over Singapore, so if you would like a less crowded experience, it is best to visit any time during the weekday.

Sampan Rides take place in the Canal at The Shoppes in Marina Bay Sands.

Address: Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue B2, Canal Level, The Shoppes at, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018956 | Find on Map

Via MRT: Get off at the Bayfront MRT Station and take exit C or D to reach The Shoppes.

Via Bus: Board any bus to Marina Bay Sands Theatre bus stop. The Shoppes are just a short walk away.

Via Car: Drive along Sheares Avenue to reach Marina Bay Sands. Parking is available at Bayfront Avenue, outside Tower 3 (North Entrance).

Sampan Ride - Dining

Here are a few places you cab grab a bite to eat after your Sampan Ride at The Shoppes:

Waku Ghin: Jonesing for Japanese food? Head here for Wagyu beef, soba, sushi and more!

Angelina: Sip on warm hot chocolate and nibble on light finger foods at this world famous cafe.

Punjab Grill: Let your tastebuds tingle as you feast on spicy North-Indian dishes hot off the pan.

Yardbird Southern Table and Bar: Enjoy the waterfront as you feast on some hearty American cuisine.

Sampan Ride - Gardens by the bay

Visitor Tips

  • If you want to make the most out of your visit, make sure to upgrade your Sampan Ride ticket to include Marina Bay Sands SkyPark.
  • Children below 9 years should be accompanied by an adult on the Sampan Ride.
  • The last Sampan Ride for the day departs at 8:50 PM so plan your visit accordingly.
  • The Rain Oculus pours down rainwater into the Canal once every hour; expect some splashes on your person and belongings if you visit during that time.
  • It can get quite busy during holidays like New Year's Eve in Singapore, so make sure to book your Sampan Ride tickets online!

Frequently Asked Questions About Sampan Ride Tickets

What can I expect in a Sampan Ride?

The Sampan Ride at Marina Bay Sands will take you on a 10-minute journey through the Canal at The Shoppes of Marina Bay Sands and will circle the Rain Oculus before returning back.

Where is the Sampan Ride located?

The Sampan Rides start at the Canal of The Shoppes located in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. You can reach Marina Bay Sands via car/taxi, MRT or bus.

Is the Sampan Ride a good Valentine's Day activity in Singapore?

Yes, the Sampan Ride is a great offbeat activity enjoy with your partner in Singapore on Valentine’s Day. You can take the short ride and grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants at The Shoppes.

Can I bring children to the Sampan Ride?

Yes, children above the height of 85 cms are allowed on to the Sampan Ride. If they are below the age of 9, they will need to be accompanied by an adult.

How long is the Sampan Ride?

The Sampan Ride is a 10-minute long boat ride through the Canal at The Shoppes of Marina Bay Sands.

What are the Sampan Ride timings?

Sampan Ride operating hours are 11 AM - 9 AM, daily. Last boat departs at 8:50 PM.