An island nation known for its towering skyscrapers, sprawling theme parks, and a host of beautiful sites along its famous Marina Bay, Singapore is an exceptional tourist destination in South East Asia. Amongst its innumerable tourist attractions is the exotic Gardens by the Bay. Spanning 250-acres, this nature park consists of various intriguing attractions such as the Flower Dome, Cloud Forest, and Children’s Garden. Adding to it this year, the Gardens by the Bay Orient Express is a special exhibition that features two lavish 158-year old train carriages.

The pop-up opened on 12 December 2020 and will remain open until 12 September 2021 (Sunday).

About Once Upon A Time On The Orient Express

Once Upon A Time on the Orient Express is a special exhibition that is organized by the museography production company Visionairs in Art. It was a massive success in its previous 2014 run in Paris. It allows visitors to board 19th-century train carriages that served as symbols of prestige in bygone eras. The Oriental Express is a French national treasure that has been carefully preserved for over a century. After France, Singapore has been chosen as the ideal destination to exhibit this locomotive and the 300 or so precious items and documents contained inside.

Orient Express Singapore in a Nutshell

Singapore Orient Express presents the original 200-tonne French locomotive in all its mystical charm. There is a special replica restaurant car where you can have a dining experience that befits the opulence of the Orient Express. The restaurant offers both vegetarian and non-vegetarian brunch, lunch, tea, and dinner options. The thematic menu has been specially crafted by the famous French chef Yannick Alléno.

In honour of the wildly popular fictional French detective Hercule Poirot, the exhibition also features an Escape Room Experience that is replete with mystery and intrigue. You will find a range of historic items such as uniforms, classic Louis Vuitton luggage, porcelain pieces, and shields. The exhibition also involves special educational and historical presentations organized by the prestigious Arab World Institute. Don’t forget to stop by the Orient Express Shop and get souvenirs!

Singapore Orient Express Tickets

Singapore Orient Express tickets will soon be made available for purchase.

Best way to buy Gardens by the Bay Orient Express Tickets

The best way to buy tickets to the Gardens by the Bay Orient Express exhibition is to purchase them online, as:

  • You will be able to get them in a contactless and safe fashion.
  • You can skip the hassle of standing in long queues.
  • You can avail of discounts offered by third-party websites.

Plan Your Visit to Singapore Orient Express

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Timings

The Orient Express Singapore Exhibition will remain open till 12 September 2021. Its timings are:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday: 10 AM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday - Thursday: 10 AM - 7 PM
  • Saturday: 10 AM - 10 PM

You can expect to spend between 45 to 60 minutes at the pop-up.

best time to visit orient express singapore
Best time to visit

Tourist crowds generally thin out by late June. Thus, July and August are some of the best months to visit Singapore.

Since the exhibition also includes exceptional dining options, it is a great idea to explore the carriages around noon before trying out some delicacies for lunch.

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How to get there

The exhibition is located at the West Lawn inside Gardens by the Bay. 

  • Metro: Get off at Bayfront MRT Stations and take Exit B. You can follow the underground linkway that leads to Dragonfly Bridge. Gardens by the Bay is a short walk from here.
  • Bus: Get off at Tanjong Pagar MRT Station and take bus 400. You can alight directly at Marina Gardens Drive.
  • Car: You can also drive to Gardens by the Bay, which has multiple parking areas around.

Around Orient Express Gardens by the Bay

Supertree Grove
Supertree Grove

Gardens by the Bay features 18 massive Supertrees, 12 of which are located in the Supertree Grove. Visiting the venue after sunset gives you a chance to see the decorative lighting that accentuates the sheer scale of these trees. You can also climb to the very top of one of these giants to get panoramic views of the Marina Bay area from the Supertree Observatory.

Supertree Grove
Cloud Forest
Cloud Forest

The Cloud Forest exhibit is one of the most breathtaking experiences at Gardens by the Bay. Bask in a misty paradise filled with orchids, ferns, and various tropical plants. There’s also a massive waterfall right in the middle of this surreal forest! This can also be a wonderful educational experience where you learn about disappearing habitats and rare floral species.

Cloud Forest
Floral Fantasy
Floral Fantasy

This attraction presents the ultimate floral display of cut flowers, foliage, and various live plants. There are four thematic landscapes at Floral Fantasy: Dance, Float, Waltz, and Drift. Each landscape offers a different view of the vibrancy of nature with brightly coloured floral arrangements.

Floral Fantasy Tickets
OCBC Skyway
OCBC Skyway

The OCBC Skyway is a 128-meter long walkway that links two of the Supertrees in Gardens by the Bay. Walking along this aerial path is a truly surreal experience that you simply cannot miss. This is also a great place to click pictures of the gorgeous waterways and flora all around you.

OCBC Skyway

Gardens by the Bay Orient Express: FAQs

Is it worth visiting Singapore Orient Express?

Yes, Orient Express Singapore is a unique exhibition that is certainly worth a visit. It displays an important historic treasure that can be seen up close, making it a once-in-a-lifetime chance.

What can I expect at Gardens by the Bay Once Upon A Time On The Orient Express?

You will get a chance to explore the carriage, learn about its origins, and also enjoy delectable cuisine.

What are Orient Express Singapore timings?

The Orient Express Singapore is open from 10 AM to 9 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday. On Saturday, it is open from 10 AM to 10 PM. On Wednesday and Thursday, the attraction open from 10 AM until 7 PM.

Where is Once Upon A Time On The Orient Express located in Gardens by Bay Singapore?

The Once Upon A Time On the Orient Express pop-up is situated near West Lawn, next to Bayfront Plaza inside the Gardens by the Bay.

Where can I purchase Gardens by the Bay Once Upon A Time On The Orient Express Tickets?

Tickets can be purchased online from the Gardens by the Bay portal or third-party sites, or at the venue.

What dining options are available for me to choose from at the Singapore Orient Express exhibit?

You can eat at the Orient Express Road Cafe or Orient Express Restaurant and Lounge.

What Singapore Orient Express attraction will kids enjoy?

Kids will love the Escape Room Experience at Gardens by the Bay Orient Express.

What else can I do at Gardens by the Bay?

Gardens by the Bay has a range of attractions for the whole family to enjoy such as Supertree Observatory, Cloud Forest, and OCBC Skyway.