Here’s a full travel budget summary of our 4-day-trip to Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia for a total of P23,689 which already covers everything including our roundtrip tickets Cebu-SG-Cebu and CDO-Cebu-CDO plus Cebu Airport fees. Usually most tricity itinerary are only up to Johor Bahru, Malaysia as for ours, we went all the way to Kuala Lumpur so the total travel budget is considered as reasonable. For those who are planning a similar travel itinerary, you are exactly at the right place since this is also our first time to visit the three countries. So our goal during our trip was to cover as much tourist spots as we can.
All the expenses are calculated per person and already converted in Peso along with its original international currency.
Accommodation Travel Budget
First tip for booking accommodations is to do it online where travel booking apps are becoming rampant and handy. In our case, we booked via Airbnb, and app that lets travelers save some money as they stay in ready to go homes at a reasonable price.
Second tip, do not stay in one country for the whole duration of the trip. As we all know, Singapore is known to be truly expensive and we can’t afford to stay for 3 nights. Even by just browsing Airbnb homes in Singapore, we were really having a hard time finding an affordable price. So, our final decision was to stay overnight in each country that gave us huge savings. Our total price for accommodation is P1,403 each.
Accommodation = P1,403
- P606 Malaysia (P1817 for the whole room divided by 3 pax)
- P192 Indonesia (P577 for the whole room divided by 3 pax)
- P606 Singapore (P1817 for the whole room divided by 3 pax)
Transportation Travel Budget
When you plan to cross countries, make sure your return ticket should be the last country you’ll visit. In our case, we booked a round trip ticket of Cebu to Singapore then Singapore to Cebu when it should have been more practical if we booked our return ticket in Malaysia. We wouldn’t just be saving money but also travelling time since it takes 4-6 hours to reach Malaysia from Singapore.
So far, we spent the most money in Indonesia since they don’t have fixed standard rates in transportation especially for foreigners, they have a habit of overpricing just like in the Philippines.lol On the other hand, all the transportation in Singapore were paid via Ez link card while in Malaysia, we didn’t get a card since anyway almost all the fares are priced less or in coins. In addition, it’s better not to book bus tickets online heading to Malaysia since buying it direct at the office is way cheaper.
Transportation = P13,099
- Plane Tickets
- P1015 – CDO to Cebu
- P6445 – Roundtrip Ticket Cebu-SG-Cebu
- 1099 – Cebu to CDO
- P1,040 (SGD10 – SGD5 Card plus $5 load + $20 reloaded twice) – Ez Link Card
- Malaysia Transpo: P1,441
- P760 (SGD20) – heading to Kuala Lumpur = via Starmart Express Bus.
- P32 (RM7.40) – Uber (heading to Kuala Lumpur Condo. 96 total bill divided by 3)
- P195 – Train fares
- P413 (RM34.70) – Johor Bahru via Mayang Sari Express Bus
- P41 (RM3.40) – Queen Street Terminal, Singapore via Causeway Link Bus
- Indonesia Transpo: P2,059
- P912 (SGD24) – Batam, Indonesia via Sindo Ferry
- P103 (IDR70,000 divided by 3) – Ferry Terminal via Hotel’s Taxi
- P1044 (RM236,000) – Singapore via Sindo Ferry
Entrance Tickets / Fees Travel Budget
I suggest to book your tickets online to skip the long queues at the ticket outlets and if possible, at least have it by date range instead of a 1-day ticket only. So, if ever you missed it on your planned itinerary, at least you can still use it within the specified date range.
As you can see, the only attractions we paid were Legoland and Universal Studio because the rest of the tourist spots can be fulfilled by just taking photos.
In Batam Indonesia, it’s better to avail a tour package or car rental because transportation is not that accessible.
Entrance Tickets / Fees = P6,867
- Cebu Airport:
- P1620 – International Tax
- P750 – Terminal Fee
- P1221 – Malaysia Legoland via Klook
- P60 (RM5) – Ramayana Cave
- P2520 – Universal Studio Singapore via Klook
- Batam Indonesia:
- P608 (SGD50 divided by 3) – Batam Tour via Weldan Batam Transport
- P44 (IDR 10,000) – Setokok Beach
- P44 (IDR 30,000 divided by 3) – Cottage
Food Travel Budget
Malaysian food is the cheapest among the rest which is usually half the price in Singapore. On the other hand, we didn’t have the chance to eat in Batam, Indonesia since the prices aren’t that affordable and we were also running out of time.
Also, we brought instant cup noodles, pancit canton and biscuits during the trip for breakfast and snacks on the go.
Food = P1,140
- P144 (RM9 meal set, RM3 drinks) – Lunch
- 117 (RM9.8) – Dinner Burger King Whopper Jr.
- P81 (RM3.9 meal, RM2.85 bottled water) – Breakfast 7 Eleven Microwaveable Food
- P323 (SGD7 meal + SGD 1.5 drinks) – Dinner
- P418 (SGD9 meal + SGD1.6 drinks) – Dinner
- P57 (SGD1.30) – Snacks (Ice Cream Sandwhich)
Miscellaneous Travel Budget
We bought all souvenirs in Chinatown which consists of numerous shops. It almost took us forever to choose since everything is super affordable.
Miscellaneous = P1,182
- P36 (RM3) – Adaptor
- P120 (RM10) – Umbrella
- P1,026 – (3 set keychains for SGD5; 5 shirts for SGD10; Phone case for SGD15) Pasalubong etc…
Keep post for the rest of my blogpost about this trip.