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Address: Singapore 179094, Singapore
Phone Number:
+65 6336 6111

Cruising since 1987.

  For more than a decade and a half, bumboats...

Cruising since 1987.

  For more than a decade and a half, bumboats have been plying the Singapore River.

The story of Singapore River Cruise begins in 1987. The "Clean Rivers Campaign" of 1983 saw the relocation of bumboats to Pasir Panjang. The familiar painted faces of our Bumboats were due to disappear from its home, until SRC was awarded the tender license to run river services here - the first also, to operate such services along the river.

  We are entering a new chapter in the Singapore River story. In this modern age, Bumboats on this historic waterway remind us of its rustic charm. SRC has been preserving the heritage of this important river for more than two decades. Its bumboats have become the icon of our river to visitors and locals alike.

  2008 was a year when our iconic bumboats underwent a transformation. The diesel-powered engines of SRC's fleet made way for a new generation of electric ones that boast quieter engines and zero CO2 emissions. These are the very boats that operate along the Singapore River today.

  SRC is committed to greater excellence. Under its strong management, the company has developed a firm network of channel intermediaries from government agencies, embassies, event organizers and other operators in the tourism sector, both local and overseas.

  From a humble fleet of 4 bumboats in 1987, SRC has since increased its number to 24 today with a few new additions coming onboard soon.

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A different view

Pick up the boat in Circular Quay, just check the commentary is in English, most are, but not all. The boat takes a slow journey along the river and out into marina bay giving... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 weeks ago
Bourne, United Kingdom

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Bourne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Pick up the boat in Circular Quay, just check the commentary is in English, most are, but not all. The boat takes a slow journey along the river and out into marina bay giving commentary on key sights along the way. It is an interesting way to get a different view on the city and in particular as you move... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Some parts were a Rating of 2, other parts a rating of 4. It was a scenic way to see Singapore from the river. It was quite a short cruise. A poor sound system so we had difficulty hearing anything of the commentary. Paid $25. Overall I thought it was worth $15, perhaps $20 at an absolute stretch. For a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2017

This is a relatively inexpensive way to see part of the city and learn about some of the history. A good rest on a hot day as it is covered but open air.

Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017

This 40-minute trip is a relaxing way to cruise around the Bay and Singapore River. Traditional-looking bumboats, which used to ferry cargo, are comfortably with both interior and exterior seating. There is an English-language commentary, which is easier to hear from the inside portion of the boat. These boats also serve as water taxis and make several stops, providing a... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017

My school brought us for the river cruise. It was a pleasant experience! The video was very informative. The view was beautiful and it was a great way to see Marina Bay, and we enjoyed waving to the tourists walking along the coast. It was also nice to take selfies. The boat ride was smooth and we didn't feel like... More 

Thank PieBerry248
New York City, New York
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017

Unhelpful about our avoiding a twenty-minute wait by walking to and boarding at next stop. Definitely not a hop-on, hop-off service. As the city has done such a good job of linking up the riverside walks, I suggest just walking the route, looking at the other side, with a guidebook.

Thank zsalyar
East Riding of Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

Paid SGD $25 each at Clarke Quay and told would not wait more than 15 minutes for a boat and even though 3 were already tied up we waited over 30 minutes with no explanation from staff who seemed intent on taking the money and were not really approachable. We eventually took the trip which didn't show anything that you... More 

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Wigan, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

We started from Clarke Quay and queued for a short while before boarding our Bum Boat. The tour was fascinating and the english speaking guide pointed out all the relevant places to the tourists as we sailed along. It ended at the Merlion statue at One Fullerton which was wonderful to see up close. It was only a very short... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

The trip was actually really pleasant and informative. Go early and get right to the back of the boat for great views. We paid extra for the laser show option at Marina Bay Sands but feel that's a rip off. Not necessary. Watch the laser show at MBS instead.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

I can hear you say ..... 'I am frightened of the water, or boats and I get travel sickness'! Don't worry, so do I ! These boat operators are very safety conscious and take your safety very seriously. These boats do not travel fast, so very relaxing and cool in the breezes. There are no waves or choppy water and... More 

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