This article is designed to give you a complete overview of how to get to Cloud Forest by MRT. Similar to many of Singapore’s family attractions, Cloud Forest can be easily accessed using the MRT network.
By the end of this article, we hope that you will be able to get to Cloud Forest without having to pay for taxi fees or parking fees. Similarly, taking the MRT to this area of the city effectively bypasses traffic in the downtown area of the city. Although there are a few different MRT stations that you can use to get to Cloud Forest we will focus on the most convenient one to make this trip as efficient as possible.
Why should you visit Cloud Forest in Singapore?
Cloud Forest is a popular family attraction in Singapore that is located in the Marina Bay area of the city. This area is regarded as one of the best areas to stay in the entire city because there are numerous attractions and many amazing hotels to choose from.
As its name suggests, Cloud Forest is a large greenhouse forest that showcases rare plants and a diverse range of floral gems. This is the place where you can explore a replicated environment of 1,000 to 3,000 ft above sea level that is found in Southeast Asia and parts of Central and South America. One of the most popular places to visit inside Cloud Forest is the 30-meter indoor waterfall.
You can also explore ‘Cloud Mountain’. This is an intricate green mountain that is covered in peacock ferns, anthuriums, epiphytes such as orchids, and clubmosses. It consists of different levels, each one having a distinct theme.
Cloud Forest is a great place to visit with kids and an awesome educational experience. With a large range of different plant species from all over the world, you and your family will learn what kind of environmental conditions are required for them to grow.
You will also be glad to hear that Cloud Forest is within walking distance to many of Singapore’s best attractions such as the Merlion, Singapore Flyer and Sands SkyPark to name a few. You can also easily walk to Marina Bay Sands Hotel (5-star, 9/10 review score) from Cloud Forest making it an ideal place to stay.
Getting to Cloud Forest using MRT
Step 1: Find the nearest station to your hotel in Singapore.
Getting to Cloud Forest and other attractions throughout Singapore is easy if you are staying close to an MRT station. This sets the stage for a very efficient trip.
Therefore, we recommend that you book a room within walking distance of an MRT station. A few popular examples include:
The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore (5-star, 9.3/10 review score)
Chic Capsule Otel (2-star, 8.6/10 review score)
The Kempinski is right beside City Hall MRT Station, whereas Chic Capsule Otel is beside Chinatown Station. There are many other options as well throughout the city.
This will make sure that when you travel to cloud forest that you will not have to pay taxi fees or parking fees along the way.
Step 2: Buy a ticket to reach Bayfront MRT Station.
Bayfront Station is the closest and the best station to access Cloud Forest. But before heading to Bayfront, first, decide on the type of ticket you want to use.
We suggest that you should think about your itinerary in the city and how much sightseeing you plan on doing. Secondly, you should also consider how long you are going to be in Singapore. These factors will directly influence the type of ticket you should get.
To help you out with purchasing an MRT ticket in Singapore you can refer to the following two guides:
Purchasing MRT Tickets in Singapore: Which ticket should I buy??
Purchasing Singapore Tourist Passes: Pros and Cons
Single Journey tickets are popular if you are only making a few trips while you are in the city. We used a stored-value card (an EZlink Card to be exact) when we were first figuring out how to get to Cloud Forest by MRT. These are popular with Singaporeans and visitors staying more than 3 days in the city.
You might want to use a Singapore Tourist Pass to get to Cloud Forest if you are in the city for 3 days or less and plan on doing a lot of sightseeing. These allow you to take multiple rides on the MRT and bus network in the city.
Step 3: Take the MRT to Bayfront Station
There are few different MRT lines that service trains to Bayfront Station, Marina Bay and Cloud Forest. Therefore, you should have some familiarity with the MRT Network in Singapore so that you know if you need to transfer lines along the way.
The two lines that service trains to Bayfront Station are:
Circle Line (Orange)
Downtown Line (Green)
Be sure to check the station maps before you start this journey. Similarly, there are verbal announcements on the trains to inform you of the next station coming up on the line. You can also refer to the signs (near the exits) on each train to see where you are.
Step 4: Get off at Bayfront Station
Alight at Bayfront Station, and remember to bring all your stuff (camera, etc.)
All you have to do is simply ‘tap’ to exit the MRT system if you are using a stored-value card or a Singapore Tourist Pass.
Step 5: Walk from Bayfront Station to Cloud Forest.
There are actually multiple ways that you can walk from Bayfront Station to Cloud Forest. You might want to walk through the air-conditioned Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands and then along the Marina Bay waterfront to Cloud Forest. Although scenic, this is not the fastest way to reach Cloud Forest from the MRT network!
Instead, the fastest way to walk from Bayfront Station to Cloud Forest is to use the underpass from the station.
In order to walk this way from Bayfront Station to Cloud Forest, first, take Exit B at Bayfront Station. Then, walk through the underground linkway east towards Gardens by the Bay.
Exit the underground linkway, follow the signs and then cross Dragonfly Bridge into Gardens by the Bay. Follow the signs which will guide you along walkways in the northeast direction until you reach the entrance to Cloud Forest.
The walk from Bayfront Station to Cloud Forest is about 900 m and this should take you approximately 11-minutes.
Should you stay near Cloud Forest while you are in Singapore?
As mentioned before Cloud Forest is situated in one of the best areas in Singapore for seeing attractions and skyline views. Actually, it is safe to say that very few tourists visit Singapore without exploring the direct area around Cloud Forest.
Walking in this area of the city is truly a delight. Many tourists often just walk around Marina Bay taking photos and videos of the skyline view. An added bonus is that many of Singapore’s best hotels are also within walking distance Marina Bay and Cloud Forest. Hotels around Marina Bay tend to be quite expensive, but you will experience amazing service and spotless rooms.
We have included some of the highest-rated and most convenient properties near Cloud Forest. If you do have the choice make sure that you get a few of Singapore Skyline from your room. Many of the major accommodation websites give you a choice when you are booking.
Marina Bay Sands (5-star, 9/10 review score)
The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore (5-star, 9.4/10 review score)
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore (5-star, 9.2/10 review score)
The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore (5-star, 9.2/10 review score)
Of the properties listed above the most convenient is Marina Bay Sands. It is a short walk from Cloud Forest and it can be directly accessed from Bayfront Station. Also, keep in mind that we are not a ‘direct partner’ of these hotels. We are simply recommending them based on their very high review scores from verified guests and their location relative to Cloud Forest in Singapore. As more people review these properties you can expect their review scores on leading accommodation websites to change over time.
Do you have more questions about getting to Cloud Forest?
Ideally, this step-by-step guide on how to get to Cloud Forest by MRT has been detailed enough for you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have additional questions about getting to this popular family attraction!
The cool thing about Cloud Forest is that it can be easily added to your itinerary of Singapore. For example, if you stay at a hotel in this area you can just simply walk around Marina Bay. Along the way, you will capture breathtaking views of Singapore’s skyline and have direct access to many famous attractions such as the Merlion and Singapore Flyer.
A ‘must-do’ is going to the lobby of Marina Bay Sands Hotel and taking the elevator up to the 57th floor. This is how you can get to Sands SkyPark. Bring along your phone and camera to take jaw-dropping photos of Singapore from ‘above’.
Since Cloud Forest is part of Gardens by the Bay make sure that you check out some of the other attractions in this innovative complex. Cloud Forest is adjacent to Flower Dome – another very popular attraction for families in the city!