When it opened, the Singapore Flyer was the largest Ferris wheel in the world. During the 30-minute ride in one of the 28 glass capsules, the city of Singapore lies at your feet.
Once the largest Ferris wheel in the world, the Singapore Flyer is an indispensable landmark on the Singapore skyline. It is located on the outskirts of the city and towers 165 metres into the sky.
Although the Singapore Flyer was only opened to the public on 1 March 2008 after three years of construction, the first passengers were already sent on a 30-minute round trip over Singapore on the impressive Ferris wheel on 11 February.
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Once the largest Ferris wheel in the world
The gigantic structure was built by the Great Wheel Corporation at a cost of 135 million euros, financed by German investors. The model for the construction of the Singapore Flyer was the London Eye in London, but the Singapore Flyer is even 30m higher (and three times as high as the Ferris wheel in Vienna) and thus held the world record until 2014.
After that, the 2-metre higher High Roller was built in Las Vegas, and in 2020 the crushing blow came once again from the record-breaking city of Dubai: there, the gigantic 250-metre high "Ain Dubai" was opened on the artificial island of Blue Waters.
Ride on the Singapore Flyer
The 28 futuristic heated and air-conditioned gondolas, whose shape is reminiscent of a glass space capsule, each seat 28 people. This means that the Singapore Flyer can carry a maximum of 784 people at a time. 28 because the number 8 is a lucky number and 28 means double luck.
Entering the gondola is unusual, as the Ferris wheel does not stop for boarding. To be on the safe side, you should not suffer from vertigo. Afterwards, the ride takes you to unimagined heights and the megacity of Singapore is suddenly at your feet. On a clear day, you can see as far as neighbouring Malaysia and Indonesia.
The capsule is well confined, but you can see out not only through windows, but on all sides. And at 165 metres, you feel something like looking out from the 42nd floor of a skyscraper.
Tip: In contrast to the London Eye, the fantastic sights of the city do not open up before you on your journey in the Singapore Flyer. London has a lot more to offer architecturally. Therefore, a trip at night is recommended. The sea of lights in Singapore is an absolutely unforgettable sight!
Special attractions of the Singapore Flyer
Besides the simple rides on the Ferris wheel, the operators have also come up with a lot of specials. You can get married in one of the capsules of the Singapore Flyer, hold a meeting, enjoy a 5-star skydinner or just rent the entire capsule. In addition, there are always promotions for cheap tickets. For the latest information, visit the official website of the Singapore Flyer.
The building on Raffles Avenue, located at the foot of the Ferris wheel, is also quite something. Ramps and tunnels lead into a three-storey shopping and gourmet temple, where even a tropical rainforest including waterfalls has been recreated. From there, it's on to the boarding ramp of the Singapore Flyer.