From London to Singapore in 40 Days by Train for under S$5000

Now that the posts from my trip From London to Singapore in 40 Days has been completed, I can now summarize the total costing in a single page. Do, of course, note that these are my personal costs and what you may book today may be of a different price due to the different times, duration of booking, circumstances, ticket type, flexibility, routing, exchange rate and many other individual factors you may face.

Dollars (S$) listed here represent Singapore Dollars (SGD).

Singapore to London Heathrow with Garuda Indonesia: S$450.10
Lodging in London: S$0.00 (friend’s accommodation)
16-25 Railcard: S$53.24 (£26.40)

London Victoria to Sheffield Meadowhall with Megabus: S$11.52 (£5.50 plus £0.50 booking fee)
Lodging in Sheffield: S$0.00 (friend’s accommodation)

Sheffield to York (return) with CrossCountry: S$25.83 (£13.35)

Sheffield Interchange to London Marble Arch with National Express: S$26.33 (£12 + £1 booking fee)

London King’s Cross to Sheffield via Retford with Virgin Trains East Coast: S$17.50

Sheffield to London King’s Cross via Doncaster with Virgin Trains East Coast: S$55.55 (£28.70)

London St. Pancras to Paris Gare du Nord with Eurostar: S$108.92 (£54)

Paris Gare de Lyon to Marseille Saint-Charles with TGV: S$183.24 (€116)
Lodging in Marseille: S$0.00 (friend’s accommodation)

Marseille Saint-Charles to Genova Piazza Principe with Thello: S$39.61 (€25)

Genova Piazza Principe to Roma Ostiense with Trenitalia: S$30.11 (€19)
Hostel in Rome for 3 nights: S$94.55

Vatican Gardens Open Bus Tour: S$36.33 (€23)

Roma Termini to Verona Porta Nuova with Trenitalia: S$61.89 (€39.90)

Verona Porta Nuova to Venezia Santa Lucia with Trenitalia: S$10.61 (€8.70)

Venezia Santa Lucia to Paris Gare de Lyon with Thello: S$88.09 (€55)
Hostel in Paris for 1 night: S$46.00

Paris Gare de l’Est to Moscow Belorusskaya with RZD: S$264.31 (£130.75)
Belarus transit visa from the Belarus embassy in London: S$70 (£35) 
Russia tourist visa from VFS Global in Singapore: S$112
Hostel in Moscow for 1 night: ₽600 (S$13.22)

Moscow Yaroslavsky to Beijing with China Railway (Trans-Siberian): S$1045.95 (£517.41)
Hotel in Beijing for 2 nights: S$91.39 (¥420)

Beijing West to Nanning with China Railway: S$127.34 (¥455.50 + US$5 = US$90.67)

Nanning to Hanoi Gia Lam with China Railway: S$51.73 (¥265)

Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) with Vietnam Railways: S$106.15 (1,693,000₫)
Hostel room in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) for 1 night: S$20.31

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Phnom Penh with Sapaco Tourist: S$14.04 (230,000₫)
Hotel in Phnom Penh for 1 night: S$23.62

Phnom Penh to Siem Reap with Giant Ibis: S$20.43 (340,000₫/US$15)
Hotel in Siem Reap for 1 night: S$25.26

Tuk-Tuk disposal for Angkor Archaeological Park: S$20.43 (US$15)

1 day Angkor Pass: S$27.24 (US$20)

Siem Reap to Poipet with Hang Tep Travel: S$14 (US$10)

Aranyaprathet Border Post to Aranyaprathet Railway Station by Tuk-Tuk: S$3.12 (฿80)

Aranyaprathet to Bangkok (Hua Lamphong) with the State Railway of Thailand: S$1.87 (฿48)
Hostel room in Bangkok for 3 nights: S$84.90

Bangkok (Hua Lamphong) to Padang Besar and Butterworth with the State Railway of Thailand: S$46.39 (฿1210)

Butterworth to KL Sentral with KTM Berhad: S$20.93 (RM59 + RM2 surcharge)

KL Sentral to Gemas with KTM Berhad: S$11.32 (RM31 + RM2 surcharge)

Gemas to JB Sentral with KTM Berhad: S$6.93 (RM21)

JB Sentral to Woodlands CIQ with KTM Berhad: S$4.02 (RM5 + RM2 surcharge + RM5) (two tickets due to delayed train)

Total cost of transport and lodging: S$3575.92
My total expenditure: less than S$1500

Total price from London to Singapore: S$5000

The full overland journey from London to Singapore costed me just S$5000, and can in fact potentially be cheaper, as I paid for the full fare for some tickets due to the peak season. If you noticed, I took a few detours in Europe, so if you cut them out, you won’t even need to factor in the costs of those destinations.

This does not mean you have to suffer during the trip eating just bread and butter though. I watched a play at West End and had Sunday brunch at Bread Street Kitchen by Gordon Ramsay in London, had the best Bouillabaisse of my life in Marseille, stayed at hotels or single rooms in hostels when the prices got cheaper in Asia and visited the magnificent Angkor temples in Siem Reap.

Plan your trip smartly too, finding the best value in everything, for example, my hostel in Rome had free dinner and my hotel in Siem Reap had one-way free tuk-tuk rides to the city. Go for free or almost-free attractions too, such as the National Railway Museum in York, the street buskers at West End, London, the subway stations in Moscow, the St. Basil’s Cathedral (₽100 or around S$2 for students), the Tiananmen and The Imperial City in Beijing, or get a feel of local Thai life for just 8 cents.

There are more than a hundred and one ways to travel from London to Singapore. I am not the first person to do it, and certainly will not be the last. While my route may not be the fastest nor easiest, it was certainly including the places I wanted to visit. If you decide to go for such a trip, you should consider where you would actually like to visit, rather than following a set suggestion of trains and destinations. What I can suggest is only through my own experience, and you will definitely have your own stories to share or routes to recommend once you embark on your own trip.

It was a trip of my lifetime, and given another opportunity, I would totally go for it again.


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