Walk into Sentosa for free until end of 2017

Sentosa Development Corporation (SDC) will continue waiving admission fees for pedestrians visiting the island via the Sentosa Boardwalk for another year.
Sentosa Development Corporation (SDC) will continue waiving admission fees for pedestrians visiting the island via the Sentosa Boardwalk for another year.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Walking into Sentosa is not going to cost a cent from now until the end of 2017.

Sentosa Development Corporation (SDC) will continue waiving admission fees for pedestrians visiting the island via the Sentosa Boardwalk for another year.

The announcement is in line with the aim of a "Fun, Smart and Sustainable Sentosa", and also as part of the national effort of achieving a car-lite society.

"As the Sentosa Boardwalk is connected seamlessly to the Singapore mainland, the extension of the waiver will thus continue to allow and encourage more guests to enjoy the pleasant and convenient experience of strolling in or exiting the island, particularly during peak periods," said a SDC spokesperson on Friday (Dec 16).

On average, about 10 per cent of Sentosa's 19 to 20 million visitors yearly, enter via the boardwalk.

Opened in 2011, it complements existing on-island transportation such as the monorail, buses, beach trams and Sentosa Line of the Singapore Cable Car Sky Network.

The admission fee waiver was first introduced from March 16, 2015, to December 31 that year, as part of Sentosa's SG50 celebrations.

Back then, alongside the waiver of the $1 entry fee for visitors going to Sentosa via the boardwalk, those who drove or took taxis also enjoyed free entry after 5pm on weekdays, excluding public holidays.

After that, the decision was taken to continue waiver for entry via the boardwalk, through 2016.