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PUBLIC TRANSPORT IN SINGAPORE

Singapore is one of the best-connected cities around, with a public transportation system that’s clean, safe, easy-to-use and reasonably priced. Whether you’re travelling from the airport to your hotel or a tourist attraction – or even the Southern Islands – a myriad of transport options make getting ’round hassle-free. We show off the best of them.

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By train (also known as the MRT) 

Singapore’s Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system covers much of the city, with further-out areas covered by feeder services such as the Light Rail Transit (LRT). The latter’s mainly for housing estates away from the city-centre, though – so your main mode of transport will likely be the MRT. Major tourist attractions such as Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay, Chinatown and Orchard Road all within walking distance from these stations.

You’ll need an EZ-link card or Singapore Tourist Pass, which can be bought at the MRT ticket office. Otherwise, purchase single-ride tickets from the ticketing machine which accepts both notes and coins. And familiarise yourself with the MRT map – or approach a uniformed staff at MRT stations for help.

 
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By bus

Opt for a scenic bus ride if you have the time – the veins of Singapore’s bus system extend to the Singapore Zoo, East Coast Park and Coney Island, among many others – using your EZ Link card or Singapore Tourist Pass. Be sure to tap your card on the reader when you exit so that the correct fare will be deducted from the card. Physical, one-off tickets can also be purchased on buses with coins and notes, but no change will be given.

 

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By taxi or ride-sharing service

If you’re unsure of where a venue’s located then taxis may be a good option, with metered fares in a safe environment. Simply hail a taxi from the roadside, although there are some areas where drivers aren’t allowed to stop, or locate your nearest taxi stand. Available cabs will have a green indicator. You can also book one through a mobile app or by calling or sending an SMS. (Psst: Try Comfort DelGro’s taxi booking app for estimated fares and flat fares.)

Having trouble locating a taxi? Following GrabTaxi’s acquisition of Uber in 2018, only two ride-sharing services in Singapore now exist: Ryde, and – of course – Grab. Our tip? Download both apps and Comfort DelGro’s taxi booking app, key in your location, and do a price comparison based on the fixed fares offered.

 


ofo bike

By bicycles – Obike, Mobike, OFO

If you’d rather meander the city at your own pace, download either Mobike or ofo through your mobile app store to get started. There’s plenty to explore in the Marina Bay area, where bicycles are aplenty, but remember to park them at allocated boxes across the city when you’re done to avoid incurring penalties. Other than that, cycling promises a fun way of meandering Singapore – and for cheap, too.

 

trishaw singapore

By trishaw

Did you know trishaws were once the primary mode of transport in Singapore? These bicycles are attached to a sidecar and powered by pedalling, and today exist solely for tourists and locals looking for a whiff of nostalgia from the island’s storied past. Sign up for a trishaw tour around the Central Business District, Little India, Bugis or Chinatown, and don’t be afraid to chat with your trishaw uncle (yes, locals refer to strangers as ‘uncle’ or ‘aunty’) to score extra tips on must-dos or popular local food haunts. 

 

cable cars

By cable car

Enjoy a view of Singapore with a difference when you hop on a cable car from Mount Faber to Sentosa Island. Soak in aerial views of the South China Sea, spot the city’s tallest Merlion statue and admire stretches of the island's best, nestled among verdant greenery. Or opt for the discounted Evening Rider (available daily from 6pm) cable ride to admire the harbour’s twinkling lights come dusk. Make a day of it with our top things to do on Sentosa Island.

 

Singapore River Cruise

By boat

Fun fact: Singapore’s home to over 60 islands, apart from the heartbeat of it all – our city-state, of course. Second to that is Sentosa Island, of which we’ve rounded up the top things to do there, but yet other islands are easily accessible by boat: Pulau Ubin, St. John’s, Lazarus Island and Kusu Island.

Alternatively, hop on a water taxi that covers the stretch of the Singapore River or try the Singapore River Cruise for a scenic ride past the Merlion Park, Esplanade and Singapore Flyer. Better yet, opt for a boat ride that takes you past Marina Bay Sands’ free nightly light-and-water spectacular, Spectra
Ready for more? Check out more essential tips before coming to Singapore, or consider spending a day exploring the colourful streets of Chinatown – the latter's only a five-minute ride by train from Marina Bay Sands. And our Book Direct offer means you're always guaranteed the lowest prices.