Getting around Singapore

written by Lim Zhi Min
13 · 8 · 2020

Getting around Singapore

Singapore MRT Station

By Train

Singapore’s MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) system is probably the fastest way to zip around the city. Most of our popular attractions are just a short walk away from an MRT station, making our trains a great way to get around.

Visitors can use the following options for MRT journeys:

1. Get a Singapore Tourist Pass (STP), a special EZ-Link stored-value card which will allow you unlimited travel for one day (S$10), two days (S$16) or three days (S$20).

The Pass can be bought at the TransitLink Ticket Office at selected MRT stations listed here, or at the Concession Card Replacement Office at Somerset station. They are also available daily at the Automated STP Kiosks at Orchard station, HarbourFront station, and Changi Airport station (Terminal 2 and 3) near the Transitlink Ticket Office. 

2. You can use your foreign-issued Mastercard® and Visa contactless bank cards issued outside of Singapore for the payment of public transport fares in Singapore.

Do take note that admin fees apply for foreign-issued bank cards— you can check out the details at TransitLink’s SimplyGo website.

3. Adult Stored Value Smartcard (EZ-link / Nets FlashPay): These cost $12 inclusive of card value, and come with a stored value of $7 for you to use on your commutes. You’ll be able to purchase this card at any Transitlink Ticket Office or convenience stores.

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Singapore Bus Interchange

By Bus

Singapore’s bus system has an extensive network of routes covering most places in Singapore.

Besides being an economical way to get around, it’s one of the most scenic — you’ll be able to indulge in air-conditioned comfort, as you admire the lush greenery and beautiful architecture of our ‘city in a garden’.You can pay for your bus fare using an adult stored value smartcard (EZ-link / Nets FlashPay) or the Singapore Tourist Pass (STP). Just keep an eye out for the electronic card reader — located next to the bus driver—and tap as you board.

You can also use your foreign-issued Mastercard® and Visa contactless bank cards issued outside of Singapore to pay for your ride.

Remember to tap your card again, on the reader located at the rear exit, when you alight. You can also opt to pay in cash, but make sure you have the exact amount in change. Do note that admin fees apply for foreign-issued bank cards. You can find out more details at TransitLink’s SimplyGo website.

Open strollers are allowed on all public buses, and parents can approach our friendly bus captains should they require assistance.

Do take note that you may be required to fold your stroller if the bus has too many passengers. You can refer to the the SBS Transit, SMRT, Go-Ahead Singapore, and Tower Transit Singapore websites for more information and guidelines.

For more useful information—including traffic news, journey planning and nearby transport services—download the MyTransport app (available for iOS and Android).

Singapore Bus Interchange

By Taxi

Taxis are comfortable and especially handy if you want to go to places not accessible by the bus or MRT. Cabs here are metered, but there may be surcharges depending on when, where and which company’s taxi you board.

To get a rough idea of the final fare, check with the driver on the surcharges and ask for a receipt at the end of the trip. You can also check out this website for a quick and easy comparison.

You can hail a taxi by the roadside at most places, or by queuing for one at a taxi stand, which you’ll find at most malls hotels and attractions.

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