Singapore’s public transport system is fast and efficient, and will whizz you to memorable attractions without fuss. Below are the public transport options that you’ll find:
Singapore’s MRT (mass rapid transit) system is probably the fastest way to roam around the city. This rail network allows visitors to be at a walking distance from all major attractions as they are all close near the MRT stations.
Visitors have the below 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 available 24/7 at the Automated STP Kiosks at Changi Airport MRT Station (Terminal 2 and 3) near the Transitlink Ticket Office.
2. You can also use your foreign-issued Mastercard® and Visa contactless bank cards issued outside of Singapore for the payment of public transport fares in Singapore. Please refer to TransitLink’s SimplyGo website for more information to understand the admin fee applied.
3. Adult Stored Value Smartcard (EZ-link / Nets FlashPay)
4. Single Trip Tickets
Singapore’s trains and stations very user friendly as they have an easy access to wheel chair, push chair, and visually impaired people.
Taxis are convenient and particularly convenient if you want to go to places that are not accessible by bus or MRT. Taxis are measured, but fees may apply depending on when, where, and which company you take a taxi from. To get a rough idea of the final fare, ask the driver about the surcharges and request a receipt at the end of the trip. You can call a roadside taxi in most places, or queue at taxi stands located in most malls, hotels, and tourist attractions. If you want to book a taxi, you can call the usual taxi booking number 6-DIAL CAB (6342-5222). Your call will then be forwarded to the call center of an available taxi company.
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Two double-decker buses drive on the street. Singapore’s bus system has an extensive route network that covers most locations in Singapore. It’s the most economical way to get around, and it’s one of the most scenic.
You can pay for your bus tariff with an EZ-Link prepaid card or the Singapore Tourist Pass (STP), which you tap on the card reader next to the driver when boarding. You can also use your contactless Mastercard® and Visa bank cards issued abroad that were issued outside of Singapore to pay for your trip. Remember to retype your card on the reader at the rear exit when you get out. You can also pay in cash, but you must have exact change.
Most buses in Singapore are air-conditioned – a welcome comfort in a tropical city.