The system of public transport in Singapore has often scored well for public transport availability, efficiency and safety. The small size has helped the government to put in place a systematic public transport in Singapore. This has made it fairly easy for both locals and tourists to reach from point A to B, without much hassle.
With the endless list of tourist spots in Singapore, it welcomes around 1.5 million visitors from around the globe. The botanical gardens, skyscrapers, amusement parks, resorts, night safaris and local markets are unmissable in your Singapore tour package. Once you get your Singapore visa, get down to plan your itinerary. Flights connect Singapore with the rest of the world. And to not miss any of these marvels on your trip, learn about the system and options of public transport in Singapore for easy and affordable transit.
Singapore launched its intricate Mass Rapid Transit(MRT) in 1978 and since then it has been growing continuously to cover all parts of the island country. It well connects the Changi Airport to business and heritage spots to the residential areas. There are about six lines and some 130 stations across the island named based on the line and a number in the sequence. This makes the MRT the most used public transport in Singapore as it is both accessible and budget-friendly.
Hours: The MRT operates from 5:30 AM to midnight, with a frequency of 2-3 mins in peak hours and 57-7 mins normally.
Fare: The fare ranges from .83S$ to 1.25S$ approximately. For the tickets, you can either pay in cash, but keep in mind to keep the exact change or use the Singapore Tourist Pass or the EZ-Link Pass which allows unlimited travel for one-day($10), two-days($16), three-days($20).
Buy the pass here or at bus stations, MRT Terminals or 7-elevens.
This transport system helps avoid heavy traffic, is cheap and highly accessible. Use apps like MyTransport to plan better. Avoid taking it during peak hours.
The plus point for Singapore’s Bus System is the range of connectivity, getting deeper into the city. The buses might get a little uncomfortable during peak hours but since they are affordable and well-connected. The routes even provide a spectacular view of Singapore’s city life.
Two bus lines operate in Singapore: One is the SBS Transit, red or white coloured buses and the SMRT buses, yellow coloured. The buses are well-maintained and also have easy access for wheelchair passengers or strollers. For the night, the Night Owl and Night Rider provide extended services but at a higher rate.
Hours: The SBS and SMRT buses operate from 5:30 AM up to midnight and the night services up to 2 AM. The frequency of the buses ranges from 5 mins to 30 mins, keeping the traffic in mind.
Fare: The fare on the bus ranges from 1.93 S$ to 3.32 S$ for a fixed distance. Here you can pay in cash if you have the exact change. Or else use the electronic ticketing use the EZ-Link Pass or the Singapore Tourist Pass.
You can also use similar apps as mentioned in MRT to plan your routes and destinations.
If budget is not an issue and you want a comfortable and handy commute, taxis are a great option for public transport in Singapore. Finding taxis anywhere in Singapore won’t be an issue. You can look for a taxi queue stand, call them in the streets or call them using registered service numbers or through their smartphone apps. There are about seven operators in the country, some of them are:
- Comfort Transportation: (+65) 6552 1111
- CityCab: (+65) 6555 1188
- SMRT Taxis: (+65) 6555 8888
- Trans-Cab Services: (+65) 6287 6666
Or else Dial-A-Cab hotline number, which is 6342 5222. Pros for a taxi ride are that they can access remote locations easily and the cabbies know the routes well. For the cons, taxis can get stuck in congested traffic and the fares can be extremely high, sometimes even surcharges may apply. However, the taxis are metered and work on fixed fares. Don’t forget to take a receipt when you get down. There are also options for sharing a ride with apps like Grab.
Hours: Operate 24/7
Fare: For the first kilometre, the fare is 3.20-3.90 S$ and then there is a standard increase.
Keep in mind that travelling during peak period(7 AM to 9 AM) or through certain areas invites a surcharge.
Other options for transport in Singapore are cable cars (between Mount Faber and Sentosa Island) or you can also rent a cycle (thanks to the well-maintained cycle paths), they can also be folded and taken into buses or trains.
Thanks to the well-constructed & systematic public transport in Singapore, travelling here won’t burn a hole in your pocket and make way for better experiences.
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