Singapore Country Guide

Getting Around


By Bus

Singapore's public buses connect various corners of the island but are slower and harder to use than the MRT trains. The advantage though is you get to see the sights rather than a dark underground tunnel at a low price. You can pay cash (coins) in buses, but the fare stage system is quite complex and have to ask the driver for the fare to your destination, which often holds up the queue of other passengers waiting behind you. Furthermore, you are charged marginally more and there is no provision for getting change.
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Singapore SMRT bus

Singapore SMRT bus

Pass Cards
Payment with the EZ-Link or NETS FlashPay card is the easiest method to pay when boarding the buses. Just tap your card against the reader at the front entrance of the bus when boarding and a maximum fare is deducted from the card. When you alight, tap your card again at the exit and the difference is refunded. Make sure you tap out, or you'll end up paying the maximum fare! Inspectors occasionally prowl buses to check that everybody has paid or tapped, so those who are on tourist day passes should tap before sitting down. Dishonest bus commuters risk getting fine $20 for not paying or underpaying fares (by premature tapping-out) and $50 for improper use of concession cards.

Double-decker bus in Singapore

Singapore double-decker bus

NightRider Service
The NightRider service is only available after midnight on Fridays, Saturdays and before public holidays. The service is a fairly convenient way of getting around, with seven lines running every 20 minutes. All services drive past the major nightlife districts of Boat Quay, Clarke Quay, Mohamed Sultan and Orchard Road before splintering off. There is a flat fare of SGD4 and the EZ-Link card is accepted but the Singapore Tourist Pass is not valid for this service.

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Boat Quay
City Hall
Clarke Quay
Marina Bay
Mustafa Centre
North Bridge Road
Orchard Road
Sentosa Island
Suntec City

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