Singapore Country Guide

Getting Around


By Car

Car rental is not a popular option in Singapore. It is also hardly necessary for tourists since public transport and taxis sufficiently cover all areas of the island with a significant population base. You will usually be looking at upwards for SGD100 per day for the smallest vehicle from the major rental companies, although local ones can be cheaper and there are sometimes good weekend prices available. This does not include the cost of fuels (around SGD2.20 per litre) and electronic road pricing (ERP) fees that you may need to pay.
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Central Business District, Singapore

Central Business District

Driving in Singapore
Roads in Singapore are in excellent condition and driving habits are generally good with most people following the traffic rules due to stringent enforcement, though road courtesy tends to be sorely lacking. Compared to other major cities around the world like Tokyo or Hong Kong, parking spaces are comparatively easier to find in the city centre of Singapore, although peak hour congestion can be quite severe.

Singaporeans drive on the left (UK style) and the driving age is 18. The speed limit is only 90 km per hour on the expressways and 60 km per hour on other roads.

Drivers and all passengers must wear seat belts and using a mobile (cell) phone while driving is banned in Singapore. If stopped for a traffic offense, don't even think about trying to bribe your way out with the police.

Driving Licence
Foreign licences in English are valid in Singapore for up to a year from your date of entry, after which you will have to convert your foreign license to a Singapore one. Foreign licences not in English must be accompanied by an International Driving Permit (IDP) or an official English translation for them to be valid.

Electronic Road Pricing
ERP payments require a stored-value CashCard, which is usually arranged by the rental agency but it's your responsibility to ensure it has enough value. ERP gantries are activated at different times, usually in the expected direction of most cars. As a rule of thumb, gantries found on roads leading to the CBD are activated during the morning rush hour while gantries found on roads exiting the CBD are activated during the evening rush hour. Passing through an active ERP gantry with insufficient value will mean that an alert is sent to your registered address. You will need to pay an administrative fee in addition to the difference between the remaining amount and the actual charge.

ERP gantry in Singapore

ERP gantry in Singapore

Drink Driving
Drink driving is not tolerated in Singapore. The maximum blood alcohol content is 0.08% with roadblocks set up at night to catch offenders, who are heavily fined and possibly jailed. Even if your blood alcohol level does not exceed the legal limit, you can still be charged with drink driving if the police are convinced that your ability to control the vehicle has been compromised by the presence of alcohol i.e. if you get involved in an accident. Fines will be sent by mail to you or your rental agency, who will pass on the cost with a surcharge.

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