Singapore Country Guide

Getting Around


By Train

The MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) and LRT (Light Rail Transit) form the main trunk of Singapore's transit train system. They are a cheap and very reliable mode of transportation, and the network covers most points of interest for the visitor. All train lines use contactless RFID tickets. Just tap to scan your train ticket at the gantry when entering and exiting the train service area.
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Ticket machine at an MRT station, Singapore

Ticket machine at an MRT station

Single-trip tickets cost from SGD0.80 to SGD2 plus a SGD1 refundable deposit, just insert your used ticket into the ticketing machine to get your dollar back. EZ-link or Nets FlashPay farecards are the easiest and most popular ways to use the trains. All lines are seamlessly integrated, even if the lines are operated by different transport companies, so you do not need to buy a new ticket to transfer.

The MRT and LRT stations are safe, well-maintained, clean and usually equipped with free toilets. The underground stations have platform screen doors between the train and the platform while most above-ground stations have "half-height platform screen doors" (HHPSDs) to prevent the risk of anyone falling onto the train tracks.

MRT station, Singapore

Underground MRT station

The North-East line is fully automated, as is the new Circle Line, LRT and all upcoming lines - it's worth walking up to the front of the train to look out a tiny window and realize that there is no driver! There are exceptions though, when a staff member comes in to drive the train. This is common when a train's automatic driving system fails. In this case, a tape will be put up behind the driving area to prevent passengers from interfering with the driver.

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