Singapore Country Guide

Getting Around

 
 

Getting around Singapore is failry easy. The public transport system is extremely easy to use as well as efficient and taxis are reasonably priced when you can get one. Using bicycles as a substitute for public transport is possible, although there's little cycling culture and amenities like bike lanes or bike racks are a rarity. Very few visitors rent cars in this island state and finding a parking space in the middle of the city is a major challenge.

 
 
 
 
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Bicycle parking, Singapore

Bicycle parking in Singapore

Single tickets can be purchased for both MRT trains and buses but it's a hassle, and in the case of buses it delays everyone else because the driver has to count fare stages to tell you how much you need to pay. In addition, no change is given for the bus and you will need to buy a separate ticket if you intend to transfer to another bus later in your journey.

If you are staying in Singapore for some time or are planning to return to Singapore several times in the future, the EZ-Link contactless RFID farecard or a NETS FlashPay card might be a worthwhile purchase. Those familiar with Hong Kong's Octopus card, London Underground's Oyster card, Washington DC's SmarTrip card or Japan Railway's IC cards will quickly understand the concept of the EZ-Link and NETS FlashPay cards. You can store value on it and use it on the MRT trains as well as all city buses at a 15% discount. The card costs SGD12 including SGD7 stored value and can be "topped up" in increments of SGD10 at a farecard vending machines or 7-Eleven store (top-up fee charged). You can use the same card for 5 years.

Alternatively, the Singapore Tourist Pass is available at selected major MRT stations (including Changi Airport and Orchard Road). The pass also includes EZ-link functionality plus a variety of discounts for attractions. The pass includes unlimited travel on the MRT train and non-premium buses, and costs SGD10 for 1 day, SGD16 for 2 days and SGD20 for 3 days (with a refundable SGD10 rental deposit if the card is returned).

MRT train station in Singapore

MRT train station

 
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Boat Quay
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