Travel around with ease and in comfort
Singapore has an excellent public/private transportation service to help tourists and locals get around the island. Nearly every corner of Singapore is served by either the MRT (Mass Rapid Transit)/LRT (Light Rail Transit), public buses, and taxis. If you are tired of waiting or simply want to get to any destination in a hurry or in greater comfort, taxis are aplenty, clean and convenient. Just stay clear of the peak travel hours.
While locals get around with special stored value transit passes and and a variety of top cards, a tourist has special privileges with several Tourist-only transport schemes (The Singapore Tourist Pass) that works like day passes. These travel cards are value for money if you plan to move around by public transport a lot as it lets you hop on and off MRT/public buses for the length of the duration (1-3 days passes) . It is an excellent way to get around to visit the must see places in Singapore for one price.
SINGAPORE TOURIST PASS
A collaboration between the Land Transport (LTA) and the Singapore Tourism Board (STB). Buy a 1, 2 or 3-Day Pass and enjoy unlimited rides* within your desired travel duration on Singapore’s public transport network. The Pass is a wallet size card that is convenient and cost effective if you plan to go around the island primarily on Public Transport as it can cost as little as $6.70** per day! Do your math.
Purchase it upon arrival at the Changi Airport MRT station and use it immediately. Or purchase it from the following MRT stations Ang Mo Kio, Bayfront, Bugis, City Hall, Changi Airport, Chinatown, Farrer Park,
Harbourfront, Jurong East, Kranji (from 1 Jan 2016), Lavender, Orchard, Raffles Place, Somerset, Tanjong Pagar (from 1 Jan 2016), Woodlands.
To enquire on the Singapore Tourist Pass, please email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, you may call EZ-Link’s Customer Service hotline at 6496 8300.
Operating hours: 0800 – 1800 Daily except Public Holidays.
* 1-day coverage of the day pass begins from your 1st usage of the pass to the end of public transport service for that day.
** The average daily cost if a 3-Day Pass was purchased.
TRANSIT LINK STORED VALUE CARDS
Go to any train station and bus interchanges and get a stored value card for convenient single trip travels if you do not need the Singapore Tourist Pass. Each card cost around $12 ($5 for non-refundable card cost and $7 value). Topping up available at Add Value Machines or the MRT station control.
(Transitlink Hotline: 1800-2255 663
Call from overseas: +65 6883 5048
8.00 am - 6.00 pm daily, closed on public holidays. Email:email@example.com)
More info about Moving Around by Train, Bus or Taxis in Singapore below.
MRT (Mass Rapid Transit)
Heard on the streets of Singapore:
"Can you tell me where is the nearest Tube/Underground/ Metro/Subway station?"
All might bring you strange stares of puzzlement.
So go the local way - 'MRT'. Or simply: 'The Train'.
"Can you tell me where is the nearest MRT/train station"?
With a network of 142 MRT and LRT (Light Rail Transit) stations serving the entire island, you are well connected to all parts of Singapore. Often thought of as one of the best public transit system in the world, it's certainly one of our favourite ways to get around. We recommend that you take a good look at the train system in Singapore to help you work out a battle plan get around swiftly to all cover most of the Top Attractions and Sights in town and those on the outskirt.
You can buy tickets for single trips, but if you intend to use the MRT and basic bus services frequently during your visit, buy the Singapore Tourist Pass.
Singapore’s trains and stations are accessible to wheel chair users and the visually impaired, as well as families with strollers. No eating and drinking allowed on board trains and most certainly - no durians!
Public buses are very comfortable, air-conditioned and very affordable. While the MRT is fast and well connected, it might not get you exactly to the door step of the destination and attractions you are heading for.
As an example, getting to the Singapore Zoo, you take the MRT on the North-South line and get off at Ang Mo Kio station (NS16), take the underpass to the Bus interchange and look for SBS Transit bus No. 138 which will take you to the Zoo in about 30 minutes.
*Check out each of our attractions & sights pages to get travel info to these places.
You can pay your bus fare using an EZ-Link stored-value card or the Singapore Tourist Pass.
Taping out ensures that you are only charged for the distance your traveled or the full fare of the longest distance of the bus route will be charged. If paying by cash do have exact change to ensure a smooth boarding.
Taxis are comfortable and especially handy if you want to go to places not accessible by Bus or MRT or are in a hurry. Taxi drivers will throw in their 2 cents worth of opinion on every topic under the sun ranging from food recommendations and local politics, global events and cost of living etc. etc.
Cabs are usually plying the streets, and you are able to flag one down on most roads except when it is near busy main road junctions, near areas with heavy traffic. Generally, get in line at a designated taxi stands near most attractions, some roadside, office and commercial buildings, shopping malls, airports, Cruise Terminals, and Hotels as well.
Cabs are all metered and start usually around $3.00 with several surcharges applicable depending on the time (peak/midnight), areas flagged (CBD/airport/cruise terminal/Sentosa) and/or your destination. Receipts are available upon request.
*Electronic Road Pricing (ERP)
ERP represents the transport ministry effort at curbing excessive vehicular traffic by controlling access to the Central Business District and other Restricted Zones through ERP gantries which automatically deducts time based fees for access. This will be added to your taxi fare.
Basic Taxi Fares
Flag-down fare : S$3 to S$3.90
Distance fares : 22 cents every 400 metres (between 1km-10km)*
22 cents every 350 metres (above 10km)*
Waiting time : 22 cents every 45 seconds*
If you wish to book a cab, you can call a common taxi booking number, 6-DIAL CAB (6342-5222), and your call will be routed to an available taxi company's call centre.
Telephone Numbers & Email
Comfort Transportation Pte Ltd 6552 4525
CityCab Pte Ltd 6552 4525
SMRT Taxis Pte Ltd 6555 8888
Trans-Cab Services Pte Ltd 6555 6666
Premier Taxis Pte Ltd 6476 3033
Prime Car Rental & Taxi Services Pte Ltd 6778 0808
Other ways of private taxi hires and booking apps.
There are heaps of them and each has its merits and caveats. Some examples are Uber, GrabTaxi, EASYTAXI etc.