Travelling in Singapore: Transport, Apps and Tips

Travelling to Singapore soon and wondering what are the travel options or apps to use? Then this will be the perfect article for you! 

There are 3 types of public transport in Singapore:

1. MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) Trains / Subway

Most of our popular attractions are just a short walk away from an MRT station, so that makes our trains a great way to get around. 

For both our trains and buses, you can use 3 types of payments for your rides:

  1. Singapore Tourist Pass (STP) - a special EZ-Link stored-value card which will allow you unlimited travel for one, two or three days. The Pass can be bought at the TransitLink Ticket Office at selected MRT Stations listed here.
  2. Adult Stored-Value Smartcard (EZ-Link / NETS FlashPay) - These cost SGD$10 and come with a stored value of $5 for you to use on your commutes. The validity of the cards are about 3 years, so you can et this and use it for the next time you are in Singapore too.  You are able to purchase these at the Passenger Service Centres in train stations, any Transitlink Ticket Office or convenience stores such as 7-11, Buzz and Cheers.
  3. You can use your foreign-issued Mastercard® and Visa contactless bank cards, as well as your mobile wallets for the payment of public transport fares in Singapore. No registration is required. *Admin fees apply for foreign-issued bank cards.

2. Buses

Our bus routes are also some of the most scenic, allowing you to indulge in the lush greenery and beautiful architecture of our ‘city in a garden’. All public buses are wheelchair accessible and open strollers are allowed. Please approach our friendly bus captains if you need assistance. Do take note that you may be required to fold your stroller if the bus has too many passengers. You can refer to the the SBS Transit, SMRT, Go-Ahead Singapore, and Tower Transit Singapore websites for more information and guidelines.

You may also opt to pay in cash on buses. Do prepare the exact fare as no change will be given.

3. Taxis / Ride Hailing Apps

Taxis are comfortable and handy when you want to go to places not accessible by the bus or MRT. They are metered, but there may be surcharges depending on when, where and which company’s taxi you board. Id you want to get a general idea of the final fare, check with the driver on the surcharges and ask for a receipt at the end of the trip. You can also check out this website for a quick and easy comparison.

You can hail a taxi by the roadside at most places, or by queuing for one at a taxi stand, which you’ll find at most malls, hotels and attractions.
You can also download the app to make your life easier: Apple | Android
*Do note that this app is applicable for taxis which are blue and yellow in color. Taxis which are silver, red or purple usually only accept cash rather than cards or via app.

One of the benefits of downloading the app is that you can pay via credit card for street hailed rides, all you need to do is pair your ride when you are onboard and the rest is easy. No need to wait for change or count meticulously the correct amount. 

Another benefit would be the flat rate vs meter (depends on the time of the day and destination) but definitely worth checking out. It is also best to check with the other ride-hailing applications  such as Grab to compare prices to get the most value for your ride. 

Did you know that you can use Grab and Gojek in other parts of South East Asia too? 

Alternatively, you may use one of the ride-hailing applications available in Singapore to book a ride from your preferred pick-up point to your desired destination. Some options available include Grab, Gojek, Ryde and TADA.

If you need assistance or have any queries, drop by one of any of the 7 Singapore Visitor Centres.

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