The public transportation in Singapore is easy to use and all the maps and signs are in English. The Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) is considered one of the cleanest and most efficient systems in the world. It is a modern, safe, air conditioned passenger train service that stops at stations throughout the city about every six minutes.
The buses cover the major sites and entertainment areas and begin at 5:30 in the morning and run until midnight. Night travel is also easy and cheap with the SMRT Night Rider that operates between 11:30pm – 4:30am. Most of the buses are air conditioned but there are buses without air conditioning that have a cheaper fare.
✭ Get an EZ-link card
Visitors can purchase single trip tickets from ticket machines. However, the EZ-link card offers the cheapest fare for visitors who plan to make several trips on buses or the MRT during their stay. It is a prepaid card that the visitor taps on the reader that is near the entrance to the bus or train when they board and again when they exit. It will automatically subtract the correct fare.
The credit on the EZ-link card can be topped-up at minimarts and MRT train stations. Rather than paying a flat rate, card holders only pay for the distance traveled. It also saves time because visitors don’t need wait in queues at ticket machines in the stations.
✭ Tourist Pass
A Singapore Tourist Pass offers tourists unlimited travel on the MRT and the bus network. It gives discounts for tourists who plan to travel around a lot, but the hop-on/hop-off bus is cheaper and better.
✭ Hop-On bus
The brightly colored Singapore Trolley Bus provides a hop-on/hop-off service between the area along Orchard Road, Tanjong Pagar as well as the Boat Quay. It is considered one of the best ways to see many shopping, entertainment and cultural areas of the city. It goes to the Singapore Botanic Gardens, Chinatown, Little India, and it’s also a great way to pub-hop at night. Passengers can get on an off when they please. Visitors can get discounts at nightspots and other local places along the route. Visitors that have proof of a Singapore Air or SilkAir flight will get more discounts.
✭ Sentosa Island
Sentosa Island is very popular tourist destination. A Special E bus will take visitors down Orchard Road to the HarbourFront Centre where they can transfer to a shuttle that takes them across the causeway. The shuttle fare includes admission to the island. Regular buses 65 or 143 also run to the HarbourFront Centre.
❤ Sentosa Island ❤
✭ A Spectacular Bus Ride
For a wonderful view of the city in the evening, visitors can take the number 30 bus from the bus interchange near the Bedok MRT Station. Sitting in the front of the bus on the top is the best place to view the sights. After an interesting ride through the city, the but travels on the expressway to the Benjamin Shears bridge where visitors can see spectacular views of the Marina Bay Sands and the Singapore Flyer as well as the city skyline and harbor.
✭ Taxi Service
When public transportation is not convenient, it may be necessary to use a taxi. There are many air-conditioned, reliable taxi services (such as Maxi-Cab) throughout the city especially outside hotels, shopping centers and major buildings. Visitors are recommended to share rides with other passengers to cut expenses.
✭ Tips to Remember
There are a lot of inexpensive and delicious street food as well as food courts throughout Singapore. Visitors need to remember than it is not permitted to eat snacks, carry drinks or chew gum on the MRT trains or public transportation.