Transportation in Singapore

Singapore benefits from an excellent public transportation system and so getting around all of the major places is usually really easy and hassle-free. Efficient, reliable, convenient, clean, and reasonably priced all help to make Singapore’s public transport network really appealing for visitors.

If you’re planning on moving around within the country a lot, the Singapore Tourist Pass is highly recommended. A daily travel pass, it allows unlimited travel on most forms of public transport and it is really cost effective. You can buy the Singapore Tourist Pass at designated MRT stations.

This helpful overview should make getting around Singapore a breeze!

Rail

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There are three different types of rail service in Singapore. All are accessible for people with additional needs.

The main rail system is called the MRT, which is short for Mass Rapid Transit. It has five lines that cover more than 100 stations; these include the Circle Line, the Downtown Line, the North South Line, the North East Line, and the East West Line. With such an extensive coverage, most of the country’s main attractions are just a short walk away from an MRT station.

The LRT (Light Rail Transit) has three lines covering the areas around Bukit Panjang, Punggol, and Sengkang.

A monorail connects the main island with Sentosa Island.

Road

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Buses run almost everywhere in the country, and if you don’t have the Singapore Tourist Pass the buses are one of the cheapest ways of getting from A to B. If you do decide to take the bus make sure that you have the correct fare! You can also get an EZ-Link card that you pre-load credit into and pay using this.

There are numerous taxi services and they operate with a meter. There is a centralised booking service, meaning that the next available cab will be despatched to you, rather than making a booking with an individual company. There are taxi stands at many places of interest and malls, and you can also flag a vacant taxi down from the side of the road.

You may also spot trishaws in some parts. These are no longer used as a public transportation option – they remain as a tourist attraction and novelty.

It is possible to hire a car in Singapore, although with so many public transportation options most people don’t even consider this. Parking can be expensive and difficult to find, roads in major areas can get busy, and driving does not allow you to soak up the sights all around as you move from place to place. It is perhaps the most expensive way to get around Singapore.

Water

A river taxi service operates along the Singapore River; this can be a really scenic way of getting to places near the water.

Boat services are available to other islands. Scheduled ferries run to the southern islands, such as Saint John’s Island and Kusu Island, from the Marina South Pier.

Cable Car

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A cable car connects the main island and Sentosa Island.  It is a nice way to soak up the surrounding views.

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