Singapore has an excellent public transport system including buses, MRT trains, and taxis. Even if you are on a small budget, you will have no difficulty getting around.


Singapore’s MRT (mass rapid transit) system is the most popular and fastest means of transportation to get around the city. It has an extensive network of lines, so all the main tourist attractions are situated within walking distance from an MRT station. Thus, you won’t have to use any other kind of transportation. Recently, the downtown line was added. This route links the Expo Center, situated close to the airport, with Bukit Panjang and several other popular attractions. Also, the station near the Gardens by the Bay is a recent addition. The MRT system also extends to the suburbs. Consequently, there is a big chance there will be a station near your accommodations.

The MRT operates from 5:15 AM till 12:47 AM daily. Prices vary from 70¢ to S$2 (Singapore Dollar), depending on the distance. However, if you are planning to use public transport several times, it would be wise to get a Singapore Tourist Pass, which allows unlimited use of public transport for a day (S$10), two days (S$16) or three days (S$20). You can also get an EZ prepaid link card and load it with the necessary amount of money. You can purchase cards at the TransitLink Ticket Office at these MRT stations: Changi Airport, Chinatown, Orchard, City Hall, Ang Mo Kio, Raffles Place, Bugis, Harbour Front, Lavender, and Bayfront.


If you can’t get to your destination with the MRT system (which is rare, but happens sometimes), then Singapore’s extensive bus network is at your service. There are the SBS buses and SMRT buses. Buses will take you almost everywhere on the island. Furthermore, you can use a TransitLink Guide to find your way around. If you are not sure if you should wait for a bus or take a taxi, SBS Transit’s IRIS service can tell you the estimated time of the next bus arrival. You can check it at the IRIS web page or via SMS messaging. Also, major bus stops have electronic timetables, which can be a great assistance too.

The fare ranges from S80¢ to S$1.80. You can pay with cash (the exact amount) or with the prepaid EZ link card. All you need to do is just tap your card on a sensor pad near the driver. If you pay by cash, put the exact amount into the red box near the driver and announce your fare to him, he will issue a ticket for you. If you are not sure about the exact fare, ask the driver.


Changi Airport is the easternmost stop of the MRT system. It takes around 30 minutes to get to the city center, and the price is S$1.90, plus a S$1 refundable deposit. This route operates from 5:30 AM until 23:18 PM.

Another affordable way to get to the city is by using a public bus. It costs around S$2, depending on the distance, and operates from 6 AM to 22:50 PM. However, it is the slowest way to get to the city.

If your plane arrives late in the evening and you don’t want to spend the night at the airport, then your only option is the Airport Shuttle Service. The shared vans run every 30 minutes, or when they get filled. Plus, they operate 24 hours a day. However, the cost is S$9 per adult and S$6 per child.

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