Getting around Singapore isn’t difficult to do – whether you want to take public transportation or get around by yourself, it doesn’t have to be difficult. You will have to do some planning ahead because public transportation isn’t available everywhere.
Here is an overview:
Using the Train in Singapore
Singapore’s mass rapid transit system (the MRT to locals) is the fastest way to get around. Just like in many other major metropolises, it connects all of the key attractions as well as some of the less populated areas.
This train system works just like other areas as well – you can buy single trip tickets or you can get passes for frequent trips. The MRT works in line with the basic bus service as well. You can buy a Singapore Tourist Pass that allows you to travel on an unlimited basis for a certain number of days.
Get these tickets at the Changi Airport MRT station, the Orchard MRT station, the Chinatown MRT station, Raffles Place MRT station, Ang Mo Kio MRT station, Harbour Front MRT Station, Bugis MRT Station, Lavender MRT station, or Bayfront MRT station.
For families that need help with wheel chair access or other impairments, you can work well within the systems and many people will help you.
Using Taxis in Singapore
Taxis are another great way to get around Singapore, especially to areas that you can’t get to by bus or MRT. Cabs are metered, but there can be surcharges during busy times of the day depending on which company operates the cab. You are allowed to ask the driver if there are surcharges.
You can hail a taxi most places and there are specific areas to get one at popular tourist attractions, hotels, and shopping malls.
Taking the Bus in Singapore
Singapore’s public transportation system continues with an extensive network of bus routes that cover almost all areas. It is by far the most economic method of transportation and will allow you to take in the scenery as you travel.
You can use your transportation card to pay for the bus fare or you can pay in cash if you have exact change.
As an added bonus, most of the buses in Singapore have air-conditioning, which will be welcome after walking around.