Singapore, a small island nation in Southeast Asia, has one of the most cost-effective public transport networks in the world. The transport system is fast and efficient due to the country’s systematic, extensive, and comprehensive network of roads.
This system will whizz you to most places without fuss. The Land Transport Authority (LTA) strictly controls and monitors the growth and use of private vehicles to minimize traffic and curb road congestion.
If you’re going to set foot in Singapore for the first time, the following guide to transportation will help you figure out the convenient transport modes to get around the city comfortably.
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BEFORE YOU GET STARTED IN SINGAPORE
In Singapore, passengers can pay bus fares with cash, but with a higher amount, compared to paying via Ez-link card. To save cost and to make your trip more convenient, consider buying an Ez-link card or a Singapore Tourist Pass.
It is a kind of smart card, which can be used to pay transport fares on buses, MRT (metro), taxis, and other private transport means. It is also helpful when you need to buy foods and drinks from food & beverage stores, and vending machines.
You can purchase the cards at Passenger Service Centers at most MRT stations, bus interchanges, and 7-Eleven stores.
If you buy a new card at a 7-Eleven store, you will pay SGD 10 ($7.29). The card itself costs SGD 5, so you have SGD 5 as stored value to be used.
The Ez-link cards available at Passenger Service Centers have the price of SGD 12 each. It means the stored value is SGD 7.
General ticket machines are provided at all MRT stations for you to conveniently top up your cards. You can also add more stored value into your card at 7-Eleven stores.
Note that your Ez-link card needs a minimum amount of SGD 3 ($2.20) to be used on buses and MRT.
SINGAPORE TOURIST PASS
If you plan to travel a lot while being in Singapore, then Singapore Tourist Pass turns out as a cost-effective option. There are 3 types of passes: 1-day pass, 2-day pass and 3-day pass, with costs at SGD 10 ($7.29), SGD 16 ($11.67), and SGD 20 ($14.60) respectively. They allow you to have unlimited rides on buses and trains (MRT and LRT).
SINGAPORE TOURIST PASS PLUS
If you like the idea of riding public transport plus having free entry to Chinatown Heritage Centre and complimentary Singapore Sling Cocktail at D Happy Factory, then consider buying this plus card. They come in 2 types: 1-day pass and 3-day pass, with prices of SGD 28 ($20.42) and SGD 38 ($27.72) respectively.