Besides MRT, public bus is a means of transport that offers very wallet-friendly rides. Your 2 Singapore dollars (cash) or SGD 1.35 (in EZ-Link card) can help you travel as far as 10 kilometers on a bus.
However, they are the slowest way to get to city. And there is only one option for you to take: Bus 36/36A, which can be caught at the basement of terminals 1, 2, and 3.
Bus 36 will stops at its bays on many roads, including Marine Parade Rd, Somerset Rd, and Orchard Rd. If your hotel is around Somerset or Orchard MRT stations, you can successfully reach your hotel by riding this bus.
Both cash and EZ-Link card are accepted on the buses. If cash is your option, you have to put the exact amount into the farebox (on the bus) because bus drivers won’t give change.
You can say hello to locals on the bus as, after all, these vehicles are public buses serving people day to day.
Travel time: Approximately 1:32 hours for 23.8km (from airport to Somerset station)
Cost: SGD 1.84 ($1.34) via Ez-link card; SGD 2.50 ($1.80) in cash
Bus hours: 06:08 – 22:52 Weekdays; 06:07 – 22:52 Sats; 06:06 – 22:53 Suns & PHs
Bus schedule: 8 – 9 minutes (between 06:30 – 08:30); 8 – 11 minutes (between 08:31 – 16:59); 8 – 10 minutes (between 17:00 – 19:00); 8 – 12 minutes (after 19:00).