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  • Airport Shuttle: Best for solo travellers to get from Changi airport to city

    The Changi Airport Shuttle offers a convenient yet inexpensive way of traveling from and to Changi Airport. The shuttles are shared vans that provide drop-offs to most hotels in central Singapore.

    This option is recommended for solo travelers with light luggage (1 carry-on bag and 1 suitcase).

    You can pre-book your seat online or engage the service at Ground Transport Desks at the Arrival halls.

    TRAVEL TIME: About 25 minutes in good traffic conditions

    COST: SGD 9 ($6.56) per adult; SGD 6 ($4.38) per child below 12 years old.

    SERVICE HOURS: 24 hours

    SERVICE SCHEDULE: Every 15 minutes (peak hours) and 30 minutes (off-peak hours)

  • Limousine & Large Taxis: Best for group to get from Changi airport to city

    A 7-seater large taxi will be the most economical option for a small family or a group of travelers.

    You can pre-book them while being in your country or have a booking upon arrival at the Ground Transport Desks at the Arrival Halls.

    This type of taxi charges a flat-fee mount of SGD 60 ($43.76) per trip, so it is quite a good deal if there are 6 persons in your group and your hotel or Airbnb room is somewhere at the far ends of the city (Clementi, Jurong East, Choa Chu Kang, and so on).

    Four-seater limousines are also available to add comfort and a touch of luxury to your trip.

    Both the limousines and large taxis will pick up passengers at any terminal of the airport.

    COST: A flat-fee of SGD 55.00 ($40.12) for limousine and SGD 60 ($43.76) for large taxi per trip from airport to your hotel.

    SERVICE SCHEDULE: 24 hours

    NOTE: Extra charge of SGD 15.00 (USD10.94) per additional stop

  • MRT: The cheapest option to get from Changi airport to city

    The best things about riding an MRT train to city center is that it helps you save cost. Take this option if you want to spend less.

    The hard part of using this transport mode is probably changing MRT line. Changi line is a spur line, connecting Changi Airport station to East West (Green) line at Tanah Merahstation. So what you need to do is reaching Tanah Merah, from where you can catch a Green line MRT train to get to many popular accommodation places along this line such as Geylang (alight at Kallang or Lavender station), Bugis, City Hall, Raffles Place, andChinatown (alight at Outram Park station).

    At Changi airport, you can find the MRT station at the basement of Terminal 2. No matter what terminal (1, 2, or 3) you arrive at, just follow the signs “Train to the City” to get there.

    You can purchase a single ride ticket or EZ-Link card at MRT stations or Changi Recommends stores.

    TRAVEL TIME: 32 minutes (Changi to City Hall station)

    COST: SGD 1.74 ($1.25) via EZ-Link card

    MRT HOURS: 05:31 – 23:18 Mon to Sat; 05:59 – 00:06 Sun & Public Holidays

    MRT SCHEDULES: Every 7 – 9 minutes during peak hours (08:00 – 09:00; 12:30 – 14:00; 19:30 – 22:15) and 12 – 13 minutes during off-peak hours.

    NOTE: Fare is calculated based on the total distance you travel. So, you don’t have to pay a boarding charge for each transfer in your trip.

  • Taxis: The fastest option to get from Changi airport to city

    Taxi is the fastest and most comfortable transport means to travel between airport and any venue in city. Singapore airport taxi drivers will serve you at anytime of the day, bring you straight to your hotel and help you with your luggage.

    Find them at the taxi stands of the Arrival levels of each Terminal. All the taxis run on meter so you don’t need to use your haggling skill while riding a taxi in Singapore.

    TRAVEL TIME: 20 minutes (from Changi Airport to City Hall)

    COST: Approximately SGD 20 ($14.60) for 19km, regular taxi during off-peak hours

    SERVICE HOURS: 24 hours

    NOTES:

    • Port surcharge is SGD 5 ($3.65) (Friday – Sunday from 17:00 – 23.59); and SGD 3 ($2.20) all other times.
    • Late night (00:00 – 05.59) surcharge is 50% of fare shown on the meter.
    • Peak hours (06:00 – 09:29 Mon to Fri, 18:00 – 23:59 everyday) surcharge is 25% of metered fare.
    • Passengers have to pay the ERP charges shown on the In-vehicle Unit of the cab.
  • Ez-link Card vs Singapore Tourist Pass: Which one is better for tourists?

    Both Ez-link card and Singapore Tourist Pass can be used to pay transport fares on buses, MRT, and LRT. But there are a few differences between them.

    EZ-LINK CARD PROS AND CONS
    Pros

    • Ez-link card can help you pay for not only public transport (MRT, LRT, bus) fares but also private transport (taxi and others) fares.
    • Ez-link card can also be used as payment option when buying foods and drinks from food and beverage stores, and vending machines. Retail stores like Mustafa Shopping Centre, Cold Storage, Giant supper market, Guardian and others also accept payment via Ez-link card.

    Cons: The card itself cost SGD5 and it is non-refundable.

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    SINGAPORE TOURIST PASS PROS AND CONS
    Pros
    : This pass gives you unlimited rides on bus, MRT and LRT during the valid time.
    Cons: You have a pay a deposit of $10 when you purchase the pass. This smart card is fully-refundable, so you can get your deposit back when you return it at any TransitLink Ticket Office.

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    HOW MUCH DO YOU PAY FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORT WHILE USING EZ-LINK CARD AND SINGAPORE TOURIST PASS?
    A ride on MRT costs from SGD0.78 ($0.58) to SGD$2.03 ($1.51) and a ride on bus have the charge ranging from SGD0.79 ($0.58) to SGD2.07 (1.51), depending on the length of the travel distance. If you make 2 rides a day, the maximum money you have to spend is around SGD4.14. And if you make 4 rides a day, no matter how long the distance is, you won’t pay more than SGD8.28.

    Singapore Tourist Pass offers you 3 options: 1-day pass, 2-day pass and 3-day pass, with costs at SGD10 ($7.29), SGD16 ($11.67), and SGD20 ($14.60) respectively. If you buy the 1-day pass, the amount to spend a day for transport is SGD10.00. The 3-day pass gives you a better deal: approximately SGD6.70 per day with unlimited rides.

    CONCLUSION
    So consider buying a Singapore Tourist Pass if you know that you will stay in Singapore for just a few days and you will travel a lot during your stay.

    EZ-link card will be a better option for those who have a week (or longer than that) to spend in Singapore and don’t intend to pack a lot of things to do and places to see in your one day.

  • Public Bus (36/36A)

    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).

  • Limousine & Large Taxis

    A 7-seater large taxi will be the most economical option for a small family or a group of travelers.

    You can pre-book them while being in your country or have a booking upon arrival at the Ground Transport Desks at the Arrival Halls.

    This type of taxi charges a flat-fee mount of SGD 60 ($43.76) per trip, so it is quite a good deal if there are 6 persons in your group and your hotel or Airbnb room is somewhere at the far ends of the city (Clementi, Jurong East, Choa Chu Kang, and so on).

    Four-seater limousines are also available to add comfort and a touch of luxury to your trip.

    Both the limousines and large taxis will pick up passengers at any terminal of the airport.

    COST: A flat-fee of SGD 55.00 ($40.12) for limousine and SGD 60 ($43.76) for large taxi per trip from airport to your hotel.

    SERVICE SCHEDULE: 24 hours

    NOTE: Extra charge of SGD 15.00 (USD10.94) per additional stop

  • MRT (Mass Rapid Transit)

    The best things about riding an MRT train to city center is that it helps you save cost. Take this option if you want to spend less.

    The hard part of using this transport mode is probably changing MRT line. Changi line is a spur line, connecting Changi Airport station to East West (Green) line at Tanah Merah station. So what you need to do is reaching Tanah Merah, from where you can catch a Green line MRT train to get to many popular accommodation places along this line such as Geylang (alight at Kallang or Lavender station), Bugis, City Hall, Raffles Place, and Chinatown (alight at Outram Park station).

    At Changi airport, you can find the MRT station at the basement of Terminal 2. No matter what terminal (1, 2, or 3) you arrive at, just follow the signs “Train to the City” to get there.

    You can purchase a single ride ticket or EZ-Link card at MRT stations or Changi Recommends stores.

    TRAVEL TIME: 32 minutes (Changi to City Hall station)

    COST: SGD 1.74 ($1.25) via EZ-Link card

    MRT HOURS: 05:31 – 23:18 Mon to Sat; 05:59 – 00:06 Sun & Public Holidays

    MRT SCHEDULE: Every 7 – 9 minutes during peak hours (08:00 – 09:00; 12:30 – 14:00; 19:30 – 22:15) and 12 – 13 minutes during off-peak hours.

    NOTE: Fare is calculated based on the total distance you travel. So, you don’t have to pay a boarding charge for each transfer in your trip.

  • Changi Airport Shuttle

    The Changi Airport Shuttle offers a convenient yet inexpensive way of traveling from and to Changi Airport. The shuttles are shared vans that provide drop-offs to most hotels in central Singapore.

    This option is recommended for solo travelers with light luggage (1 carry-on bag and 1 suitcase).

    You can pre-book your seat online or engage the service at Ground Transport Desks at the Arrival halls.

    TRAVEL TIME: About 25 minutes in good traffic conditions

    COST: SGD 9 ($6.56) per adult; SGD 6 ($4.38) per child below 12 years old.

    SERVICE HOUR: 24 hours

    SERVICE SCHEDULE: Every 15 minutes (peak hours) and 30 minutes (off-peak hours)

  • Changi Airport Taxis

    Taxi is the fastest and most comfortable transport means to travel between airport and any venue in city. Singapore airport taxi drivers will serve you at anytime of the day, bring you straight to your hotel and help you with your luggage.

    Find them at the taxi stands of the Arrival levels of each Terminal. All the taxis run on meter so you don’t need to use your haggling skill while riding a taxi in Singapore.

    TRAVEL TIME: 20 minutes (from Changi Airport to City Hall)

    COST: Approximately SGD 20 ($14.60) for 19km, regular taxi during off-peak hours

     SERVICE HOURS: 24 hours

     NOTES:

    • Port surcharge is SGD 5 ($3.65) (Friday – Sunday from 17:00 – 23.59); and SGD 3 ($2.20) all other times.
    • Late night (00:00 – 05.59) surcharge is 50% of fare shown on the meter.
    • Peak hours (06:00 – 09:29 Mon to Fri, 18:00 – 23:59 everyday) surcharge is 25% of metered fare.
    • Passengers have to pay the ERP charges shown on the In-vehicle Unit of the cab.

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