Singapore is an incredible metropolis serving as a global financial centre, major transit hub and a tourist destination in itself. We have carefully assembled a full guide to get you to, from & around the city as efficiently as possible.
- Airport to City
- Public transport guide
- Popular excursions
- Plan a layover
Airport to City Centre
At a glance, you may see our summary of cheapest, fastest & best options to get between the airport and the city centre. Click on your preferred method for full instructions. For an overview of all methods available, click here to read our full guide.
The cheapest way is a bus at around SG$1.50 and takes 60-90 minutes. Read more.
The fastest way is a taxi, costing SG$20-30 and takes around swift 20-25 minutes to get into town. Read more.
The best way taking into account the cost, convenience and speed isthe MRT metro system, costing just below SG$2 and takes 35-50 minutes depending on where you’re headed. Read more.
Public Transport Guide
Singapore’s public transportation system is exceptionally clean and functional. It will get you to most places around the city without the need to resort to private transfers.
- Transport methods
- Metro/subway & rail
- Buses, taxis & ride-sharing
- Ticketing & stored value card
- Getting around
- Popular excursions
Metro/subway & rail
9 lines form the Singapore Mass Rapid Transport system, or MRT for short. The metro will be your go-to for getting most places you will want to visit around the city.
There are various light-rail lines around the city, including a connection to Sentosa. If you are headed into Malaysia, there is also a shuttle train service from Woodlands Checkpoint crossing over into Johor Bahru in Malaysia.
Buses, taxis & ride-sharing
Buses will help get through small distances as well as some of the more remote areas. They are similarly clean and air-conditioned, making for a very pleasant ride.
Taxis in Singapore are heavily regulated by the government in a way that actually improves passenger experience. They are clean, modern and airconditioned. No tip is expected but rounding up your fare to the nearest dollar is appreciated. Note that queues for taxis are a common occurrence in many of the city’s landmarks, especially shopping centres.
Grab is Singapore’s most popular ride-sharing app and cars are plentiful. Prices are typically more competitive than other available taxi options.
Ticketing & stored value card
The ezlink is Singapore’s public transport stored value card. Along with the convenience, it comes with a 10% saving over single tickets.
How to get it & adding credit
You may purchase an ezlink card at ticket counters in MRT stations or at 7-eleven stores. The standard cost of the card is SG$12, of which SG$7 is usable credit and SG$5 is the cost of the card. Cards purchased at 7-eleven have a minimum top-up of SG$5, making the minimum cost of the card SG$10.
ezlink cards can be re-charged at ticket machines and counters around the city as well as 7-eleven stores.
How to use it
Entering the MRT, you must tap-in and tap-our using the gates. Uniquely compared to most other cities, in buses you are required to tap out when exiting as well as tapping in when entering. Your credit is usefully displayed for your reference at each point.
Apart from public transport, your ezlink card may also be used at 7-eleven store.
Fares & passes
There are dedicated Singapore Tourist Passes, allowing for unlimited travel on the network, valid for 1-3 days at a cost of SG$10-30.
Read more about the ezlink card, including how to return it to recover the credits and validity for future travels.
Our favourite companion app in Singapore is Citymapper. The useful journey planning function will provide you with a handy overview of all methods of getting between A and B, comparing walking, the various public transport options as well taking a taxi.
It’s important to mention that you must not eat or drink on the MRT. It is prohibited and enforced. This does not extend to buses, but it’s customary to follow the practises on buses as well.
Singapore is well connected to its neighbours Malaysia & Indonesia. Read about some of the popular excursions we have covered so far:
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Plan a Layover