Getting Around in Singapore

Before you begin your shopping experience, you would need to know the fastest and cheapest way to get to your destination. Getting around in Singapore is proven to be accessible and affordable with our effective public transportation of Buses, Taxis, Light Rail Transit System (LRT) and Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) rail system.

Public Buses services operate from 6am to midnight daily. Fares can be paid with an ez-link card or by cash. The fare ranges from S$0.90 to S$1.80 depending on the distance travelled. If you are paying by cash, exact fare is required so it would be best to carry some loose change with you. You can ask the bus driver regarding the appropriate fare required to go to your destination if you are unsure of the amount you should pay.
Singapore’s bus service is maintained by two companies, SBS-Transit and SMRT (former Trans-Island TIBS). The extensive network of roads in Singapore is efficiently connected by many different busing routes which brings about 2 million commuters to work and play everyday.

East

Ang Mo Kio Interchange:
22, 24, 25, 73, 86, 130, 133, 135, 136, 138, 166, 261, 262, 269, 169

Bishan Interchange:
53, 54, 55, 56, 410W/G

Serangoon Interchange:
81, 100, 105, 158, 315, 317

Toa Payoh Interchange:
8, 26, 28,31, 88, 90, 139, 142, 143, 145, 155, 157, 159, 163, 231W/G, 232G, 235, 238

Bedok Interchange:
7, 9, 14, 25, 26, 30, 32, 33, 35, 38, 40, 66, 87, 168, 196, 197, 222, 225W/G, 228, 229, 401(SUN), 506, 608, 854

Tampines Interchange:
3, 8, 10, 18, 19, 22, 23, 28, 29, 31, 37, 38, 65, 69, 72, 81, 291, 292, 293

Pasir Ris Interchange:
6, 12, 15, 17, 21, 88, 354, 358, 359, 403, 518

West

Boon Lay Interchange:
30, 154, 157, 174, 179, 182, 192, 193, 194, 198, 199, 240, 242, 243W/G, 246,
249, 251, 252, 254, 255, 257, 405, 502

Bukit Merah Interchange:
16, 123, 131, 132, 139, 153, 198, 272, 273, 274, 275

Clementi Interchange:
7, 14, 96, 99, 147, 156, 165, 166, 196, 282, 284, 285

Jurong East Interchange:
51, 66, 78, 79, 97, 98, 105, 143, 160, 183, 197, 333, 334, 335, 506

Eunos Interchange:
60, 93, 94, 154

Hougang Central Interchange:
51,27, 89, 107, 112,113,132, 147, 151,153, 165, 325,

Sengkang Interchange:
80, 86, 87, 156, 163, 371, 372

Punggol Temp Interchange:
3, 82, 83, 84,136

HarbourFront:
65, 80, 93

Singapore MRT corporation operates one of the most efficient, clean and comfortable subway systems in the world. The MRT system consists of 3 major lines. The North-South Line stretching from Jurong East to Marina Bay, The East-West Line stretching across Singapore from Boon Lay to Changi Airport. The most recent addition was the North East Line (NEL), maintained by SBS-Transit, the NEL is the first train system in the world to be completely driver-less. These 3 lines will bring you to almost anywhere in Singapore with very reasonable fares.
MRT Trains operate from 6am to midnight daily. Train fares are inexpensive and range from S$0.90 to S$1.90. An ez-link farecard can be purchased for S$15 (consisting of S$3 refundable travel deposit, S$5 non-refundable card cost and a minimum travel value of S$7) at most MRT stations. This ez-link farecard is also valid to be used on public buses.

The Light Rail Transit System (LRT) was also recently established to enable smaller trains to travel deep into the suburbs. The use of the light rail system decreases the noise level in the residential area, creating an efficient system that links the whole estate together.

There are many different variants of taxis in Singapore, the traditional taxis you see, are from companies like Comfort Delgro Pte Ltd. There are London Cabs and Mercedes taxis too. Passengers can enjoy the premium taxi services in Mercedes taxis with some perks by paying slightly higher fares. All taxis can be paged for or flagged for anywhere about Singapore. Traveling by taxi is the most convenient forms of public transportation in Singapore as it brings you door to door. The Singaporean cabbies are eloquent lots, and they will initiate conversations with passengers and engage you in conversation for the whole journey if the initial response from the passengers are positive. The Singapore cabbies are very courteous and knowledgeable and can be counted on to give valuable information on places of interest, where to shop, good restaurants, and even today’s headlines.

Taxis can be flagged from hotels and taxi stands and on the streets as well, and they can carry a maximum of 4 passengers. The initial flag down meter fare starts from S$2.80, which covers the first kilometer. The fare then rises at 20 cents for approximately every 385m covered for the second to tenth kilometer travelled. Subsequently, it rises at 20 cents for every 330 meter above the tenth kilometer travelled. The taxi’s waiting time is also charged at 20 cents for every 45 seconds. Surcharges include: Electronic Road Pricing, peak hours and public holidays. A surcharge of S$3 is imposed on taxis entering Singapore’s downtown area between 5pm and midnight from Mondays to Saturdays. Also, during the peak period ( which is between 7am and 9.30am on weekdays and between 5pm and 8pm from Mondays to Saturdays), passengers would have to pay an additional 35 percent of their metered fare during those hours. However, this is not applicable on public holidays. Furthermore, there would be a late night surcharge being imposed. Taxi rides between 12am and 5.59 am daily will cause a passenger an additional surcharge of 50 per cent of the metered fare. A surcharge may also be imposed by taxis for picking up passengers from certain places like the Changi International Airport and Singapore Expo Centre. For example, trips from Changi Airport cost an additional S$5 between 5pm and 12am while it costs an additional S$3 at all other times. Also, there would be an additional S$2 charged for all trips starting at Expo. The call booking fees for taxis are as follows: During prime time hours (7am-9.30am and 5pm-11pm on weekdays), it would cost S$3.50. However, it is only S$2.50 for all other times.

Currently, there is a $0.30 diesel surcharge for every taxi ride due to the rise in oil prices. As of 12 November 2008, Comfort and Citycabs will remove the 30 cents diesel surcharge.

For taxi bookings or more information on taxi fares, you can call :
CityCab: (65) 6552 2222
Comfort: (65) 6552 1111
Tibs: (65) 6555 8888


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