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Getting around Singapore

  1. Michael Filippone
  2. Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Getting around Singapore

Credit: Photo courtesy of the Singapore Tourism Board

Getting Around Singapore

Singapore is a modern, cosmopolitan city with a well-developed transportation infrastructure. Most tourists do not rent cars because there are many other inexpensive travel options within the city. It is easy to explore Singapore by using public transportation, taxis, trishaws or boats.

Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) and Light Rail Transit (LRT) systems are the primary methods of transportation in the city. Residents and visitors can use these trains to access a majority of Singapore’s major points of interest. The train routes are seamlessly interwoven, which enables you to easily transfer from one line to another as necessary to reach your destination. Riders must obtain smart cards to ride the transit system.

Buses are accessible throughout Singapore. The advantage of riding a bus is that you can view the city and attractions along the route. MRT and LRT travel underground. It is easier to pay your fare when you use a smart card. Bus drivers do not have the ability to give you change if you do not have the correct amount to pay for your fare. The smart card enables you to tap the reader at the front of the bus as you board. The system deducts the full fare and returns the difference to your card when you tap the reader as you exit.

Taxis are an affordable way to travel in the city, especially if there are three or more people in your group. You can catch a taxi in the city center outside a hotel or at a taxi stand near a shopping mall. Visitors who plan to travel during rush hour and other peak times should consider scheduling a taxi through the central booking system. There are times during the day when it may be faster to travel across the city in a taxi than it is to take public transportation. The fares are virtually identical between the taxi companies in Singapore.

Trishaws, or three-wheeled cycles, are another type of taxi in Singapore. The cycles are a great way to take a short trip around Chinatown or along the Singapore River. They are also available for longer tours of the city. Bumboats provide various sightseeing cruises along the river. The trips can last up to one hour. During the cruise, your guide will provide interesting information about the iconic buildings that form the skyline. The boats also give you access to Pulau Ubin, a small rural island off Singapore’s northeast coast. You can explore the city center on foot, or take a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing trolley that covers many of the Singapore’s major districts.

Visitors will find that Singapore offers several inexpensive, reliable ways to explore the city.

Getting around Singapore.

Michael Filippone

About the Author: Michael Filippone

Michael Filippone has traveled throughout Europe, Latin America and Asia. Each year he travels several hundred thousand miles. He regularly visits Singapore for business and has a great love of the Orient.

His favorite things are morning runs in big cities and getting lost. He has a great passion for all things that are water-sport related: paddle surfing, surfing, free diving, fishing, rowing… Here you will find his musings on everything from where to go get lost on a jungle adventure to a road-trip in Thailand to a romantic cruise weaving through the Indonesian archipelago. Here too are hand-selected articles penned for him by writers he likes on the best places to go from Singapore. As well as being one of the key drivers behind setting up Singapore.com, he runs and part-owns Asia.com – a travel site on all things happening in the wider region. Michael is known to be fond of skipping rope and other than the odd beer, his preferred beverage is coconut water. He loves to fish and play volleyball with his children. He trained as an Olympic rower and loves to see his children find their way in sports and life.

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