Singapore - Transportation
Singapore has over 15,000 air-conditioned taxis, which provide comfortable, hassle-free traveling at reasonable costs. Visitors can flag them down anytime. To further ease visitors, well marked taxi stands are available outside most major shopping centers and hotels. An extra charge will be added during peak hours, as well as for advanced booking.
Clean, punctual, and air-conditioned, Singapore's MRT subway system is a hallmark of efficiency. It is the easiest, fastest, and most comfortable way of getting around Singapore within minutes. Do note that there are fines for littering, smoking, eating and drinking in MRT stations and on board the trains. The MRT operates from 6 a.m. to midnight at frequencies of 3 to 8 minutes.
Visitors should have a valid driving license from their country of residence or an International Driving License in order to drive in Singapore. During peak hours, all vehicles passing through Electronic Road Pricing Scheme (ERP) roads should have an In-Vehicle Unit (IU) installed in the vehicle. A CashCard (stored value card) is used to pay the tolls. The toll is deducted each time the vehicle passes through ERP gantries. IUs can be rented at S$5 a day (minimum two days) with a deposit of S$120. Sales outlets are located near the Woodlands Checkpoint - at BP, Caltex, Mobil petrol stations, and two at Woodlands center.
Singapore's bus network is extremely frequent and comprehensive. Visitors rarely have to wait more than a few minutes and a bus will get them anywhere. If you are planning to travel a lot by public transport, it is best to purchase a copy of the TransitLink Guide, which has a list of all bus and MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) services. You can also buy the TransitLink Card, a stored value card that can be used on both the MRT and bus. Most buses operate between 6 a.m. to midnight.
SMRT Shuttle Services - Take Free SMRT LINK to Chinatown and Little India
SMRT Link boasts three loop services - Outram Park MRT station to Chinatown (SMRT Link 1), Dhoby Ghaut MRT station to Chinatown (SMRT Link 2), and Dhoby Ghaut MRT station to Little India (SMRT Link 3). Amongst the pick up points are popular places such as People’s Park Complex, Chinatown Point and Tekka Mall.
SMRT Link operates on weekends and public holidays from 11am to 10pm, at a frequency of 8 to 15 minutes. The services provide commuters traveling to Chinatown, Dhoby Ghuat and Little India greater connectivity and convenience.
Airport Shuttle Services
Travelers looking for a speedy and affordable transport option that brings you to the door step of your hotel are recommended to take the Airport Shuttle Service which charges based on headcount.
The Airport Shuttle Service uses a 9-seater executive coach and it currently serves almost all hotels in Singapore with the exception of Changi Village hotel and hotels on the Sentosa Island. This service is available 24hrs daily, and passengers are required to make booking at the counters in the Arrival Halls of Terminals 1, 2 & 3, and Budget Terminal.