Singapore’s transport system is organized with Asian care. The city-state has a metro (underground and light), buses, minibuses, sea ferries, a cable car, a monorail and a taxi. Check liuxers for customs and traditions of Singapore.
The metro connects all areas of Singapore, it is clean, comfortable, with air conditioning in the cars and at the stations. The MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) underground system consists of 6 lines and 130 stations, it is complemented by the light metro LRT (Light Rapid Transit) of two lines and 40-odd stations. The trip will cost from 0.59 to 2.17 SGD depending on the distance and direction, tickets are sold at the airport and stations. Children under 4 travel free of charge.
For frequent travel, it is advantageous to buy an EZ-Link card: it entitles you to an unlimited number of trips and costs 10 SGD for a day, 16 SGD for two days and 20 SGD for three. You can also use Mastercard and Visa contactless bank cards to pay for public transport in Singapore. Additional fees may apply to bank cards issued abroad.
The entire territory of the island is covered by a network of bus routes. When paying with a card, you must not forget to reattach it to the reader located at the end of the cabin when leaving. You can also pay in cash, but they don’t give change here, so it’s better to stock up on change in advance. Travel in buses without air conditioning – around 1 SGD, in air-conditioned – a little more. Routes work time is 5:30–0:00.
Monorail and cable car
Singapore and Sentosa Island are connected by the Sentosa Express monorail and cable car. The first runs from 7:00 to 0:00 and delivers to the destination in 8 minutes. The price of a day ticket is 4 SGD, a nice bonus is an impressive view of the harbor. However, the most impressive landscapes open to the eye from the cable car booths that start at Sentosa from Mount Faber. The cost of this pleasure is from 33 SGD.
Taxis can be ordered by phone, found at the parking lots that are available at most shopping centers, hotels and attractions, or hailed right on the street. All cars are equipped with meters, drivers speak English. Upon request, a receipt will be issued showing all additional fees. Landing costs 3-5 SGD, each kilometer – from 0.50 SGD, depending on the time of day and the chosen route.
An option for fans of the exotic is rickshaw rides, rushing through the streets of Chinatown and the old center. But be prepared: you will have to bargain before landing.
And you can do without cycle rickshaws by renting a two-wheeled friend from one of the many operators – fortunately, Singapore can boast of a well-developed network of bike paths. Rent will cost from 8 SGD per hour plus a returnable deposit of 50 SGD, it is issued in numerous specialized kiosks or through mobile applications.
Tourist buses and boats
To see the main Singaporean beauties, you can ride a special tourist bus – they run on three routes and cost from 21 SGD. The option is no worse – go on a 40-minute river cruise on a pleasure boat along the embankments of Clark Key and Bot Key for 25 SGD.
Singapore Tourist Pass cards of various types are designed specifically for smart travelers: they can help you save money on getting around the city and on many tourist pleasures. The cost of the card is from 10 SGD (plus a returnable deposit of 10 SGD), the validity period is from one to three days. They are sold at travel agencies and TransitLink ticket offices located at metro stations.
The Singapore Tourist Pass entitles you to unlimited travel on any public transport, while the Plus Card also gives you free access to some attractions. All the details are at website (in English)
Car rental in Singapore
Renting a car in Singapore for a short vacation trip is not a good idea. First, it’s expensive: at least SGD 110 per day for a standard model, SGD 170 for a minivan, SGD 260 for an SUV or premium class. Secondly, troublesome: left-hand traffic and very intense, serious fines for traffic violations. Thirdly, the public transport system is well developed, so there will be no problems with moving around the city. But if you really want to try yourself as a Singapore driver – welcome to the offices of Sixt, Avis and other rental companies located at the airport and throughout the city. To rent, you will need a passport, credit card and international driver’s license, driving experience from one year, age from 21 years.
To save money, you can rent a car for a week: many car rental companies provide discounts for long-term use. The best option for infrequent movements is to rent a car with a driver (from 40 SGD per hour). The cost of gasoline – from 2.5 SGD per 1 liter.
Traffic jams in Singapore are a common phenomenon, there are many parking lots, but almost all of them are paid. You can pay for parking in advance by buying a special ticket in the newsstand with a face value of 0.50-2 SGD and placing it under the windshield. Parking lots near shopping and business centers and many attractions are equipped with vending machines that accept cash and plastic cards. The cost of parking depends on the area: in the center – from 1 SGD for half an hour, on the outskirts – half the price.