Singapore_Public_Transport

Singapore is a well developed country with very good public transportation services. You can travel to most of the places in Singapore by public transport. Your journey planning is never easier by using useful online tools and websites that I am going to provide below.

Journey Planner

Gothere website– A useful website for journey planning that I have been using, cover all areas in Singapore and so user friendly. Provide services like location search, navigation (distance, various transportation options, taxi fare,…), facilities and amenities nearby,  etc. I personally like the ERP fee indication, always remind me to get my cash card ready or take another route.

gothere website

Gothere website, a useful and easy to use online journey planner for Singapore.

Mass Rapid Transit Service

SMRT Corporation Ltd provide transportation services in Singapore like Mass Rapid Transit (train), bus and taxi. MRT and bus systems in Singapore are so convenient, in most cases visitors are able to get to their destinations easily by taking these services.

SMRT Hotline: 1800 336 8900, homepage.

Tip – Number of attractions are within walking distance from MRT stations, so remember to mark those attractions on your MRT map, and bring it everywhere you go.

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MRT map, remember to bring one when visiting Singapore.

Take note that first and last train times might be different for stations, you can find out more from this page by clicking on the station name.

Bugis first and last train time

MRT Bugis station first and last train times, take note that different stations might have different schedule.

Ticket Options

There are a several ticket options, I will cover some that are suitable for visitors.

Standard Ticket – For MRT and LRT, both single and return trips. Started from the date of purchase, it can be used up to 6 times within 30days. Deposit of 10 cents will be charged during purchasing, that will be refunded automatically on the third trip’s travel fare. You can get the card at the General Ticketing Machine (GTM) at all MRT and LRT stations.

Adult stored value card (ez-link card) – A  stored value smartcard that can be used on buses, MRT and LRT. You can find table below for the purchasing location and price.

LOCATION SALES PRICE STORED VALUE CARD COST
TransitLink Ticket Offices, Concession Card Replacement Offices, Passenger Services Centres $12 $7 $5
7-Eleven stores $10 $5 $5
SingPost outlets $5 $0 $5

ez-link card

You need only an adult stored value card (ez-link card) to travel island-wide on buses, MRT and LRT.

Here are some easy methods for ez-link card value top up:

      • General Ticketing Machine & TransitLink Add Value Machine at all SMRT stations & SBST/NEL stations.
      • TransitLink Ticket Office
      • Passenger Service Centre at all SMRT stations
      • Island wide 7-Eleven Convenience Stores exclude Shell petrol station stores for now, service charge is applicable.
      • Singapore Post Offices, service charge is applicable.
      • DBS/POSB/OCBC ATMs and AXS machine

You can visit their webpage for more information.

SMRT website also provide MRT fare calculator, a friendly feature for passengers to estimate the fee required. Just click on the starting and ending stations for fare train fare.

SMRT fare calculator

Train fare calculated for trip from Changi Airport to Joo Koon stations, ez-link card costs lesser than standard card.

 Singapore Tourist Pass – A special ez-link card that offers unlimited travel on buses, MRT and LRT without worrying about insufficient funds stored in card. The pass come in 3 options, 1 day, 2 days or 3 days. It includes a S$10 rental deposit which will be refunded if the card was returned within 5 days after purchasing.

Singapore Tourist Pass Plus (Available from 3rd March 2014 onwards) – Same as Singapore Tourist Pass, this card offers unlimited travel on buses, MRT and LRT, plus a 1 day FUNVEE Open Top Bus Tour and a 1 day Bubble Jet Ride for free. At the same time, no rental deposit is needed!

Singapore Tourist Pass

3 options (1 day, 2 days & 3 days) for Singapore Tourist Pass & Singapore Tourist Pass Plus.

You can get these 2 passed at these locations. More information about Singapore Tourist Pass & Singapore Tourist Pass Plus is available here.

Bus Service

Majority of Public Buses operating in Singapore are from SBS Transit Limited and SMRT Buses Ltd. Ez-link card and cash are the main payment mode, so traveling in Singapore with ez-link card will be so convenient.

SBS Transit Limited

The company created 2 applications (iris NextBus and irisJourney Planner) to provide accurate information services, travelling by bus is now so easy and hassle free.  Intelligent Route Information System (iris) enable passengers to plan their journeys more efficiently, iris NextBus is also able to find out estimated bus arrival time, bus operating details like frequencies and routes.

Iris is also available on Smartphone, let get it installed before landing on Singapore and get full used of it when traveling.

You can also find more useful information and tools in their website, like timetable of all routes’ services, map, location search, buses available nearby, etc. Hotline at 1800 225 5663.

SMRT Buses Ltd

Access their website for maps, bus interchanges, bus arrival time check, eBus Service (search for bus information), fares and bus services. You can find useful information there about SMRT buses, to plan for your trip. SMRT Hotline: 1800 336 8900.

Taxi Service

All taxis in Singapore are metered, are fares are charged according to that taximeter plus any additional charges. Receipt will be issued if requested. Singapore Taxi website, a website containing useful information about taxi services in Singapore.

There are a few taxi companies in Singapore, I recommend Comfort Taxi and SMRT Taxis. You can find table below for the phone numbers for advance booking for different taxi companies.

Advance Booking Phone Numbers
Dial-A-Cab +65 6342 5222
Comfort Taxi +65 6552 1111
Comfort Premier Cabs +65 6552 2828
SMRT Taxis +65 6555 8888
Smart Cab +65 6485 7777
TransCab +65 6555 3333
Premier Taxis +65 6363 6888
Prime Taxi +65 6778 0808
Yellow-Top Taxi +65 6293 5545

My personal experience, sometimes it might be quite difficult to get a taxi in Singapore, especially during peak hours and rainy days. So advance booking will be a better choice if you are in a hurry, and don’t mind paying additional booking fee. Take note that additional charged is applicable in certain circumstances like midnight surcharge, ERP charge, peak hour surcharge, city area surcharge, etc. So make sure to understand more from this page for taxi fare reference to prevent surprises when paying taxi fare :)

You can pay taxi fare by cash, some drivers accept cards like credit cards, NETS and ez-link cards. But I will suggest to check with the driver before boarding as some might not be accepting cards. Administrative charge might be applicable for card payments, so please check with drivers.

 I hope this post will be useful for those who are planning to visit Singapore! Please give me some feedbacks or comments, cheers :)

Alec Chan

Alec Chan is an intrepid traveler, travel writer, author, speaker, serial entrepreneur and self professed Asia travel ambassador. Traveling all around Asia since 2003, and still traveling, Alec is an accomplished and passionate traveler seeking to bridge the cultural gaps in Asia. Through his unique perspective as a Canadian born Chinese, Alec shares his special insights on Asia to help others around the world to have a better understanding on Asian culture so that they can have a more meaningful, fun, and stress free trip to Asia. Alec has written numerous travel guides on several destinations in Asia and is the editor in chief of AlecTravelGuide.com

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