EZ Link card, Singapore
The EZ-Link card card can be used for both the SMRT & SBS Transit. You can buy an EZ-Link card at any MRT station for S$15.
This includes a S$3 deposit which is refunded when you return the card. There is a non-refundable amount of S$5 for the card cost and a travel value of S$7 to start with.
The minimum top-up is S$10. Any unused value is refundable as well.
"Last train to Boon Lay,
If you wanna go home.
Don't hop off at Lakeside,
It's a long walk alone."
If you are here for just 3 days and below, just purchase the single trip tickets.
Select your destination and pay your fares. The machine only accept $2 or $5 notes. You may approach the staff at the station control for change. At the end of your trip, insert the card back into the machine to retrieve your $1 deposit.
The initial purchase of a store value card is $15.
It has a $7 stored value, $3 refundable value.
Do remeber that there is a $5 non-refundable value.
To top up your value, approach the Ticket Sales Counter and pay by cash.
Minimum Top Up Value is $10. you can also DIY at the machines located at all MRT Stations.
You may use the ezlink card on both the buses or the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT).
If you buy an E-Z Link card, available at MRT stations and probably other places, it will make travelling much easier. You will not miss a train because you are trying to buy a ticket, you won't have to carry so many coins, and you don't have to calculate how many zones you will be travelling (it's possible to travel 10-20 zones, even over 30 so it's not just 2-3 zones that you have to become familiar with).
Using the card will save you 17 cents per trip (34 cents if you take a bus and MRT). $5 of the $15 cost of the card is a non-refundable charge to cover the cost of manufacturing the card so you may not recoup the cost of the card if you stay less than 3-4 days.
Another advantage of the E-Z Link card is when you transfer between a bus/MRT or MRT/bus, the connecting journey is discounted an additional 25 cents. If you pay cash and make a transfer, you do not get a discount and have to pay 2 fares.
To use the card, you just tap the card to the reader upon entering and when exiting the bus or MRT fare gates. Some people keep it in their wallets because the reader is quite a peeping Tom and can see through leather or clothes.
Close to but not quite the octopus card of HKG. This is your multipass. It allows you to access the bus, the MRT and also I am told but did not find out that you can use it in fast food places. Basically it is just a smart card with prepaid value for travel. They do charge you SG$7 for the card plus what value you add to it. But its just tap and go from there.
The EZ Link card will be your ticket to ride the MRT. There are kiosks at every station that take your money and dispense a magnetically read card that you tap on the appropriate space at the turnstile. Each time you buy a single ticket an additional dollar will be charged. You get this back when you exit the turnstile at your destination, by going back to the kiosk and obtaining a refund. Everything is in English and super-easy to understand.
For extended stays you can decide to purchase a card that allows you to put certain amounts of credit onto a card, which you keep until the credit is used or until you cash it in for a refund. This convenience will cost you S$5.
1st thing you gotta do when you plan on using the MRT / LRT is to get the EZ Link card. I think it cost about 15s$ and you can use it as many times using any train until the money is up. You can constantly top up your card as you go along and when you return the card when you no longer have use for it you get a 3s$ refund.
You can get this card at any MRT Station.
Except for a trip to and from the Budget Terminal, our means of transport was the MRT. Actually, if there was one from the budget terminal (only from Changi), then we would have taken this also. It's the best way to get around the city. Most of the prime destinations are covered and compared to the bus, it's faster and at least there's a recording that announces the next stop (the bus driver doesn't announce the next bus stop). For easy access, purchase an EZ Card. The cost of the card is S$5 which is not reimbursible once you return the card but the cost of the routes are discounted. So in the long run, you come out ahead versus if you pay for individual trips. Just reload (at least S$10) once the stored value goes below S$2. We actually kept our respective cards since these can be used up to seven years and we plan to visit Singapore at least every other year.
getting aruond singapore both in the city and outer areas is both easy and fast. Purchase an EZ card which is great to use just leave it in your wallet, zap the screen and off you go but dont forget to zap both in and out
first thing in Singapore is to buy the Ez-link card from any MRT station (5 S$) and top up with any currency you feel. you can board any bus or MRT (Mass Rapid Transport) by exposing it to the censors near entrance and exit. Ez-link card will solve your money change problem.
If you have that EZ-Link card with you, can go almost anywhere in Singapore because you’ve got access to Singapore’s buses and the MRT. SMRT operates the country’s efficient and comfortable trains, with two main rail lines, the North South Line which runs from Marina Bay Station to Jurong East Station via Woodlands Station, and the East West Line which runs from Pasir Ris Station to Boon Lay Station.
Changing trains is not confusing if you want to connect to the North East line. Traveling is a breeze with the MRT. Top up your EZ-Link card and enjoy a comfortable and swift ride.
Its much cheaper if you purchase an EZ link Card at any MRT station or seven Eleven stores. It will cost you 15SGD and its reloadable from 5SGD to 100SGD. If you use EZlink on the bus it cost 0.67SGD compare to 0.90SGD if you paid it in cash, aside from that be sure that you have exact amount because the driver do not issue change.
Having stayed there for 3 months, the EZLink card proved to be very convenient. The price is ok and it allows you travel without any problems. Load up can be done in train stations and even grocer stores.
Can be used for buses and trains.....I heard they also plan to use this later on with taxis so by this time, it may have happened already.
Take the MRT to move around in Singapore. It's the fastest, most convenient, safest and cheapest way to travel. It brings you to almost all the tourist attractions around the island. If you are planning to be here for some time, get an EZ link card from the counter. There are some discounts when using the card to travel on MRT and you don't have to bother about the $1 deposit if you purchase the normal ticket.
You can download an app to use to decide which way to travle is the quikest and the cheapest. it compares time and prices of busses, taxis, metro and your own car. it is great. it gives maps how to walk to the station, how many stops, how to cross the street to the next station. You need gps for it and wifi. I amde screenshots at home, where I had wifi before i left the house. It is called My transport singapore
This is a great Transport system easy to use and cheap and very very clean.No eating, drinking,smoking( or something to do with an animal that I didn't quite understand) at the risk of a S$5000 fine.Which definitely works over there