It is so easy to get around Singapore. The MRT is very clean and efficient. Buses are everywhere and taxis are very cheap (unless you get a new driver who doesn't know where to go - we had to direct him!).
I went everywhere by subway and can only recommend this kind of transport! It was very cheap and the trains seem to run quite frequently.
The only disadvantage I experienced was that, if you buy a ticket to a certain destination but leave the train earlier and then want to continue your trip to the destination you purchased the ticket for you need to buy a new one.
After having arrived at your destination you can return your ticket/platic card and will get some money back!
Save your metro card and at your destination, insert it into the ticketing machine to receive SG$1.00 back! But, that depends on the fare you originally paid.
We had paid SG$1.20, and received $1.00 back! Some fares range from SG$0.60... unsure of the maximum fare, but it would be over SG$2.20 or so. With the SG$2.20 fare, you may get back SG$1.00, even so, the fare is still pretty cheap for what you're getting. The trains are very clean and air-conditioned.
Found that Chinatown is now a more popular tourist destination than before.
The "NE" MRT line gets you to Chinatown if you switch from Dhoby Ghaut or Outram Station from the "NS" or "EW" MRT line. Found that the interchange is slightly long walk with steep escalators.
Another option is that there is free SMRT bus to Chinatown from Dhoby Ghaut station. The time and schedule is announced and shown at Dhoby Ghaut Station. There is similar free bus to Little India.
Transportation in Singapore are very convenience to everybody. Even for a first timer tourist who just came to Singapore will find that its as if they've been here before. Taxis in Singapore are very cheap. They used meter so in that way you wont feel cheated. Some taxis eg.Comfort cab provide payment by Masters/Visa so if u're short of cash, just gives them ur card.
If you prefer to take MRT, just get urself an EZ-link card at any train station. Everytime u enter the station, just tap ur card on ur right hand side of the bolder and u can proceed ur way to the platform where the train awaits u. Every station and in the train, they provide a map for u on which station that coming up ahead. SO u will know when to alight.
And if u prefer to take a bus, u can use ur EZ-link card too to pay for it. Only if u not using the one-time user card. Every busstop they have the information on which bus to take for ur desired destination. If they dont have the info, u can just asked the bus driver and he wont mind telling you what bus to take.
The Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) is a convenient way of getting aound Singapore. The ez-link card which has a stored value can be purchased at the stations. You may buy a single trip ticket using the machines located at the stations. You may get a refund of your $1 deposit from any of the machines at the stations.
Do take note of the interchange where you hope on to another line. You may find this map useful.
I have marked out the nearest MRT to some attractions. email me if the picture is not too clear.
the link to the SMRT map has changed as compared to the information given by 'imstress'
The map can be found at:
And yes, all of your comments are right: MRT is great! Its a modern and very convenient travel system.
Greez from Germany
The routes are extremely easy, but if you have any question, each station has an information point and people there are very well trained and are very kind.
Buying tickets from the machines are very easy too.
Go anywhere you want by MRT, we never take taxis in Singapore, is reliable, punctual, clean, organized and people are enough educated to give you a seat if you have a baby or are an elder person; even if it's full isn't so bad.
The Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) is perhaps the most convenient way of getting around in Singapore. Fares are cheap and range from 90 cents to $1.60. As a tourist, you will probably be using single journey fare cards. At the end of your trip, do remember to reclaim your $1 deposit for the fare card by slotting the fare card into the vending machine located in the lobby of the station.
There are ambitious plans to extend the MRT system such that it covers the whole of the island. Presently, there are only 3 lines - north-south line, east-west line and north-east lines. With the completion of the first phase of the Circle Line in 2008, it will cut travel time between the north and north-east of Singapore considerably. A total of 8 lines are in the MRT master blueprint (see diagram)
There are also plans for a light rail system within Changi Airport to serve the 4 terminals.
I find that using the MRT is the cheapest and the fastest way to get around most of Singapore destinations. There are many free maps showing the MRT stations and clear signs using color code and numbers of each stations.
The names of the MRT stations will be difficult to pronounce and remember as they reflect the multi-ethnic history of Singapore eg Somerset, Aljunied, Pasir Ris, Yio Chiu Kang, Serangoon.
Interestingly MRT written names and announcements are made in 4 different official languages, English, Malay, Mandarin, Tamil.
Chewing gum has been banned in Singapore but not sure if rules are relaxed, why take the risk of being fined. Strictly no eating and drinking but you can talk aloud although it is annoying in a crowded train.
Some of the escalators are long and steep and so take care because some of fallen. You are expected to keep left on the escalators for those in the rush to walk pass you.
MRT Information desk is helpful in direction and getting the right change or buying tickets.
You can use MRT from airport to downtown but if you have a lot of luggage, suffering from jet lag and not sure of your hotel destination, I recommend a taxi. If you want to save, it is easy to get direction, have to change train, and get to your destination cheaper.
Singapore MRT: Clean, comfortable and efficient.
The public train system, also know as the MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) is one of the easiest and more affordable ways of getting around Singapore. I'm pleased to say that compared to the London Tube and many other train systems in the world, Singapore has one of the more modern (air-conditioned) passenger trains and one of the cleanest as well. With stations in most parts of the island, you should be able to get where you want rather quickly (avoiding any traffic whatsoever). Then again, Singapore's small so it never takes too long to get to anywhere. From the city centre, the MRT ride to the Changi Airport station is only 27 minutes.
Rides are available from 5.30am to 12 midnight (it would be great to have 24 hour trains, but probably not cost-efficient) and are as inexpensive as SIN $0.70 to as cheap as SIN $1.70. The MRT is extremely reliable and operates at a frequency of 12 mins.
The MRT routes and lines are constantly expanding, but as of now, there are some tourist spots that are not accessible via the MRT. For instance the Singapore Zoological Gardens (I would recommend you take a taxi).
Nevertheless, when picking your accommodation, do bare in mind the nearest train station (ideally 5-10 mins' walk away) and it will provide you with the efficiency, affordability and accessibility you require to travel around Singapore.
Well, the Singapore MRT is surely the most efficient way to travel around Singapore. With regular trains arriving every 6-8 minutes or so, and even more during peak hours, the airconditioned trains will get you everywhere fast. Clean, safe and cheap, I suggest the MRT as your primary way mode of transportation through Singapore.
What can i say???
Singapore MRT are among the best in Asia in fact in the world.
It's FAST, EFFICIENT, CLEAN, AND CHEAP, CONVENIENT.
Your train ticket:
Train tickets in Singapore required deposit especially when you purchase on its own (one way journey) so, in addition to fares of the destination there would be SGD 1 on deposit card
First hoose your destination (touch screen) cost approx S$0.70 to S$1.80 then put your coin or notes or even credit card. Automatically refund your balance and issue you a train card.
Scan it on labelled entry for access.
When exit the from MRT, make sure get your deposit SGD1 back from the Machine.
Its handy isnt it?
This is a local map at a MRT station. Everything is in English so it's easy. Just one thing to remember that a MRT station is usually very large and has up to 5-6 exits, so choose your exit carefully otherwise you may get lost !
Staying at the Carlton Hotel, we were just across the road from the Raffles City and the City Hall MRT train station. So we used the MRT quite a lot. The lines are colour marked and you purchase your tickets from a machine and get a $1SGD back when you alight.