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.
More to come. Just holding the place while its still 430am.
The MRT is quite the nice subway system. And my favorite thing about public transportation they are expanding it.
Fares are based on distance with your ezlink being scanned upon entrance and exit and the value deducted. I do not believe I saw any fares over about SG$2.
Almost all stations are about 3 to 4 blocks away from each other at least inside the city.
MRT is a good way to get to different places in Singapore. It's clean and safe, no worries. But it's very very crowded during the rush hours, so you would have a chance to transform into a sardine. Or if you have been learning Yoga, taking MRT in the morning can surely give you the chance to stretch your limbs to the person next to you as near as possible. =)
Here are some info for you
To Orchard Road
- it's under the north-south 'red' line.
- You can get off at Dhoby Ghaut, Somerset or Orchard Stations to shop around and explore
- You can get off either at Outram Park or Chinatown Station.
To Raffles City or Peninsular Plaza
- City Hall Station, it's also an interchange station to take to another train route.
- Alight at Harbour Front Station (North-East Line)
To the workhub of Singapore and Lau Pat Sat Food Centre
- Raffles Place Station
For a heartlander taste, you can alight at some stations to explore around. Once you come out, you would see shopping malls for locals.
- Bishan, Toa Payoh, Woodland and Choa Chu kang Station
- Tampines , Pasir Ris Station or Boon Lay Station (Boon Lay is the end of West line)
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.
The MRT for us was a excellent and easy way to get around Singapore. Fast, easy, stations in convenient places, the only downside is..........
IT IS FULL A LOT OF THE TIME
MRT signs are along main roads, so just follow these and you will find the entrance to the underground station.
At the station, if not sure of your destination, they have an MRT system map located on the wall with destinations numbered and the route coloured. This is because there are 4 lines to choose from n/s/e/west
Single trip station-to-station fares are displayed on the Station Fare Chart, or........
the general Ticketing Machine (GTM) will display the selected fare after the destination station is selected.
The Standard Ticket is a contactless smart card for single trip travel on the MRT and LRT only. and is for use on the day of purchase only.
It can be purchased at the(GTM) located at all MRT and LRT stations, and includes a refundable deposit of $1 which can be claimed from the GTM by returning the ticket within 30 days after the date of purchase.
So, when alighting, take it to the machine, and get your $1 back!
It is very easy to operate, just tap the smartcard or Standard Ticket on the card reader mounted on top of the entry faregate.
The correct fare will be automatically calculated and if you have a "smart card' will be deducted from your stored value. You will see the remaining value of your card on the digital display on top of faregate.
A green or orange light means it is clear to proceed through the entry/exit faregate and follow the directional sign to go to the platform of your destination.
Try it, do it once, and I'm sure you will do it again!
Singapore is quite huge when you start looking around, so I'm glad their metro system is well built up. It's called MRT-trains, and it goes around on three different lines (a central line under construction too) all over the central parts of the country.
There is red (North south line), blue (North east line), and green (East West line). Green goes in the south parts, red is more up north, while blue goes from west to east. The brown line (Central line) will go more around the city center once it's done in 2010-2011.
You'll need a MRT card that you top up with some money, and then you just put it towards the machine when you enter the station. Then you tap it on the machine again when you get out from your final station and the machine will deduct the amount of money you have travelled for.
Easy also to find your way in the stations, also when you switch trains. There are many signs and even if you would take the wront train you can just take the next one back again.
Piece of cake really.
And just because I wrote that I'll probably get lost the next time I'm going with MRT...
Prices are cheap I would like to say. 1,40 SGD (0,7 euro) for a one way trip, if I'm not mistaken.
Bus fares start from 80 cents. Be sure you have exact fare, as bus drivers do not give change. For convenience, buy a $15 EZ-Link car with an encoded $10 value, wich allows chashless payment on all public buses and trains (MRT). The remining value is REFUNDABLE. REMEMBER TO PUT THE CARD IN THE MACHINE FOR REFUN THE MONEY.
The MRT is a convenient (and cooler!!!) way of getting around Singapore.
When you purchase a single ticket, you will be issued with an electronic card. After completing your journey, you can get a $1 refund (within 30 days of travel) from any ticket machine - just slot the card into the machine (you can ignore pressing the "refund deposit" button on the machine), and a $1 coin will be automatically dispensed. (December 2006 price).
Remebmber not eat or drink on the MRT as you could get fined for doing so.
One of the things you must try when you're in Singapore is the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT). The first line was completed in the 1987 and from there, the number of MRT stations around Singapore has grown leaps and bounds.
There are alot of pluses about taking the MRT and they are definitely good reasons why you should try out our trains.
1. No messy train cabins
The one thing the government meted out was a No drinking, no eating and no smoking rule. We did not have any problem with that as the people in Singapore has been primed not to do all these even in our public buses. The great thing about the trains are that they are pretty new and that the older trains (Most of them are at most 15 years) have been phased out. So the air-con filters in the trains are well maintained.
2. It's Safe
I have never heard of train robberies in the MRT. It's pretty safe and the train stations are very well managed. Also, there's no need to worry about which cabin is safer. I still remembered taking a train in Europe where there're safe train cabins where there are guards to protect you. If you ride in other cabins, you're left to your own perogative.
3. Not Crowded if Travels Are Done Off-Peak
Don't rush with the working crowd during the 7-9am and 6-8pm timebelts. Other than that, travelling in the train is a breeze. Still, there's enough standing space even during peak hours and yes, there are no official "pushers" to help you into the train such as in Japan.
4. It's Efficient
There are no confusing signs nor major train delays. You'll know that you'll get to your station safe and sound.
Do note that you can even take a train from the airport to city. Totally cost effective!
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.
The theme park island of Sentosa lies off the southern coast of Singapore island.
It is possible to reach Sentosa by public transport. Using the ultra-efficient MRT network, you need to take a train to Harbour Front MRT station. This will involve a change of trains at Outram Park MRT station.
I started my journey from Bugis MRT station and the journey to Harbour Front took about 20 minutes (including a few minutes waiting for a connecting train at Outram Park). The cost of the journey was just S$1.50.
Upon arrival at Harbour Front, the various methods of crossing over to Sentosa are clearly signposted. Follow the signs through the adjoining shopping mall to the buses, ferries and cable cars that make the short journey across to Sentosa. It is also possible to walk across the bridge to Sentosa from here.
I purchased a ticket for Sentosa which included amongst the various attractions cable car transfers to and from the island. This is a great way to arrive at the island - the views are spectacular (but it's not for the faint-hearted!).
While you're in Singapore, there's a good chance that you'll want to visit either Singapore Zoo or the neighbouring Night Safari. These are both located some way north of the city centre - so how do you get there?
The quickest way would be to take one of the numerous, cheap taxis. The journey should take about 25 minutes and cost no more than S$15.
Alternatively, if you're travelling on a tight budget, it is possible to reach the zoo/safari by means of public transport. First take the MRT as far as Ang Mo Kio station (on the North-South line). Depending where in the city you start your journey, the train to Ang Mo Kio will cost somewhere between S$1.50 and S$2.50.
Then, from directly outside Ang Mo Kio station take local bus #138 directly to the entrance of the zoo/safari. The bus journey from Ang Mo Kio takes about 20 minutes and tickets (costing S$1.50) are purchased from the driver.
If you're visiting the night safari, be sure to check the time of the last bus from the safari back to Ang Mo Kio.
When paying the bus driver, you don't actually give the money to the driver. Instead you put it into a metal slot which (I assume) is capable of determining how much money you've put in. The driver then gives you a ticket - but apparently doesn't give any change, so ensure that you have the correct change with you.
The cleanest and one of the more efficient metros you will ever ride is in Sinagpore. It is a fabuloous and economical way to move around the city and its attractions. With stops near every single attraction, I am not sure why you would want to rent a car in Sinagpore, except if you are driving out of it.
It can get a bit crowded on some lines at rush hour times, but I found it to be a delight to use.
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.
This is an example to the world (the UK especially) of how a modern train system should work.
The air-conditioned trains are spotlessly clean and run frequently from 5:15am until almost 1am the following morning.
Unlike London where each day part of the network is not running for some reason or other the MRT just keeps running.
Fares cost between 0.80 and 1.80 SD. If you buy a single ticket there will be a 1 dollar deposit added for the plastic ticket. This can be redeemed after your journey using one of the ticket machines. If you are spending a few days in Singapore it is best to buy a multi-journey ticket for 15 SD which can be topped up. There is a 10 SD minimum top-up amount. at the end of your trip, any money left on the card can be refunded.
Not only is the MRT fantastically efficient but Singapore truly has an integrated transport policy. Buses can be caught conveniently from MRT stations and the same ticketing system is used so all that is required when boarding a bus is to put your MRT ticket up against the card reader. Remember to do the same thing when you get off the bus otherwise you will be charged double the next time you use your card.