Singapore Airlines Hop-on Hop-off Bus, Singapore
Singapore has many choices regarding getting around......
The MRT is #1 choice, because it goes just about everywhere, is fast, efficient and safe. The route maps are well incicated, with different colors.
Buses are frequent and bus-passes are available from Visitor Centre at Changi Airport or Orchard Road.
Taxis are cheap and plentiful.
The Hop/on Hop/off buses are good and there are a number of companies to choose from.
They cover the tourist attractions in many areas, have a commentary in English, and are very affordable. The air-con on the bus will revive you from the heat and humidity. They do a loop, and within 30mins there is one to collect you from wherever you may have hopped off.
Should you need further assistance, I recommend going to th Visitor Centre in Orchard Road. We found the staff very helpful. They gave excellent advice, and provided free maps and booklets.
Singapore Visitors Centre @ Orchard
Junction of Cairnhill Road and Orchard Road
9.30am to 10.30pm daily
NEAREST MRT STATION
SERVICES & FACILITIES AVAILABLE
Hotel Reservations *
Booking for Tours *
Sale of Attraction Tickets *
If you fly to Singapore with Singapore Airlines your boarding pass allows you many discounts and, in particular, you can get an all-day ticket on the Hop-On bus for a mere $3 (I think it's only $7 if you don't fly with them, still a bargain). The route links all the major hotels and places of interest in Singapore. The bus is clean and comes on time. Note the route runs clockwise about every half an hour so you need to pick up a timetable and route if you're planning on using it to visit a lot of different locations in the city - or you could spend a long time at bus stops. This is available on the bus, in hotels and at Changi airport. Oh, and the bus is air-conditioned - so even if you don't want to go anywhere a ride is a good way to escape the Singapore heat and humidity (37 when we were there, phew!)
Hop onto this trolley bus service and explore the shopping, cultural and entertainment areas within the city. The SIA Hop-On covers Orchard Road, Bugis Junction, Suntec City, the Civic District, Clarke Quay, Boat Quay, Chinatown and the Singapore Botanic Gardens. The Hop-On trolley operates daily from 9am to 6pm at an average frequency of 30 minutes.
Fares are SGD 6.00 for adults and SGD 4.00 for children. Tickets can be purchased from most hotels, SIA ticket offices in the city and on board the Hop-On trolley.
Visitors to Singapore on the SIA Singapore Stopover Programme travel for FREE and passengers travelling on Singapore Airlines or Silkair may have to pay a SGD 3.00 fare for a one-day ride on the SIA Hop-On bus.
Hold on to that boarding pass so you can avail of the discounted hop on/hop off bus of Singapore airlines. The bus service is also available for non Singair passengers at a full rate. The brightly coloured bus gives you a little orientation of the city as it brings you to Suntec Plaza (where the biggest outdoor fountain is), Esplanade - Theater by the Bay(durian-shaped structure), Orchard Road (shopping district), and stops at Botanical Gardens.
Hop-on buses is a very economical form of transport for SIA passengers-$3 per day for unlimited travel. It goes around all the main attractions in Singapore island.
Unfortunately, I couldn't find a map until I found out where to catch hop-on buses -maps are on buses - after asking so many people about the hop-on buses, a lot of locals who I asked didn't know that existed, not even the people in the hotel I stayed in. Wouldn't it be nice to have maps for hop-on buses avaiable in the airport?
To get around Singapore, you can jump on the Singapore Airlines Hop-on Hop-off bus. You get a 50% reduction when you show them your Singapore Airlines boarding pass - now 3 SGD pp). We had used these hop-on/hop off tourist bus formula's before, and they had always been excellent, especially if you do not have much time. Sadly, this version was lacking the usual emphasis on historical/cultural background info of the points of interest, and instead focused only on the hotels and shopping malls near the stops. So much for the added value.