Singapore, like the rest of the world has assorted tour buses and vans of various sizes and shapes that cater to tourists whether the small group, bug groups or single luxury personlized tours, the cost of the tours on tour buses vary per company and on the type of tours involved but you will see them everywhere since singapore draws about 12 millions tourists around the world a year. You would see the assorted tour buses everywhere in tiny singapore that the different buses are like feast for the senses for their apperances especially the hop-on hop off buses.
You can go around in Singapore via bus, which is a cheap way to travel. If you don't have the prepaid EZlink card, you have to prepare exact change upon boarding. If you are staying for several days, it's better to get the prepaid card as the fares will be cheaper compared to cash payments.
Be prepared to stand especially if you're on a busy route.
Fare range: SGD 0.70 to SGD 1.70. Exact change required if you're paying in cash as buses don't give change.
Operating hours: 6AM to midnight everyday
There are two bus operators in SG - SBS (http://www.sbstransit.com.sg/) and SMRT (http://www.smrt.com.sg/buses.html) or http://www.transitlink.com.sg
To get around Singapore and to develop a feel for the place and the layout use the "CityBuzz" double decker buses. Costs $5SGD for a day pass, that allows you to get on and off any of these buses as many times as you like on any of the 3 routes - routes are Chinatown, Orchard Rd and Little India.
Singapore has a very efficient and reliable bus services. Almost all the buses are air conditioned. With the implementation of road indexes at all the bus stops, you can easily find out if the buses at that particular bus stop, takes you to your destination. There are only two main bus service providers in Singapore, the SBS Transit and the SMRT . The good news is that, both providers have eguides. You can actually start planning your route way before leaving home by going online. They can even inform you of the bus fares and estimated arrival time of the buses. And if you wanna stay out very late (from clubbing or just hanging out with friends), there are the night buses (night riders they call it), that can take you home at a flat rate of $3 (the cabs can get really expensive with the mid night charges and all). Payment can be by ezllink card or cash (prepare exact fare as no change will be refunded).
The taxis are efficient but there can be a long queue.
The MRT are fast but you have to switch lines and go through endless escalators.
I discovered the bus is a quick and easy way to get around. There are plenty of bus stops with the display of the route taken by each bus number. Also the EZ traveller prepaid card makes it easy without worrying what is the bus fare.
Also the locals are helpful if you have problem figuring out which bus number. The bus drivers were always patient in answering my queriesy whenever I double check when boarding to make sure the bus will stop at my destination.
There is a tourist hop on bus and several free bus shuttles too from MRT stations to Chinatown, Little India, Suntec City, etc.
One of the thing I did when I was in Hong Kong was to take any bus that came along and see where I would end up. You can do that in Singapore as well, but you'd end up generally at a bus interchange where most likely, you will get a feel of heartland living and also, be greeted with shopping malls and food courts.
If you're really lost, just hail a taxi and it'll get you back to the hotel. No worries.
To pay for your bus ride, you can either buy an EZ-link card (an electronic card that you can purchase at any MRT station), or by cash (Prepare to use coins)
More to come here too. But I'll tell you. I like the bus here.
The local buses are quite nice here. And the one night where we did the get on and ride a random bus to the end of the line was a flurry of fond memories from my days in Karlsruhe. A brilliant way to see any city especially one as generally safe as this.
Bus fares are computed by distance. You enter at the front of the bus and tab your ezlink card. When you get to your stop you tap out and exit the back doors of the bus.
Starting from September 25, 2006 for about a month, there will be 6 SBS buses with Silk Air painted on it. There may even be refreshments. Best yet, it will be free!
So if you see a Silk Air SBS bus and it is going to where you want to go, run after it and fly on Silk Air free without leaving the ground!
The buses will be on different routes every day. Is it a state secret to which route?
Here's an excerpt from the airlines website. I heard about it then looked up the website as I never look up silkair.com
The chartered SilkAir buses offer an additional service to SBS Transit's present scheduled services and will run for four hours every weekday morning to cater to peak travel commuters.
The campaign will run for a month from 25 September 2006, with the special SilkAir buses servicing different routes across Singapore each week. The SilkAir buses will offer free rides for a one-month period on Services 33, 70, 54, 80, 100, 143, 518 and 502. They will then continue to hit the roads on Services 70 and 518 for three more months at standard fare charges.
At the end of the campaign, commuters lucky enough to get on the SilkAir bus, as well as participants in the airline's daily radio contest, will qualify for a Grand Draw. The grand prize will be a pair of three-day, two-night packages to Siem Reap, Cambodia, including travel in Business Class on SilkAir and free entrance passes to Angkor Wat.
Our magic carpet in Singapore: the buses. Yes, the buses plying around the metro are enough to get you around Singapore. You just have to determine the bus numbers to get to where you’re going. It’s a bit confusing, at first, but there’s no harm in asking the bus driver first or getting more information about the routes of buses. Information sheets and/or leaflets are found in every bus. Bus stations have specific signs reflecting bus numbers and routes. If you’re traveling on budget, it’s safe to take the bus or the MRT than taking a cab. SGD 0.90 is the minimum fare if you don’t have the EZ-Link card, which is like your access card to Singapore buses and MRT.
Buses are not a problem either. Just know the streets in the general vacinity you want to go to and read the well marked bus timetables at each bus stop.
....And they even have special buses for for those NZ'ers who might get a little home sick :o) ...check out the pic lol.
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!)
If you're considering going to Malaysia, think of taking the luxury coach to KL. It is truly luxurious, only 3 wide seats across, with an aisle down the middle, ie 2-1 format. Cost is 27 Singapore dollars.
They recline a substantial amount & have great leg-rests.
If there's no time pressures, leave around 1030-1100, so you'll cross over the bridge without any traffic. It's fun getting off, having your passport checked, then doing the same as soon as you cross over into Malaysia.
The roads are great, so is the scenery. Most of the way you'll see massive cocoa palm plantations, the very product that has propelled the Malaysian economy into the fast-lane!!
The cost of taking buses in Singapore is pretty affordable..There are two major bus companies here. The lowest fare starts at S$0.83 and the max. S$1.70 excluding those express service buses which will range from S$1.60 to S$2.35.
Taxi Service in Singapore is very efficient and inexpensive. My experience with the drivers was pleasant, and they were very cordial and educated about the area.
I caught a drive to Sentosa Island with a friend, and walked around most of the day. Buses are clean and easily accessible.
Very easy to get around on foot, saw many sites in a few hours, and a walk on the beach was a bonus. Great way to spend a day.
The Singapore buses run comprehensive routes, and most (if not all) of them are airconditioned.
Fares are generally cheaper than the MRT, but as with any bus system, you got to be familiar with the route so you know if it stops where you want to go. Otherwise, you can always buy a bus guide, or refer to the signboards that are displayed at most bus stops.
For people familiar with the Singapore terrain, this is a good mode of transportation.