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 (Mass Rapid Transit) system in Singapore is fantastic.
It goes where you want it to.
Use it while you're there and enjoy! If only all "undergrounds" were like this!
In the photo you can see me standing in front of a ticket machine at Chinatown MRT Station. If you have ever used a similar machine in your country it won't be a problem at all to you to use this one. You select the destination station, how many tickets, what kind of ticket and then put the money in (coins or notes), get the tickets and your change. We only stayed in Singapore for a few days so I bought single trip tickets with $2 deposit for each ticket. You can get this $2 refund after finish using the ticket by using the same ticket machine.
This is one of the entrance to Chinatown MRT Station. The station is huge!. It has at least 4 Entrances/Exit. The first few times when I tried to exit to go back to the hotel I got lost, but it did not really matter because each time it was an opportunity for me to explore Chinatown !.So don't worry about it !
The MRT can get you to most of the sightseeing places. You can get a guide from any train station. Rides range from SGD0.80 to SGD1.70 per trip. From the MRT station, you can assess to any public transport such as bus and LRT. It is better for tourist to buy the Ezy-link card with a refundable deposit of SGD2. When connecting from one transport to another, discounts are given and rates are generally cheaper than single trip's rates.
The MRT owned by the SMRT is a widely used public transportation in Singapore.It linked the neighbourhood to the to major places in Singapore,such as Orchard Road and the Singapore Changi Airport,from west to the east of Singapore.
Refer to my another tip on public bus too.
The MRT network is a convenient, quick way of getting around much of the island. Trains operate from 5:30am until midnight. Travelling on the MRT is cheap, with rides ranging from SGD0.80 to a maximum of SGD1.80.
A SGD 15.00 stored value card called the ez-link farecard (including a SGD 5.00 deposit) is available at most MRT stations. This is valid on the MRT as well as bus services operated by SBS Transit Ltd and the Trans-Island Bus Services (TIBS).
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.
simply the best way to go around singapore. You get to see an aerial view of the whole (almost the whole, that is) city, clean, and cheap. It's also the fastest way to get to where you are going as there is a very high chance that a station is very near your destination. From there, you can take a cab, bus or what have you. There are three routes, all interconnected.
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
It's the best way to get around Singapore! And cheap too. Trains run from around 6am to 12ish (depends on which station.
The MRT station at Changi Airport is god sent. I say in Singapore and use it most of the time when I leave and come back.
Last train is 11.20pm (so take note)!
Going around the island is not that tough. You can ride the bus or ride the MRT. Singapore's MRT is both constructed underground and on the surface. There are currently three major lines that I've experienced as of this writing which are: East-West Line, North-South Line and the North-East Line. Currently, I've seen new MRT Lines, the circle line and another one in Sentosa which is Sentosa direct.
Using the MRT requires either an ezLink card or you can also purchase a single-journey ticket in the ticketing machines.
The Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) is a rapid transit system which forms the backbone of the railway system in Singapore, serving more than a quarter of Singapore's population of four million with a network spanning the entire city-state. The initial section of the MRT, from Yio Chu Kang to Toa Payoh, was opened in 1987, establishing the MRT as the second oldest metro system in Southeast Asia after the system in Manila. The MRT also works in conjunction with the Light Rapid Transit (LRT) system, which links the MRT stations with HDB estates.
Being that Singapore is near the equator, it gets very warm and humid. Travelling around in an air-conditioned taxi may not always be the cheapest way to go and MRT trains will take you to most major Housing estates and some tourist attractions in Singapore.
It is relatively cheap and quite comfortable although travelling during peak-hours may mean over-crowded trains (not for the claustrophobic).
Avoid the peak-hours and you will find taking the MRT quite a pleasant experience.