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.
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.
Singapore's MRT (subway system) is only 3 colored lines and extremely clean and efficient, most rides are less than 1.70 ($1
USD), there are unusually bans such as eating or drinking and bringing durians onto the trains.
This already fantastic transport system just keeps getting better and better. Since I was last here earlier in the year, the new North East line has been opened and has handy stations located for Clarke Quay, Little India and Chinatown.
The new stations and the extensions to existing stations for changing lines are magnificent. This is probably the cleanest, most efficient system of its kind in the world.
A lot of the walls are pure white, asking for trouble from graffiti 'artists' elsewhere in the world, but not in Singapore. People respect their environment here and besides, punishment for these type of unsocial crimes are harsh.
The circle line is under construction and will improve the overall system even further.
The train system (also known as the MRT) connects the airport to most of SIngapore. It extensive and will get you close to most major attractions.
Otherwise, connecting buses at nearby bus stops or interchanges will get you as close to an attraction as you can get.
Prices are reasonable (US$1-2) and ask at the ticketing counters for special tourist cards or prepaid EZ-Link cards. They will save you an average of 12.5% to 25% off your trips rather than buying individual tickets from the dispensing machines.
Saves a deal if you're travelling extensively by train and bus.
Trains come at regular intervals of 2-8 minutes, and buses at 10 - 25 minutes.
Need not to worry when you're in Singapore. You hardly get lost in the area especially when finding MRT station and wondering which destination you will have to stop. As everything well connected as well as the proper signboards and information, travelling in singapore just make you so comfortable and relax.
The metro system here is called MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) and is very efficient. It goes to most places of interest. Recently, the airport station has been completed - good for folks with little lugguage.
By middle of this year to end 2003, the MRT will be expanded to include even more places of interest. No longer do you need to walk the 20 mins or so to Little India, or Chinatown, or the World Trade Centre (with the cable cars to go to the fun-filled island of Sentosa, just 10 mins away from Singapore). There will be stations right in the middle of Chinatown, Little India etc.
Singapore Metro is great. However, it's not for the REALLY slow walkers. My friend's mum inserted her ticket card into the machine booth to enter into the train platforms. She was about to enter when the machine's gates snapped shut, blocking her out. She was forced to buy another ticket, but this time, she sped through the machine like road runner. =)
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.
I'm sure nothing like this has happened to anybody else. My best friend's mom fed her ticket card to the machine and was about to go in when the machine's "fence"(???) snapped shut, locking her out. She was forced to buy another ticket. She was a tad bit slow that time but after that, she's moving like road runner.
Singapore has a well run efficient Metro system called the MRT, linking large areas of the city. Like most things in Singapore, it's clean, reliable and very modern.
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Fastest, cheapest, safest way to move around in singapore. U can go anywhere by MRT. Ticket starts from S$0.9 to the maximum S$2.4 .
Its very easy & comfortable to take MRT to get around Singapore. Just look at ze map, find your routine & click on ze screen. Very crowded around 5pm.
Mrt Underground tube covers the whole country not just Singapre city. The system is very efficient and easy to use. Good value for money.