Singapore Transport

Get in


Changi Airport is home to the distinguished Singapore Airlines(SIA), which has evolved into one of the most respected travel brands in the world, and operates one of the world’s youngest and most modern fleets. The SIA network spans over five continents, so no matter where you are, you will almost always have the opportunity to meet the symbolic Singapore Girl, who epitomises the greatest in quality customer care and service.


Singapore is the southern terminus of Malaysia's Keretapi Tanah Melayu (Malayan Railway or KTMB) network. There are two day trains the Ekspres Sinaran Pagi and Ekspres Rakyat, and a sleeper service Ekspres Senandung Malam daily from Kuala Lumpur, and also a day train the Lambaian Timur departing Singapore at 04:45 and sleeper Ekspres Timuran departing at 18:00 daily along the “Jungle Railway” between Singapore and Gua Musang or Tumpat, near Kota Bharu in the East Coast of Malaysia. Trains are clean and fairly efficient, but slower than buses.


Ferries link Singapore with the neighbouring Indonesian province of Riau Islands and the Malaysian state of Johor. Singapore has five ferry terminals which handle international ferries, HarbourFront near Sentosa, Marina Bay Cruise Centre in Marina Bay, Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal on the East Coast, as well as Changi Ferry Terminal and Changi Point Ferry Terminal, both at the eastern side of the island near the airport.
Get around


The Mass Rapid Transit(MRT) system is probably the fastest way to get around Singapore besides taxis. Besides being one of the cleanest transport systems in the world, the MRT provides scenic views of the heartland and city areas, with great access to almost every part of Singapore.


SBS Transit is Singapore’s major public bus service operator. It also provides special bus services called the Nite Owl, which operate on Fridays, Saturdays and the eve of Public Holidays that can let visitors to discover Singapore’s bustling nightlife. In addition, SMRT also runs bus services primarily in the northern parts of Singapore. It shares a duopoly with SBS Transit as part of Singapore’s transport system, and similar to SBS.


Singapore taxis are a part of the public transport network. The official cabs use meters and can be paid with EZ-link. It is always better to book your taxi in advance because there’s quite a shortage of them. You can use the hotline 6555 8888 or SMS booking service.


Using bicycles as a substitute for public transport is possible, although there's little cycling culture and amenities like bike lanes or bike racks are a rarity.


Car rental is not a popular option in Singapore. It is also hardly necessary for tourists since public transport sufficiently covers all areas of the island with a significant population base. It costs $100 per day for the smallest vehicle from the major rental companies, although local ones can be cheaper and there are sometimes good weekend prices available. But note that this does not include gas or electronic road pricing fees. Roads in Singapore are in excellent condition and driving habits are generally good with most people.