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Date: 2015-7-28 20:46:49

Singapore Transportation

Singapore Transportation is mainly land-based. Many parts of Singapore are accessible by road, including islands such as Sentosa and Jurong Island. The other major form of transportation within Singapore is rail: the Mass Rapid Transit which runs the length and width of Singapore, and the Light Rail Transit which runs within a few neighborhoods. The main island of Singapore is connected to the other islands by ferryboat services.


Singapore also has many links to the rest of the world. There are two bridges which link Singapore to Malaysia – the Causeway, and the Second Link. The Singapore Changi Airport is a major aviation hub in Asia, and Singapore is a major transshipment port. Public transport covers a variety of transport modes such as bus, rail and taxi. This is a result of great emphasis by the Government of Singapore to promote its use over private transport. About 5.308 million trips are made on a daily basis on the public transport system and at least half of its population utilizes it daily.


Public bus transportation is provided by two operators, namely SBS Transit (operating distinctive red-and-white buses) and SMRT (yellow buses). Both operators serve their own network of routes and bus interchanges throughout Singapore. Public buses run daily from 5.30am to midnight. There are also extended night services, namely Nite Owl and Nightrider, which cost slightly more (a flat rate ranging from $1.50-$3.00). Otherwise, most fares depend on distance travelled and range from 67 cents to $1.58 for air-conditioned comfort (almost all public buses in Singapore have air-conditioning today).



The MRT makes travelling around Singapore very easy, convenient, cheap and efficient. We bought a 3 day tourist pass for $20 each plus a $10 refundable deposit. There are also other options. If you miss a train, then there is not long to wait for the next train. The trains can get crowded, so it is a good thing and a necessary thing that they are frequent. There are numerous train lines which are all conveniently color-coded. It is prohibited to eat and drink in the stations and on the trains, and this is a factor contributing to why the trains and stations are so clean.


Durians are also forbidden (because of their pungent smell). The Changi International Airport is connected to the MRT - it is on the green east-west line. It is necessary to change at Tanah Merah station to get between the downtown city and the airport. The change is easily done with luggage at Tanah Merah, as it is simply a case of moving across the platform to the other track. The stations all have a map of the system, showing all the train stations and interchanges. And there are always staff available if anyone needs assistance.



Taxi are surprisingly cheap in Singapore - they cost less than in similar cities elsewhere in the world. A word of warning, though: Don't bother with taxi ranks. They can literally take hours. There's some weirdness with the rates, which make picking up passengers from a taxi rank the last resort for any driver. They'd rather take a call and pick you up at that spot than collect from the queue. Learn some taxi phone numbers or ask the hotel to call one for you, that's the best bet.


Like in any major cities around the world, Singapore has its share of local taxis for hire. They only accept up to 4 people maximum if the taxi is small like a sedan but if it's the larger van, they accept more than 4 people. It is cheaper to ride a taxi if you are four people going to nearby places like for example from marina Bay Sands to Orchard Road since the fare would be around $ 8 to 9 while riding the MRT from the said place to Orchard Road will be more longer and more expensive at about $ 10 for 4 people. 



The planning, construction and maintenance of the road network is overseen by the Land Transport Authority (LTA), and this extends to expressways in Singapore. These form key transport arteries between the distinct towns and regional centers as laid out in Singapore's urban planning, with the main purpose of allowing vehicles to travel from satellite towns to the city center and vice versa in the shortest possible distance. These expressways include:

·         Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE)

·         Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE)

·         Central Expressway (CTE)

·         East Coast Parkway (ECP)

·         Marina Coastal Expressway (MCE)

·         Kallang–Paya Lebar Expressway (KPE)

·         Kranji Expressway (KJE)

·         Pan Island Expressway (PIE)

·         Seletar Expressway (SLE)

·         Tampines Expressway (TPE)

·         North-South Expressway (under planning


Cable car

Singapore's only cable car system, the Singapore Cable Car, plies between Mount Faber on the main island of Singapore and the resort island of Sentosa as an alternative means of accessing that tourist attraction. The cable car system underwent a revamp that was completed in August 2010.


Singapore Airlines Hop-on Hop-off Bus, Singapore

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.