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Getting around Singapore

Public transport

Public transport in Singapore is efficient, clean and cheap. The metro system is operated by Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (SMRT) (tel: 1 800 336 8900, in Singapore only;, which includes the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) and Light Rapid Transit (LRT) services.

The bus system is operated by the Singapore Bus Service (SBS) (tel: 1 800 225 5663, in Singapore only; and SMRT Buses. EZ-link smart cards ( are widely used on any MRT, LRT or bus journey, and can be purchased and topped up online or at stations. As cash payment is rare, you need to prepare exact change when taking a bus and the same journey also costs more in cash than using an EZ-link smart card. 

For visitors, it's also worth considering the Singapore Tourist Pass ( for unlimited travel for one, two or three days. This pass is sold at selected metro stations.


Taxis are cheap, metered, safe and air-conditioned, but they can be hard to find during peak hours, especially in the Central Business District (CBD). Fares are subject to surcharges for advance booking and tolls, but it is not customary to tip.

Major taxi firms include Comfort (tel: +65 6555 1188), CityCab (tel: +65 6552 1111), SMRT Taxis (tel: +65 6555 8888), Premier Taxis (tel: +65 6363 6888) and Trans-Cab (tel: +65 6555 3333).


The highways are easy to negotiate. Singaporean drivers have a habit of lane-drifting and undertaking, but otherwise traffic flows smoothly, with few abuses of etiquette. Parking is reasonably cheap and multi-storey carparks are widely available.

Various tolls are levied to relieve congestion on busy roads, using the Electronic Road Pricing Scheme (ERP) which automatically deducts tolls from the In-vehicle Unit (IU). The unit is fitted in all Singaporean vehicles and uses a rechargeable CashCard. For foreign vehicles not fitted with an IU, drivers can pay a daily fixed ERP fee on departure from Singapore with the Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP).

Car hire

A valid national driving licence is required to hire a car in Singapore (check if you will also need an International Driving Permit) plus a passport and credit card. Minimum third-party insurance is compulsory and can be extended to cover Malaysia.

Major providers include Avis (tel: +65 6737 1668; and Hertz (tel: +65 6734 4646;

Bicycle hire

Bike sharing schemes were being decommissioned.

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Featured Hotels


Lodge 41

From 4-bed to 12-bed to a room and some rooms are exclusive to females only, this basic but clean hostel is popular with young adults looking for a cosy place to stay.

Naumi Liora

Housed in a row of beautifully restored 1920s shophouses, Naumi Liora is a 79-room boutique hotel in the heart of Chinatown.

Ibis Novena

There are three Ibis hotels in Singapore and all of them are of good standard. The three outlets are in Bencoolen (within walking distance to Bugis MRT station), Novena (with a free shuttle service to Novena MRT station) and MacPherson (with a free shuttle service to Orchard Road). The rooms are clean and modern.

The Pod @ Beach Road

There are quite a few capsule hotels in Singapore catering to those seeking an authentic and fuss-free experience. Located in the Kampong Glam neighbourhood, The Pod @ Beach Road offers a basic sleeping pod for a reasonable fee. Bathroom and toilet facilities are shared.

Raffles Hotel Singapore (closed for restoration)

A national monument, named after Singapore's founding father, Thomas Stamford Raffles, Raffles Hotel Singapore is a high point on the sightseeing trail. This hotel is currently closed for restoration with a plan to reopen in the second half of 2018.

The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore

This high-rise luxury hotel in Singapore has some of the best rooms on the island. The top-floor Ritz-Carlton Club has a lounge with 360° views and cocktail bar. Location wise, it is within walking distance to the Singapore Flyer and Marina Square Shopping Centre.