Getting around in Singapore: info, costs and advice

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Singapore is a modern and cosmopolitan city, full of charm due to Chinese, Malay and Indian influences, and with a lively nightlife: for these reasons, in recent years it has established itself as a favorite destination for tourists from all over the world. Getting around Singapore is really easy, fast and cheap, thanks to its very efficient public transport service, which allows tourists to move comfortably from one point of the city to another.

Getting around the city on foot is certainly pleasant, and allows you to discover hidden corners of the city, but undoubtedly the MRT metro lines are the fastest means to cross the center, while an integrated bus service allows you to easily reach all points nerve centers of the city. Here's everything you need to know about how to get around in Singapore: info, costs and advice


  1. Useful Tips
  2. How to get from the airport to the center of Singapore
  3. How to get around on foot
  4. Con i mezzi pubblici
  5. Ferry
  6. By car
  7. User questions and comments

Useful Tips

Singapore is one easy city to visit. The most characteristic neighborhoods, such as China Town, Little India and Arab Street, stroll around quietly walking, as well as walking along the Clarkes and the Marina.
The best way for a first approach to the city is a guided walking tour, which will save you time by taking you for a walk among the main landmarks. Alternatively, you can opt for the evergreen hop on hop off sightseeing bus tour.
For longer journeys, the most comfortable, efficient and economical means of transport is undoubtedly the subway.
For Sentosa Island, the cable car ticket must be purchased online.

Recommended the Singapore Tourist Pass, tourist card that allows unlimited travel on trains and buses, for 1, 2 or 3 days.
To do, at least once, a few trips by boat: there are regular transport services in ferry operating along the quays of the Singapore River that allow you to reach different points of the city. To do, especially in the evening, are the panoramic cruises on traditional boats bumboat who operate the hop-on, hop-off service (starting at $ 3,00, approximately € 1,80).

  • Recommended solutions and means: on foot, tourist bus, metro
  • Solutions and means not recommended: car
  • City cards and season tickets recommended: Singapore Tourist Pass (from $ 10,00 / € 6,40 -)

How to get from the airport to the center of Singapore

Singapore's main airport is the Changi International Airport (SIN), one of the most important in Southeast Asia, also considered one of the most modern and comfortable in the world. Spectacular is an understatement, Changi International Airport is an attraction of its own, complete with a cactus garden, butterfly park, gym and swimming pool. Since 2013 he has won the title of best airport in the world awarded by Skytrax. In case of a stopover of at least 5 hours and a half, they are organized guided city tours departing from the airport: the visit is completely free, you only need to book.

If to reach the city use the metro, the MRT station is located between Terminals 2 and 3 (green line with change at Tanah Merah, active 5: 30-23: 30, journey 40 min). If you opt for the taxi, you can find them outside the terminal. All Singapore taxis use the meter and the prices are quite affordable a one way shuttle service costs around € 7,00 per person. During the night (00: 00-6: 00) the rate doubles; during peak hours (Mon-Fri 6: 00-9: 30 and 18: 00-00: 00) it increases by 25%. THE bus depart from terminals 1, 2 and 3 (open from 6:00 to 00:00).

Changi International Airport

  • Distance from the center: 23 km / travel time: 45 min
  • By train: green line (East West Line) / ticket cost: $ 2,00 (€ 1,20)
  • By taxi: average cost $ 20,00-30,00 (€ 13,00-19,00) / travel time: 45 min
  • By bus: average cost $ 2,00 (€ 1,25) / lines 34, 36, 27, 24, 53 and 110
  • Private transfer: one-way shuttle service from approximately € 7,00

How to get around on foot

Singapore is wonderful to walk around. Safe and clean, in the more touristic districts the streets and sidewalks are wide and in excellent condition. There are areas in which to walk is there optimal choice. In this case, guided tours of the iconic neighborhoods are highly recommended: walking tour in the old colonial quarter, where the signs of Singapore's colonial past are still visible; on foot to discover the secrets of Marina Bay, a place that needs no introduction; a guided walking tour of Little India or Chinatown, among scents and above all unique flavors.

The only flaw, the tropical climate; with a very high humidity rate. Walking especially in the central hours of the day can be tiring, but there is no shortage of opportunities to make a refreshment stop: wherever you will find any indoor venue (bar, restaurant, museum etc ...) with really high air conditioning!

Con i mezzi pubblici

Singapore public transport is modern, clean and super efficient. Whatever means you decide to use, it will allow you to reach every area of ​​the city in a short time and with punctual precision. The fastest way is there MRT meter; the alternative is the network of bus, also efficient but to penalize this means is the traffic. On the metro, you don't run the risk of delays. Numerous also available taxi, cheap and comfortable but, even in this case, the traffic factor must be taken into account.


The MRT metro is the medium plus quick, economical and practical to get around the city. The network matters 9 lines, distinguished by color, and allows you to reach every neighborhood. The stations are located within walking distance of the major tourist attractions. All stations are spotless and ultra modern and some trains are equipped with autopilot; the races are frequent.

The ticket can be purchased at the automatic machines at one variable price based on mileage. The purchase of the Singapore Tourist Pass, a card that includes unlimited rides on the metro and buses (with costs starting from $ 10,00, € 6,40, plus a deposit of $ 10,00 that will be returned when the card is returned), which can be purchased at the ticket offices TransitLink Ticket Office.

  • Downloadable map:
  • from 5.30 to midnight
  • Ticket / single ride cost: from $ 1,40 (€ 0,90) to $ 2,50 (€ 1,60)
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: Singapore Tourist Pass 1 day $ 10,00 (€ 6,40); 2 days $ 16,00 (€ 10,20); 3 days $ 20,00 (€ 12,75)


The main operators are SBS Transit and SMRT. Like the subway, Singapore's bus network also connects every point of the city in a manner efficient and comfortable. Compared to the metro, however, it is a slower and more sensitive vehicle road traffic. Singapore buses are modern and air-conditioned, some even have a TV screen. The rides are frequent.
In addition to the lines of the public service network, there are panoramic buses, such as the City Sightseeing Singapore or the SIA Hop-On, with stops at all the main attractions. (24 hours from $ 27,00 / € 17,20 to $ 33,00 / € 21,00) depending on the company.

The metro tourist pass is also valid for the bus; the alternative is to pay in cash (bring some change because change is not given). When exiting the bus, the pass must be stamped again to register the end of the journey.

  • Downloadable map:
  • from 5:30 am to midnight
  • Ticket / single ride cost: from $ 1,00 (€ 0,65) to $ 2,10 (€ 1,35)
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: Singapore Tourist Pass 1 day $ 10,00 (€ 6,40); 2 days $ 16,00 (€ 10,20); 3 days $ 20,00 (€ 12,75)


There are about 19.000 taxis in Singapore, all of them authorized and equipped with a taximeter. They can be stopped along the way, but are generally found on pitches near larger hotels and shopping centers. They are a comfortable vehicle and also rather cheap which allows you to reach areas not served by other means.

With regard to rates, you start at $ 3,00 (€ 2,00), then you pay $ 0,22 (€ 0,14) for every 400 meters. During the night (00: 00-6: 00) the rate doubles; during peak hours (Mon-Fri 6: 00-9: 30 and 18: 00-00: 00) it increases by 25%. To pay by credit card a 10% surcharge is applied.

  • 24 hours on 24
  • Ticket / single ride cost: from $ 3,00 (€ 2,00) + $ 0,22 (€ 0,14) every 400 m


Regular ferry transport services operate along the piers of the Singapore River, allowing you to reach various points of the city and its main islands such as Sentosa and Pulau Ubin.

Very characteristic are the traditional boats, the so-called bumboat which, in addition to a hop on hop off service, carry out scenic cruises along the river to admire the city skyline. Highly recommended experience in the evening to admire the illuminated Marina Bay.

  • by 8: 30 22 to: 00
  • Ticket / single ride cost: from $ 2,00 (€ 1,30) one way service

By car

To experience Singapore for a few days as a tourist, there isn't no valid reason to rent a car. The Italian driving license is recognized but must be accompanied by one official translation certified by the Italian embassy (alternatively an international driving license). Driving is on the left with overtaking on the right, seat belts are also mandatory for the rear seats.

If you are on a touring trip, in Singapore it is best to rent a vehicle on site. Entering Singapore with a foreign car can be indeed complicated and rather expensive. Cars registered in the Malaysian peninsula, for example, must prove that they have paid the relevant tax and are covered by insurance; other foreign cars need a Vehicle Registration Certificate, a Customs Certificate (Carnet), insurance from a Singapore based company and an International Driving Permit. All cars and motorbikes can travel around Singapore for up to 10 days without paying the vehicle entry permit, after which you pay $ 20,00 / day (€ 12,80). Car rental starts at $ 60,00 / day (€ 38,00).


Urban tolls have existed in Singapore since 1975. This is the world's first case of road pricing in a town. It was introduced to relieve the central area of ​​the capital from private cars. It was an almost obligatory choice given the high population density compared to the limited land available: 4 million people in a space of 25 x 42 km! Today the permits to own a car are limited and auctioned by the government.

From Monday to Saturday, at various times of the day, almost all of central Singapore becomes ZTL, accessible only to cars upon payment of a toll according to ERP system (Electronic Road Pricing), also applied to rental vehicles. The toll payment system is the same also for motorways and main arteries; In fact, in Singapore, road pricing does NOT only concern the city center. All cars must have on board the toll collection device connected with a prepaid card. If there is not enough credit at the time of the automatic transaction, a fine is triggered and sent to the home address. To find out about ERP rates and restricted traffic areas, consult the official website.

Stops and parking

The parking lots are very expensive but easy to find, as all malls have one. The outdoor parking lots and those along the streets are under public management regulations. Dashboard coupons can be purchased at petrol stations and ubiquitous 7-Eleven supermarkets. In some car parks, the system of coupons has been replaced with the electronic one of ERP prepaid cards, the same also valid for limited traffic areas.

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