Getting Around Town
Thanks to Singapore’s compact size and efficient public transportation system, travelling around the island between meetings or after office hours is never an issue. No matter which mode of transport you prefer – the Mass Rapid Transport (MRT) subway system, bus, taxi, car or even boat – you will reach your destination quickly and with minimal fuss.
Singapore’s subway system is convenient, easy to use and fast. It features an extensive route network, which means you can take the train to reach many of Singapore’s key precincts and attractions.
Tip: If you are in the country for a few days, you can buy a Singapore Tourist Pass, a stored-value card that allows unlimited travel for one (SGD 10), two (SGD 16) or three (SGD 20) days. This card can be used on the MRT, Light Rapid Transport (LRT) and public buses.
Operating hours: The trains usually run from 5.30am to about midnight daily, and hours are extended during festive periods.
Singapore's public bus system is the most economical way to get around. All public buses here are air-conditioned, and offer the most scenic way to explore the city. If you are staying in a hotel outside the city, there are Premium Bus Services that provide rides to the CBD and other business parks.
Operating hours: Public buses generally start their services at about 5.30am and end at midnight, but exact timings vary depending on the route. There are also night bus rides from the city to specific neighbourhoods on Fridays, Saturdays and eve of public holidays from midnight to 2am.
Taxi- and car-hailing apps
Taxis and private-hire cars offer comfortable ways to get around the country. With plenty of taxi-hailing phone apps available, there is hardly any need to flag a taxi by the roadside.
The apps work almost the same way – you enter your location and destination, and the app will get you the nearest available car or taxi while providing you with the estimated wait time, driver or car details, and real-time vehicle tracking. You can choose to pay by cash or credit card after your ride.
The Uber app matches passengers to private-hire cars, while you get a choice of either a private-hire car or taxi when using the Grab mobile app. The private-hire cars function the same way as taxis except you get a choice of vehicles that can seat four to 13 people. The fare you pay will be displayed upfront before you accept the booking.
When there is a high demand for a ride in your area, prices of an Uber or Grab car ride may go up. If you do not wish to pay the displayed rate, wait for a while before trying again. The demand for rides may have eased by then.
In a rush? Use Grab’s “Flash” function, which will search for both taxis and cars in your area, getting you a ride as quickly as possible. Just key in your destination and tap the icon with the lightning bolt logo.
ComfortDelGro Taxi Booking App
You can book a taxi from ComfortDelGro, the biggest taxi operator in Singapore, through its app. You will be shown an estimated fare before you book and you will pay a metered fare and any prevailing taxi booking fees at the end of the trip. Alternatively, try the hotline at 6552 1111 which can help you secure a taxi in the vicinity.
Tip: The app allows you to leave notes for the taxi driver if you need to let him know exactly where you are waiting or who he should look out for.