With a wide network of stations located across the city, MRT seems to be an absolutely perfect solution for traveling in Singapore. However, there are still other vehicles in the city that you can use in other cases such as taxis, buses, or rental cars, motorcycles or even walk. With the range of only 50 cents to less than 10 SGD, you can easily travel around the city. How to get around Singapore? Let’s explore 6 means of transportation in Singapore for tourists when you traveling in this beautiful and bustling nation. Transport guide in Singapore city on Living Nomads will help you find the most convenient solution.
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Transport guide in Singapore city will begin with the bus because its cost is cheap and it is easy to find a place on the bus from all corners of streets in the city. A bus trip just costs from 60 cents to 1,2 SGD, depending on how far the distance is. If you are about to travel by bus in Singapore, you can buy a copy of the TransitLink Guide (approximately SGD 1.5 per copy) at most bookstores. Similar to the MRT, you can buy tickets on each departure, or use the EZ-link card and recharge in order to use gradually. You can travel by bus and also walk to visit places nearby.
Another solution you can utilize is the hop-on-hop-off bus service. This is the perfect option if you want to take a stroll around the city. This service allows visitors to “jump” down at any their favorite sights, enjoy the beauty of sights leisurely (no time limit), then catch another Hop-on-hop-off one to go to next places.
Singapore has over 15,000 air-conditioned taxis which present on the streets of Singapore both day and night. Most taxis have a meter. The first 1.5 kilometers cost 2.4 SGD and then plus 10 cents for every 240 meters. However, during peak hours (07:30 – 09:30 and 17:30 – 19:00) at the downtown area, or directly from the airport to the hotel, you will charge an additional fee (normally about SGD 2, but may be more expensive depending on the specific situation). If you travel by taxi at night, the cost will add about 50% more.
Cruise on the river
The cruise trips will depart from North Boat Quay and Clarke Quay every hour from 09:00 to 19:00. Some of them will cost about SGD 7 per trip. Except for the traditional boats, the cruise ships are now new yachts that offer the luxurious experience. Besides the diners on the old Chinese tongkang or sailboats or trips around the islands, normally a trip by boat takes about 20 SGD and about 35-80 SGD including the dinners.
If you want to travel comfortably, promptly without being dependent on any factors, you should rent a car. The city offers quality and prestige rental car services. You just need to ensure that you follow the proper procedures, have the driving license and obey all traffic laws. Some of the basic rules are to drive to the right and to wear a seat belt (quite similar to Vietnam). In addition, the allowed maximum speed in the city is 50km/h, and on the highway is 80km/h.
Airbus – A transportation to airport
This is a service exclusively for new customers landing at Changi Airport. If you choose to use Airbus (one trip appears every 20 minutes) you can go to one of the three places such as the Central Business District, the Colonial District and Orchard Road (the shopping road in Singapore). Prices per trip are 5 SGD for adults and 3 SGD for children.
Trishaws or tricycles with back cages were once a means of transportation in the past in Singapore. However, from time to time, it is very difficult to find this vehicle at lion island. If you want to experience something nostalgic, you can visit Chinatown and Little India. Most trolleys drivers will wait for visitors along Waterloo Street and each 45-minute-trip will cost about SGD 25 to SGD 45.
Duck Wacky Tour
Another unique vehicle to explore Singapore is the Duck Wacky. Decorated like the shape of ducks and having the ability to swim extremely weird. A duck wacky tour costs less than SGD 40 but traveling on this fun boat and enjoying the Singapore streets is definitely an experience you will not forget.
Segway electric car
It is a new and appropriate vehicle for young people who have the passion for experiencing new things. Only operating at Sentosa with the price of less than SGD 15, you will have the opportunity to experience the excited feeling when “conquer” this electric car. Especially, during that journey, you can also explore the beautiful Sentosa coastal road of Singapore city.
With these vehicles, Living Nomads believe that you have full options for your journey, which makes your trip more convenient and fun. However, to save the cost of travel, the best advice is to combine MRT and bus because these public transports are fixed and always cheaper than a taxi.
Some best day tours, trips, activities and transfer services, tickets in Singapore and from Singapore you can refer to
- Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) Private Transfer
- Private City Transfers between Singapore and Johor Bahru
- Shared Changi Airport Transfers (SIN) for Singapore Hotels
- Singapore All Day Pass
- The Singapore Pass
- [Klook Exclusive] 3 Hours Singapore City Tour
- Singapore Cityscapes Tour
- [Klook Exclusive] Sentosa Island Introductory Tour in Singapore
- Singapore Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Tour (Open-Top)
- Sentosa FUN Pass
- Singapore City Pass (2/3 Days)
- [Klook Exclusive] Universal Studios Singapore™ 1 Day Ticket
- 4G Prepaid Sim Card (Changi Airport Pick Up) for Singapore
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