You really do not need a car to get to places.
How best to go from here to there in SG? Consider your options.
Singapore’s MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) and LRT (Light Rail Transit) systems are efficient, affordable and air-conditioned ways to travel. Trains run from around 5:30 a.m. to midnight; longer during festive periods. Pick up an EZ-Link stored-value card, which charges you based on distance travelled. Fares start at $0.77 for adults and $0.37 for children (0.9 metres or taller).
Awesome App: MyTransport .SG (free via Google Play and App Store) helps you locate bus stops or train stations, track arrivals and get updates on service delays.
The comprehensive bus network runs from around 5:30 to 12:30 a.m. daily. Fares start at less than $1. If you’re travelling without an EZ-Link card, prep some change and ask the driver for the fare when you board; make sure to take your ticket. Tip: Tap out when exiting, or you’ll be charged the maximum fare from where you boarded.
Awesome App: SG Buses (free via Google Play and App Store) gives up-to-the-minute arrival times and info non bus routes. It even gives details on seat availability and standing space.
Taxis in Singapore run by the meter, but the fare can depend upon factors such as peak-hour timings, after-midnight surcharges, etc. Fares for the seven cab operators vary, though there’s no need to tip. (Note: You may have to hail a cab or be dropped off at a designated taxi stand, depending on where you are.) Tip: Know the postal code of your destination. Drivers with GPS can find it immediately.
Book a ride at any time of day or night on free app Grab (free via Google Play and App Store). Prices may spike based on supply and demand, but they are quoted or estimated upfront and can be charged directly to a card. The company offers a variety of services, from being able to hitch a ride off the street and ride-sharing to six-seater options. The app now also allows food-ordering services.
Awesome App: Carpooling app RYDE claims to be more eco- and wallet-friendly, which now offers private hire-car services as well.
According to the Economist Intelligence Unit, SG is the most expensive place in the world to buy a car, thanks to its Certificate of Entitlement (COE) system. But, there are good leasing options as well as an electric car-sharing service, BlueSG, to lessen costs.
Awesome Apps: To easily navigate your way through Singapore’s streets, download Waze (free via Google Play and App Store). Aside from maps and directions, it connects to a community of drivers who alert you of roadblocks and accidents if any, while on the go. Car Park Rates SG (free via Google Play and App Store) locates cheap parking and available spaces at major car parks.
The easiest way to cover short distances in Singapore is to hop on to a bicycle. Although not the most bicycle-friendly city as far as layout, several bike-sharing companies that work on a dockless principle take the load off.
Awesome Apps: There are three major bike-sharing companies available in SG, identifiable by their signature colours: ofo (yellow bikes), Mobike (orange bikes) and SG Bike (red and white bikes). Download the respective apps, scan the QR code from the bike, and unlock it via Bluetooth. Payment is done through the app, too.
Text: Candy Lim; Additional Reporting: Sandhya Mahadevan + some text adapted from www.straitstimes.com / Photos: 123RF.com, From The Finder Annual Directory 2019
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