Need to go from Point A to Point B?
Want to know how best to go from here to there in Singapore? Try these top transport tactics and consider your options.
Singapore’s MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) and LRT (Light Rail Transit) systems are efficient, cost-effective 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 $0.33 for adults and is even free for children (0.9 metres or taller) if you take a ride before 7:45 a.m. on weekdays!
Awesome App: MyTransport.SG (free via Google Play and iTunes Store) helps you locate train stations or bus stops, track arrivals and send updates on delays.
The bus network runs from around 5:30 to 12:30 a.m. daily. Fares start at less than $1 using an EZ-link stored-value card. Prep some change and ask the driver for the fare if you are using cash. 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 iTunes Store) gives up-to-date 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 after-midnight surcharges, peak-hour timings, etc. While fares for the seven cab operators vary, there’s no need to tip. 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 or Gojek. Prices may spike based on supply and demand, but they are quoted or estimated upfront and can be charged to a card. Both companies offer a variety of services, from being able to hitch a ride off the street and ride-sharing to six-seater options.
Awesome App: Carpooling app RYDE claims to be more eco- and wallet-friendly, which now offers private hire-car services and RydePOOL, a social carpooling option to ferry passengers heading in the same direction.
One of the easiest ways to cover short distances in Singapore is to hop on to a bicycle. Although SG is not the most bicycle-friendly city, several bike-sharing companies, which work on a dockless principle, take the load off.
Awesome Apps: Three bike-sharing companies – identifiable by their colours – SG Bike (red and white), Moov Mobility (orange bikes) and Anywheel (green bikes). Download the respective apps; scan the QR code from the bike; and unlock it via Bluetooth. Payments are done through the app 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. Try SGCarMart.com for additional resources.
Awesome Apps: To navigate your way through Singapore’s streets, download Waze. Aside from maps and directions, it connects to other drivers who alert you of roadblocks and accidents. Need to pay for parking at coupon parking car parks? Check out Parking.SG.
And do note, as of November 2019, it’s illegal to ride e-scooters on footpaths in SG, while the ruling is still out on other personal mobility devices (PMDs). If you’re caught doing so, you can be fined up to $2,000 or spend up to three months in jail.
Text: Candy Lim / Additional Reporting: Melodi Ghui + some text adapted from www.straitstimes.com / Photos: 123RF.com, From The Finder Annual Directory 2020
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