When booking a hotel in Singapore, you might have some concerns over transportation, as the city is large and bustling. However, you can rest easy. Singapore has numerous travel options. Exceptionally fast, safe and efficient, you will have very few problems getting anywhere in the city using public transportation.
Most hotels in Singapore are located within walking distance to the city’s MRT (mass rapid transit) system. The MRT takes tourists to all the key tourist sites within the city. You can opt to pay for each one-way trip as you use the MRT, or purchase a Singapore Tourist Pass, which will give you unlimited rides for one, two, three or more days. To purchase the pass, go to a TransitLink Ticket Office, located at the Changi Airport, City Hall, Raffles Place, Orchard, Chinatown, Ang Mo Kio, HarbourFront, Bugis, Bayfront or Lavender. All of the TransitLink Offices are located close to major hotels within the city.
Taxis in Singapore are not metered, so you will want to discuss the fare with the driver prior to embarking. Always ask about surcharges that may be tacked onto the fare’s final cost. Prior to leaving the taxi, ask for a receipt. In most areas, taxis are easily hailed from the curbside. Taxis also line up to pick up passengers at popular destinations, such as tourist sites, malls and airports. You can also book a taxi from your hotel’s front desk.
The bus service in Singapore is large and quite diverse and it’s also the cheapest form of transportation. You can purchase an EZ-Link stored-value card or a Singapore Tourist Pass at the same locations. Use the MRT card to pay for your bus fare with a simple swipe. Also, almost every bus in Singapore is air-conditioned.
Transportation in Singapore is cheap, safe and highly efficient. Most transportation directions throughout the city are written in English, so you shouldn’t encounter much difficulty in deciphering where you are going or how to get there.