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Getting Around in Singapore
 
 
 

By Water

The Singapore Cruise Centre is located at the World Trade Centre, about 10 minutes’ drive from the city centre. Harbour cruises and ferry services to Singapore’s islands, Malaysia and the Indonesian Riau islands may be boarded at the ferry terminals located at the World Trade Centre and Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal at Changi. A ferry for Sentosa, the most popular offshore island, leaves every 20 minutes starting at 7:30 am.

Tourist-oriented 'bumboats' cruise the Singapore River, offering point-to-point rides cruises with nice views of the CBD skyscraper skyline. Bumboats also shuttle passengers from Changi Village to Pulau Ubin, a small island off Singapore's northeast coast which is about as close as Singapore gets to unhurried rural living.

By Rail

The MRT is Singapore's subway system. It's cool, clean, safe and reliable, providing service around the central parts of the city and extending into the suburbs around the island. There are stops along Orchard Road into the Historic District, to Chinatown and Little India.

Fares range from S70¢ to S$2, depending on which stations you travel between. System charts are prominently displayed in all MRT stations to help you find your appropriate fare, which you pay with an EZ-Link fare card. Single-fare cards can be purchased at vending machines inside MRT stations.

MRT operating hours vary between lines and stops, with the earliest train beginning service daily at 5:15 am and the last train ending at 12:47 am.

By Road

Roads in Singapore are in excellent condition and driving habits are generally good with most people following the traffic rules due to stringent enforcement, though road courtesy tends to be sorely lacking. Like the United Kingdom, traffic in Singapore drives on the left. All motorists driving into the city or travelling on some major roads are required to pay the ERP (Electronic Road Pricing). Driving age is 18 and the speed limit is only 90 km/h on expressways and 60 km/h on other roads.

Drink-driving is not tolerated: the maximum blood alcohol content is 0.08%, with roadblocks set up at night to catch offenders, who are heavily fined and possibly jailed. Even if your blood alcohol level does not exceed the legal limit, you can still be charged with drink driving if the police are convinced that your ability to control the vehicle has been compromised by the presence of alcohol (i.e. if you get involved in an accident). The police do conduct periodic roadblocks and speed cameras are omnipresent. Fines will be sent by mail to you or your rental agency, who will then pass on the cost with a surcharge. If stopped for a traffic offence, don't even think about trying to bribe your way out.

Bus

There is a well-developed system of local services run by two main companies. The service is cheap and efficient and operates throughout the day. Three City Buzz services loop the city. A SIA hop-on, hop-off service operates daily. There are additional peak-hours-only shuttle and minibus services. A flat fare system operates on the one-man routes. A timetable and route map is available from book stores. Service buses are operated by SBS.

Taxi

Taxis are by far the most convenient way to get around Singapore. Fares are cheap (metered), cars are clean and drivers speak English. Taxi stands can be found at every hotel, shopping mall, and public building; otherwise, you can flag one down from the side of the road. Most destinations in the main parts of the island can be reached fairly inexpensively, while trips to the outlying attractions can cost from S$10 to S$15 one-way.

Car Rental

There are several car rental/self-drive firms with offices at the airport and in hotels. Visitors to Singapore rarely rent cars for sightseeing, because it's just not convenient. Local transportation is excellent and affordable, you don't have to adjust to local driving rules and habits, plus there's no need to worry about where to park.

Documentation: Foreign driving licences in English are valid in Singapore for up to a year from your date of entry, after which you will have to convert your foreign licence to a Singapore one. Foreign licences not in English must be accompanied by an International Driving Permit (IDP) or an official English translation (usually available from your embassy) for them to be valid.

 

 
 

 


 


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