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Singapore Tourist Pass (STP)

Singapore Tourist Pass In Dec 2007, the Singapore Tourist Pass (STP) is finally launched, to let tourist commute easily on the local public transport (buses, MRT and LRT). The STP works like a normal EZ-link card, a contact-less card which you can use to pay for your bus and train rides.

There is a deposit of S$10 when you buy the card. If you return the pass within 5 days, the deposit will be refunded, otherwise you can keep it as a momento. Tourist enjoy unlimited rides for S$8 a day, and have an option of buying 1-Day ($18), 2-Day (S$26) or 3-Day (S$34) pass.

The pass can be bought and returned at the Transitlink Offices in selected MRT stations (Changi Airport, Orchard, Chinatown, City Hall, Raffles Place, Ang Mo Kio, Harbour Front, Bugis). By mid 2008, you can purchase the pass at the Singapore Visitor Centre.

By March 2008, the card can also be purchased from the website and delivered to you by mail. Visit http://www.thesingaporetouristpass.com for more details.

Complementing the STP is a "Travel with Ease - Public Transport Guide for Tourist". It's a fold out guide of where to go and how to go there.

Well, the best guide to complement the STP card is this website we have here, isn't it? Tongue out



This is called Subway or Metro in some country. The Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) is a good way to get around Singapore. It is fast, comfortable and reliable. A single trip Standard Ticket cost between S$0.90 to $2.10. 

At the moment, there are 3 MRT lines (North-South Line, East-West Line, and North-East Line) and a shuttle service between Changi Airport, SIngapore Expo and Tanah Merah station. The rail lines are operated by 2 companies, SMRT Trains and SBS Transit. However, your Standard Ticket for a single trip is valid on all lines, and you do not need to purchase new tickets to transfer from one line to another.

You may purchase a Standard Ticket from any General Ticketing Machine (GTM) found at all MRT or LRT Stations. The price includes a refundable S$1 deposit. Important note: Remember to claim your refund after using the ticket. You can do so by returning the ticket into the GTM within 30 days from the date of purchase. It is advisable to claim the refund immediately after each single trip. You can also obtain your refund from any 7-11 stores.

On the train map, the North-South line is denoted in Red, East-West Line is denoted in Green and North-East line is denoted in Purple.

Click here for the MRT and LRT map of Singapore



LRT Light Rapid Transit (LRT) is a single cabin, driver-less train system that services the housing estates. They don't stop near any major tourist attraction, and it is quite unlikely that any tourist would be using it. If (for some unknown reason) you would like to have a feel of taking an LRT, you may take an MRT to Chua Chu Kang Station (North-South Line), Punggol Station or Sengkang Station (both on the North-East line), and transfer to take the LRT.





SBS Bus Buses are a cheap and convenient way to travel around the country. Much effort has been put in to try to ensure the punctuality of the buses and make the buses arrive like clock work. The bus routes are operated by 2 main companies: SBS Transit and SMRT Buses, and a few other private operators. The first bus may leave the interchange as early as 0530 and last bus may leave at 12mn, depending on the buses.

if you are paying by cash, each trip can cost between S$0.90 - S$1.80. Prepare the exact fare before you board the bus. No change will be given. You may ask the bus driver if you do not know the exact fare. Enter from the front of the bus. The coin collection box is located next to the driver. Pay when you board (unlike some countries, where you pay when you alight).

Tip: If you are not sure about which stop to alight (cos every road looks the same anyway, and the bus stop number is not so obvious in the bus), you may note down the Fare Stage from the bus guide. After boarding, stay close to the EZ-Link Card reader which are located at the front and rear door. The card reader will show you the current Fare Stage it is at. However, note that sometimes there may be more than 1 stop at a Fare Stage. But at least this is a good indication of whether you have missed your stop or is on the wrong bus.

You may want to check out their online bus guides to plan your travel: 

 If you are checking out the local clubbing scene until the early hours of the morning and find that taking a taxi back to hotel is too expensive, you might want to consider some of the night bus services that are available. These services only operates on Fri, Sat and Eve of Public Holidays, between 12 midnight to about 3.30 a.m. They charge a flat fee of S$3 (if you pay by cash). You need to know beforehand, where to board and alight, and might not stop near your hotel, though. Check out their online bus guides below:



Comfort Taxi Taxis are reasonably priced and charged by meters. However, there are many surcharges that might creep into your fare. Recently (Nov 2007), there has been a crack down on taxi drivers who exploit these surcharges by operating only during peak hours or waiting for cab bookings. Several measures has also been put in place. 

Most of the taxi drivers are honest people. However, if you suspect that the taxi driver might have overcharged you, ask him for a printed receipt and verify it later. The printed receipt should have the surcharges listed clearly. If the driver is unwilling or unable to give you a printed receipt, ask him for a handwritten one, with the charges clearly listed. Take note of the license plate number. If you have been overcharged, notify the respective taxi company of the incident.

As with the ever increasing fuel prices, the cab companies has also revised their charges. We will update the cab fare on this website once it stabilises. As of Oct 2007, for standard taxis, the flag down rate is S$2.50. After the 1st km, you pay S$0.10 for every 210m for the first 10km and S$0.10 for every 175m after the 10km. Also, you pay $0.10 for every 25sec of waiting time or less. For Hyundai Sonata taxis, the flag down rate is S$2.70. For Other Premium taxis, the flag down rate is S$2.80. Apart from that, the same rates apply. Short rides within the city or between 2 adjacent estates shouldn't cost more than $10. Unless you are taking a cab from Jurong to Changi Airport after midnight, each taxi ride shouldn't cost more than S$25.

Here are some of the taxi surcharges:

  • Midnight Surcharge: 11pm to 1am - 10% to 35% of Basic fare. 1am to 6am- 50% of Basic Fare.
  • Peak Hour Surcharge: 7am to 9.30am (Mon to Fri) and 5pm to 8pm (Mon to Sat) - S$2.00
  • Public Holiday Surcharge: 6pm (on eve of Holiday) to 12mn (on the day of the Holiday) - S$1.00
  • City Area Surcharge: If you board a taxi in the City or Central Business District at 5pm to 8pm (Mon to Thu) or 5pm to 11.30pm (Fri to Sun) - $1.00. This is on top of other surcharges (e.g. Peak Period Surcharge) which may apply.
  • ERP Surcharge: The 'Toll' charges when the driver passes by an ERP gantry.
  • Location Charges: Pickup at Changi Airport from 5pm to 12mn (Fri to Sun) - S$5.00. All other times - S$3.00
  • Location Charges: Pickup at Singapore Expo - S$2.00

Sometimes, during peak hours and around midnight, it might be very difficult to flag a cab. You might want to call the taxi companies to make a bookings to pick you up. For Standard taxis, here are the booking fees:

  • 7 am to 9.30 am and 5 pm to 11 pm(Mon to Fri) - S$4.00
  • All other times - S$2.50
  • Advanced Booking (at least 30 min in advance) - S$5.20
Note that the above surcharges applies on top of the booking fee. 

Here are a list of the local taxi operators and their telephone numbers, in case you need to call them for a bookng:

Taxi Operators   Hotline Website  
City Cab 6552-2222 
TRANS-Cab 6555-3333 http://www.transcabservices.com.sg  
SMRT6555-8888 http://www.smrt.com.sg/taxis.html  
Comfort 6552-1111 http://www.comfort-transportation.com.sg  
SMART Cab 6485-7777 http://www.smartcab.com.sg  
Premier Taxis 6363-6888 http://www.premiertaxi.com 

 Most cabs now have LED displays on top of the cab. Flag only when taxis have the green words displayed. You can save your energy if you see taxis with the red "Hired" sign on top. (Editor note: This may sound like a no-brainer, but I have seen people flaging wildly at hired taxis.)



trishaw Trishaw are bicycles with an attached cabin by the side. They are strictly used for sightseeing only and can be found along tourist attractions like Little India, Chinatown, and Singapore River area. Short rides cost abt S$10 - S$20.







EZ-Link Card

The EZ-Link card is a contact-less card that can be used on all public buses, MRT and LRT. If you intend to stay in Singapore for a long time and plan to use buses and MRT a lot, or if you find it a hassle to look for change everytime, then you might want to consider getting an EZ-Link Card. With the EZ-Link card, you get a S$0.20 - S$0.30 discount on each bus and MRT trips, and additional rebates for transfers.

The card cost $15, out of which, $5 is for the cost of the card and is non-refundable. It has a S$7 stored value for you to use and a travel deposit of $3. Upon returning the card, you will be refunded the S$3 deposit and the remaining stored value in the card. You don't get to keep the card as a souvenir and have to hand it back in order to get the refund.

You may purchase or return the card at the ticket office at most MRT Stations. Do note the operating hours though. Some are opens at 12 noon and closes at 7pm, while some might open at 8am and close at 9pm.

If you prefer to have a tour guide to accompany you at each of Singpore's major attactions, you might want to consider buying the Visitor's Card. From 1 July 2007 to 31 December 2007, the selling price of the card is S$32.10 (including taxes). This includes a S$10 stored value for public transport, and up to 40% discount on the offered guided tours. Note that the prices for guided tours will obviously be higher than if you solely buy admission tickets, because you will be brought around by a tour guide. Choose this option only if you require guided tours.


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