around Singapore is easy, as the island is small and the infrastructure
is very well-developed. Many of the places of interest are within
walking distance of each other, and the best way to see them is
on foot. (Look under the various self-guided
walking tours on the webpage for tips)
When you have to pay for transport, most times, you will find
that the MRT (Singapore's equivalent of the subway, tube and metro)
is your best option. It's efficient and affordable.
now using contactless smart cards (ez-link card) for both the
MRT and our public buses. These are sold at MRT stations and bus
interchanges for a discount price of S$13.00 (S$3.00 is the deposit)
for the first six months. With this system you don't need to calculate
the stages you are travelling and the price, this will be automatically
deducted at the exit. (People can't underpay their fare anymore).
On boarding a bus, you'll see two grey card readers. You tap the
card on one and the maximum fare is deducted for the rest of the
journey. A green light appears and a beeping sound is heard. On
exiting, tap your card on one of the card readers placed at the
exit. The system will then re-calculate the correct fare and refund
the difference to your card. You will be able to see the card
value and the fare deducted on the screen.
a cab should be your last resort, as it is more costly than the
MRT and the bus.
As cab drivers can charge more when passengers call to book a
cab, many cab-drivers have an annoying habit of refusing to stop
for passengers without bookings. At times, you see plenty of cabs
without any passengers, but none will stop when you try to flag
them down. They will only stop when you dial the booking line.
drivers can also charge more when passengers hail a cab after
midnight. As it approaches midnight, you will also have difficulty
trying to get a cab to stop. If you have to book a cab, these
are the numbers to 3 different cab companies:-
Tel: (65) 6552 2222
Tel: (65) 6552 1111
Tel: (65) 6555 8888