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How to Get to Singapore

Aug 15, 2011   //   by Five Stones Hostel   //   How to get to Singapore  //  No Comments

Our little “red dot” is located on the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula in Southeast Asia. While we may be small, getting in and out of this country is easy and efficient (provided you have all the right documents!). Singapore is often a stopover point or travel hub for many travellers and can easily be reached by air, sea or land. 

By Air:

Changi Airport was voted the world’s best airport twice in a row so even if you aren’t getting out of the airport, there are plenty of reasons and ways to stay entertained. There are a total of 3 terminals – usually known as T1, T2 and T3. All 3 are connected via the airport Skytrain and are accessible by guests with or without an air ticket.

There are more than 100 airlines that connect through Singapore and if you have plans to fly cheap, try Tigerair, JetstarAirasia or Scoot. Alternatively, go for Singapore Airlines, Emirates and Japan Airlines if you like more freebies and a cushier ride!

Once you have stepped off the plane, getting through and out of the airport is an absolute breeze. If you need to stay connected, free WIFI is available throughout Changi Airport and you can pick up a prepaid simcard with 3g data at mobile booths near the arrival hall. Prices for a prepaid simcard start from $8SGD – $50SGD, varying on what you would require. Popular mobile providers for simcards are Singtel or Starhub.

Getting to the city from the airport is a mere 45 minute MRT train ride and costs only $2.20SGD per person. You may opt to take a taxi (which will cost anywhere from $25SGD – $35SGD) or the Changi Airport Shuttle offered by the Ground Transport Desk ($9SGD for a one-way transfer).

By Sea:

Singapore has 3 cruise terminals that cater to cruise ships – Singapore Cruise Centre at Habourtfront or Tanah Merah and the Marina Bay Cruise Centre.

If you are taking a cruise over, do check your ticket for the port location. You may use navigation sites like Google Maps, Gothere.sg (Singapore’s version of Google Maps) or you can always email us. Public transport is readily available from all of the ports and will cost approximately $2-$3SGD per person to reach the city centre.

By Land:

Apart from driving into Singapore (one that we would not recommend – parking fees, fuel and surcharges are expensive!), there are two other transport options to consider if you are arriving through Malaysia.

Bus: Getting into Singapore via bus is easy, affordable and relatively fast (as compared to train rides or driving in where massive jams are known to occur). Buses have dedicated lanes of their own at immigration borders and both drivers and bus passengers are often determined to get through customs as fast as possible.

When alighting to clear customs during peak periods, we would recommend taking note of the bus plate number. You may end up finding other buses upon exiting with the same company name and bus design! You can book your bus tickets online to/from Malaysia via Easibook or Busonlineticket. Alternatively, you may buy it directly from the bus interchanges in Malaysia or Singapore.

Main alighting points for buses coming from Malaysia are: Golden Mile Complex, Golden Mile Tower, Keypoint, Textile Centre, and Queenstreet Bus Terminal (on Beach Road).

Train: The alighting point for trains in Singapore is at Woodland Train Checkpoint. You can take a local bus from there to either Woodlands or Marsiling MRT and take the train down to the city.

Do note that train journeys from Thailand or Malaysia to  Singapore take an extraordinary long time and while affordable, we would advise to use this form of transport only if you enjoy long train rides or have time to spare.

To book train rides, you may book through the KTMB website here.

 

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