Singapore MRT (SMRT)

4.7 out of 5.0 stars

Coolest Way Around Singers

I use the MRT extensively when in Singapore. It’s my favourite mode of transport, safe, clean, very efficient and reasonably priced. Not taking anything away from the other forms of public transport in Singapore, all excellent, the MRT is definitely the best way to get around the city-state whether you are a tourist, local or a regular visitor like me, alone or with my family.

Most places of note are in walking distance from the stations, some are right above or within the building. The network is mostly underground keeping you out of the heat and humidity but a few lines run above ground in the outer areas of Singapore, such as part of the track to and from Changi Airport.

You have to remember this is a mass transit system so there are moments when it does get crowded. So if you can plan your travel either side of the morning and evening peak periods or in between you’ll do fine.

The system runs currently on 5 lines and will expanded to 6 in the not too distant future, making coverage of Singapore nearly complete.

The MRT uses a check-in, check-out system. Buy tickets and reloadable cards at TransitLink Ticket offices at major stations or from vending machines. As I’m in Singapore frequently I use the EZ-link card and reload/top-up when necessary. These cards last 5 years and can be used for the MRT and the other forms of public transport: buses and light rail (LRT).

Tourists depending on how long they stay have two options, they can purchase a Singapore Tourist Pass (STP) for 1, 2 and 3 days, or purchase the Singapore Tourist Pass Plus (STP+) valid for 1 and 3 days. Both cards activate from first use. What’s the difference between the two cards? The STP has a $10 deposit, refundable if the card is returned within 5 days after day of purchase. The STP+ has no deposit. The other major difference, the STP+ includes special deals and promotions at food and beverage outlets and attractions. Both can be used as normal EZ-link cards after expiry.

For info on the STP/STP + visit the Singapore Tourist Pass website and for the EZ-link card at the EZ-link website. Cards can also be bought at a few other places including 7-Eleven stores, but do check the websites to be sure of locations for the tourist passes.

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Maintenance 4.5 out of 5.0 stars
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Value 4.5 out of 5.0 stars
WiFi 4.5 out of 5.0 stars

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