Singapore is internationally recognised as the ''Garden City''. It is one of the cleanest cities in the world and there is little evidence of any pollution whatsoever in the air, sea or land. The public transportation in Singapore is very efficient, clean, high-tech and safe. You can travel around the whole of Singapore cheaply and the transportation network, comprising of the MRT, the LRT, the buses and the taxis is very well organised.
Buses run from 6am in the morning to 12 midnight daily. Between 12 midnight and 6am, night buses, charging a flat fee of S$3, bring you out of the city into the residential neighbourhoods. Singapore is a 24-hour city in terms of public transportation and if you know where to go, it's a 24-hour city in terms of entertainment and nightlife as well.
You can go on several bus routes especially designed for sightseers, with fares based on the distance you travel. There is a bus guide/brochureavailable at the bus interchanges or even from the bus service information displays located at most bus stops. The easier thing to do is to purchase a ''Visitors Card'' - just tap upon entry and tap at the readers when exiting and the correct fare will automatically be deducted. Stopover tourists can purchase a Visitors Card for $45, upon presentation of an international passport.
The MRT stands for Mass Rapid Transit system - one of the most modern, high tech and efficient systems in the world. It operates daily from 6.00am in the morning till midnight, with economy fares. Fares are based on distance travelled, and payment can be made via the Visitors Card..
No smoking, eating and drinking are allowed on the MRT, LRT and buses. The durian, a tropical fruit is also strictly prohibited.
In Singapore you can catch a taxi anywhere at anytime at very affordable prices.There are taxi stands where taxis line up to pick up passengers, as it can be tricky flagging down a taxi driving down through the city during peak hours. If you are not in the city, getting a taxi will be much easier. Get your concierge to call you one ahead of time if you plan to get to your appointment on time. All taxi fares are charged according to meter (currently start at S$2.60), but there are additional charges applicable when using the expressways and also if travelling within the Central Business District between 7.30am and 9.30am in the morning and 5.30pm to 7pm.
There is a $3 ($5 on weekends/holidays) levy surcharge when you hire taxis from the airport.
If renting a car, be aware that Singaporeans drive on the left side of the road, and the maximum speed limit is 50km per hour in residential areas, 80km per hour on the expressways. There are charges for entering the Central Business District and on expressways, especially during peak hours.
SBS Transit Ltd
Address: 205 Braddell Rd Singapore 579701
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Address: 5001 Beach Rd #01-17 Golden Mile Complex
Singapore 199 588
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Singapore's Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) & Light Rapid Transit
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