Getting Around, Singapore City Travel, Transport and Car Rental

(Singapore City, Republic of Singapore)

View across Merlion ParkAs with shopping, eating and accommodation, Singapore has a well-developed transport infrastructure that includes an excellent airport. Flights are numerous, while long distance trains and buses travel here from Malaysia. There are also ferry services available.

The real joy is the transportation network within Singapore City itself. Travel is a breeze owing to a high-class, modern and efficient underground, an extensive network of buses, and clean, metered taxis. There is also easy walking, with miles of pavements, tunnels, bridges and overpasses.

Photo of control tower at Singapore Changi Airport (SIN)

Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) / Arriving by Air

Address: Airport Boulevard, Changi, 918141, Republic of Singapore, SG
Tel: +65 6542 9792
Changi Airport is one of the world's foremost airports, consistently voted amongst the best facilities in the world. It is well turned out, has exceptional amenities and receives flights from cities worldwide. Services travel in from London, Paris, Chicago and Sydney, and from all over Asia. The airport is constantly evolving and its three terminals have intriguing architectural features. Buses, shuttles and organised taxis run to the city.

Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) Guide

Aerial view of Holland Village, near the Buona Vista MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) Station

Car Rental

Most tourists don't bother with car rental, as the public transport options are excellent and getting about the city centre is easy. However, those who fancy driving around the island have a choice of major car rental firms at the airport, which can be pre-booked online. Bear in mind there is Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) and that you will need a card from the rental company.

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Picture showing local transport using Orchard Road

Buses and Coaches

There are many options for getting to Singapore by bus and this is the most economical option. Malaysia has an extensive highway network and there are fast services direct from Kuala Lumpur. Buses also travel in direct from Hat Yai in southern Thailand. Services terminate at different places in Singapore, depending on their origination. Day passes are available for the popular public bus network and can provide good savings.

Skyline view of Singapore and its network of roads


You can travel in by rail all the way from Hat Yai in Thailand, changing at Butterworth in northern Malaysia. Services are quite slow but rewarding.

There is also the classy Orient Express linking Chiang Mai in Thailand with Singapore. The MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) is the city's pride and joy, connecting all areas with great efficiency.

Picture of taxi transport on Orchard Road, Singapore City


Singapore probably has the best taxis in the world. They are metered and clean, and the drivers are particularly polite and courteous. They are expensive compared with the MRT and buses, though, and you may have trouble hailing a cab.

Boats and Ferries

Ferries regularly arrive from Kukup, Sebona and Tioman in Malaysia, and from some Indonesian resort islands. The Cruise Centre is a major passenger port and also receives cruise ships from all over the world. It has three terminals, which are categorised as domestic, regional, and international.