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Singapore Transport

Last updated by jenifer f at 2017/4/25

External Transport

Flights: Singapore Airlines and some major foreign airlines all have flight from Singapore to the major cities and districts in other countries. In terms of China, Singapore Airlines has flights to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Chengdu, Xiamen, Kunming, and Qingdao. The airport shuttle buses, equipped with air conditioning, travel to the hotels begins at 6:00 am until midnight leaving every 20 minutes. It costs 5 Singapore dollars for adults and 3 Singapore dollars for children. There are two routes, which are Route 1 and Route 2.

Transport by Land and by Water: Visitors can arrive by bus or walk across the Johore Strait Bridge from Malaysia. Long-distance buses, trains, and ship from Indonesia or Malaysia also travel to Singapore.

Internal Transport

Subway: There are three main subway lines in Singapore: the South to North Line, East to West Line, and Northeast Line. The South to North Line and East to West Line can be found at Raffles Place and City Hall in downtown, and at Jurong East.

Buses: In Singapore, when the desired bus is seen approaching, passengers must show the driver they want to board. If not, the bus will merely continue its route without stopping, simply ignoring waiting dawdlers. Riders are expected to board the bus at the front door, pay for the ticket fare immediately, and get off from the back door. Because large bills will not be changed and fares must be paid with small change, plan accordingly ahead of time. To let the driver know in advance that you wish to get off soon, push the red button. If there is no red button, pull the sunroof or the black belt on the sunroof to make a sound. The driver will then know that you want to get off.

Trolleybus: The trolleybuses start from the botanical garden and end at the doors to Sentosa Island at the World Trade Center. Along its route are most of the restaurants on Orchard Road, Newton Hawker Center, Raffles Hotel, Raffles City, Empress Place, Merlion Park, Lau Pa Sat Festival Market, Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, and Tanjong Pagar Conservation Area. It runs back and forth on this route every day from 9:00 am to 11:00 pm and leaves every 30 minutes. Daily tickets are available for 9 Singapore dollars for adults and 7 Singapore dollars for children. Disposable one-time use ticket costs 3 Singapore dollars. Trolleybus tickets can be purchased from the service table at hotels or directly from the trolleybus driver. When buying the trolleybus ticket, maps can also be found for reference. The map is designed with antique beauty, and is useful for traveling around the city efficiently.

Taxis: Taxi fares should be paid according to the taximeter. The flag down fare is 2.4 Singapore dollars with 1 kilometer (about 0.62 miles), and 10 cents for every 240 meters thereafter. When coming across a traffic jam, every 45 seconds adds 1 cent to the taximeter if the taxi runs shorter than 45 meters with the 45 seconds. To stop a taxi, merely wave your hand to flag it down. When there is an emergency, ask for a taxi at the taxi station, in the hotel, or at a shopping mall. In addition, it is better to reserve a taxi if traveling to the downtown area from suburban areas late at night because at that time, there are few taxis in the streets of the suburban areas. When reserving a taxi, make sure to clearly tell the taxi driver the destination, including the district, street, and any nearby landmarks. The 24-hour service lines for taxis are 4525555 and 4747707.

Traffic Rules and Manners: In Singapore, people and vehicles run on the left. Traffic in is quite fluent, so cars run at high speeds. When crossing the road, draw a clear distinction between zebra stripes and frame stripes at pedestrian crosses. Zebra stripes are mostly in the residential quarters; cars here will let the pedestrians go first. When drivers see somebody at the crossing, they will slow down and restart the car after the pedestrians have crossed the road. In this way, people do not have to wait until there are no vehicles on the road when wish to cross.