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Getting to, from & around Singapore

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Getting there & away

Introduction

Singapore is an international air-travel hub for the region and as such boasts international flight connections with a vast number of destinations worldwide. It also has land connections with neighbouring Malaysia and seas connections with both Malaysia and Indonesia.

Requirements

Passport
You'll need a passport with at least six months validity to enter Singapore.

Visas
The vast majority of foregn tourists enter Singapore on a visa-free pass. This entry is arranged on arrival. Pass extensions are possible.

For more information, see our Singapore visa page.

Airports

Singapore has one primary international airport, the fabulous Changi International Airport, which, on a number of occasions has been voted the best airport in the world.

Airlines

Singapore is the base for a number of airlines. The flag carrier is Singapore Airlines. Jetstar, Tiger Airways and Silkair also use it as a base. The country is too small to merit any domestic flying, save by helicopter.

A vast number of international carriers (both full service and LCCs) fly into Changi, the list includes the following:

Air Canada
Air France
AirAsia
Alitalia
All Nippon Airways
American
Asiana
Austrian
Bangkok Airways
British Airways
Cathay Pacific
Cebu Pacific
China Airlines
China Eastern
China Southern
Continental
EVA Airways
EgyptAir
Emirates
Etihad
Garuda
Iberia
Indian Airlines
JAL
Jet Airways
Jetstar
KLM-Royal Dutch Airlines
Korean Air
LOT
Lufthansa
Malaysia Airlines
Northwest
Philippine Airlines
Qantas
Qatar Airways
Royal Brunei Airlines
Scandinavian Airlines System
Shenzhen Airlines
SilkAir
Singapore Airlines
South African Airways
SriLankan Airlines
Swiss International
TAP Air Portugal
THAI
Tiger Airways
Turkish Airlines
US Airways
United
Vietnam Airlines
Virgin Atlantic
Xiamen Airlines

A full list of airlines servicing Changi can be found here.

Ticketing

You'll almost invariably get a better rate for a long haul fare shopping around online, but traditional agents are still worth a try -- if you haven't already, give our story on getting a cheap airfare to Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam a read.

Overland crossings

Please refer to our Singapore borders page for detailed information on Singapore's border crossings or the Visa and border crossings FAQ for detailed crossing information, including trip reports from other travellers.

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Getting around

The small island state of Singapore has to have one of the best designed and thought out public transport systems in the world -- it's as simple as that. From the moment you alight your flight at Singapore's Changi International Airport, till the moment you cross the Second Crossing by bus enroute to Melaka you'll be able to pass seasmlessly through a number of integrated public transport systems, which, when it's all taken into account are very reasonably priced.

Plane

Short of needing a helicopter to whisk you from Changi Airport to luxurious hotel suite, there's no flying needed in Singapore.

MRT (Mass Rapid Transport) System

This world-class mass transit system is made up of three main lines that bring most of Singapore within easy grasp. The three lines are the East West Line, running from Boon Lay in the west to Changi Airport and Pasir Ris in the east, the North South Line, running from Jurong East to Marina Bay and the North East Line running from Punggol to Harbourfront. There's a number of interchanges where the lines intersect, with the downtown juntions of Dhoby Ghaut, City Hall, Raffles Place and Outram Park being the most important.

Ticket price ranges depending on the length of trip, but short, coupld of station jaunts downtown shouldn't cost more than S$1 or so. You can check all the fare details at the SMRT website. Tickets are purchased at kiosks and booths at the stations and both notes and coins are accepted. Single trip tickets require a deposit on the card, which you can get refunded at the other end of your trip. The service is open from around 05:30-23:30 -- exact first and last train times vary according to the station.

The service is very fast, super clean and totally easy to understand -- even the most navigationally challenged will be able to figure it out.

Buses

Singapore has two bus companies; SMRT buses and Singapore Bus Service. The respective websites have detailed fare and routing information. Between the two companies, the bus network is comprehensive -- moreso than the MRT and the fares are slightly lower. Fares are distance related and the coins are dropped in a chute beside the driver -- note no change is given, so make sure you've got some coins on you.

Taxis

No shortage of taxis in Singapore, but don't make the mistake of thinking they're an inexpensive way to get around -- they're not. You're liable for all electronic tolls and there are night and late night surcharges, which can jack up the fare by 50%. Bus or MRT is a far more cost effective way to get around, but if you're in a hurry, taxi is the way to go.

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