Traveling in Singapore is both easy and economical. There is an efficient public transportation network, which offers taxis, buses, and the modern Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) rail system. With its excellent public transport system, Singapore is, without a doubt, the easiest city in Asia to get around.
Singpapore's modern Changi International Airport is vast, efficient, and organized. There are banking and money-changing facilities, a post office, which is open 24 hours a day, credit card phones, free phones for local calls, Internet facilities, free hotel reservation counters, luggage facilities, restaurants, day rooms, fitness centers, saunas, business centers, and over 100 shops. The airport even provides free films, bars with entertainment, hairdressers, medical facilities, a swimming pool, and even a mini Science Discovery Museum. In other words, Changi International Airport has almost everything a visitor would require.
There are two terminals: Terminal 1 and the newer Terminal 2. The Changi Skytrain, which is a monorail, shuttles between both terminals. Located on the extreme eastern end of the island, the airport is about 20km from the city center. To add on to the airport's efficiency, "airbuses" are provided to make traveling to and from the airport much easier. The airbus will take the weary traveler straight into town without any hassles and at a reasonable rate too.
Singapore has over 15,000 air-conditioned taxis, which provide comfortable, hassle-free traveling at reasonable costs. Visitors can flag them down anytime. To further ease visitors, well marked taxi stands are available outside most major shopping centers and hotels. An extra charge will be added during peak hours, as well as for advanced booking.
Clean, punctual, and air-conditioned, Singapore's MRT subway system is a hallmark of efficiency. It is the easiest, fastest, and most comfortable way of getting around Singapore within minutes. Do note that there are fines for littering, smoking, eating and drinking in MRT stations and on board the trains. The MRT operates from 6 a.m. to midnight at frequencies of 3 to 8 minutes.
Singapore's bus network is extremely frequent and comprehensive. Visitors rarely have to wait more than a few minutes and a bus will get them anywhere. If you are planning to travel a lot by public transport, it is best to purchase a copy of the TransitLink Guide, which has a list of all bus and MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) services. You can also buy the TransitLink Card, a stored value card that can be used on both the MRT and bus. Most buses operate between 6 a.m. to midnight.
Visitors should have a valid driving license from their country of residence or an International Driving License in order to drive in Singapore. During peak hours, all vehicles passing through Electronic Road Pricing Scheme (ERP) roads should have an In-Vehicle Unit (IU) installed in the vehicle. A CashCard (stored value card) is used to pay the tolls. The toll is deducted each time the vehicle passes through ERP gantries. IUs can be rented at S$5 a day (minimum two days) with a deposit of S$120. Sales outlets are located near the Woodlands Checkpoint - at BP, Caltex, Mobil petrol stations, and two at Woodlands center.
Driving from Malaysia :
A Malaysian registered car or motorcycle is required to have a valid Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) when driving in Singapore. Each car is allowed five days of free entry per year. A fee of S$30 per day for cars and S$4 per day for motorcycles will be charged for each VEP issued after the initial five days. VEPs can also be purchased on a monthly basis at S$600 for cars and S$80 for motorcycles.
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