Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (SMRT)

Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (SMRT)

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Neighborhood: Marina Bay
More of a mini city than a neighborhood in the traditional sense, the iconic Marina Bay aims to dazzle and entertain visitors of all kinds. This is the Singapore found in glossy brochures, featuring a world-class hotel, casino, shops, restaurants, bars, and other attractions all geared towards pure entertainment. The SkyPark at Marina Bay Sands provides a stunning view of the city, a must-see photo opportunity for visitors and locals alike. The ArtScience Museum always has a top-quality exhibition, and Gardens by the Bay is a fascinating manifestation of the government’s vision of Singapore as a “city in a garden”. Enticing Marina Bay is well worth a visit.
How to get there
  • Downtown • 9 min walk
  • Marina Bay • 10 min walk
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AnAnthropologist
Florida1,280 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
We had not planned to take the SMRT as we had arranged for a city tour with a car and driver but our guide also took us on the SMRT which was worthwhile to get a sense of the country. Since it is outrageously expensive to own a car, most people rely on and use the SMRT and it is much better than the system in most places. Be aware though that you need a credit card with a tap to pay feature in order to ride it. It is no longer possible to buy a ticket or swipe.
Written July 3, 2022
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BarryM
Melbourne, Australia336 contributions
Oct 2022
It is very easy getting around on the driverless Singapore Mass Rapid Transport. If you are there for a while buy a 3 day pass for $30 (Singapore) in which you can use the train for much as you like and after the 3 days if you return the card you get $10 refunded. Absolutely brilliant
Written November 13, 2022
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Maree
Tauranga, New Zealand8 contributions
Aug 2022
The MRT in Singapore is safe, clean cheap and easy to use. We had to buy a Nets card $5.00 and then could load money onto it at the train stations. Most fares were between .90 cents to $1.90. The trains ran every few minutes and the stations were convenient to most attractions. We used this in conjunction with a Go City pass which worked really well.
Written August 6, 2022
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Dean
Wellington, New Zealand764 contributions
Jun 2022 • Solo
The system is set up for ease of use. You need to purchase an EZ card to tap through the entry and exit machines. They cost $10 ($5 for the card and $5 credit) or a tourist card ranging from 1 day unlimited use to 3 days unlimited use. The 3 day one cost $38 (Singapore dollars).

Your fare is calculated based on destination. For my first trip, I started from Changi Airport, interchanged at Tanah Merah and City Hall before getting off at Orchard Rd. My fare totaled $1.94.

Each station has machines for topping up your card and all the signage are in english along with maps of the network.

This is a fantastic system and I have enjoyed using it so far.
Written June 6, 2022
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Shero
Sydney, Australia5 contributions
Jun 2022
Singapore is extremely accessible and connected via different SMRT lines. The efficiency of this network enabled us to go from anywhere to anywhere in record time. There is a train every 5 minutes no matter the time. Also, no matter how busy it is, people are extremely respectful of each other. Masks are mandatory and people are encouraged to remain quiet throughout the trip. All trains are air conditioned and it's a very cost effective way to commute.
Written June 29, 2022
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Lots2SeeOutThere
Willunga, Australia86 contributions
Oct 2022
The MRT is very extensive, frequent and will get you near to most places very cheaply. Fares are about US0.70 to $2.30 per trip, most are less than US$1.50. Get an MRT card and just tap on ond off, they can be recharged at MRT stations with a credit card or cash. Get the Singapore MRT app for route planning
Written October 12, 2022
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Rahul_Maheswari
Mumbai, India53 contributions
Aug 2022
Very convenient and cheap travel mode in Singapore. The only hassle I faced was that the MRT card that I purchased for my daughter didn't work at the machine in Farrer Park MRT station while going in. So guard would escort her in. While going out at another station, the card worked. The issue was that whenever we did that, since there was no "in" entry and only "out" log, the system assumed entry at 1st station of that line and charged max amount accordingly. When we spoke to office, the person said that card can be replaced but the balance on older card can not be transferred to new card and will only be refunded in 45 days which was useless to me since I was leaving in 6 days. Seemed a ridiculous rule to not transfer the balance!
Written August 22, 2022
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Chris
Hinckley, UK720 contributions
Nov 2022
We used this a few times to get around Singapore. You have to wear a mask in the station, platforms etc which is enforced. The stations and trains are clean and there is hand sanitizer dotted around which is good. It is all air conditioned which is good. It is a reasonable price and you can get a card which gives you unlimited travel including buses which if you use it a lot would be good. The trains are automated which if you are in the front carriage you can see the tunnel which is good. The trains run at regular intervals
Written November 19, 2022
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Greg H
Batemans Bay, Australia52 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
We use the MRT on a regular daily basis, super clean, inexpensive and efficient. An absolute maze of lines but once you work it out, it's fantastic. We buy a card at the airport, add about $30 and that does us for a week, you can also use it on the buses.
Written November 20, 2022
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silvervixen2015
Perth and Kinross, UK56 contributions
Mar 2022
very convenient way to get about. we bought an ez-linc card in an 7/11 shop paid 5 singapore dollars for the card and topped it up at the MRT station when necessary. very cheap ticket must be best value. Plenty of escalators great ventilation and very cool after the heat on the street. Very clean and safe.
Written March 28, 2022
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