Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (SMRT)

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.
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  • mackenzs27
    Sydney, Australia2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    PUBLIC TRANSPORT
    Frequent, cheap, clean, safe, and easy to navigate. Their app is no use. Get a map of the train system network from the internet and use Google maps for clear and accurate guidance on train route needed as well as tracking journey. You can use credit cards but slightly more expensive best to get an EZE -link Pass if you are there for more than 3 days. EZE -link Pass From 7 Eleven or train stations: $5/for card ( not refundable) then top up with cash for travel. See website for EZE link for more specific details. EZE-link can be used on the buses which are equally efficient and extensive in terms of area covered, use map system and Google maps to determine route and to monitor progress.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 22, 2023
  • Barb N
    Port Coquitlam, Canada310 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent transit system
    East to use, very clean, and well planned to get you around Singapore. We had a pass and loaded it up which saved time in lineups to pay. You just tap going in and tap when leaving. If you only have one or two trips, the staff are very friendly and helpful to assist what lines to take, where to exit and how much to pay.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 5, 2023
  • JenniferR
    13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Clean
    Compared to NYC subway their trains are one of the best. It can be chaotic at times especially during rush hours but, you can see that the riders are disciplined they are not rowdy no one is jumping the turnstiles even if it’s waist high. The whole station is air condition the trains are gated prevents people from from jumping into an oncoming trains. They are well monitored the staffs in the station are very patient. Something we wished to happen in big cities like NYC.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 9, 2023
  • Muhammad A
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    High quality transit
    Very fast way of getting from hotels to tourists destinations around Singapore especially in the downtown areas. Also had signal while the trains were moving underground. Took the mrt from Changi to downtown in a little under an hour (wouldn't suggest it thought because of luggage).
    Visited December 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written August 15, 2023
  • TIM K
    20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent once you get to grips with it
    Great way to get around Singapore, use cash to buy and top up. You can buy at any of the stations. $5 for the card upfront and $5 travel on your first trip. $10 in all. Some stations have cash top up points. You can put the card on the machine to check your balance. Don't bother with the app if you are a foreign visitor unless you have a Singapore sim card. You can't register without a Singapore mobile number.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 16, 2023
  • RStefanBKK
    Vancouver, Canada578 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cheap, clean, efficient, air-conditioned!
    Excellent mode of transport around the island. Cheap, efficient, clean, and airconditioned. People are very well-mannered. It's always a pleasant experience. They trains come every couple of minutes, so even if you miss one, you barely have to wait for the next one. I use it daily for work and it cost $1 each way.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 19, 2023
  • Anne T
    Auckland, New Zealand5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    MRT gets you there
    This mode of transport is excellent! I bought a 3 day tourist pass ticket for S$29.00 from a "Cheers" shop outlet at the airport . The pass is valid for unlimited use on the MRT, the buses & the LRT. The transport network is extensive, extremely well run with so many trains & buses. If you want to get anywhere fast, use the underground MRT, if you want to see sights, use the buses, but they do take longer.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 29, 2023
  • Robyn J
    Ipswich, Australia110 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Easy to get around.
    The SMRT was a great way to get around. It was cheap and easy to use. Lots of underground connecting tunnels and shopping centres so we could avoid walking out in the heat. The only problem was we could not top up with our credit card. You needed to have cash or a Singaporean credit card. We found this annoying when we were only there for a couple of days.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 1, 2023
  • FrangipaniLee
    Sydney, Australia99 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Easy to use
    Very easy colour co-ordinated transport system. We are seniors and found it easy and cheap to get around. Don’t need to buy a pass as u can tap your credit card at entry and exit terminals
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 10, 2023
  • Tippy
    London, United Kingdom27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The perfect way to get around Singapore
    Clean, fast, efficient, cool and cheap! The best way to get around Singapore for the airport, across town and to all key places of interest. Buy a card which you top up as necessary and the. Simply swipe in and out of the electronic gates. Really easy to navigate and direction boards helpful in identifying which exit you need. Don’t waste your time or money on Taxis.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 20, 2023
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NJKJ444
Derby, UK47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
We used the MRT to hop around Singapore including going to Marina Bay and China town. You can buy a tourist pass and we got one for three days which was really good value and was much easier than having to keep buying tickets. The MRT system is very easy to use and is clean and efficient. We never waited very long for a train and although they were busy at times they never got too full or overcrowded. If you visit Singapore I would recommend using the MRT to get around.
Written January 8, 2020
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NZTraveller666
New Zealand101 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
As is everthing else in Singapore, the MRT is very clean. It's easy to ride once you get used to the system. It's easy if you remember which is the LAST station on the line you are travelling, as that's what all the signs go by, ie, get on at a red-line station and want to get off at a green-line station, remember the name of the LAST station on the green-line then you know which direction train to get onto.
Using a Tourist Pass it was cheap travel, costing $20 (+$10 refundable deposit) for 3 days consecutive unlimited travel. You can also purchase 1 & 2 day tickets. The MRT Website prices and information are NOT up to date as of Feb.2020!
Written February 11, 2020
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Anthony G
Karratha, Australia29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
I would strongly recommend any visitor to Singapore to use the public transport system. The MRT has a number of lines that reach most of the main attractions, and everywhere else can usually be reached by buses. Common ticketing system for buses and trains - stored value card can be topped up at any station. Very cheap and services run every few minutes. Only drawback is that for anyone staying out late at night, system shuts down around midnight - but there are still plenty of taxis on the road.
Written January 26, 2020
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Helen J
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We purchased an EZCard. $12 each of which $5 is the non refundable deposit and $7 credit. This can be topped up using one of the automatic machines at each station. So easy to do with instructions clearly written in English. On our first visit we purchased a Tourist Travel Card which we didn't feel was value for money as we tended to go to one area and walk around. Travel in Singapore is so cheap.
Written March 2, 2020
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KylieIsTravelling
Perth, Australia4,105 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Solo
Using the SMRT is a great way to get around the city, very inexpensive and fast - once you find the platforms for each MRT station.

My preference was the buses as they’re more accessible, however if you buy the Singapore Tourist Pass it includes unlimited travel on the MRT as well.

The MRT is the best way to get to and from the airport. I arrived in Singapore and got a taxi from the airport to the hotel and it cost me $25. On the return, I walked to the local MRT and got a train to Changi airport and it only cost me $2.80!

I’ll definitely be getting the MRT for travelling around Singapore next time I’m back.
Written January 2, 2020
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Jeff1903
King's Lynn, UK1,482 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The trains are great and punctual. The whole system is spotless and works like a dream. The ticketing system seems to be the most complicated in the world. We could not buy a day pass or period pass at the station we used, but had to go to one of half a dozen where they are sold. The ticket we did buy can be topped up and used again, but only a maximum of six times. If you use it three or more times there seems to be a small discount, but the first time there is a deposit added.
Even with the staff speaking English it took a long explanation and two visits to his desk.
Written February 26, 2020
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daisysnicks
Salisbury, UK164 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Other cities should look at themselves in shame. The MTR in Singapore is a showcase for how to move people around the city quickly and efficiently. Tourists can purchase 1-3 daily passes or use bank cards to access turnstiles at each end of their individual journeys
Written February 6, 2020
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badmintontim
Hastings, UK4,525 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
If you buy a card upfront and you can then preload it with a minimum of $10 Singapore dollars. When you have finished then you can have the balance refunded at the airport stop and keep the card for future use.
The trips are very reasonable and the platforms spotless but eerily quiet compare to other major cities - no drinking or eating though anywhere including the trains.
Definitely the best way to get around.
Recommended- Enjoy.
Written February 6, 2020
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Chun
Honolulu, HI12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The MRTs in Singapore make it so easy to get around. If you're planning to visit for more than a couple days (or come back in the near future), get an EZ-link card which can be reloaded and reused. When planning your route, it's good to know that especially during rush hours, the red and green lines tend to be more busy than the purple, orange, blue, and brown lines.

Tip - Look out for the "special seats" in each cabin! They're marked for those who may need it more for you. Food, drinks, and smoking are also prohibited on the MRT trains and stations.
Written February 18, 2020
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Fred T
Reno, NV727 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I tried to buy the 3 day tourist pass at the closest MRT station to the place we were staying. They do not sell them there. They can only be bought at a limited number of stations. So, had to buy a regular card, use it to get to the airport, and there I could buy the 3 day pass (there are other places to buy it, but not near our hotel). The cars on the subway are air conditioned. Most stations have escalators, so climbing steps is rarely required. One may have to go up or down a level or two to change between lines. One may also have to walk some distance in one station to change lines. Some cars are better than others for marking where one is and what is up coming. Make sure you get a map of the lines (can be on cell phone or paper map).
Written January 20, 2020
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