MRT: The Lifeline of Singapore

The MRT is the equivalent to the tube, tram or train that you may be used to in your home country. But a lot cleaner, more reliable and probably faster. With a network spanning the entire island, hopping on an MRT train is the easiest and fastest way to get around. You can find a map of the whole MRT system here.

Navigating the MRT

  • EZ-Link Card: Your ticket to MRT (and bus) bliss! Grab an EZ-Link card from any MRT station, load it up with credits, and you're good to go. Just tap in and out at the gantries. EZ-Link can be cheaper for students to use as there are special plans, more information can be found here. Contactless card payment also works!
  • Colour-Coded Lines: Don't stress about getting lost. Each MRT line has its own colour and name, making navigation a breeze - from the East-West line to the Downtown line. The whole system is also a lot smaller than any other big cities you may be used to, such as London. You'll be zipping around like a pro in no time. 
  • Peak Hours: Brace yourself for the morning rush! Weekday mornings and evenings can get crowded (again, not as bad as you might be used to). If you can, try to avoid these peak hours - your trip will also be cheaper. That being said, public transport is a lot more affordable than other cities in Europe! If you want to calculate how much your typical commute to work would be, check out the fare calculator here!

Buses: Your Flexible Friend

When you need to reach places off the MRT grid or explore the nooks and crannies of the city, buses are your go-to option. Especially in the East Coast and West of Singapore busses are a lot more convenient to use. Singapore's bus network is extensive, covering virtually every corner of the island.

Mastering the Bus System

  • Bus Numbers: Each bus route is assigned a number, so keep an eye out for your desired route. Don't worry; the buses also announce upcoming stops and display them on screens inside. Side note: each of our homes have the nearest bus stop indicated on the home description - you can use the stop ID to figure out your best commute.
  • Bus Stops: Look out for the big blue signs indicating bus stops. They're everywhere! Just wait patiently (Singaporeans love a good queue) and hop on when your bus arrives.
  • Night Riders: Need to venture out after dark? No problem! Singapore's NightRider buses operate late into the night, ensuring you can explore the city's nightlife without worrying about getting stranded. More information can be found here!

public transport, bus on orchard road

LRT: A Neighbourhood Affair

For those living in the heartlands (local speak for residential areas), the LRT is a convenient way to hop between neighbourhoods. These smaller trains complement the MRT and bus network, making intra-neighbourhood super easy.

LRT Lowdown:

  • Feeder Service: LRT lines primarily serve as feeder services to connect residents to nearby MRT stations. If you're living in a Housing Development Board (HDB) estate, chances are there's an LRT station nearby.
  • Scenic Rides: Some LRT lines offer scenic routes through lush greenery and quaint neighbourhoods. It's like a mini adventure on your daily commute!

Grab, Gojek, Tada; the Ubers of Singapore

While public transport in Singapore is top-notch, sometimes you just need the convenience of a door-to-door ride. Taxis and ride-hailing apps like Grab and Gojek are readily available and offer a comfortable alternative for when you're in a hurry or travelling in a group. They are also a lot cheaper than Ubers :) Downalod Grab here, Gojek here and Tada here!

Pro Tips for Seamless Travel

  • Plan Your Route: Use apps like Google Maps or City Mapper. They provide real-time updates on routes, timings, and even alternate options in case of disruptions. 
  • Stay Connected: Follow official social media channels or sign up for alerts to stay informed about any service disruptions or changes. Singapore's transport authorities are proactive about keeping commuters in the loop.
  • Apps: To check timings of buses, we’d recommend downloading apps like SG Bus or SBS Transit App so you can view the timetables straight from your phone!

So there you have it - armed with this guide, you're ready to conquer Singapore's public transport system like a true local. Whether you're zipping through the city on the MRT, exploring hidden gems on the bus, or enjoying a scenic ride on the LRT, transportation woes will be a thing of the past. Get ready to embark on countless urban adventures in the Lion City!

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Florentine Ameli Warnholtz

Hi, I’m Flo, the Marketing Comms and Event manager at Casa Mia Coliving. Apart from organising the best events and making sure our social media is following the latest trends, I enjoy cooking, hiking, beach-ing and skiing (still waiting for a ski dome in Singapore). 

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