What You Need
Is a ticket for the public transportation system in Singapore. This means either for the Train (MRT) or the Buses.
In the very likely case of you already having an EzyLink card, ignore this and continue to the next topic.
Otherwise i would recommend you to read my post about the Singapore Public Transportation system with a detailed description of how to get your ticket, its plain easy, believe me. (Read It Here)
Start: Board The Train At Your Station
Where ever you are in Singapore right now, be it at the city center, Raffles Place or Orchard Road, be it in the eastern or western outskirts of Jurong East or Pungol, enter your closest MRT station, wait for the next train, board it and start your journey.
The Singaporean Subway system allows you to travel the country (yes, the whole country, although that sounds better and bigger then it actually is) via train with a ticket that will cost you not more then 1 Dollar.
Your Travel Route Today Is…
Take a look at the official train map and you will realize that you can really travel around the island in an ease.
My Recommended Tour (Start The Trip On Whichever line you are and follow the below plan):
- Example: Start On Red Line:
• Take the MRT direction “Jurong East” and enjoy the West Coast Scenery
- • Change to the Green Line direction “Pasir Ris” at “Jurong East Interchange” to travel along the Western Outskirts to the City Center. Pass busy Raffles Place and continue along the East Coast towards the last Stop “Pasir Ris”.
- • Get Our Of the train and take the green line back until you reach “City Hall”.
- • Change to the red line direction “Jurong East” and get off one stop later to take a stroll through Dhoby Ghaut Interchange to transfer into the purple line towards Pungol.
- • Now watch out for the East side scenerya and once you reach Pungol change again to the same train back until you finally are at Dhoby Ghaut once more.
Cheating The Singapore Subway System
In Europe the system in most big cities is that you have to buy a ticket upfront, based on the distance you will travel, the longer this is, the more you will have to pay. Return is of course not included and you will be more then likely checked during your journey by a an unfriendly looking security guy.
In Singapore everything is done electronically, which means, you get checked when yo enter a station and when you leave one, depending on the calculated distance you will have to pay a certain amount.
BUT.. no one cares if you enter your station, use the trains to travel the country for 6 hours and then get off the same station again, paying the minimum fee for travelling.
(Stations are all connected via interchanges where you never have to exit or reenter a station.
A Little Disadvantage
You are not allowed to eat or drink on the trains. And there are no toilets inside the trains either. So if you feel a sudden urge to gulp down a beer or ease yourself on the bathroom you will have to exit the train station. Most probably resulting in a doubling of your original planned fee, you might have to pay 2 dollars now.
UPDATE – Time Limit Check In Place – Trip Will Be … 3 Dollar
As pointed out by some of my readers there is obviously a time check in place that measures your durance of staying within the MRT lines, below the details:
- • Enter and exit from the same station: 20 mins
- • Exit 1 to 4 stations away: 40 mins
- • 5 to 9 Stations away: 60 mins
- • Exit 10 to 15 stations away: 75 mins
- • Exit 16 to 24 stations away: 100 mins
- • Exit over 24 stations away: 120 mins
The penalty for not doing so is $2.00