Explore · 15 Nov 2023

Transport in Singapore: your first-time travel guide

Ah, Singapore. There’s much to see, and so much more to do – and so many ways to get around the sunny city. While it may seem a bit overwhelming, don’t worry – we’re here to help you navigate the roads.

Taking Gojek in Singapore

Now, the easiest and fastest way to get around is by ride-hailing. The Gojek app offers various service types, including:

  • GoCar (for 4 passengers)
  • GoCar XL (for 6 passengers, or if you’ve got more stuff)
  • GoCar Premium (for a more luxurious ride)
  • GoCar Kids (equipped with a booster seat, for families travelling with one child aged 4–7, between 1–1.35m in height)
  • GoCar XL Kids (like GoCar Kids, but with room for 5 adults)
  • GoTaxi (for metered fares)

*For more details on passenger and luggage capacity, click here.

Yes – you can use the same Gojek app if you’re coming in from Indonesia or Vietnam. All you need to do is key in your credit / debit card details again, then book a ride, as you usually would. 

Otherwise, you can also take the MRT (train), bus, or flag a taxi. 

Taking the MRT

There are a total of 6 MRT lines across the city: the East-West (green), North-South (red), North-East (purple), Circle (yellow), Downtown (blue), and Thomson-East Coast (brown) lines. Click here for the system map.

Taking the bus

There are 4 bus operators in Singapore: SBS Transit, SMRT Buses, Tower Transit, and Go-Ahead Singapore. They all work the same way, with your fares being calculated based on distance. Click here to find more information about specific routes.

You might have to take both the MRT and bus on your way to your destination. We recommend using gothere.sg to plan your commutes.

Paying for your MRT/bus rides

To pay for public transport, you will need an EZ-Link card, Singapore Tourist Pass, or a Mastercard / Visa contactless bank card from your country. You can also pay for bus rides in exact change (cash).

First time in Singapore? Here’s what you’ll need to know:

Going to/from Changi Airport with Gojek

Gojek stops passengers at departure halls in all terminals of Changi Airport. Meanwhile, you can also book a ride and get picked up at various Arrival pick-up points at Terminals 1, 2, 3, or 4. Depending on the type of ride you pick, you may have limited space – we recommend bringing up to 3 medium-sized luggage to fit in the boot.

Going to/from Changi Airport by bus

Buses 24, 27, 34, 36, 53, and 110 serve Terminals 1, 2, and 3. Buses 24, 34, 36, and 110 will also go through Terminal 4.

Going to/from Changi Airport using the MRT

The Changi Airport MRT Station is accessible via Terminals 2 and 3. From there, you can switch at Expo for the Downtown Line (blue); or Tanah Merah for the East-West Line (green).

For other ways of leaving the Airport, click here.

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