Transport in Singapore

Getting around with Singapore transport

By Plane

The Singapore Changi Airport, comprising two terminals and one of the most important air hubs in the region, is situated at the eastern most tip of the main island, and serves 167 cities in 53 countries. When construction of the third terminal is completed in 2006, Changi will be capable of handling 64 million passengers every year. SilkAir and Singapore Airlines are the official Airlines of Singapore.

By Train

Singapore's train terminal is at Tanjong Pagar Railway Station and is linked to the Malaysian rail network KTM across the 1.2 km causeway to Johor Bahru on the Malay Peninsula. It connects with Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok. There is a 109 km standard gauge rapid transit system known as the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) with 67 stations. There are three main lines running at present: the North South Line, the East West Line (both operated by SMRT Corporation), and the North East Line (operated by SBS Transit). A new Circle Line is slated for completion in 2010 and will be opened in phases as the various stations are ready. In 1998, a 7.8 km Light Rapid Transit (LRT) system with 14 stations was introduced in Bukit Panjang. The Sengkang LRT Line, a 10.7 km light rail line was opened in 2003; a third LRT line, Punggol LRT Line, was opened in 2005 Jan with the East Loop of the system serving the residence in Punggol.

By Bus

Singapore has a well-worked system of bus routes throughout the island, most of which have air conditioning due to their year-long scorching heat. Buses without air conditioning will be gradually phased out. Traveling by bus is a good mean of transport, you can see many beautiful sceneries, while sitting on a comfortable chair, in the presence of a good air conditioner. The island's bus fares are very cheap compared to those of other countries.

By Car

Singapore pioneered the up to date use of toll roads to enter the crowded city area with the Singapore Area Licensing Scheme, which has since been replaced with the Electronic Road Pricing, a form of electronic toll collection. They drive on the left side of the road in Singapore.

By Taxi

All taxis in Singapore are fitted with meters, and they all have air conditioning. Almost all taxis have radiophones, bookings are done via GPS or digital voice despatch. Taxi fares are cheap in Singapore, compared to those in other countries.

 



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