Travel tips

Getting around Singapore

By public transportation

Using EZ-Link Card

With the ez-link card, there is no more fuss and hassle of paying with coins or verifying the correct fare to pay. It is just tap and go! Almost every Singaporean carries at least one ez-link card in his or her wallet not just for transit purposes but for all kinds of lifestyle payment needs such as ERP charges, shopping at retail outlets, dining, government services and so much more. Wherever you are in Singapore, you can get an ez-link card easily as there is an extensive network of sales points across the island including: 42 TransitLink Ticket Offices and 6 Concession Card Replacement Offices located at MRT stations and bus interchanges Passenger Service Centres within most MRT stations.

At the above places, you can purchase an ez-link card at $12 out of which $7 is stored value for your use. The remaining $5 is the cost of the card which is non-refundable. For more information on both the MRT and bus services, visit publictransport.sg.

By Taxi

Taxis are very affordable in Singapore. You can get a taxi in many ways:

  • Hailing one along a road (except roads in the Central Business District (CBD) with public buses plying);
  • Queuing for one at a taxi-stand;
  • Through telephone booking.

Taxis are not allowed to pick up or alight passengers along roads in the CBD where buses ply between 7am to 10pm from Monday to Saturday, other than a public holiday. They are required to do so at taxi stands/stops and driveways of buildings. During peak hours, there is a 35% surcharge, and a 50% surcharge after midnight. As taxis may not be readily available during the morning and evening peak periods (7 am to 9 am and 5 pm to 11 pm), you may wish to consider making a telephone booking for one. Taxi commuters can now make a taxi booking with just one number, 6-DIAL CAB (6342 5222). However, there may be times when the demand for taxi bookings is also exceedingly high.

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Dining in Singapore

Here are some recommended hawker centres to eat for around SGD$10/pax:

  • Lau Pa Sat, Boon Tat Street (Raffles Place MRT)
  • East Coast Lagoon Food Village, East Coast Park (best reached by taxi)
  • Geylang Serai Markets, Jalan Pasar Bahru, (Paya Lebar MRT)
  • Chinatown Complex Food Centre, 335 Smith Street (Chinatown MRT)
  • Maxwell Food Centre, Maxwell Road (Tanjong Pagar MRT)
  • Newton Food Centre, Newton Circus (Newton MRT)
  • Glutton's Bay, Esplanade Mall (City Hall MRT)
  • Chomp-Chomp Food Centre, Kensington Park Road (best reached by taxi)
  • Zion Riverside Food Centre, Zion Road (Tiong Bahru MRT)
  • Tiong Bahru Market, Seng Poh Road (Tiong Bahru MRT)

Learn more about Hawker centers and TSP on QuantumBlah.

For restaurants and fine dining options, please visit www.singapore-dine.sg and www.hungrygowhere.com.

Sightseeing in Singapore

Climate and Weather

It is generally warm and humid in Singapore throughout the year. Its equatorial climate has no distinct seasons and temperature is usually around 30°C/86°F during the day and 23°C/74°F in the evening. Humidity is around 60% in the afternoon but higher in the morning. Weather reports and forecasts can be found through National Environment Agency, but keep in mind that showers are usually sudden and heavy. Lightweight cotton or quick-dry clothing is recommended. A coat or sweater can be useful as some air-conditioned venues (and public transportation!) can be a little cold.

Time

The official time in Singapore is UTC/GMT +8 and there is no daylight time saving. Sunrise and sunset in September are at around 07:00 hrs and 19:00 hrs, respectively (more details).

 
   
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