Top 10 Means of Commuting in Singapore

The island nation of Singapore is undoubtedly amongst the most developed of economies in the entire world. Even though the country is smaller than most nations on earth, its situation on one of the most strategic commercial crossroads in the world makes it one of the feted of destinations amongst tourists and business travellers. Singapore is a very clean city with spic and span multilane highways and autobahns.

It also has a very well entrenched public transportation network that makes commuting in Singapore a breeze. MRT, buses and taxis are the three principal modes of transportation that are extensively availed of by the locals and tourists for going about in and around the city. Some of the most popular means of transport in Singapore are underlined in the following paragraphs.

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1.Buses : Of all the modes of public or communal transport in Singapore, buses happen to be the means of conveyance that are used by a majority of Singaporeans and tourists. You can criss-cross the city via buses as they go throughout the length and breadth of the city. There are two main bus service operators-the SMRT and SBS Transit. Buses of both operators ply from 5.30 a.m. till midnight. You also can avail of special night time services like the NightRider and Nite Owl. Travelling by bus is also the cheapest though you have to pay slightly more for commuting in AC coaches.

2.MRT: The Mass Rapid Transport was thrown open to the public towards the late eighties.  Since starting operations on a single route, it has grown phenomenally and spread its tentacles providing services to far flung areas of the city. The Circle Line (CCL) which went operational in 2010 greatly reduced commuting time during peak hours and connects all radial links leading to the metro.

3.LRT: The LRT (Light Rail Transport) which is part of the MRT system was introduced much later on. It is an extended means of rapid public transport that acts as an appendage to the MRT. Passengers hop from MRT trains to LRT trains to get to Bukit Panjang, Punggoll and Sengkang housing communities. You can buy the Ez-Link Card (a smart card) for travelling in buses, MRT or LRT.

4.Taxis : Taxis extend a fast means of communication in Singapore but relatively more     expensive than other popular modes of public transportation. There are a total of eight taxi service operators in Singapore. Some of the well known operators are ‘Yellow Top Taxi’, ‘Comfort Transportation’, and ‘City Cabs’.

5.Bubble Boats-Ferry Service : You can take a breathtaking tour of the city by taking a river cruise in a bubble boat that leaves from 10 different piers or quays including Marina Bay Sands and the Esplanade Park. Services are available from 9 in the morning till 11 at night.

6.Rental Cars and Limousines : Almost all the internationally renowned rental car and limousine operators have their branches in Singapore like Hertz and Avis. However, this is again a costly means of getting about in the city and you’d also need a driver’s license to rent a car for driving on your own.

7.Trishaws : Rickshaws-the original version of tricycle rickshaws or more popularly referred to as trishaws in Singapore, were popular during the pre war (WWII) era. However they were gradually replaced by trishaws. Presently the few trishaws left in the city are mainly used to take tourists on sightseeing jaunts.

8.Cable Cars : The ‘Singapore Cable Car’ is the only cable car operator in the city that ferries passengers from Mount Faber from Singapore’s main island to Sentosa-the principal resort island of the city-state.

9.Trolley Car : The Trolley Car is the Singaporean version of the vintage trams that you see in different cities of the world. It goes around all the strategic tourist areas in the city and services are available from 9.40 a.m. to 4.55 p.m. Tickets that are valid for the entire day can be taken from the driver.

10.Bicycles: Hopping on the bicycle is another good way of getting from one place in the city to another provided you can stand the heat and deft in pedalling amidst the serpentine traffic. You can rent a bike quite cheaply from Sentosa Island, Pulau Ubin or East Coast Park. You can hire one from Treknology Bikes 3 from 91, Tanglin Road. 

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