Singapore Airport Information
Changi Airport (SIN)
Approximate taxi fare: $54.60 SGD
The main flight hub for the Asia Pacific region, Changi Airport is also recognized as one of the best airports in the worldChangi operates flights to over 180 cities in more than 50 countries and has a capacity of 70 million passengers per year. Hosting 80 airlines, the airport has four terminals, one of which is designated as the Budget Terminal.
Changi Airport is not only a travel hub, it is a retail and dining experience. The airport's Shopping City has more than 300 retail outlets, offering everything from fashion and accessories to wine and tobacco to state-of-the-art electronics. The dining options are equally varied, as travelers can enjoy everything from fast food restaurants to cafes to bars, each serving up something for all tastes, including vegetarian and Halal choices. The ever-popular McDonald's and Subway serve classic American fare, while Lerk Thai, Crystal Jade Shanghai Restaurant and Tong Shui Cafe offer a taste of the Asian region.
For a luxury experience that encompasses it all, travelers head to JetQuay, the self-described first luxury terminal in Asia, offered at a membership or ad-hoc basis. Here, passengers on any airline at any level can make use of a personal concierge, a five-star lounge with tabletop PCs, Wi-Fi access, a business center, a mini-gym, a spa, a bistro and several private lounges. Travelers that plan to spend more time at the airport can enjoy 320 guest rooms at the Crowne Plaza Changi Airport, connected to Terminal 3 via covered walkways.
Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the airport, and free Internet kiosks are located in Terminals 1 and 2. Two business centers offering mailing and faxing services are also on-site.
Aside from rental cars and taxis, travelers without cars can also make use of the 5-seat and 7-seat Limousine Taxis, operating at the Arrivals hall. These luxury vehicles operate at $45 per vehicle per trip.
Singapore Public Transportation
Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (SMRT)
SMRT is Singapore's premier transportation provider with an extensive network of trains, buses and taxis. Instead of paying in cash, travelers may choose to purchase stored value EZ-Link cards from any TransitLink Sales Office. Adult cards are sold with a minimum stored value of S$10 plus an S$5 deposit fee. Maximum card values are S$100.
Mass Rapid Transit (MRT)
Forming the backbone of Singapore's railway system, the MRT is the 2nd oldest metro system in Southeast Asia, seeing an average daily ridership of 1.5 million people. These air-conditioned passenger trains serve stations located all over the island and run on three main lines. The North-South line runs from Marina Bay to Jurong East; the East-West line runs from Changi Airport to Boon Lay; and the North-East line runs from Harbour Front to Punggol.
MRT trains run daily between every two and a half and eight minutes from 5:30 to 12:30 AM. Fares range from S$0.80 to S$1.70.
SMRT buses comprise a fleet over 800 vehicles traveling 74 routes, including Singapore's first night service known as SMRT NightRider. Buses cover any areas not reached by MRT, and bus stops can be found at all MRT stations.
Bus schedules vary based on route. The seven NightRider services run Friday, Saturday and on the eve of public holidays from 11:30 PM to 4:30 AM. Fares range from S$0.80 to S$1.70.
SMRT Link is a free shuttle service for guests traveling to Chinatown, Dhoby Ghaut and Little India. Pick-up locations include Tekka Mall and People's Park Complex. Shuttle buses run weekends and public holidays every eight to 15 minutes from 11 AM to 10 PM.
SBS Transit Bus Line
SBS Transit owns 75 percent of the scheduled bus market in Singapore. With over 257 services, including express services and Chinatown direct services, SBS operates a fleet of over 2,800 vehicles, most of which have air conditioning.
Bus schedules vary based on route and service type. Except for Townlink and flat fare services, adult fares are based on stages traveled. Each stage is about 0.8 kilometers. Fares range from S$1 to S$1.90 for air-conditioned buses and from S$0.90 to S$1.60 for non-air-conditioned buses. EZ-Link cards may be used on SBS buses.
Avis and Hertz rental companies operate at Changi Airport. Located in the Arrivals hall, counters are open daily from 7 AM to 11 PM.
Singapore boasts over 15,00 taxis that can be flagged down 24 hours a day throughout the city or found at taxi stands outside major hotels and shopping centers. The taxi stand at Changi Airport is located outside arrivals on Level 1 in Terminal 1 and at the end of the arrivals area on Level 1 in Terminal 2. Guests can also reach a cab from any taxi company with one number, 6-DIAL-CAB.
Basic flag down fare is S$2.80 to S$3. Rates follow as S$0.20 for every 385 meters up to 10 kilometers; S$0.20 every 330 meters after 10 kilometers; and S$0.20 for every 45 seconds of waiting or less. Additional surcharges may apply. The cost to travel to the city from Changi Airport ranges from S$18 to S$32.