Public transport is very efficient and convenient in Singapore. You have three main options i.e. Trains, Buses and Taxis. In general, for directions to anyplace, use Google Maps mobile app, available for both iOS and Android.
ez-link & NETS Flashpay Cards
The cheapest and most convenient way to pay for both buses and the MRT is with an EZLink or a NETS Flashpay stored-value card. These are pre-paid cards that need to be tapped in and out when you travel. You can purchase them at any MRT station’s ticket booth. Make sure that you have a minimum balance of S$2 before you start your journey. Otherwise, you can buy a ticket for the bus with exact change ($1.10 for nearby stops) and for the MRT from the ticket machine (GTM).
To top-up/add value to the EZ Link cards, you can go to the GTM machines at MRT stations or Bus Interchanges, ticket booths at MRT stations and 7/11 stores
To top-up the NETS Flashpay cards, you would need to go to a 7/11 store.
These cards can even be used at many merchants for payment. A ‘NETS Cash’ card is also available. But if you wish to travel with the card, make sure you get the Flashpay.
Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Trains
Singapore subways are fast and cheap. MRT frequencies are 2-3 minutes during weekday peak hours, and 4-6 mins during non-peak hours and weekends. The nearest MRT stations to our campus are
There are 3 providers of public bus services: SMRT, SBS and Tower (no difference in fares, just routes). The bus is usually the most convenient way to get to the MRT stations. The nearest bus stop to our campus is
Bus Stop Name Location fr Campus
Essec Business Sch Take stairs outside L3
After ACJC Walk north fr L1 entrance
Buses: 14, 74, 91, 92, 95, 191, 196, 198, 200
Want to find out when your bus will arrive? Install the Bus@SG mobile app, available for both iOS and Android.
*Bus services terminate around 12:30am, except weekends where there are night services in certain areas.
This is the easiest but most expensive mode of transport, though they are less expensive when compared to Western Europe. Taxis can be booked beforehand for a booking fare of $3.30. Flag down fares start from S$ 3.20, and cost extra at peak hours and after 6pm. Lately Grab, a mobile app (like Uber) has become the to go taxi booking app. Following is the list of taxi companies:
City Cab Ph: 6552 1111
Maxi Cab Ph: 8481 9737
Grab Grab Mobile App
*Maxi Cab can accommodate up to 7 passengers with space for luggage. Usually opted for transfers to and from the airport, these cabs have a fixed fare.
Bicycle can be a useful mode of transportation for short distances. That said, most people view cycling as a recreational activity here. Riding a bicycle has its pros and cons in Singapore.
Pros: It’s often faster than a bus, cheap, available anytime, and good exercise too.
Cons: Vehicle drivers have little respect for two-wheeled traffic, so you would to ride safely on the road or ride on the sidewalk, which becomes a hassle for pedestrians. Also, the hot and humid weather will make you perspire.