Travel with a car is more convenient than commuting, that is no secret at all. But the expenses that come together with car ownership are oftentimes outweighed its advantages, especially if you reside in a country like Singapore. A study shows that for you to maintain a car, you need to be earning at least 5,000 SGD per month because of the petroleum’s rising cost. In addition, the car owner must acquire COE or Certificate of Entitlement before he or she can drive the vehicle around the country, which can cost above 80,000 SGD to bid due to some government related regulations like the efforts to reduce traffic volumes in urban areas.
With the above-mentioned factors, what will you do if you are not capable yet of buying a car? Good for you if your workplace is just near your house, walking or cycling can be a workable alternative. Cycling is a very popular choice in this country. You can even find a material guide on intra-town cycling as noted by the Singapore Land Transport Authority. The said manual covers everything from designated cycling paths to cycling etiquette. But if you don’t know how to ride a bike, this article will offer you some of the options you have to get around Singapore.
Travelling Singapore through Public Transportation
If it is your first time in this country and with no car or are not that keen on having one, calm yourself because travelling using the public transportation system is not as hard as it sounds. You can get around almost anywhere in this Singapore either by buses, cabs, train or MRT, and car rental, some even offer public transport passes for tourist. Here is how you can do it:
Train or MRT
The train or MRT is known as the fastest public transport system that can help you get around the city, especially if you have the Singapore tourist train pass. Most of this country’s tourist attractions are strategically located within walking distance of an MRT station; if not, you can take a bus from the nearest train station to your target destination. But before you travel using this system, make sure that you have the EZ-Link stored-value card or a ticket.
If you’re a backpacker and is looking for the cheapest way to get around the city, the bus or Singapore tourist bus pass is a right option for you. The country’s bus system has an extensive network of routes. Upon boarding, you can pay for your bus fare using your EZ-Link stored-value card or cash. That’s it! All you have to do is enjoy the scenic ride to your final destination at the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle.
Cabs or taxis, on the other hand, are the most expensive option of all these public transportation systems, but it can offer you the most comfort and accessibility since they can drop you at the main entrance of your chosen destination. Every taxi is metered; however, its final fare will depend on several factors including the time, location, distance, and which taxi company you used.