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By Mass Rapid Transit (MRT)
If you arrive at an early hour, Mass Rapid Transit or MRT has not started their service yet. MRT service starts at around 6.00am everyday and this is the most convenient transport to take if you wanted to save money. In fact MRT is the most convenient transportation for getting around in Singapore as it reaches most parts of Singapore. Personally I seldom take the public bus nowadays because without having traffic lights, I can reach my destination faster.
Changi Airport MRT Station is located at the basement of Terminals 2 and 3. It is accessible from the Arrival and Departure Halls through escalators and lifts.
You may refer to our MRT article for more information or go to MRT website for the latest MRT map.
By Airport Shuttle
Airport Shuttle bus service counter is available 24 hours daily and is located conveniently at the Arrival Halls of each Terminal. A single trip from Changi Airport to a selected hotel in the city, is SGD9 for adult and SGD6 for child below 12 years old.
You can take a Taxi to your hotel. If you take Taxi from Airport, there is a surcharge of SGD5. Taking Taxi from Changi Airport to city will cost SGD23 to SGD50. I would say Taxi fare is not very cheap in Singapore as compare to other South East Asia countries (e.g. Thailand, Hong Kong and Indonesia). I am not sure about New Zealand (when I went there I didn't take Taxi) but if you have been to Australia, Singapore Taxi fare is cheaper. Taxis are available at the taxi stands at the Arrival levels of each Terminal. You may refer to Changi Airport website for more information for your planning.
I realise that MRT or bus is the cheapest mode of transport in Singapore. Is this easy to find at the
airport, and more importantly, is it easy to find a MRT or bus station back to the airport?
Yes you are correct. Public bus or MRT is cheaper than taxi. My advice is to take MRT because it is more convenient and faster.
Changi MRT station is very easy to find and it is located at Terminal 3. You will see signboards showing you the direction. If you are arriving at other terminals (Terminal 1 or 2), you may take the inter transfer terminal train to go to terminal 3.
Bus stops are located at the basement of all the terminals.
What is the approximate cost to take a taxi into the city and Singapore Zoo?
Singapore Zoo is located in the north of Singapore and is not easily accessible. There are no Mass Rapid Transit(MRT) station nearby. You may refer to our Singapore Zoo article on how to go there by Public bus or MRT.
The taxi fare from City to Singapore Zoo is around SGD23 or more depending on the time you take. Use this link to get a rough guide of the taxi fare. In my opinion, there are other means of transport to reach Singapore Zoo.
You may go this Singapore Zoo's visitor information page for the details.
In case you are also interested to know, Night Safari and River safari (new attraction opened in 2013) are just located next to the Zoo. You may also want to visit these places.
How long would a trip from Changi Airport to the city on the MRT and/or bus take, and how long to the Singapore Zoo?
If you take MRT from Changi Airport to City, it will takes you about 30 to 45 minutes. That depends on which part of the city your hotel is located. I assume your hotel is located at Orchard Road. On average, each MRT station is about 3 to 5 minutes apart. Based on this distance and the number of MRT stations to reach your hotel, you can roughly calculate the total time taken.
If you are taking MRT or bus from the city to Singapore Zoo, it will take you about 1 hour or more. There is no MRT station at Singapore Zoo, so you will have to transfer to a bus to get there
Would you be able to advise me on a route to walk? I am not very interested in shopping malls and modern buildings, I am interested in "old" Singapore, culture, and history.
You can discover a lot of Singapore history along Singapore River. Visit our Museum/Worship articles (look out on the left menu for the Museums/Worship links under the Singapore Attraction heading).
Below are the other links to related information:
I am also interested in boat trips. Years ago, I did a trip on the harbour, is that still available?
Yes. Boat trips at Singapore River are still available. The boat ride is a round trip around Boat Quay, Clarke Quay and the Merlion. The price for the ride is around SGD18. You can board the boat at Esplanade, Boat Quay or Clarke Quay.
I noticed Tekong, Tekong Kechil and Ubin on the Google map. Are these islands open to the public?
Tekong is not open to public. It has military camps and is a military training ground for new recruits too. For your information, all male Singaporeans and the 2nd male generation of Permanent Residents need to go for national service when they reach 18 years old. I was once trained in Tekong too.
Ubin is open to public. Visitors go there for cycling and camping.
Are there any other islands that can be visited apart from Sentosa Island, which is too touristy to my liking?
Pulau Ubin, Sister Island, Kusu Island and St John's Island are open to public. You may visit our Singapore Island Hopping article for more details.
If I want to be back at Changi Airport around 7.30p.m. on my depature day, am I able to take any of the night tours on the river, or is it not dark enough yet?
In Singapore, it usually gets dark at around 7 p.m. Since you are planning to be back to Changi Airport by 7.30p.m, I don't think you will be able to take any night tours on your departure day.
Are there any specials rates available for Attractions or discounts on public transport?
You can visit the links below.
I am a 60-year old woman. Is it safe to walk in Singapore alone? What should I watch out for?
Singapore is very safe. You can walk around at night without much worries. Of course the usual rules still apply.
Though Singapore is safe but we still do have crimes and pickpockets.
In Singapore, our roads, Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) and Shopping centers are quite friendly to senior people, handicapped and people who travel with babies.