Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (SMRT)

Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (SMRT)

Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (SMRT)
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The area
Neighbourhood: Marina Bay
More of a mini city than a neighbourhood in the traditional sense, the iconic Marina Bay aims to dazzle and entertain visitors of all kinds. This is the Singapore found in glossy brochures, featuring a world-class hotel, casino, shops, restaurants, bars, and other attractions all geared towards pure entertainment. The SkyPark at Marina Bay Sands provides a stunning view of the city, a must-see photo opportunity for visitors and locals alike. The ArtScience Museum always has a top-quality exhibition, and Gardens by the Bay is a fascinating manifestation of the government’s vision of Singapore as a “city in a garden”. Enticing Marina Bay is well worth a visit.
How to get there
  • Downtown • 9 min walk
  • Marina Bay • 10 min walk
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  • Jay Govender
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive public transport system.
    It was the most economical and efficient way to travel throughout Singapore. There was an MRT station at every tourist attraction. Just follow the map. There is no waiting time. I suggest that you find accommodation close to a MRT station.
    Visited November 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 February 2023
  • Lesley G
    Exmouth, United Kingdom21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Efficient, easy to use and very clean.
    Amazing service - so easy to use with a credit card. Clean and super efficient. Helpful staff and regular service - many stops and clear instructions in English both audio and written.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 2 March 2023
  • Karen M
    Brisbane, Australia11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Leading the World
    One of the best transit systems in the World! It is efficient, clean, safe, easy to use and very economical. It is by far the best way to get around Singapore. They have even built a whole new circle line with new stations since our last visit pre-Covid and this makes it even easier for tourists to use.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 4 March 2023
  • Jordan M
    Illinois116 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great way to get around
    Subway train system goes all through Singapore. It may take a little while to understand it. Unless you’re going to be in Singapore for an extended time, use a credit card to pay. Just remember to tap out at your destination.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 5 March 2023
  • TassieTravellers99
    Launceston, Australia3,184 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the best transport systems
    The MRT would have to be one of the best transport systems we have used. The trains are clean and services are on time and efficient. We never waited more than five minutes for a train even on Sunday. Announcements and maps are clear and easy to read and the lines cover the majority of major sites. You can buy a three day travel pass which offers unlimited travel that also includes the train to Sentosa Island and bus services.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 5 March 2023
  • Phil M
    30 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent way to traverse Singapore
    Only issue is with ticketing. Decided to buy a two day pass but arriving at the Marina, you had to first buy a ticket to another station where they actually sold them. A bit silly? I still have no idea of the single ticket cost, especially paying by credit card in a foreign currency. It was also not obvious whether the cost of a single ticket was distance related, so not easy to judge whether a day pass was worthwhile. I guess all the information is there...somewhere. Finally if getting a taxi to the airport best to reclaim your day pass deposit earlier rather than a possibly long and inconvenient side trip to the airport train station!
    Visited March 2023
    Written 6 March 2023
  • JR W
    Issaquah, Washington8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best way to explore Singapore
    We utilized MRT whenever possible during our two week trip to Singapore. It was clean and efficient, the best transit I've experienced. We tapped in and out using Apple Pay, which was a lower cost than purchasing the tourist pass.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 6 March 2023
  • He1d1
    Surrey, United Kingdom232 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Super clean, cheap & efficient
    By far the cleanest underground I have used but it's probably the newest one too. It was cheap to use tapping your bank card in & out similar to the underground in the UK. It felt very safe & ran to time.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 9 March 2023
  • Susan H
    Herndon, Virginia6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great mass transit
    Clean, efficient. I used Apple Pay and it could not have been easier. Use available maps to plan your trip. Attendants are polite and helpful - especially if you don’t know which exit to use- but they will help you plan your trip too.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 March 2023
  • Mark B
    Fair Oaks, California277 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic way to navigate Singapore
    We spent four days in Singapore and the MRT was such an easy way to get around. It is extremely clean and felt very safe. You can use Google Maps and it will select routes for you or you can download the MRT map and it's so easy to find the closest station and find the connecting stations you need to get where you want to go. On a previous trip we purchased a tourist pass which worked well but you had to spend time finding the place to purchase the pass and there was a deposit for the pass. This time we just used our cell phone wallet with a credit card and tapped each time we entered and exited. We used apple wallet with a connected credit card. I also, toward the end, just used by apple watch apple wallet and tapped it to enter and exit.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 13 March 2023
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kirstine2013
Albuquerque, NM795 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Comfortable, regular, clean and cheap service that takes you all over Singapore, both by train and bus. The routes are well designed to help travelers move very easily from Changi airport to the city center.
Written 27 February 2024
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Lawry
Auckland Central, New Zealand10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Business
We felt like tech-savvy explorers gliding efortlessly through Singapore on the SMRT. The system is so streamlined and safe, it made getting around a breeze. Plus, with its accessibility features, we had no trouble hopping on and off to explore all the city has to offer. Highly recommend for a stress-free journey!
Written 26 February 2024
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Georgie
Perth, Australia214 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
The Singapore MRT system is so easy to use, and a cheap and great way to great around rather than relying on taxis.
No need to purchase any tourist cards - the system now accepts all banks cards. For my 8 day stay, I paid $17 in total and I used the MRT every day.
A fast, easy transport system to use and very clean.
Written 22 February 2024
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Aslanda24
Ladornac161 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
I have never known a public transport system to be so spotlessly clean, and to be so incredibly efficient. We bought a three day tourist pass for our stay at a cost of $20 for the travel and $10 for the cost of the card ; so a total of $30. The card deposit is said to be refundable. Yet to try it.
The only drawback is that not all stations sell the tourist pass. Our two day extensive sightseeing travel on the MRT cost only $8.
Written 19 February 2024
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philb92
Meltham, UK330 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024
The only downside to using this form of transport is that some stations have multiple exits and, if you are unsure which one you need you can end up a long way from your intended destination. We brought a three day travel pass which seemed expensive but it does cover trains and buses so it was very handy and saved using our credit cards. Some very good shopping available in the connecting tunnels.
Written 19 February 2024
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Iqbal R
Jakarta, Indonesia13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
The map is easy to read, even if you are first to singapore you still can understand the map.

The SMRT make your trip easier and now you can pay it with your own credit card make so much easier to take SMRT to strolling around Singapore
Written 6 February 2024
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Alka Varma
New Delhi, India1,083 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
The Singapore metro known as MRT is quite widespread and takes you to most of the locations. It has six lines which cross cross the city. It’s cheap compared to taxi . Some central stations get crowded at peak hours so best to avoid them. During peak hours the frequency is 2 to 3 mins and otherwise 5 to 6 mins.
The metro stations are safe and even the train coaches. Theft and crime is unheard of here.
The metro maps can be picked up from the stations for free.
Written 28 January 2024
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Christine G
Canterbury, UK30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
So easy to use, clean, spacious and cheap.
Some of the stations have so many exits you can get a bit confused
Written 23 January 2024
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Ian C
Norwich, UK7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Simply brilliant!, cheap, fast, so, so clean with information everywhere. Customer service people to speak with throughout the day until 10pm. Very Easy to use.
Written 17 January 2024
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Kate B
Broken Hill, Australia159 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This was the easiest way to get around the city, especially while the Grand Prix was on. It was very easy to navigate, and we were able to tap in and out using our credit/debit cards, making it very user-friendly for visitors!
Written 10 January 2024
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