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Travel to Singapore

By: kimberly on 25 May 2012
Come into Singapore by plane, bus, taxi, train or even drive! Perhaps the most convenient and popular way of reaching Singapore would be to fly in, aided in part by the addition of budget terminals in Singapore, while taking buses, trains, taxis and driving would be taken from those in the area, like from Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.

By Air

Touchdown at Singapore's only commercial airport and be treated with style. Consisting of three main terminals and a smaller Budget Terminal, Singapore's Changi Airport serves up to 80 international airlines daily ranging from full-service flights to budget carriers. With more than 300 accolades under its belt, it takes about a mere 30 minutes from landing to clearing customs.

The city is located 20 km away from Changi Airport. This usually takes about 30 minutes to an hour by car. Choose to cover the distance in style and luxury with the 4-seater Limousine Taxi or the 7-seater Large Taxi for S$45 and S$50 respectively, or save some money for shopping and dining by going to the taxi stand and flagging down a cab, which will cost you about S$18 to S$38. Surcharges for trips to and from the airport apply, costing S$5 for travels between 5pm and 12 midnight and S$3 for any other time. For added convenience, simply go to the airport's counters to rent a car, although this might be rather pricey.

Alternatively, you could walk to the MRT Station at the terminals 2 and 3 which will connect you to essentially everywhere around the island. A one-way ride will cost about S$3. The most cost-efficient way would be to take bus 36 which costs about S$2. You would need to first purchase a CEPAS card or Singapore Tourist Pass in order to board the trains and buses.

By Car / Coach / Bus

Singapore is also accessible via Malaysia. You could choose to enter Singapore via two land checkpoints - the Woodlands Checkpoint at one end of the Causeway and the Tuas Checkpoint. The latter is also called the Second Link and is generally less congested than the first.

Drivers are advised to purchase a an AutoPass (AP) card for S$10 and use it to pay for a Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) of S$20 per day. Also, you will need to rent an In-Vehicle Unit (IU) to pay the electronic road pricing or simply pay a flat fee of S$5 per day. Peninsular-Malaysia registered vehicles should have valid road tax and Malaysian insurance coverage. All other foreign vehicles would require a Vehicle Registration Certificate, Customs Document (Carnet), Vehicle Insurance purchased from a Singapore-based insurance company and an International Circulation Permit.

Bus companies like Konsortium Express, Aeroline, Transnasional, Transtar operate between selected locations in Malaysia to Singapore. If you're coming from Johor Bahru, go to either the Kotaraya Terminal or the Larkin Terminal and take a bus from there. A good choice would be to take SBS bus 160 or 170 from Larkin or SMRT bus 950 from Kotaraya as their prices are generally cheaper. Do beware of touts at these locations and get your tickets from the ticket booths instead. You could also take a bus from Thailand to Singapore if you wish.

By Train

A train service is available from Singapore to Thailand via Kuala Lumpur. The main station in Singapore is located at Tanjong Pagar, but will now be relocated to Woodlands in 2011. A train ticket costs RM34 (about S$16)for travel from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore, and RM249 (about S$125) to get from Bangkok to Singapore.

By Cruise

Singapore's appeal as the cruising hub of the region is enriched by old world charms and exciting new world appeals. Hence, this offers travellers an additional option when travelling to our sunny shores. Boats arriving from neighbouring Indonesia and Malaysia are will arrive at the World Trade Centre terminal located behind Harbourfront Centre. International cruise lines such as Cunard Line, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Seabourn Cruise Lines, Silversea Cruises and Star Clippers have made Singapore their port of call.

Book your flight or train ticket and get ready to visit Singapore with its host of attractions!

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