Facts and figures
Leaving Singapore’s award-winning contemporary Changi Airport and being greeted with a swarm of high-rise buildings, constant footfall and bustling city noise can be a very disorientating prospect to firsttime visitors. However, Singapore is there to lend a hand with its very efficient, clean and extensive public transportation system that offers access to every corner of the island; including bus, MRT (mass rapid transit system), taxi, rental car and motorbike transportation. Thanks to a tourism boost and subsequent infrastructure injection every year since the Singapore Grand Prix race was re-launched in 2008, significant investment in the city’s rail network, road infrastructure and other transport links has been a triumph that has made moving from place to place to see the famous sights of Singapore a simple feat. Running from 6am-midnight daily, the MRT is a quick, affordable and convenient way to get around the city-state; operating a colourcoded system that connects Changi Airport with downtown Singapore, the CBD, Orchard Road, Little India, Chinatown and Marina Bay, as well as all the suburbs in the north and western districts. This mode of transport is made all the more
economical through the optional purchase of an EZ-Link card which has a similar function to other top-up travel systems globally such as the Oyster Card on the London Underground.
Singapore’s streets are filled with the continuous flow of traffic, which makes identifying transport links a much less daunting task. While taxis are fairly cheap if you are used to paying global inner city prices, Singapore has a fastgrowing Uber tribe for those looking for convenience over cost-saving.
The country’s hugely popular retail scene benefits from Singapore’s huge trade of physical goods from the third busiest port in the world; from the extravagant garments available at ION Orchard to the young hipster fashions of retail hotspots such as VivoCity.