Facts and fig­ures

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Trans­port links

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.

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