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Travel Guide: Singapore Getting Around

4th Nov 2011 1:59am | By Editor

The efficient subway means getting around is hassle free.

Getting there

Air

Dozens of airlines fly through Singapore’s Changi Airport – so getting to Singapore from anywhere around South-East Asia or further afield should be straightforward.
For short hops around South-East Asia check out one of the region’s several excellent and cheap low-cost airlines:
•    Tiger Airways
•    Silk Air
•    Cebu Pacific
•    Bangkok Airways
•    Dragon Air
Low-cost airline Jetstar flies from Singapore to Darwin and Perth as well as several South-East Asian cities. Singapore Airlines has been known for decades as one of the best airlines in the world. The downside is it can be a little on the pricey side.
Or, fly into Johor Bahru with Malaysian Airlines or Air Asia, then take a short bus trip into Singapore. The new Malaysian low-cost carrier Firefly also flies out of Johor Bahru.

Bus

There are plenty of buses doing the short trip between Singapore and Johor Bahru, from where you can take buses or trains further afield in Malaysia. There are also direct buses to and from the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur (about 5-6 hours).

Train

There are direct trains to Kuala Lumpur (about 6-7 hours). The “Jungle Railway” runs to Tumpat (near the town of Kota Bharu) on the far north-east coast of peninsular Malaysia. This is a fantastic journey, best done during the day for fantastic views.

Getting around

Subway

The Mass Rapid Transit subway system is super-efficient and by far the best way to get around Singapore. It serves most parts of Singapore, including Changi Airport.

Buses

Singapore’s roads aren’t as congested as other big cities, meaning buses are not a bad option for getting around. Unless you’re heading out of the main central tourist and business district, the train will probably be easier to navigate.