Singapore transportation - getting here

The vast majority of international visitors arrive at Singapore’s Changi Airport, one of the finest in the world. It is a gleaming, modern showcase airport with all the facilities and comforts any world-weary traveller could need. It is the region’s major air hub with connections throughout Southeast Asia and farther afield to Europe, North America and the Middle East. However there several other scenic ways of arriving in Singapore, including ferry, train and bus.

An island nation, Singapore is connected by two separate causeways with the Johor region in southern Malaysia. For generations of travellers, it has been the final leg of the time honoured backpacker overland trail from Bangkok in Thailand and can be crossed by car, bus, train or even on foot. The most popular option is through the bustling frontier town of Johor Bahru, itself a popular travellers’ centre.

Airport

Regularly acclaimed as the world’s finest, Changi Airport is modern, super efficient and always seems to run like clockwork with free city tours and plenty of shopping and dining options...more

Buses

Singapore is one of the few places in Asia where city centre bus travel is a real joy. On time, air conditioned and rarely overcrowded, Singapore buses are also incredibly cheap too...more

Trains

The island wide MRT metro system is among the world’s best and overland train travel from Singapore northwards through Malaysia and Thailand is an unforgettable adventure...more

Getting around

Above and below ground, trains provide an efficient, stress free way of getting around. And there are metered taxis and regular bus services which are rarely late and air conditioned...more

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Even a flight delay is no real hardship, as Changi International Airport boasts a fabulous range of attractions and entertainment to while away a few hours. And getting to Malaysia is never a major hassle with bus and train connections.

A second causeway crossing arrives at Tuas in the west of Singapore but services and onward transport are much less frequent. It is possible to travel between Malaysia and Singapore all through the night and through tickets can be booked by bus or rail from points as far away as Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur and Melaka in Malaysia.

There are regular ferry services heading north from the Indonesian islands of Batam and Bintan, which are popular haunts for weekending Singaporeans. Both are within one hour’s cruise away and ferries run almost hourly through the day. Whichever route you take to reach Singapore, there are passport and customs checks at each frontier but formalities are efficient and well organised.

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