The best way to travel to Singapore from India is through flight. The classy Changi Airport of Singapore is well connected to India through regular flights from various cities. Some of the major airlines that connect the two countries include Singapore Airlines, Air India, Tiger Airways, Jet Airways and Air India Express. The journey is 6-8 hours long depending upon number of halts in between.
Singapore Airlines is the nation airlines of Singapore, which operates direct flights to and from many countries around the globe. Having risen as a major tourist hub in recent years, its Changi Airport with its impeccable management has been frequently voted as the best in the world. The airport offers various facilities such as gym, an outdoor swimming pool, banks, ATM and even gardens. If your transit period at the airport is 5 hours or more, you can register for a two-hour long tour of the city. Flights to Singapore are usually expensive in July and August, during Christmas, New Year and Chinese New Year.
One can also rent a car across the causeway between Singapore and Johor Bahru. The major advantage of renting a car is that one need not go through the immigration or customs at either end. Specially licensed taxis are easily available from Larkin Bus Terminal in Johor Bahru (MYR 80 per taxi, or MYR 20 per person if you share), and Ban San St Taxi Kiosk (same place as Queen St Bus Terminal) in Singapore (SGD 48 per taxi or SGD 12 per person).
If you want to travel Singapore by train, there are two available options with two lines running between Singapore and Malaysia. First line serves Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bahru where one can change for Bangkok (Thailand). Total of three trains run on this line. The other line also known as the Jungle Line runs through Malaysia until northeast coast, again with three trains running on this line. Tanah Merah and Wakaf Bharu are the two stops on the second line. A luxurious train namely the Eastern and Oriental Express travels from Thailand and Malaysia to Singapore.
The only way to reach Singapore by Road is from Malaysia by two causeways. The most popular one links the island with downtown Johor Bahru. Regular bus services by SBS (www.sbstransit.com.sg) and Causeway Link (causewaylink.com.my) operate from around 5:00 AM until midnight. However, one must disembark the entire luggage to pass through the passport control and customs and then board the next bus by showing your ticket. The process in its entirety takes about an hour to complete.
Singapore serves as a major port in the Southeast Asia with a large number of cargos halting here while on their way to other destinations. Also growing in the number are the international passenger cruise lines. There are passenger ferries as well that run to Indonesia and Malaysia.
Singapore with its wide range of well-organized transportation system is one of the easiest cities in Asia to get around. The Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) is one of the quickest and most comfortable ways to commute around the island. The facility begins at 05:30 in morning and runs until midnight. Trains run at a frequency of 2 - 3 minutes during peaks hours and 5 - 7 minutes during non-peak hours. A single trip on MRT can cost from SGD 1.40 - 2.50 plus SGD 1 as refundable deposit. However, if you are planning to stay there even for a week EZ-Link Card is a better option, which can be bought from the customer care counter at station for SGD 10 (SGD 5 non-refundable deposit). Singapore Tourist Pass is an alternative to EZ-Link Card offering unlimited use of bus and train (Costs SGD 10 plus SGD 10 refundable deposit). The TransitLink Guide costing SGD 2.80 from Kinokoniya Bookstore lists all the routes of MRT, buses and areas surrounding MRT stations. Another way of commuting, especially plying on tourists routes, are the Trishaws, which are easily available near Raffles Hotel and just outside the Chinatown Complex. Make sure you use your bargaining skills to get a good deal. One can always check bus departure time for any station online at www.sbstransit.com.sg or download an app - SBS Transit irisê.
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