Thanks to good roads and a well-integrated transport system, getting around in Singapore is generally stress-free.

The city-state is pedestrian-friendly, most streets have paved sidewalks, and crossing even the busiest of roads is easy to do via overhead bridges, underpasses and crosswalks.

Walking is not for everyone, though, and even those who typically enjoy taking a stroll to get around might be deterred by Singapore's heat, humidity and monsoon showers. Some expats therefore prefer to drive, even though it's not strictly necessary to own a vehicle in Singapore, as the public transport system includes several excellent options.

Between bus routes and Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) lines, commuters can get just about anywhere they need to go, and cabs and ride-hailing services are abundant and inexpensive.

Public transport in Singapore

Expats who plan on using public transport regularly should consider buying a rechargeable EZ-Link card, which can be used on public buses, train services, taxis and various other services throughout Singapore. The EZ-Link app can be used to recharge your card, among other things. 


Singaporeans picnic in a park as an MRT passes in the background

The MRT in Singapore is clean, air-conditioned and serves more than 140 stations throughout the city-state. MRT trains typically run from 5.30am to midnight, arriving every two to three minutes during peak times and every five to seven minutes during off-peak periods.

The two Light Rail Transit (LRT) systems in Bukit Panjang, and Sengkang and Punggol, were mostly designed as a complement to the already extensive MRT system, providing further-out areas with a link to the MRT. 

Singapore's trains are currently run in combination by SMRT Corporation Ltd (SMRT) and SBS Transit (SBS). Each company operates numerous lines that together form Singapore's rail network.


More than 300 bus services run throughout Singapore, operating from about 5.30am to midnight. These routes tend to go further into the residential areas than the MRT lines, and residents often use them to connect to an MRT station. 

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Taxis in Singapore

Gojek taxi rank in central Singapore

Taxis are a comfortable and convenient way to get around Singapore, and are also relatively cheap. Most cabs have a light on their roof, with red indicating that the cab is occupied and green meaning it's available.

Those looking for a ride should head to the closest taxi queue to wait for a cab. These are typically located near busy areas, such as shopping areas or hawker centres. If there isn't a queue, simply stand along the curb and flag the next available cab down by waving at it. Another way to book a taxi is to call one of several taxi companies, or book one online. It's a good idea to keep a few cab company numbers and websites on hand.

Ride-hailing services also abound in the city-state. Expats can simply download one of many apps – Grab, Gojek, ComfortDelGro and TADA all operate in Singapore – follow the steps, connect a bank card, and order their ride.

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Walking in Singapore

Walking is a delightful way to explore Singapore's blend of modern urban landscapes and lush green spaces. The city-state offers a variety of walking trails and paths that cater to different interests, whether you're looking for a leisurely stroll through nature or an urban exploration.

For nature enthusiasts, the Southern Ridges offer a spectacular walk through hilltops and greenery with stunning views of the city. Urban walkers can immerse themselves in the cultural and historical richness of areas like Chinatown, Little India, and Kampong Glam through self-guided walking tours.

Despite the convenience of walking in Singapore, it's important to be mindful of the hot and humid climate. Wearing comfortable clothing, staying hydrated, and using sun protection are essential. Additionally, pedestrians should be aware of the traffic rules, as the city is not as pedestrian-centric as some others.

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Cycling in Singapore

Cyclist resting in view of Marina Bay Ferris Wheel

Cycling in Singapore is increasing in popularity and the government has pledged dedication to making the city more bike-friendly by adding new cycle paths and overhead crossings, as well as providing more secure parking facilities. With 326 miles (525km) of cycle paths currently already built, the LTA plans to nearly triple this to a whopping 808 miles (1,300km) by 2030.

With paths currently lacking in many areas, cyclists have two options if they'd rather avoid the roads: riding on the sidewalk or using the Park Connector Network (PCN). Riding a bike on sidewalks is common, but expats are advised to use a bell to alert pedestrians of their presence.

The PCN is a series of wide walkways for pedestrians and cyclists which link public parks together. These cut behind neighbourhoods, along waterways and sometimes connect with major roads and MRT lines too. PCN routes are scenic and sometimes faster than using roads. 

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Driving in Singapore

For those preferring the convenience of driving, Singapore offers a well-maintained network of roads and highways. Owning a car, however, is expensive due to various factors including the Certificate of Entitlement (COE), high fuel costs and parking fees.

The COE system regulates car ownership in the city-state to prevent congestion. This certificate can be quite costly and is only valid for a certain period. Additionally, drivers face expenses like Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) tolls, which are charged on certain roads during peak hours.

Expats can drive in Singapore using their foreign driving licence and an International Driving Permit for up to 12 months. After this period, they must convert to a Singapore driving licence, which involves a driving test. Most expats will also need to take a theoretical test before moving on to the practical driving test. 

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