The majority of visitors to Singapore arrive by air. The city-state is serviced by the major Changi Airport and the smaller Seletar Airport. It is also possible to enter by road, boat, bus, train, and taxi.
Approximate flight times to Singapore from New York 19 hours 4 minutes; from Toronto 18 hours 39 minutes; from London 12 hours 45 minutes; from Tokyo 6 hours and 50 minutes.
Singapore is a hub of transportation in Asia; flights to other Asian destinations are quick and inexpensive because of the organization and efficiency of the Changi Airport and its proximity to other desirable locales. Changi has three terminals and one budget terminal. You will be able to travel between the three main terminals with the complimentary Skytrain. To get to the budget terminal, you can take the shuttle bus, which departs from the basement of Terminal 2.
Flights into Singapore
Singapore is probably Southeast Asia’s largest aviation hub so the easiest way to enter it is by air. Singapore Airlines is the flagship carrier while its regional subsidiary SilkAir, Tiger Airways and Jetstar Asia also operate out of Singapore. There are direct flights to Europe, the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, North America and South Africa. Qantas and British Airways use Singapore as a stopover
If you would like to freshen up before continuing your travels, the Changi Airport offers airside transit hotels. Airside means that you will not have to go through immigration to stay at the hotel for a short time. Rates are generally: S$73.56/82.39/110.35 for single, double, or triples respectively. Budget singles, in which you share a bathroom, are S$51.50, and S$17.65 per hour after that. To wash off the travel dust, so to speak, you can also rent a shower only for S$8.40.
Layovers or waiting time is expected during most air travel, and Changi Airport strives to make your wait as pleasant as possible. You can purchase souvenirs, clothes, or books for your travels and dine at any number of Asian and international food vendors. There are live bands in many bars and lounges, and you can check your email and browse online via the free wireless internet access.
If you have more than five hours to spare, check in at the Singapore Visitor Centre in any terminal for a free city tour offered six times a day. Alternatively, the terminals (except for the Budget Terminal) offer many attractions to keep one occupied: T1 has a swimming pool and Jacuzzi; T2 has an indoor garden, an area with mood lighting and big couches on which to relax while listening to music, a small movie theatre, computer gaming room, massage services, duty-free shops; T3 has a butterfly garden.
Changi offers a myriad of business tools, such as free internet terminals with audio and video capabilities, and dedicated 24-hour Business Centres with photocopying, faxing and computer facilities.
Many travelers choose to use taxis to take them into Singapore from the airport because it is the fastest and easiest option. After you clear customs, you simply need to follow the signs. There will be a S$3-S$5 surcharge for fares originating from the airport. It will cost about S$20-S$30 to get into the city, which includes the surcharge. For fares between 12:00am and 6:00am, there is an additional 50 percent surcharge. Perhaps a good time to check into the Transit Hotel and relax!
Shuttles to designated areas within the city and/or hotels are available for S$7. These are called MaxiCabs, and each sits six people. They run from 6:00am to 2:00am daily, every 15-30 minutes. This is a convenient and inexpensive method if the shuttle stops at your accommodations.
Another inexpensive way to get into the city is to use MRT trains. There is a station between Terminals 2 and 3 which will take you to Tanah Merah, where you need to transfer to a city-bound train. Going to City Hall station, a 30 minute ride, costs S$1.40, and S$1 of that is refunded upon arrival. MRT trains run from 5:31am – 11:18pm daily.
Buses run from 6:00am – 12:00am daily. You may ride for less than S$2 – but have exact cash ready because you won’t be given change. Terminals for buses are in the basements of all three main terminals.
Ride in style with a limousine. There is a flat fee of S$35 to anywhere in the city, which is only a bit more than taxis during the day. After 12:00am, there is no surcharge. You may also charter a MaxiCab van for the same price.
Though car rentals are not a popular option, you may still find a car with one of the major rental companies, including AB (Budget) Car Rental, Avis, Hertz (Sime Darby), and Sintat. You may also rent through Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) Car Rental. This may be a less expensive option, especially as discounts are available. Rental counters are located in the arrival areas of Terminals 1 and 2.
Be aware that travelers renting cars will have to make sure they have a cash card for the ERP, or electronic road pricing system (similar to tolls). Rental companies may provide on with the car, but you must make sure there are sufficient funds on the card. These will allow you to travel on the East Coast Parkway, Pan Island Expressway, Ayer Rajah Expressway, the Central Expressway, and in the Central Business District during weekday hours of 7:30am-7:00pm and Saturday hours of 7:30am-2:00pm.
The vast majority of travelers to Singapore will arrive via Changi, but if you have a chartered or private plane, this is where you will land. Only Berjaya Air operates from Seletar for flights to Tioman and Redang. Seletar has one runway; it typically handles about 24,000 passengers a year as well as over 6000 tons of freight.
Berjaya Air flights to the Malaysian islands of Redang and Tioman use Seletar instead of Changi. Passengers who do land at Seletar will find two check-in counters, a car park, credit card-operated phones, vending machines, taxi stall, outside waiting areas, and VIP lounge. If you need to transfer to Changi, allow about an hour for travel by taxi. There will be a S$3 surcharge for trips from Seletar.
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