The MRT is the most efficient and popular way of transport for Singaporeans, as it boasts an extensive network, clean and efficient trains, and punctual and frequent service. While the morning rush hour can get uncomfortably crowded, MRT rides are otherwise very comfortable. Security on the MRT is also very good, with security personnel at each station and a number of plain-clothes security personnel onboard the trains.
There are four main lines running at present: the North South Line, the East West Line, the Circle Line (operated by SMRT Corporation), and the North East Line (operated by SBS Transit). Stage 1 of the Downtown line opened on 22 December 2013, with Stages 2 and 3 due to open in 2016 and 2017 respectively. The network map is easy to follow and the system easy to navigate.
MRT fares are reasonable and a summary of the ticket prices is provided below for your reference:
EZ-Link card adult fares
North South Line and East West Line= 0km – >32km: S$0.77 – S$2.02
North East Line and Circle Line= 0km – 20km: S$0.82 – S$2.27
EZ-Link card senior citizen fares
North South Line, East West Line= S$0.56 – S$0.90
North East Line and Circle Line= S$0.60 – S$0.94
EZ-Link card child and student fares
All lines 0km – >14.4km: S$0.68 – S$0.90
Standard ticket fares
North South Line, East West Line= 0km – >32km: S$1.30 – S$2.40
North East Line and Circle Line= 0km – 30km: S$1.20 – S$2.60
- Children below 0.9m travel for free.
- Travel in the city area before 7:30AM has a $0.30 rebate Monday to Friday.
Standard tickets can be purchased for one-time travel at the automated machines in every station. However, the EZ-link card is the recommended form of payment, for sake of ease, and initially costs SG$15, inclusive of a nonrefundable $5 card cost and a $10 value. Cards can be purchased from station kiosks and topped-up at automated machines using cash or NETS (Network for Electronic Transfers) payment, a payment system a ttached to Singapore-issued ATM and cash cards.
As passengers alight and board using the same doors, please remember to give way to people alighting before boarding the train. Moving to the centre of the car to prevent congesting the entrance is also much appreciated. EZ-link cards / tickets are then tapped onto the card reader pads at entry gates to pay for your fare. You must tap your card again on the way out to exit the station at your destination.
The Light Rail Transit (LRT) trains look like one car of an MRT train, with no operator on board and they generally go to the less accessible areas of the city. Payment is strictly by card. Single trip cards can be purchased at automated machines at all LRT or MRT stations.
For information on MRT and LRT routes, visit the SMRT website.