Changi International Airport is just 30 mins from the city. As a compact city, it is convenient to travel around Singapore. Hotels, restaurants, venues, shopping and sightseeing spots are conveniently clustered in various neighborhoods, such as Marina Bay, Orchard Road, and Changi, and all are easily accessible via Singapore's safe and reliable public transportation system. Besides a vibrant dining, arts and entertainment scene, Singapore is home to countless key attractions and a wide range of accommodations to suit any budget.

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Singapore is a major air, sea and telecommunications hub in Asia. From its strategic position, it offers market access to 4 billion people within a 7-hour flight radius. With flights from 400 cities in 100 countries and territories, Singapore is easily accessible from anywhere around the world.

Changi International Airport receives almost 7,200 flights a week, providing convenience and effective connectivity for corporate travelers. Singapore also is the most network-ready country in the world, with its broadband network reaching 99 per cent of the population.

Time

GMT +8.00

Electricity

Singapore operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz. You can use all your equipment in Singapore if the outlet voltage in your own country is between 220V-240V. If the standard voltage in your country is in the range of 100V-127V (which is most common in the US, Canada and countries in South America) you might need a voltage converter in Singapore.

Currency

SGD is the abbreviation for the Singapore dollar, which is the official currency of the island state of Singapore. The Singapore dollar, nicknamed the "sing," is made up of 100 cents and is often presented with the symbol S$ to set it apart from other dollar-based currencies. Banks are usually open Monday to Friday 9.30am to 3pm

Communication

The international access code for Singapore is +65. Hotels, cafes, and restaurants offering free Wi-Fi are widely available. As international roaming costs can be high, purchasing a local prepaid SIM card can be a cheaper option.

Emergency number

999 (Police). 995 (Fire & Ambulance).

Visas

Singapore has visa-exemption agreements with 190 countries. A citizen of any of these countries who intends to stay in Japan no longer than the period specified in the relevant agreement requires no visa.

Travelling around

By train

Singapore’s MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) system is probably the fastest way to zip around the city. Most of our popular attractions are just a short walk away from an MRT station, making our trains a great way to get around.

Visitors can use the following options for MRT journeys:

1. Get a Singapore Tourist Pass (STP), a special EZ-Link stored-value card which will allow you unlimited travel for one day (S$10), two days (S$16) or three days (S$20).

2. You can use your foreign-issued Mastercard® and Visa contactless bank cards issued outside of Singapore for the payment of public transport fares in Singapore. Do take note that admin fees apply for foreign-issued bank cards

3. Adult Stored Value Smartcard (EZ-link / Nets FlashPay): These cost $12 inclusive of card value, and come with a stored value of $7 for you to use on your commutes. You’ll be able to purchase this card at any Transitlink Ticket Office or convenience stores.

By bus

Singapore's bus system has an extensive network of routes covering most places in Singapore.

Besides being an economical way to get around, it’s one of the most scenic — you’ll be able to indulge in air-conditioned comfort, as you admire the lush greenery and beautiful architecture of our ‘city in a garden’. You can pay for your bus fare using an adult stored value smartcard (EZ-link / Nets FlashPay) or the Singapore Tourist Pass (STP). Just keep an eye out for the electronic card reader — located next to the bus driver—and tap as you board.

By taxi

Taxis are comfortable and especially handy if you want to go to places not accessible by the bus or MRT. Cabs here are metered, but there may be surcharges depending on when, where and which company’s taxi you board.

To get a rough idea of the final fare, check with the driver on the surcharges and ask for a receipt at the end of the trip. You can also check out this website for a quick and easy comparison.

You can hail a taxi by the roadside at most places, or by queuing for one at a taxi stand, which you’ll find at most malls hotels and attractions.

Health

Hygiene in Singapore is strictly observed and the tap water is safe to drink. However, hepatitis A does occasionally occur. You only need vaccinations if you come from a yellow-fever area. Singapore is not a malarial zone, though dengue fever is an increasing concern and there have been a few cases of Zika reported.

Recommended Vaccinations

You only need vaccinations if you come from a yellow-fever area.

Tap Water

The tap water in Singapore is safe to drink.

Medical Services

Singapore's medical institutions are first-rate and generally cheaper than private healthcare in the West. But needless to say, travel insurance is advisable. Check with insurance providers as to which treatments and procedures are covered before you leave home.

Language

Singapore has no less than four official languages: English, Bahasa Malaysia, Mandarin and Tamil. English is the first language of instruction in the majority of schools and English speakers will generally find it very easy to communicate with locals. Exceptions to the rule include some older Singaporeans and some newer arrivals, especially people from mainland China.


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