If you are on first tour to Singapore then surely you have no idea about how to reach to the city from Singapore Changi Airport. The airport is not only one of the busiest airports in the world but also a great modern marvel with its innovative facilities and cutting-edge services.
It gives truly pleasurable experience to travellers with range of amenities such as movie theatres, kids playgrounds, free playstations having variety of games, free internet stations and gardens. Shopping lovers who has time and money can shop here from multiple brands. Also, many outlets serves variety of delicious food and beverages.
Singapore Changi Airport is currently rated as the world’s best airport with its large transportation facility to flyers. Changi airport has 4 main terminals with Skytrain and shuttle buses providing more convenient travel between terminals.
Public or private transports from Changi airport to Singapore city are easily available to tourists here. There is an excellent range of transport options connect Changi airport to city’s centre. There are many public buses, MRT trains, airport shuttles, taxies, limousine taxies and large taxies with different fares and comfortable travel.
You will find cheap transport to any famous tourist attractions easily. The international airport is a great transportation hub for visitors to travel from airport to the city.
This blog is about how you get to Singapore city from Singapore Changi airport. So let’s have a look to all transport options for visitors from airport to city:
The Airport Taxis
Taxi is the easy and comfortable way to travel from airport to any city place. You will find taxi stands at the arrival levels of each terminal and all taxis run on meter so no need to haggle.
Taxi drivers serve visitors 24 hours. Plus, there is an additional airport surcharges for all trips starting from the airport. A ride from airport to city will take 20-30 minutes approximately with cost $20 to $30.
- Airport surcharge: S$5 from 5.00 PM to midnight (Fri-Sun) and S$3 all other times
- Midnight (00.00 – 6.00 AM) surcharge is 50% of final fare on meter
- Peak hours (6.00 AM to 9.00 AM, Mon-Fri and 6.00 PM to midnight, everyday) surcharge is 25% of final metered fare
Changi Airport Shuttle
The change airport shuttle are very convenient and inexpensive transports available from and to the airport. These shared vans are available for 24 hours and provide drop facility to many hotels in Singapore.
To ride the airport shuttle, you can pre-book the seat online or get the service at Ground Transport Desks at the Arrival halls. The travel time to the city is about 25 minutes based on traffic conditions.
Costs: Adult – S$9, Child (< 12) – S$6
Pick up service is available every 15 minutes in peak hours and 30 minutes in off-peak hours.
MRT (MASS RAPID TRANSIT)
The MRT train station is accessible by foot is located underground between Terminal 2 and Terminal 3. Follow the sign “Train to City” to get to the MRT station from whichever terminal you are.
The Changi airport is connected to the East West line at Tanah Merah station. To get to the city, ride the westbound train at Tanah Merah station. If you want to see many popular places like Chinatown, Raffles or City Hall, then you need to change to Green line MRT train.
Purchase a single ticket or EZ-Link card at MRT stations or recommended stores. It will take around 30 minutes to travel. Fare may vary according to distance you travel, fare type (Adult, child, student etc.) and whether you choose cash or smart card payment.
MRT Hours: 5.31 AM – 11.18 PM (Mon-Sat), 5.59 AM – 12.06 AM (Sun, public holidays)
Travelling in MRT is very cheap with cost ranging from S$ 0.60 – 1.70.
You can check all fares here.
Public bus is another cheapest way to get to Singapore city located at the basement bus bays of Terminals 1, 2 and 3. The bus stop in terminal 4 is located next to Car Park 4B having only four bus services – 24, 34, 36 and 110.
If you pay by cash then exact fare is required as no change will be given. Alternatively you can also use stored value of EZ-Link card on the buses. Probably the most useful bus for tourists would be 36 which runs between Changi airport and orchard road.
However, if you are travelling with lot of luggage then please note that the bus does not have much room for luggage. As it’s a normal passenger bus, there may not be much space for luggage.
Bus Fares: SGD 0.70 to SGD 1.40 (non air-conditioned), SGD 0.80 to SGD 1.70 (air-conditioned)
Bus Hours: from 6.00 AM to 12.00 midnight. Check the respective bus stop for precise arrival or departure timings.
For precise bus schedules and fare take a look here.
Limousine & large taxi
A 7-seater large taxi or 4-seater limousine is the most convenient option if you are with small family or in group. You can approach them for 24-hour at the Ground Transport Concierges at the Arrival Halls.
Whether pre-book it or get on arrival is totally up to you. Both limousine and large taxi will pick you up from any terminal of the airport and easily available. Limousine is very comfortable and give passengers a luxury feeling during trip.
Costs: $55 for 4-seater limousine and $60 for 7-seater large taxi per departure from airport.
No need to worry as transportation in Singapore for tourists from Singapore Changi airport is very easy and convenient to find. I hope this will help you to find best transport option next time you travel.