Purchasing a Standard Ticket and Riding Singapore MRT

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Walk with ChaMike in Singapore | Singapore MRT.

Traveling abroad via public transportation is always an adventure for us since the railway services are just more efficient than those in the Philippines.  In Singapore, we often used MRTs because they're cost efficient than taking a cab and its more user-friendly than riding a bus.

Singapore MRT
Or SMRT is one of the best metro systems in the world (the list includes Seoul, Hong Kong & Tokyo) so using the SMRT when you're in Singapore is a convenient way when getting around Singapore.

Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station

Purchasing Standard Ticket
In Singapore, we bought the Standard Ticket. This can only be used at MRT and LRT rides for both single and return trips. It can be used up to six times within 30 days from the date of purchase. The purchase prices includes a deposit of 10 cents and this is automatically refunded on the travel fare of the third trip. A user also enjoys a 10 cent discount on the sixth trip.

- Look for a ticket vending machine. All SMRT stations have it.
- Just follow the simple instructions on the screen
- Tap the destination of choice
- Pay only the denomination of S$5, S$2, S$1, 50C, 20C and 10C
- Credit Card machines are available too

Ticket Vending Machine

Amount to pay

Insert your money

Reloading your Standard Ticket
- Rest the Standard Ticket at the reload slot
- Tap the destination of choice
- Pay

Rest your  Standard Ticket

-You can now use your Standard Ticket

My Standard Ticket, map and sunnies

Singapore Tourist Pass
Upon doing my research, I realized that Singapore offers a Singapore Tourist Pass. It's a wallet-friendly electronic smart card where you can use in MRTs, LRTs and public buses. You can choose a 1, 2 or 3-day pass and enjoy unlimited rides all for as low as S$6.70 (P230) per day. It's unbelievably cheap! I am now hating myself. Although you can only purchase this pass in selected TransitLink Office, you can check www.thesingaporetouristpass.com.sg for more info.

Underground of the underground

Riding the SMRT
Singapore MRT has one of the simplest routes I've encountered as compared to subways in Seoul or Japan. Since Singapore is a small country, SMRT only has 4 lines so it's so easy to understand and navigate but be prepared to do a lot of walking. Fares don't come in cheap too, like in most subways commuters are charged a fare according to the total distance travelled, cheapest route is S$1.40 (P47). Unlike in Beijing where they have a standard rate of CNY 2 (P15) anywhere you go.

Singapore MRT

Metro lines are always clean & fast so riding it is always a breeze. 

Going to Singapore Flyer

Early ride

How I wish our MRTs are just as good as in Singapore, South Korea, Japan, Beijing or Hong Kong - that commuters would opt not to bring their cars and instead ride the public transportation for its accessibility, affordability and dependability. Haaaaay.

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