Here is a map of Singapore’s Mass Rapid Transit stations, affectionately called as MRT. Click on the map to get a bigger version. The dotted lines means that the stations aren’t ready. The MRT line covers a huge part of Singapore. Even the Changi Airport is connected to the MRT line, so you can take the train all the way from the airport to town (Raffles City and Orchard Road). There is no dedicated express train service from the airport to town, like what you have in London, but the MRT should definitely suffice.
If you have huge bags, just take a taxi because it’s so affordable! From the Airport to Orchard Road during off peak hours, it probably only costs SGD$25. There is a 35% surcharge during peak hours, in addition to toll gantries in the city that cost about $3 or so. Each taxi can sit up to a max of 4 passengers.
If you are a tourist, you might like to take note of the following MRT stations to aid you in your travels: –
Changi Airport Station –
Changi International Airport!
Orchard MRT Station — Heart of Singapore shopping!! Where all the big shopping malls are
Shops: – Ion, Takashimaya, Paragon, Wheelock Place…
Hotels: – Hilton, Marriott, Four Seasons, Royal Plaza on Scotts…
Singapore Botanic Gardens (transfer to buses 7, 105, 123, 174 , 75, 77, 106 behind the Orchard MRT Station)
Somerset MRT Station — More shopping malls!
Shops: – 313 Somerset, Heeren, Mandarin Gallery, TripleOne Somerset…
Hotels: Mandarin Orchard, Somerset Grand Cairnhill, Grand Park Orchard…
Esplanade and Promenade MRT Stations —
Shops: Suntec City, Marina Square
Helix Bridge (Promenade MRT)
Marina Bay Sands (Use Promenade MRT but still at least 15 mins walk in the hot sun)
Bras Basah MRT Station (or Dhoby Ghaut which is slightly further away) –
Singapore Art Museum
Singapore History Museum
Singapore Management University
Raffles Place MRT Station and Tanjong Pagar MRT Station –
Central Business District with all the tall skyscrapers and big banks. Some good eats and quirky clothing stores available here too!
Boon Lay MRT Station
Jurong Bird Park (transfer to Bus 194 or 251 at the bus interchange opposite the MRT station)
Jurong East Station
Singapore Science Centre (transfer to bus 66 or 335, or take a short walk to the Science Centre)