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About Singapore

All you need to know about this island

Some refer to her as the “little red dot”, but Singapore’s presence in the world today is larger than that moniker. In fact, Singapore is a bustling cosmopolitan city that offers a world-class living environment, with her landscape populated by high-rise buildings and gardens. One interesting facet you’ll discover about Singapore is a ubiquitous collage of cultures, where people of different ethnicities and beliefs coexist. Besides a vibrant multicultural experience, there’s more you can discover about Singapore.

Details you will need

To make your trip to Singapore as enjoyable as possible, here is some general information to take note of.

Currency

The Singapore dollar is used here and notes come in denominations of S$2, S$5, S$10, S$50, S$100, S$1,000 and S$10,000. Coins come in 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents and S$1. Foreign currencies can be exchanged at licensed moneychangers, which can be found across the city. Most banks handle travellers’ cheques and foreign currency exchange. However, some banks don’t handle foreign currency
exchange on Saturdays. Credit cards are widely accepted, with the most common ones being American Express, MasterCard and Visa.

Weather

Singapore is hot and humid all year-round, with temperatures usually reaching over 30°C. You should be prepared for rain at any time, which can be torrential but usually brief.

Power Plug

The standard electrical current used in Singapore is 220-240 volts AC (50 cycles) and you can use power plugs with three square prongs here.

No Smoking Areas

You are not allowed to smoke in all air-conditioned places, such as malls and eateries. There are designated smoking areas in some entertainment outlets and open-air eateries. Please refer to LINK for more information.

 

Safe Drinking Water

You can drink water straight from the tap as the water in Singapore passes World Health Organization standards. You can also buy bottled water easily.

Carriers that fly to Singapore

Visit Chang Airport website for more information.

 

Getting around Singapore

BY TRAIN: Singapore’s Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system is probably the most efficient way of getting around the city. The extensive rail network covers most parts of the island, making Singapore’s key attractions easily accessible as they are within walking distance from most MRT stations. For a map of MRT lines and stations, visit transitlink.com.sg

BY BUS: Travelling by bus may be the best and most economical way to explore the island’s charming streets. It is also easy to travel across the island as bus routes cover most of Singapore. Bus fares can be paid either by coins (check the distance fare board at the bus stop or ask the bus captain); an EZLink stored-value card; or a Singapore Tourist Pass, which is tapped on the card reader next to the driver when boarding. Travellers must tap the same card again when they alight. Buses in Singapore are air-conditioned, providing travellers with some respite from the outdoor heat.

BY TAXI: For travelling door-to-door, nothing beats a taxi. Taxis in Singapore are metered, but there are surcharges depending on when, where and which taxi operator is used. Travellers can hail a cab on the streets or
at designated taxi stands. Taxi booking: Standard booking fees may range from S$2.30 to S$3.30 depending on taxi operator, the type of vehicle and peak/off-peak hours. For advance bookings of at least half an hour, there will be an S$8 surcharge. Common hotline is +65 6342 5222 (6-DIAL-CAB).

Taxi apps:
• ComfortDelGro Taxi Booking
• SMRT BookATaxi


Third-party booking apps:
• Grab
• Ryde
• GOJEK

Connectivitity

Prepaid SIM cards: The three telephone companies (telcos) in Singapore—M1, Singtel and StarHub—offer a wide variety of packages with bundles for local and international calls, SMSes and varying amounts of local mobile data. Prepaid SIM cards may be purchased at local convenience stores such as 7-Eleven and Cheers, currency exchange counters and telco retail counters. Travellers need to present their passport for registration
when purchasing a prepaid SIM card.

Pocket Wi-Fi: Pocket Wi-Fis are available for rent at Changi Recommends counters which can be found in all four terminals at Changi Airport. Devices can be dropped off at these counters just before departure. There are other pocket Wi-Fi rental companies available in Singapore such as Y5 Buddy located at Tanjong Pagar or Klook located at Clarke Quay.

Free Public Wi-Fi: Most restaurants, cafés and shopping malls in Singapore have their own Wi-Fi networks. The service is usually displayed prominently for customers, but do feel free to enquire directly or at the malls’ information counters for Wi-Fi access.

Wireless@SG: A free public Wi-Fi service across Singapore; with hotspots available at many locations, including malls, museums, MRT stations, Changi Airport and Sentosa Island. Wherever this network is available, there will be a Wireless@SG decal on display. Travellers can look for the SSID Wireless@SG on their mobile devices. To enjoy the free Wi-Fi privilege, travellers must register for an account using their foreign mobile
number at any Wireless@SG hotspot. Login details will be received through SMS. Overseas charges may apply.


Note: From 1 April 2017, all three telcos—M1, Singtel and StarHub—have ceased the provision of the 2G network in Singapore. Travellers are advised to bring along a 3G/4G mobile phone when visiting Singapore or they may purchase a prepaid card on arrival.

More information

Visit http://www.visitsingapore.com for more details