Relocating to Singapore? We have everything you need to know
Through our years of experience with expats, we have
collected all the essential information an expat would need
in Singapore. Ranging from all your relocating needs,
finding the right accommodations, rental housing, cost of
living in Singapore, career, travel and much more. Please
drop us a mail should you need more assistance.
About Singapore Bus Service
The local bus services carries
about 2.4 million passenger trips a day and relies entirely
on fare revenue to finance its operations, its has
established itself to be the most frequently used
transportation service on the road. The 2 main companies for
bus transportation are:
SMRT Buses LTD
Different amount of fares are required
for different age group, different location, different bus
service number and different form of service. The links
below will explain in details the amount that you are
required to pay, please click on the category that you fall
Children And Students
SMRT Bus Fares Guide
There are five types of Concession Card namely, Primary
Student, Secondary Student, Tertiary Student, Full-time
National Serviceman and Senior Citizen. These cards are
issued by Transit Link Pte Ltd on behalf of SBS Transit,
SMRT and Tibs.
Issue And Condition For Use Of
Share Holder Concession Pass
Monthly Concession Stamp
Find out the nearest bus interchange/terminal that is
nearest to your residential area. It will help to know the
different bus service number available.
SBS Transits Bus Interchanges
It is important to find out the bus service number that link
from your work place to your house, or from your house to
your desired destination. Taking the wrong bus number would
result in wastage of your precious time. Take a look at the
traveling route of different bus service number from the
SBS Transit Travel Guide:
Enter the bus service number to find out its traveling
Singapore Mass Rapid Transit
About Mass Rapid Transit (Trains)
MRT trains were first introduced in the year 1987 in
Singapore. Its aim is to provide passengers with a pleasant
and fast ride from a place to other. In the year 2004, SMRT
has established itself into nation wide linkage. Its another
achievement in linking Singapore is that it has stretched
its reach to neighborhood towns with the introduction of
the LRT (Light Rail System).
Find out where is the nearest MRT or LRT to your place, and
your desired destination.
- LRT Route Map
The fares will varies differently from location to location,
please look into the link below for the fare's details.
SMRT And LRT Fares
Its important to find out the traveling time to different
locations, it will enable you to plan the time taken for you
to travel to work etc.
MRT Traveling Time
First And Last Train Timing
About Singapore Taxi Services
There are about 24 000 taxis serving Singapore, majority
of these taxis are owned or co-owned by 3 taxi companies.
Please take a look at the links to view more information on
the services provided by the companies.
Different taxi companies have their own charges of
fares, kindly look into their charges.
Comfort Taxis Fare Charges
SMRT Taxis Fare Charges
Taxis here will stop at taxi stands where orderly queues are
formed and anywhere else that is safe and does not violate
traffic rules. Hailing a cab can sometimes be frustrating as
someone may just walk a few steps ahead of you and stop the
same taxi. You may also come across taxis that do not stop
even though they are empty. This may be because the drivers
are on call or are changing shift. A closer look will reveal
that these taxis usually have a red destination label on
their dashboard or windscreen which means they are changing
shift and will only accept passengers traveling in that
All taxis display their taxi's registration number inside
the taxi above the doors. If you left something in the taxi,
you can call the taxi company first as the driver will
usually hand it to them.
Cars and Motor Bikes
About Singapore cars and motor bikes
Cars are the most costly mode of transportation in
Singapore. However, cars has become an essential many
Singaporeans daily life. Below are 2 websites that its a
must to view before any purchase of a car.
One Motoring: One stop
motoring need (Motor cars and motor bikes)
Land Transport Authority:
Local land authority with information on COE, Regulations
Things you need to know
As a newbie relocating to Singapore, its good to know of the
following terms and policies in alliance with usage of
vehicles in Singapore.
- Registration tax for new cars
- Annual motor vehicle licenses (road tax)
- ERP: Charging of road usage
Electronic Road Pricing (ERP)
An electronic system of road pricing, it covers all
congested roads and expressway during the morning peak hours
and the whole work days in the central business districts.
Vehicles will be charged via the ERP unit fitted in every
Singapore registered vehicle.
It is compulsory for all drivers to possess a Singapore
driving license before driving on the roads. The Singapore
driving license can be obtained from the Licensing Section
of the Traffic Police Department.
Those without a license before and are 16-year old and above
can register with the Licensing Section of the Traffic
Police Department or any driving test centres in Singapore
for the Highway Code test. On passing this test, the person
can apply for a Provisional Driving License (PDL) which is
valid for six months and is renewable for up to two years
only. With this license, the applicant can then learn to
drive but must display "L" plates on the front and rear of
the car, and must be accompanied by a licensed person.
Although driving is the same every where, it is good to get
a local driving instructor to familiarize yourself with the
traffic rules and regulations here.
Vehicle Quota System
The vehicle quota system was first introduced to control the
number of new cars entering the roads each month. If you
wish to buy a vehicle, you must first obtain a Certificate
of Entitlement (COE) through bidding. Each month, a specific
number of COEs are open for tender. Successful bidders pay
the lowest successful bid price. The COE is valid for ten
years from the date of registration of the vehicle and is
non-transferable. You can revalidate the vehicle entitlement
for another five years or ten years by paying the prevailing
quota premium if you want to continue using your vehicle
after its expiry. However, the five-year COEs are not
Motor Vehicle Taxes
In Singapore, purchase prices of all motor vehicles include
an import duty, registration fee, additional Registration
Fee (ARF) which is 150 percent of the car's open market
value (OMV), and road tax according to the capacity of your
There is a surcharge from between ten and 50 percent of the
road tax if your car is more than ten years old. To renew
the license, your car needs to pass an annual inspection.
Leasing A Car
Companies which provide leased cars for their employees
handle all the details of leasing. All you need to do is to
wait for the car to be sent to you.
All vehicles in Singapore are required to have a car
insurance. You can purchase your car insurance from any
insurance or finance companies or Automobile Association Of
Singapore. Either comprehensive or third party insurance is
acceptable but passenger liability is compulsory. Most
insurance policies also have options such as windscreen and
flood damage coverage at additional fees. Another common
feature is No Claim Discount (NCD) which is useful if you
are staying in Singapore for some time.
In Singapore, all vehicles parking in public parking lots
are required to display a parking coupon that is unique to
this country. It is essential that you learn how to use it
for if it is not used properly, you can be fined.
An essential map/street directory
of Singapore that will aid you in traveling around the
Singapore Street Directory