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Mass Rapid Transit (MRT)
Singapore's world-class train system is known as the MRT. Trains are clean, safe, inexpensive, punctual, air-conditioned and comfortable, and run from about 6am to midnight. Single trip tickets (from 90 cents to $1.90) can be purchased from vending machines at all MRT stations.
Coverage is not as extensive as the bus system but is more than adequate for most tourists. In the city centre the MRT is underground and above ground in the outlying suburbs. Access often allows you to walk under the street in safe, well lit walkways (especially nice during a rain shower). Routes and fares are well marked and easy to follow. Fares range between SGD 0.90 (one station to the next) upwards - i.e. from Orchard Road to Changi Airport is SGD 1.70 (Dec. 2006).
To use the system for the first time you will need to buy a fare card known as an EZ-Link card. Visitors can buy an EZ-Link card at any MRT station for S$15. This includes a S$3 deposit which is refunded when you return the card. There is a non-refundable amount of S$5 for the card cost and a travel value of S$7 to start with. The minimum top-up is S$10. Any unused value is refundable as well. The card may also be used on any public bus.
Tap the card in the designated area on the top of the turnstile to enter the train area and likewise tap the card on the turnstile at your destination to exit. Same for buses - when entering the bus tap the card on the specially designed card reader near the driver and at the rear door when exiting.For what it is worth, visitors may also purchase a single trip fare card known as a Standard Ticket for the exact amount of the fare displayed. Standard Ticket fare cards are only good for a one way ride on the day purchased. When you purchase such a fare card there is a SGD1.00 deposit added to the cost of the trip. This SGD1.00 is refundable at the ticket counter at any MRT station.
Information on MRT services and fares
You can obtain MRT service and fare information from the following