Air travel is the easiest way to arrive in Singapore for visitors who come from outside Indonesia or Peninsular Malaysia. Singapore Changi Airport, one of Southeast Asia's busiest transportation hubs, is a frequent stop for flights which travel between Europe and Australia.
Nearly 55 and a half million passengers use at least one of Singapore Changi Airport's three bustling terminals on an annual basis. The airport lies at Singapore's east end about 17kms northeast of Marina Bay and can be reached from over 200 cities across the globe. A common transit area links the three main Singapore Changi Airport terminals, while the ground transport service desk greets arriving passengers 24 hours per day.
Passengers can leave Singapore Changi Airport from MRT trains which depart from Terminals 3 and 2, an affordable 24-hour shuttle bus, taxis, or car rental. Free shuttles also travel between the Bedok MRT Station and Singapore Changi Airport. All three airport terminals include bus terminals in their basements.
Buses are popular ground transportation options for visitors who enter Singapore from Malaysia or southern Thailand. Different buses stop at different stations throughout Singapore. Singapore is also a stop on the Orient Express to Chiang Mai, Thailand as well as another train route from Butterworth, Malaysia and Hat Yai, Thailand.
Ferry service is available from Singapore's five terminals to Johor, Malaysia and Indonesia's Riau Islands. Singapore has also become a popular stop on several Southeast Asian cruises. Keretapi Tanah Melayu shuttle trains travel between the JB Sentral station in Johor Bahru, Malaysia and Singapore's Woodlands Train Checkpoint.
Purchasing a Singapore Tourist Pass may be the easiest way for visitors to travel around the city as this pass grants passengers unlimited travel on non-premium buses and Singapore's extensive MRT mass rapid transit system. Light rail transit plays another important role in Singapore's public transit network. Seven NightRider lines travel between Singapore's main nightlife districts after midnight on weekends and prior to public holidays.
Buses tend to be slower and tougher to navigate than the MRT. Taxis are reasonably priced, but frequently unavailable due to a shortage. Tourists are typically the only people who climb aboard the three-wheeled bicycle taxis, called trishaws, in Chinatown and around the Singapore River. Bumboats travel between Pulau Ubin and Changi Village as well as providing cruises across the Singapore River.
Singapore is not always a very bicycle friendly city, but kick scooters have become popular alternatives because they are permitted on pedestrian highways and easier to transport on the MRT than bicycles. Kick scooters are an especially efficient way to travel between Riverside's many historic landmarks. Singapore is filled with walkable neighbourhoods and well maintained pedestrian crossings, but heat and humidity often make it uncomfortable to walk long distances.