How to get from Singapore Changi Airport to city centre
Singapore Changi Airport is the busiest airport in Asia, serving hundreds of international flights a day. The airport provides multiple transit options into the city, all accessible directly from the majority of terminals at Changi and all at reasonable prices, operating for all hours of the day and night. Changi airport taxis are available 24/7 and will take you in to the city in approximately 23 minutes for around 15€ (S$25) - note that this price is affected by a variety of factors. Alternatively, there are two methods of public transport, by metro (MRT) or bus. The MRT will take you into the city for 1.20€ (S$2), or 1.08€ (S$1.75) with an EZ-Link card and take around 30 minutes. A bus, being the slowest option, will take around 1.5hrs and cost around 1.50€ (S$2.50) or 1.18€ (S$1.84) with an EZ-Link card.
Comparison of the options
| OPTION|| PRICE|| DURATION|| AVAILABILITY|
| Metro || €2.40|| 32min|| 05:51–23:18|
| Taxi || €15|| 23min|| 24/7|
| Bus || €3|| 90min|| 06:06–22:52|
How to get from Singapore Airport to city centre by metro (MRT)
The MRT is a quick way to get around Singapore city, provides regular departures and is a relatively inexpensive method of transport. There is no direct line on the MRT into the city centre, so the route requires a change at Tanah Merah Station - which links to the airport - onto the 'green line' train heading Westbound to get to the city - check which stop is the closest to your hotel. The journey takes approximately 30 minutes by this method. Note the peak hours of the metro apply between 08:00am-09:00am, 12:30pm-02:00pm and 07:30pm - 10:15pm every day.
How much is the metro from Singapore Airport to city centre?
Fare is collected based on the distance traveled.
The metro cost is dependent on the method of payment used. It is better value to purchase the EZ-Link card, as this is a rechargeable card that can be used on multiple kinds of public transport and provides a discount on these journeys. These are available at ticket offices near the MRT terminal in the airport and is also refundable when you leave the city. The card will cost 3€ (S$5) and the rest of the top up is credit. By this method the MRT journey will cost 1.08€ (S$1.74).
Single tickets can be purchased at General Ticketing Machines near the metro, and can be used up to 6 times within 30 days. You will need to pay a 10c deposit for the card and this is taken off when you either return the card, or discounted on the last trip you take with it. These are cash only machines. A single journey will cost 1.20€ (S$2) by this method.
There can be up to a 13 minute wait for the metro
The metro is available from 05.51am - 11.18pm (Mon-Fri) and 05.31am - 11:18pm (Sat, Sun & Holidays) and leaves every 7-9 minutes during peak hours and 12-13 outside these hours.
Where do I get it from?
The MRT is available in the basement of Terminals 2 and 3 at the airport- the signs directing you should say "train to city".
Singapore Airport has three terminal buildings. If you need to make your way between the buildings there is a variety of options available.
The most common option for transport between the buildings is the SkyTrain, which runs 05:30am - 02:30am every day and will take around 5 -7 minutes to get between the terminals. You can also walk the connections - the path is open 24/7.
There is a shuttle bus that connects terminals 2 and 3 which operates again between 05:30am - 02:30am the goes to Gate E and B.
Finally, if you need to reach/leave from Terminal 4 there is a specific shuttle bus that will go there, however you need to show your boarding pass for the terminal before you can board it. It is available from the Terminal 2 arrivals hall and operates 24 hours.
The metro is a cheap and relatively quick option to get into the city, however the peak hours can make the train very busy and the changeover can be a hassle. You should consider other options if you have lots of luggage with you.
The EZ- Link card can be purchased or topped up in multiple locations around Singapore, such as SingPost stores and 7/11 Stores around the city.
EZ Link cards are purchasable in $S5, S$10, S$12 - however remember that the cost of the card is S$5.
You will need to scan out and in each time you leave a metro station - and your fare will be discounted based on the distance traveled.
Taking the metro is a good way to avoid tolls in effect in the CBD.
How to get from Singapore Airport to city centre by taxi
A Changi airport taxi provides the quickest and most comfortable way to travel to the city centre of Singapore. Taxis are very reliable, under legislation and metered. They will appear in many colours in the rank as they are operated by many different companies within Singapore. The journey will take you around 23 minutes, in usual traffic.
Taxi fare from Singapore Airport to city centre
The taxis in Singapore are metered and a number of factors will contribute to the cost of your journey. Under standard conditions the journey into the centre should cost around 15€ (S$25).
Firstly, there is a standard airport pickup cost of 1.85€ (S$3) Monday to Friday, and 3.10€ (S$5) on weekends and public holidays.
Additional to this, Monday to Friday between 07.00am - 07.00pm there is a toll charge that will be applied for any journey to the city, and weekends and public holidays this will apply between 07:30 - 09:30am. The charges are also in effect from 01:00pm the day before major holidays (Christmas, New Year, Deepavali).
Finally, there is an extra 25% applied to any fare within peak hours of service; Monday to Friday between 06:00am - 09:30am and everyday between 06:00pm and 11:59pm. There is a 50% extra charge on taxi journeys between midnight - 06:00am daily.
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Taxis provide a quick, efficient and safe journey into the city with minimal hassle. There may be a queue for the taxi at the rank however, and depending on the travel time and day, you may find this can be an expensive journey. Ensure to check the additional fares before you travel.
There are taxis available all over Singapore; you can flag them down or use one of the many apps available to order one when you're out and about.
It is best to have cash with you to pay for the taxi, as using a credit card will incur a 10% surcharge.
If you are at all unsure, you can ask the driver how much your journey is likely to cost in advance.
You can always ask for a receipt at the end of the journey in a taxi for breakdown of costs, this is standard procedure for taxis.
How to get from Singapore Airport to city centre by bus
Taking the bus into Singapore Central is the slowest method of transport, however is also a cheaper option than a taxi. The public bus from the airport is the 36/36A which runs from the airport to the central MRT stations in the CBD - Marine Parade Rd, Somerset or Orchard Rd. Taking the bus to the CBD will take approximately 1.5 hours, yet it does make a lot of convenient stops but you may also need to walk depending on the location of your hotel - the bus makes many stops at MRT stations.
Note: There is a shuttle bus service that also runs from the airport, but it is more expensive at 5.60€ (S$9pp), and is best for light luggage and solo travelers. It will do drop offs to major hotels, and is 24 hours - leaving every 15 minutes in peak hours or 30 minutes otherwise. It will take approximately 25 minutes to reach the centre and tickets can be purchased from the Ground Transport Desk at the arrivals.
How much is the bus from Singapore Airport to city centre?
The bus fare is 1.50€ (S$2.50) or 1.13€ (S$1.84) if you purchase an EZ- Link card.
The bus driver is payable for a standard ticket - however be aware that the driver does not give change, so have the correct amount on you.
The EZ-Link card can be purchased at the ticketing offices in the arrivals area of the airport.
There can be up to a 12 minute wait for the bus
The bus is available 06:08am - 10:52pm (Mon - Fri), 06:07am - 10:52pm (Sat) and 06:06am - 10:53pm (Sunday and Public Holidays) leaving between every 8 - 12 minutes (more frequent in peak hours).
Where do I get it from?
The bus is available from the basements of Terminals 1, 2 and 3. Follow the signage that reads "Bus to City" throughout the airport.
If you are in Terminal 4, you will need to catch the bus near the carpark zone labelled 4B.
Although the bus is a cheap option and has many good stops in the city, it is a slow journey and during peak hours can be very crowded - especially with luggage.
Most of the stops for the bus are at MRT stations in the city, which can mean a walk - troublesome for those with luggage.
The bus runs fairly regularly in peak hours, so if you can't fit on one - just wait ten minutes for the next.
The bus has the advantage over the metro of being available from all terminals.
If you need to take a bus then a metro, or a metro and then a bus, it is best to get an EZ-Link card so that you can get a discount on multiple methods of transport.