How to Travel to Singapore

ARRIVING AT CHANGI AIRPORT

Singapore’s Changi Airport is one of the biggest and most well connected airports in the world, inherently making Ultra Singapore one of the easiest festival destinations in South East Asia. You’ll have a very broad choice of airlines to travel on, coming from all over the continent and further afield, and catering to every budget.

What’s more, most people landing in Singapore do not require a visa for entry! However you will be required to fill in an arrivals card. On this arrivals card you will need to provide the address at which you’ll be staying during your stay in Singapore. They’re quite particular about this: you can’t just fill any random address as it’s likely they’ll ask you where that it is when they scan your passport at border control. I advise you to keep the address to your accommodation handy when you land as you may not be able to connect to wifi and they’re quite strict on filling in the arrivals card.

To check your country’s visa requirements go HERE.

GETTING TO THE CITY

TAXI INTO THE CITY

Upon leaving the airport you have several options to reach the city centre. Like most cities in Asia now you will be able to choose between Uber and Grab if you have access to internet or have data on your phone (Sim cards can be purchased in the arrivals terminal). You’ll also have a choice of local taxi services to take you into town. A ride into the city takes about 30 minutes and will cost between $20-35 depending on the time of day your travelling (surcharges apply at night) and your destination.

You can work out your approximate taxi fare using THIS CALCULATOR.

TRAIN INTO THE CITY

If you’re travelling alone and looking for a cheaper alternative then you can always opt to take the train into the city. This is a fast and cost effective option but please bear in mind that this travel option isn’t available 24 hours a day. The first train departs Changi Airport Station at 5:31am Mondays to Saturday, and at 5:59am on Sundays and public holidays. The last train departs Changi Airport Station at 11:18pm every day of the week. After that time your only option will be to take a taxi into the city centre.

The train station is easily accessible by foot from Terminal 2 and Terminal 3. If you’re coming from Terminal 4 you’ll need to board the free 24 hour shuttle bus that will drop you off at Terminal 2.

To get to the city, take the train from Changi Airport Station to Tanah Merah Station. Alight at Tanah Merah Station, from there you can connect to another train to get you into the city centre.

Tourists just as locals use an EZ-Link travel card to use public transport in Singapore. You can find more information on how to get and use an EZ-Link travel card HERE.

BUS INTO THE CITY

Alternatively you can take the bus into the city centre, a few bus services are available from Changi Airport that will get you to different points in the city. These are not dedicated airport shuttle buses, just a regular passenger bus. Please note that you’ll need to prepare the exact fare as no change is given onboard. If you’re planning on using public transport during your stay then I’d recommend considering buying a stored-value EZ-Link card from any Changi Recommends store or the Changi Airport train station, this will grant you travel on multiple rides in the city.

The bus stops are located in the basement of Terminals 1, 2 and 3. If you’re located in Terminal 4 the bust stop is located next to Car Park 4B.

For instructions on how to get to the festival please see local travel options.

For accurate departure times please visit the SMRT travel guide.

You can find more information on how to get and use an EZ-Link travel card HERE.

Heading to Singapore and want to check out a music festival whilst you’re there? Check out my guide to Garden Beats!
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