With Singapore being just across the causeway, it’s just a short flight away! But, if you’re going on a short holiday, how do you visit Singapore on a budget? Thankfully, Singapore’s five Mass Rapid Transit(MRT) lines provide affordable options. We compile Singapore’s best sights into an itinerary for each MRT line. Check out Visit Singapore’s website for more information on the attractions mentioned!


What is Singapore’s Mass Rapid Transit (MRT)?

Singapore’s train network has been in operation since 1988 and connects people all across the island with over 130 stations and five train lines. New train lines are still in development and seek to make Singapore even more accessible. The Thompson-East Coast Line which is slated to open in 2020 will connect even more of Singapore!

How do I use the MRT if I’m a tourist?

For tourists who visit Singapore on short trips, there are a variety of options to choose from. Depending on your itinerary, you can pick which pass option suits your trip best! You can find more information on the Singapore Tourist Pass website.

Type Of Pass Cost Description Duration Deposit Additional Discounts
STP Charm 1 daySGD 36.90 Collectable merlion-shaped charm with a 1-day unlimited bus and train pass. 1 Day
Singapore Tourist Pass Plus SGD 38 3-day unlimited bus and train pass with special perks. 3 days Complimentary 1-hour walking tour, $10 Hooters Dining voucher (Valid until 31st Jan 2020) and Limited Edition Post Card Set worth $8.
SG Tourist Pass SGD 253-day unlimited bus and train pass3 days
Singapore Tourist PassSGD 10/16/20 1-3 day unlimited bus and train pass1-3 days SGD 10Discounted attraction booklet

The 5 MRT Lines serve different parts of Singapore and all of them have a unique sight each journey! Hop aboard the North-South Line, East-West Line, North-East Line, Circle Line or Downtown Line for an experience you won’t forget. The stations are all interconnected, so you can continue seeing more of Singapore!

From The Airport — The East-West Line

Once you land at Changi Airport, you can buy the Singapore Tourist Pass from any MRT ticket office. Then, you’ll take the connecting train to the city, where you can choose to explore the East-West Line.

Expo

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Expo Convention Centre, where big warehouse sales and events usually happen. Different events occur throughout the year, so you might actually get lucky on this one.

Bedok

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Stroll along Bedok Reservoir Park, a park which shares its space with the 88-hectare Bedok Reservoir. You can even picnic in the park if you wish!

Kallang

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The Indoor Sports Hub, Singapore’s first integrated sports hub, shopping mall and concert venue, is an architectural wonder. If you’re catching a concert here, why not make a stop first?

Bugis

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A vibrant street with plenty to see, Bugis is the current location of Singapore’s National Library. It is the biggest and tallest library in Singapore and is definitely a must-see for the book lover in your entourage!

City Hall

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Visit Singapore’s biggest Anglican Church, along with the famed Raffles Hotel that has served personalities like Charlie Chaplin, Elizabeth Taylor and Karl Lagerfeld. For some, it’s the closest you’ll get to be with a celebrity!

Tiong Bahru

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Check out Tiong Bahru Food Centre, one of the oldest and best hawker fare in Singapore. Established in 1951 under the name Seng Poh Road market, it has since evolved to host old and new Hawker Favourites. Expect to spend from 18 RM onwards, depending on your order!

Queenstown

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Visit the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, which houses three real dinosaur fossils and explores the history of Singapore’s flora and fauna. Tickets can be booked via and cost MYR 61 (SGD 20) per ticket.

Jurong East

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Pay a visit to Singapore’s Science Centre for RM 61(SGD 20) or indoor ice rink RM 55 (SGD 18) in a mall! The little ones will definitely have fun here.

Chinese Garden

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Explore Singapore’s culture with a leisurely stroll through the Chinese and Japanese gardens. They’re a peaceful spot if you want to relax, and admission is free!

Total Estimated Cost:
(Tiong Bahru Food Centre + Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum + The Rink @Jcube): RM 134

(Tiong Bahru Food Centre + Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum + Singapore Science Centre) = RM 140

Day 2 – The North-South Line

Continuing your journey from Jurong East:

Bukit Batok

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Bukit Batok Town Park is the home of one of Singapore’s last standing natural rock formations. Formed from a disused rock quarry, the rock bears resemblance to the rock formations in Guilin, China. There are plenty of animals out and about, so you might catch one if you’re lucky!

Choa Chu Kang

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Hop on bus service 927 which will bring you directly to the Night Safari, the first night zoo in the world! Admission ticket costs start from RM 134 (SGD 43) onwards on Klook!

Kranji

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One of the most-well known sustainable farms open to the public, Bollywood Veggies promises to be an educational experience for the family. Tickets are priced at RM 6 (SGD 2) and are free for children under 12 and adults over 60!

Orchard

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Take a walk in Singapore’s most famed shopping district, Orchard Road. With more than 3 malls along this shopping belt, you’re definitely going to find something here! This is an optional stop and if you just want to walk and explore the malls, that’s fine too.

Total Estimated Cost: RM 140 ++

Day 3 — The Circle and Downtown Line

After you’ve explored the North-South Line, head on to the Circle Line from Marina Bay.

Bayfront

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Singapore is known for Gardens By the Bay, a garden attraction which features various plants and takes you inside a cloud dome. Tickets start from RM 86 onwards (SGD 28). There’s also the ArtScience Museum, an art museum which has both art and science exhibitions. Tickets start from RM 58(SGD 19).

Esplanade

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If you like music and concerts, check out Esplanade! It boasts a mall, a concert hall as well as several food establishments. On Sundays, free concerts are available so you can listen to live music for free!

Botanic Gardens

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Being Singapore’s only UNESCO heritage site, the Botanic Gardens lives up to its name with rare plant specimens and its rich heritage trees. Entry is free, and if you’re lucky, you’ll even see swans in its pond!

Haw Par Villa

If you’re looking to give yourself a good scare, visit Haw Par Villa. A showcase of Chinese culture and mythology, look at various statues that educate visitors on Chinese folklore. Its standout attraction is the Ten Courts Of Hell, a vivid journey into the consequences of disobeying the law.

Harbourfront

A leisure destination for most Singaporeans, Harbourfront has something for everyone. There’s Vivo City, one of Singapore’s largest malls. It has a cinema, an arcade, and even a wading pool for kids! We especially love the observation deck that lets you watch the ships pass and the sunset.

There’s also Sentosa, an island with plenty of exhilarating activities just a monorail ride from Vivo City. Check out Resorts World Sentosa which holds the Singapore Edition of Universal Studios. Tickets cost RM 241 (SGD 79) onwards.

The Downtown Line

Transfer to the Downtown Line from either the Esplanade stop or the Botanic Gardens stop.

Chinatown and Little India

Explore Chinese and Indian culture with Chinatown and Little India, dedicated zones for Chinese and Indian establishments. Both have amazing food to sample, so if you’re looking for a nice dinner, check these places out! Expect to spend around RM 42 if you want a good meal.

Clarke Quay


Lastly, take a leisurely stroll around Clarke Quay and soak in the nightlife. Your STP pass will expire at midnight, and you should get back to your hotel back then or take a taxi home.

Total Cost for Day 3: RM 283

Total Cost for 3 Days: RM 563

Seeing Singapore On A Budget Can Be Possible

With a little planning and innovation, you can definitely see Singapore under RM 600 and have some extra money to spend. We hope your holiday planning has been made easier!


This article was produced in collaboration with the Singapore Tourism Board.