Equip yourself with basic knowledge about the rail network, enhancing your journey when you begin your trip.
Understanding the train network map and using journey planners will make travelling on Singapore's rail network a breeze. Knowing which travel card to purchase beforehand frees up more time for you to enjoy your stay in Singapore!
Make a mental note on the different train lines that cover across Singapore.
East-West Line North-South Line North East Line Circle Line Downtown Line Thomson-East Coast Line
Bukit Panjang LRT Sengkang LRT Punggol LRT
Changi Airport Skytrain Sentosa Express
Stations on the MRT and LRT systems have a station code next to them; use them to identify the line that they are on.
Terminal stations on the MRT lines have a destination number assigned to them.
Other symbols can be found in the legend section of the map.
Google Maps Journey Planner on iOS
Journey Planners may also state the number of stops to your destination and transfer information.
Note: SGTrains does not endorse or make any guarantees for the accuracy or reliability of the applications.
|List of Journey Planners||Web browser||Mobile application|
|Google Maps||Web||iOS Android|
|TransitLink How2Go||Web||iOS Android|
|SMRT Journey Planner & SMRTConnect||Web||iOS Android|
|SBS Transit Journey Planner & SBS Transit||Web||iOS Android|
Find out which lines you will need to travel on and the relevant transfer stops.
Do also take note of the direction you will need to travel towards to, as it will come in handy during your journey.
There are 5 different types of contactless smart cards that you may purchase for use on the train system. They can only be purchased with the local currency.
Recommended for passengers who plan to travel by train or bus at least seven times.
Pros: Distance-based fares will apply (cheaper), ability to track card transactions
Where to get: Any Passenger Service Centre (at all MRT stations) or any TransitLink Ticket Office
Cost: S$12 (S$5 non-refundable card cost with S$7 travel value)
Types of CePAS Cards:
Others (integrated with other cards eg. PAssion Card, SAFRA Card)
Recommended for passengers eligible for concessionary pass.
Pros: Concession rates (on distance-based fares) will apply, monthly concession passes can be purchased, ability to track card transactions
Where to get: Apply from TransitLinkMore information
Recommended for tourists who plan to travel via public transport at least seven times in 3 days.
Pros: Unlimited travel* on basic bus services, MRT and LRT trains
Where to get: TransitLink Ticket Office of selected MRT stations and locations or Automated STP Kiosk at Changi Airport MRT station
Cost: S$10 (1-day), S$16 (2-day), S$20 (3-day) + S$10 refundable rental depositMore information
*Only applicable for public bus and train services, excluding rides on premium services (Sentosa Express, RWS8, Chinatown Direct, Premium, Express, Night Rider and Nite Owl buses)
Recommended for passengers who already own a Mastercard or Visa credit/debit card.
Pros: Distance-based fares will apply (cheaper), no upfront top-ups, ability to track card transactions through TransitLink SimplyGo
Where to get: BanksMore information
*An admin fee will be payable for commuters who use foreign contactless bank cards.
Recommended for passengers who plan to only travel on the MRT and LRT system fewer than seven times.
Pros: 10 cents off on the 6th trip
Cons: Higher fares
Where to get: General Ticketing Machines at all MRT and LRT stations
Cost: Travel Fare + S$0.10 card deposit (refunded on 3rd trip)More information
If your journey starts before 6am or ends after 11pm, do take note of the first or last train timings.
Train services typically begin from 5.30am on weekdays and Saturdays, and from 6am on Sundays and Public Holidays.
All train services end by 1am daily, except on days with shorter operating hours or train service extensions.