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Singapore Tourist Passes: Making the Most of Public Transportation

Zhuang Jia Wen

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For visitors planning on using Singapore’s public transportation system extensively during their stay, a tourist pass can provide convenience and potential savings compared to purchasing individual tickets. Singapore offers tourist passes valid for 1, 2, 3, or more days that provide unlimited travel on key transit options.

The main type of tourist pass is the Singapore Tourist Pass. This provides unlimited rides on the MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) metro system and public buses operated by SBS Transit and SMRT Buses for the duration of the pass. Passes for 1, 2, and 3 consecutive days are available.

The Singapore Tourist Pass can be purchased at transit stations, including Changi Airport MRT Station, and online via authorized resellers. Prices vary based on the number of days, but a 3-day pass costs around $20 SGD as of 2022. Multiple riders can be covered under one pass in some cases.

To maximize the value, visitors who plan on taking multiple trips using public transportation each day during their stay should consider a tourist pass. The unlimited MRT and bus access enables efficiently getting around Singapore without hassling with individual tickets. Other benefits like discounts at certain attractions may also be included.

However, those with more limited transportation needs may find paying per trip worthwhile instead. Transportation fares in Singapore using an EZ-Link contactless transit card are distance-based and relatively affordable. Visitors should assess their planned itineraries and habits.

By offering flexibility and potential savings on Singapore’s excellent public transit system, tourist passes are a transportation option for visitors to research and consider when planning their trip.

FAQ

What is the Singapore Tourist Pass?

The Singapore Tourist Pass provides unlimited travel on Singapore’s MRT trains and public buses for a fixed number of days. It offers a convenient way for visitors to get around Singapore without having to buy individual tickets.

How many days are the passes valid for?

Singapore Tourist Passes are available for 1, 2, or 3 consecutive day durations.

Where can I purchase the tourist pass?

You can purchase Singapore Tourist Passes at any TransitLink Ticket Office located in every MRT station. Passes can also be purchased online via authorized resellers.

How much does the Singapore Tourist Pass cost?

Pricing varies based on duration. As of 2022, a 1-day pass costs $10 SGD, a 2-day pass costs $16 SGD, and a 3-day pass costs $20 SGD.

What is included with the tourist pass?

The pass provides unlimited travel on MRT trains and all Singapore bus routes for the duration purchased. Some additional discounts at attractions may be included. Check terms when purchasing.

Are there any limitations or blackout dates?

No, the Singapore Tourist Pass has no blackout dates or restrictions. It can be used on any day within the validity period.

Can multiple people travel on the same pass?

For the 1-day pass, up to 4 people can travel together using the same pass as long as you enter and exit the stations together. The 2- and 3-day pass are valid for 1 person only.

What identification is required when using the pass?

You just need to show the pass itself when entering/exiting stations. No photo ID or other documentation is required.

Is there an option to load the pass onto an EZ-Link card instead of a paper ticket?

Unfortunately no, the tourist pass can only be issued as a standard paper ticket. You cannot load it onto an EZ-Link stored value public transportation card.

Can I get a refund if I don’t use up the full duration?

No, there is no refund or partial refund issued for any unused days on a Singapore Tourist Pass. Make sure to only purchase the duration you will fully use.

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