Singapore Travel – International
Note: Visitors should not become involved with drugs of any kind: possession of even very small quantities can lead to imprisonment or the death penalty. Singapore shares, with the rest of South-East Asia, a threat from terrorism. Attacks could be indiscriminate and against civilian targets. However, most visits to Singapore are trouble-free.
AIR: Singapore’s national airline is Singapore Airlines (SQ) (website: www.singaporeair.com). Singapore is a major travel destination served by most major international airlines. There are direct flights to Singapore from a number of cities in Canada, the UK and USA. Airlines flying direct from London include British Airways, Qantas and Singapore Airlines. There are also direct flights from Singapore to all capital cities in South-East Asia.
Approximate flight times: From Singapore to London is 13 hours, to Los Angeles is 20 hours 25 minutes, to New York is 21 hours 55 minutes and to Sydney is nine hours 15 minutes.
International airports: Changi (SIN) (website: www.changi.airport.com.sg) is 20km (12 miles) east of the city (travel time – 30 minutes). Public transport is readily available to the city centre which is about 16km (10 miles) from the airport. Taxi fare is S$17-22 (there is a surcharge of S$3 for all fares from the airport, increasing to S$5 for fares between 1700-0000, Fri-Sat). There is a regular bus route between the airport and the train station. The Mass Rapid Transit train system now operates from the airport to the city centre and trains depart every 12 minutes. The Maxicab, a six-seater taxi shuttle, operates daily 0900-2300 and tickets cost S$7 (children: S$5); tickets must be bought in advance from the shuttle service counter in the arrivals hall. Free New Asia – Singapore Tours are available at no charge for transit passengers with a minimum layover of four hours. Passengers can sign up for a tour at a Free New Asia – Singapore Tour counter located in the airport’s transit areas.
Singapore Changi Airport’s two terminals offer comprehensive facilities ranging from a fitness centre, swimming pool, supermarket, medical clinics and full banking services (including money changing) to business centres and transit hotels with private bathrooms (advance booking is recommended for the hotels). There are left luggage facilities, post offices, bars and restaurants, extensive duty-free shops and car hire operators, which include Avis, Budget, Hertz and Sintat.
Departure tax: None.
SEA: The international port is Singapore itself, the world’s busiest in terms of tonnage. It is served by a growing number of international passenger cruise lines. Cruising is one of the fastest-growing tourist development areas in Singapore and there are plans to considerably expand the already extensive port facilities. There is now also a number of international operators using Singapore as a base for cruises throughout South-East Asia. For further details, contact the Singapore Tourism Board (see Contact Addresses section).
RAIL: Trains run to Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru and Malacca (Malaysia) on a route which extends to Bangkok (Thailand). Services operate daily between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur; some offer air conditioning and dining cars. There are also overnight trains with sleepers.
ROAD: Singapore is connected to Malaysia and the mainland of Asia by two causeways: one which crosses the Johor Strait; the other linking Tuas in Singapore; bus and coach services operate to the Malaysian town of Johor Bahru and beyond. For required documentation, see Travel – Internal section. Buses arriving from Malaysia and Thailand terminate at the Lavender Street terminal.