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Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore is a sovereign city-state and island country in Southeast Asia.

It lies off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula and is 137 kms north of the Equator.  

Founded as a British trading colony in 1819, since independence it has become one of the world's most prosperous countries and boasts the world's busiest port. The population is approx. 5.4 million (June 2013). International Calling Code :65

The MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) and LRT (Light Rail Transit) are trains that are the main trunk of Singapore's transit system. They are a cheap and very reliable mode of transportation, and the network covers most points of interest for the visitor. EZ-link or Nets FlashPay farecards are the easiest and most popular ways to use the MRT. All lines are seamlessly integrated, even if the lines are operated by different transport companies, so you do not need to buy a new ticket to transfer. All train lines use contactless RFID tickets. Just tap to scan your train ticket at the gantry when entering and exiting the train service area. Single-trip tickets are purchased from ticket machines located before the gantries and cost from $0.80 to $2.20. A $0.10 deposit is charged when purchasing a new ticket card. The deposit is refunded in double through a $0.10 fare reduction each on the 3rd and 6th trip made with the card. To load a new ticket onto an existing card at a ticket machine, just place it on the designated spot and follow the on-screen instructions.

Distance based fares
Please remember these points to enjoy full benefits of distance based fares:

  • Pay with an EZ-Link or NETS Flashpay stored value card or Singapore Tourist Pass (see details below)
  • Make at most 5 transfers within a single journey, with a 45-minute allowance between each transfer
  • Take at most 2 hours to complete a journey
  • Enter and exit the train network only once in a journey.
  • The MRT stations are clean and usually equipped with free toilets. Underground stations have platform screen doors between the train and the platform while most above-ground stations have Half-height Platform Screen Doors (HHPSDs) so there is no risk of falling onto the tracks. The North-East line is fully automated, as is the new Circle Line, the LRT and all upcoming lines, so it's worth walking up to the front of the train to look out a tiny window and realize that there is no driver! There are exceptions though, when a staff member comes in to drive the train. This is common when a train's automatic driving system fails. In this case, a tape will be put up behind the driving area to prevent passengers from interfering with the driver.
  • A Singapore Tourist Pass (availalbe at selected MRT Stations including Chngi Airport & Orchard provides unlimited travel on MRT and costs $10 for 1 day; $16 for 2 Days; & $20 for 3 days.

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