Travelling Cheaply In The World's Most Expensive City (Singapore)
Updated: Mar 24
Singapore is often crowned as one of the most expensive cities in the world where rent, electricity price, and cost of car ownership are high. According to the Economist Intelligence Unit's Worldwide Cost of Living Report, which compares prices across a huge array of products and services, Singapore is the most expensive place in the world to own a car. A cost breakdown of owning a humble vehicle (Toyota Altis) for 10 years came down to a whopping total of S$173,558!
Worried about the bills you have to pay? Fret not! Here's a list of alternative transport options that are convenient, affordable yet sustainable for you to get around Singapore.
1. Public Transport
Did you know that Singapore is ranked top in the world for its public transport system? Public buses and trains are easily accessible island-wide and can be paid for by simply tapping in and out with an EZ-link card or bank card.
Prefer to be the driver on the wheels? Why not try out electric car-sharing services such as BlueSG! Not only will you save on owning a car, but you also play a part in saving Mother Earth 🌏 by reducing carbon emissions!
You can simply book a car and parking space located island-wide (click here for the Station Locator) and hit the road 24/7 (you don't have to worry about getting home late at night after your supper or mahjong session at your friend's place!). Simply sign up for the desired membership plans to suit your needs accordingly!
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Looking for a last-mile transport option or planning to explore the inner routes of the greenery and city landscape of Singapore? Bike-sharing options 🚲 such as SG Bike will be your best bet! You will be able to locate available bicycles deployed islandwide via the SG Bike app (download here).
Start and end your trip anywhere at the bicycle parking bays (yellow boxes or bicycle racks) that are mostly located near bus stops, MRT stations, void decks and some places of attractions island-wide! What better way to travel sustainably while enjoying the breeze and at your own comfortable pace?
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4. Taxis & Ride-hailing
The word "affordable" will probably not be the first word that comes to mind when talking about private hires. While it is true that they come with more premium price tags as compared to the other services in this list, private hires in Singapore are still considered affordable as compared to other cities in the world. It is definitely an alternative in certain situations!
Time to exercise and get ready to explore Singapore on foot! Given Singapore's humble land size, it is definitely viable to get around from town to town by walking. There are many walking trails available online - such as the 36km Coast-to-Coast Trail, which stretches from Jurong Lake Gardens to Coney Island Park - for the adventurous ones!
There you have it! Get around Singapore with some of these eco-friendly transportation methods that you can feel great about - both in terms of your wallet, as well as having a positive impact on our carbon footprint 😉🍃