Welcome to the Singapore cruise port guide. Singapore is a tiny country with 5,5 million inhabitants located all the way at the southern tip of the Malay peninsula. It is trendy, modern and bustling. It is one of the most powerful economies in the world known for its government efficiency, minimal correction and skilled workforce. How on earth it is possible that this country can be so successful whereas it has no natural resources?
The city is unlike anything you can find in Southeast Asia. It is completely different because it was build differently. It went from mangrove to metropole in under 200 years. Stamford Raffles made a city plan for Singapore 200 years ago. This plan proved itself worthy. It was based on the rational and efficient idea that ethnic groups, commercial and residence has to be separated. With this idea he started to build Singapore on a “blanc canvas”. All the mistakes made during the colonization of other areas would now finally be a lesson learned and therefore Singapore is so different from other Asian cities.
Singapore is the playground for the mega rich shaped by recently deceased Lee Kuan Yew, father of the nation. Now this Asian tiger is one of the leading countries in the world. The Singaporeans enjoy the best quality of life in Asia and it shows. Go explore this unique city and see for yourself why this works. Find out underneath what it is you want to do in this Cruise Port Guide Singapore.
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Cruise Port Guide Singapore – Singapore: dock
Most cruise ships still dock at the Harbour Front Centre although your ship could also dock at the new Marine Bay Cruise Centre. Public transportation is available at both terminals. Hopefully you will dock at the Harbour Front Cruise Centre because it might be just a little further from town, but you do have all the convience you would want.
From the Harbour Front Cruise Centre you have so many options when it comes to transportation. You will find this is where you pick up the MRT (Underground system), taxis, buses, monorail or cable car.
The MRT network of Singapore is absolutely perfect. Both cruise terminals link up with the MRT station. It is such an easy, fast and cheap light rail system to use that we could recommend it to everybody. Simply buy a ticket at the machine and off you go.
What will be nice to know is that the following MRT stations link up with the following attractions:
Sight – name MRT stop
Harbourfront Cruise Terminal – HarbourFront
Marine Bay Cruise Centre – Marina South Pier
Gardens by the Bay – Bayfront
Marine Bay Sands – Bayfront
Art Science museum – Bayfront
Raffles Place – Merlion
Promenade – Singapore flyer
Boat Quay – Boat Quay
Clarke Quay – Clarke Quay
China town – China Town
Bugis street – Bugis
Little India – Little India
Orchard road – Orchard, Somerset or Dhoby Ghaut
It is so easy. The system operates daily from 05:30 am to midnight. Fares range from 0.77 to 2.50 Singapore dollar. Standard tickets for single trip fares cost more than a day pass. Single tickets can be bought at the machine inside the MRT stations. The daycard or ez-link / tourist card can be bought from TransitLink Ticket Offices, It costs 10 SGD per day + a one time 10 SGD deposit. Roughly you could say that if you are planning on going by MRT for more than 5 rides in 1 day the ez link / tourist card will be worth it. The MRT is wheelchair accessible. Click here to be forwarded to the MRT website.
Officials taxis in Singapore
Taxis are available at the terminal. The taxis don’t have a fixed color, but they always have a taxi sign on the roof. They do have a meter. Taxis can be paid with Singapore dollar or credit card. Check on the window of the taxi what kid of credit card he will take.
A ride from the cruise terminal to the airport is about 25 SGD. Any ride from the cruise terminal into town should never around 10 SGD.
Hop on hop off bus Singapore
There is a hop on hop off bus available in Singapore. The cruise centres are not part of their normal loop. You can buy the ticket for the hop on hop off bus at the tourist information desk in the terminal and if enough people buy tickets the tourist information desk will arrange with the hop on hop off bus service to come pick you up at the terminal. If this is not the case you can pick it up at Suntec.
Official currency – Singaporean dollar
Accepts Us dollars – no
Creditcards – are widely accepted
Drives on the – left
Timezone – UTC +8
nhabitants – 5,5 million
Official language – English, Malay, Mandarin and Tamil
Capital city – Singapore
Republic of Singapore
Government – Unitary parliamentary constitutional republic
– Do they take USD in Singapore?
Generally no. Singapore dollar or credit card is the way to go here.
– How far is the cruise terminal from the city centre?
If you are docking at the Harbour Front Cruise Centre you will be about 7 km from the city centre of Singapore.
– Where can I change into Singapore dollars?
In the cruise terminal.