Given that a flight would cut short your travel distance by more than half, it’s the best and smartest way to reach Singapore. Especially since its Changi International Airport is one of, if not the best in the world. Just as you land, you see Singapore’s first attraction. A stunning and pioneering airport that along with top-class services offers sights like a beautiful gardens and the world’s largest indoor waterfall. There’s also access to 5-star culinary, shopping venues and hotels. Can’t wait to get there? Lucky for you, most Indian airports have direct non-stop flights to Changi International Airport that usually take up to 5 and a half hours.
While the country has multiple other airports, this is the main one accessible to the public and remains a convenient arrival spot, no matter what your final destination in Singapore. And there’s a whole host of carriers you can choose from, including Singapore Airlines, Air India and IndiGo. While indirect flights open up your options a whole lot more, with Malaysian Airlines, Emirates, Etihad, Thai AirAsia having regular routes.
Your eventual flight duration would depend on which city you board from. From Mumbai, the 3,920 km takes about 5 and a half hours. While from Chennai, it takes 4 and a half hours since the distance is only 2920 km. From the garden city of Bangalore, it takes about 5 to 6 hours depending on any layovers. Hyderabad to Singapore is also a frequented route, and direct flights will take you less than 5 hours. Like Mumbai, travelling from the capital New Delhi would be a 5 and a half hour journey.
No matter where you arrive from, once you do, the ease and connectivity of Changi International Airport provides access to all local transport including the MRT (Mass Rapid Transit), taxis and buses.
Naturally, there is no direct railway between India and Singapore. So it’s not ideal, but could be a possible option if you are planning to or wish to arrive into Singapore via Malaysia. The two countries have lines running between JB Central in Johor Bahru and the Woodlands Train Checkpoint, from where you can hop onto a bus or in a cab to your final destination within Singapore. You could also take a luxury train journey into the country, with the exclusive Eastern and Oriental Express trains that travel from Thailand to Malaysia to Singapore. It is truly an experiential journey that transports you to a different era as it slowly slithers its way through the lush tropical countryside.
If you’re looking for a real adventure, you could visit Singapore by road all the way from India! You’ll have to drive through multiple countries, taking the India-Myanmar highway through to Thailand, then Malaysia and finally Singapore. If you wish to take your own vehicle you will need a valid Autopass card which can be applied for online and active motor insurance. It’s the same for motorbikes. Otherwise, you could opt for specially licensed taxis from Johor Bahru in Malaysia that can cross borders without the need for immigration or customs at either end. What’s more, there are also buses between the two countries, with KKKL, Aeroline, Transnasional considered popular operators, amongst many others. We suggest planning your road entry to Singapore on a weekday, to avoid the weekend rush.
Surrounded by water and a longtime leading port, Singapore has plenty of cruise operators, be it luxury or premium options. The Marina Bay Cruise Centre and Singapore Cruise Centre welcome some of the largest cruise liners in the world. They have routes from neighbouring countries and the docking points are conveniently located.
By Foot / Cycle
As long as you avoid the main vehicular roads, walking and cycling around Singapore is a joy. For all the parks and natural areas have a network of connected pathways, offering a safer and more idyllic option. Bikes can be rented locally for between S$ 7-12.
Opt for smaller car rental services as they are cheaper. Then, you have the convenience of moving around Singapore as you please, along the well-planned road network. Oh and guess what, they drive on the left side of the road too! Just remember to carry your license.
If you prefer the road but not driving, taxis are your best bet. But note that it’s not always easy to hail one, especially during peak night hours or the shift change between 4-5pm. On the plus side, it’s all metered.
Use the EZ-Link Card on the extensive bus system of Singapore which can take you to almost every part of the island. Oh, and they’re all air conditioned so you never have to worry about that tropical heat.
Singapore’s famed MRT system is the fastest way to get around and there’s always a station just minutes from any attraction or neighbourhood. You can buy an unlimited pass for the duration of your stay or each day and use it as much as you need.
So now that you know all about getting to and around Singapore, do check out our fabulous tour packages that cover every part of what the country has to offer. We ensure that all your needs are taken care of so that all you have to do is indulge and enjoy — Singapore style!