The Crowne Plaza Hotel is a great option for an overnight stay, not just when flying out early the next morning thanks to the speedy and easy MRT system; a snap to get to and from downtown Singapore. It did take a little trial and error to figure out because we’re dorks. You’ll catch on right away after watching the simple steps on the video below. It was cloudy today, and will probably rain, but what the heck, let’s go into Singapore to see what’s new and different.
First, get an MRT map from your hotel, and study it to decide where you want to go. All the lines are color-coded; double circles indicate interchanges. It is important to remember what the last stop is in in the direction you are heading. Similar to the Paris Metro system except Singapore’s trains are air conditioned, clean, smooth and safe. Don’t worry if you forget where you are going. All MRT trains have the following information inside each car:
- A monitor screen that announces and shows every stop;
- A map of the line you are on above the doors;
- The map lights up to show which side of the car the door will open; and
- Each station has wonderful signage, maps and personnel who will help you out.
The Changi Airport MRT Station is located under Terminals 2 and 3. The ride takes about 30 minutes and trains run 5:30a-11:18p.
The ticket kiosks are touch screen. If you make a mistake, begin again. The 3 Singapore Dollar fare from Changi Airport to Orchard Road (where all the big shopping centers are) requires two train changes. Before exiting your final train station, walk over to a ticket dispenser and follow machine directions to insert your smart train card and get 1 Singapore Dollar back! Such a deal.
These are the three main lines frequented by tourists:
- Number 3 begins at Changi International Airport, runs towards the city and is called Number 2 at the last stop Jo Koon;
- Number 5 begins at Marina Bay, runs to Orchard Road with stops at Raffles Place, City Hall, Dhobey Ghuat and is called Number 4 at the last stop Jurang East; and
- Number 6 begins at the Harbor front, runs towards Little India with stops at Chinatown, Clarke Quay, Dhobey Ghuat and is called Number 7 at the last stop Punngol.
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