HOW TO GET FROM CHANGI TO THE CBD

Good signage shows arrivals how to get from Changi to the CBD
It’s easy to find transport to the CBD … Changi Airport has extensive signage

By LINDA JAMES | Updated APRIL 4, 2022 | PLAN

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There are 5 ways for vaccinated travellers to get from Changi to the CBD: the MRT (train), taxis, public buses or airport or private shuttle buses. Unvaccinated visitors must still take private transport or taxis until they’ve met testing requirements.

The airport is 20km northeast of Singapore city and the 5 ways to get from Changi to the CBD are:

Train

The Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) (subway) is the best low-cost option to get from Changi to the city and takes about 40 to 50 minutes. The MRT station is located below Terminal 2 and 3 at Changi Airport, and the fare from Changi (CG2) to Orchard station ranges from $S1.90 for an adult with a travel card to $S2.70 if using a ticket machine. Use this handy fare calculator for other destinations.

To get to the city, take the train from Changi Airport MRT Station (CG2) to Tanah Merah MRT Station (EW4), then transfer to the East West Line towards Tuas Link MRT Station (EW33).

Alternatively, take the train from Changi Airport MRT Station to Expo MRT Station (CG1/DT35), then transfer to the Downtown Line towards Bukit Panjang MRT Station (BP6/DT1).

To get to Pasir Ris, take the train from Changi Airport MRT Station to Tanah Merah MRT Station, then take the East West Line towards Pasir Ris MRT Station (EW1).

The first train from Changi Airport MRT Station to Tanah Merah MRT Station from Monday to Saturday is at 5:31am and Sunday and public holidays 5:59am.

The last train connecting to Tuas Link is at 11:18pm each day and Pasir Ris at 12:06am.

Get detailed train times on the SMRT Journey Planner.

Pic of Singapore subway map on interior of train
MRT to Singapore city … diagrams in the trains make it easy to find your way

Taxis

A taxi ride from Changi to the CBD takes about 30 minutes depending on the traffic. It costs between $S20 and $S40 depending on the time of travel (it’s most expensive between 5pm and 6am).

There are taxi stands in the Arrival areas of Terminals 1 and 3. All fares are metered.

There is an airport surcharge of $S5 from Friday to Sunday, 5pm–midnight and $S3 for all other times.

The taxis also have a midnight surcharge between midnight and 6am of 50% of the final metered fare as well as a peak-hour surcharge of 25% from 6am to 9:30am, Monday to Friday, and 6pm to midnight, Monday to Sunday.

Public Bus

In terminals 1, 2 and 3, the bus stops are located at the basement bus bays. You can take buses 24, 27, 34, 36, 53, 110 and 858 from there.

In terminal 4, you can take buses 24, 34, 36 and 110 from the bus stop next to Car Park 4B. You can take buses 27, 53 and 858 from the bus stop near the SATS Inflight Catering Centre 1.

You’ll need to have the exact fare for your trip as drivers do not give change.

Public bus no. 36 goes from Terminals 1,2, and 3 to Orchard Road and the Riverside area in Singapore centre. The trip takes about an hour and costs $S1.78.

Airport Shuttle Buses

While these are faster and more convenient to get from Changi to the CBD, they are temporarily suspended. They usually leave from the arrival halls at Terminals 1,2, and 3 every 15 minutes and go to most downtown hotels. The ride takes about 20-40 minutes, and costs $S9 for adults and $S6 for children under 12.

Private Shuttle Buses

These usually cost about $S55 for a 4-seater vehicle and $S60 for a 7-seater bus.

Conclusion

The MRT is the most popular – and budget-friendly – way to get from Changi to the CBD . However, public buses are also convenient. If you’re happy to spend more, taxis are the way to go.

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