Pros and cons of travel modes out of Changi Airport
You’ve just landed at Changi Airport in Singapore and are raring to go exploring. But first, you need to get out of the airport proper. There are a few ways to do so, and we have summed up the main pros and cons of each method here.
Taking a taxi from the airport will incur a surcharge of SGD3, or SGD5 on Fridays to Sundays between 5pm and midnight. Taxis also run by metre, and a ride from Changi Airport to the city typically costs SGD20-40 before any peak hour surcharge (25% from 6am to 9.30am and 6pm to midnight; 50% from midnight to 5.59am).
Pros: sit comfortably without having to mind your luggage; alight at the doorstep of your accommodation; available 24/7
Cons: relatively more expensive than taking the train
Good for: small families with young children
As all regular 5-seater taxis in Singapore have a strict seating capacity of 4 adults, visitors traveling in groups of 5 to 7 or with many pieces of luggage will not be able to fit in a regular taxi. Maxi cabs in Singapore allow ample space for up to 7 passengers and take you to your destination at a flat rate of SGD55.
Pros: similar to regular taxi, but more cost-effective for groups of 5-7
Cons: flat rate of SGD55 applies even if your accommodation is close to the airport
Good for: groups of 5-7 or groups with many pieces of luggage
Airport to city shuttle
This shuttle bus service costs S$9 for adults and SGD6 for children under 12, and provides drop-offs to most downtown hotels and departs at regular intervals. Simply head over to the Ground Transport Desk at the Arrival Hall for convenient pick-up.
Pros: comforts and convenience of a taxi, but at a lower price
Cons: only for visitors staying in downtown hotels
Good for: solo travelers or groups of 2 to 3
Mass Rapid Transit (MRT)
The MRT system in Singapore has an expansive network, which means there’s bound to be an MRT station near to most major hotels. The maximum fare for a one-way train ticket is S$2, making it an extremely cheap option for your airport transfer. The Changi Airport MRT station is located in between Terminal 2 and 3 (you can get there via the Changi Airport Skytrain if you’re arriving at any other terminal).
Tip: you may also wish to take a taxi from the train station closest to your accommodation so you’ll save on a full cab fare without having to lug your baggage from the station to your accommodation.
Pros: cheap; no traffic
Cons: longer traveling time; having to lug your baggage
Good for: budget travelers