A vibrant, multi-cultural, cosmopolitan and sophisticated city-state, Singapore expresses the essence of today’s New Asia. Its many names describe its attributes: City of Diverse Cultures, The Garden City, The Fun City and City for the Arts – these are characteristics that best describe Singapore. The diversity of things to do and see is unrivalled.
People, Language, Culture
One of the most remarkable aspects of Singapore is the truly
As a reflection of its
Singapore’s weather is hot and humid, with little variation throughout the year. The average daytime temperature is 31℃ (88℉), dropping to around 24℃ (75℉) in the evenings. The monsoon season can bear down pretty heavily on our tropical weather from November onwards, so be prepared for rain on a daily basis during this period.
Electricity and Voltage
The voltage used is 220-240AC, 50 hertz. The plug sockets tend to be 3-pronged pins more often than not, but adaptors are cheap and easy to buy
The local currency is the Singapore dollar (S$). The current exchange rate against the US dollar is USD 1 = SGD 1.38 approx. Money changing services can be found at many shopping centres and hotels around the island, and the ATMs accept most main credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard and American Express.
Singapore has one of the most extensive and efficient public transportation systems in the world. Travelling in the city and suburbs is typically a quick and affordable affair.
The Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) operates an extensive network of
For the MRT Network Map, click here
Also conveniently available are Singapore’s public bus services. There are currently more than 300 bus services which run daily from 5.30 to midnight, even covering destinations that are less available. The two main bus service providers in Singapore are SBS Transit and SMRT Buses.
Taxis ply the island round the clock, bringing you wherever you want, anytime you want. However, do note that peak-hour, city area and ERP gantry surcharges apply. There are numerous taxi stands available island-wide, as well as in hotels and shopping centres.
Here are the hotlines for various taxi services in Singapore, which will come in handy if you end up in a more obscure part of the island where the traffic is sparse, or if you are unable to find a taxi during peak hours or any other reason. If you’re coming from an entertainment or dining venue, most concierge services will also be happy to call a taxi for you.
Important contact numbers:
- Police Emergency: 999
- Medical Emergency: 995
- Immigration & Checkpoint Authority Hotline: 6391 6100