Land Transport Authority

Travel Smart

Travel Early, Travel Free, Travel on the mrt

Now Extended till 23 June 2015

Travel Free on the MRT if you tap out at 18 city areas* before 7.45am on weekdays (excluding public holidays)Good news! Free early morning MRT rides to 18 designated MRT stations* in the city area before 7.45am on weekdays (excluding public holidays) has been extended till 23 June 2015.

For those who miss the cut-off timing for free travel by a few minutes, you can still enjoy 50 cents off your train fare if you exit at any of the 18 stations* between 7.45am and 8.00am on weekdays (excluding public holidays).

To be eligible for free MRT rides or $0.50 off train fare, the point of entry cannot be from any of the 18 stations. The 18 designated stations are: 

*Bayfront, Bras Basah, Bugis, Chinatown, City Hall, Clarke Quay, Dhoby Ghaut, Downtown, Esplanade, Lavender, Marina Bay, Orchard, Outram Park, Promenade, Raffles Place, Somerset, Tanjong Pagar and Telok Ayer.

Press Release: Extension of Free Pre-Peak Travel by One Year
Press Release: Extension of Free Pre-Peak Travel Trial to Downtown Line 1 Stations
Press Release: Travel Early, Travel Free On The MRT
Press Release: Public Sector Agencies Support Free Rail Travel Into City Area Before 7.45am
Press Release: Singapore Financial Sector Welcomes Government's Move to Relieve Morning Peak Hour Crowding on Trains Heading to the City Area
Frequently Asked Questions


Did you know that just 15 minutes can make a difference when it comes to crowds at MRT stations? Crowds may be a fact of life during rush hour when everyone is going to work, but not many realise that the crowd size can be much smaller if you arrive at the station a little earlier. Check out these photos of the crowd situation at selected high-traffic MRT stations during morning peak hours. These photos are meant to give you an indication of the commuter traffic on a typical weekday morning so that you can plan ahead for a smoother journey. The photos are updated regularly.

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Travel Smart Pilot Programme

In a two-year trial, starting from October 2012, the LTA is helping organisations to facilitate their employees’ to travel pre-peak to take advantage of the free travel.

To date, three of the 12 organisations under the Travel Smart pilot have put in place flexi-work arrangements such as staggering working hours, and measures to facilitate these arrangements, such as introducing IT facilities to enable employees to work remotely and even providing shower and locker facilities to encourage active travel.

The private organisations participating in Travel Smart include Rajah and Tann and BP Singapore, with over 600 employees each. They are starting to implement the recommended Action Plans. The remaining organisations are working with the Travel Smart consultant, AECOM, to develop their Action Plans.

LTA will be monitoring the progress of the implementation of these practices in all pilot organisations and will consider rolling out workplace-based travel planning beyond these pilot organisations after reviewing the results.

Press Release: Pilot Programme to Smooth Peak Hour Travel

travel off-peak to earn cash rewards

You can earn credits to win cash rewards for the trips you make on the MRT and LRT, with triple credits for the morning off-peak trips.

The INSINC Off-Peak Rewards Scheme aims to encourage commuters to travel during off-peak periods.

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If you are an adult or senior citizen, you can enjoy a special discount up to 50 cents for your journey (Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays) if it:

  • starts from any Circle Line, North South line, East West line, or Bukit Panjang LRT station
  • ends before 7.45AM at selected stations in the city

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Did You Know?

Between 7AM – 9AM, trains at North-South and East-West lines arrive at an interval of between 2.14 – 2.5 minutes.