Plan Your Journey

To find the best way to get to your destination and calculate fares and travel times, use LTA’s journey planner. Download the MyTransport app (iOS | Android) for handy information on train operating times, station exits, public bus services and bus arrival times.

You can also use these Transport Tools to find out more information about bus service routes, train operating hours and cycling routes.

There are several ways to pay for your bus or MRT trips: a stored value card, concession card, cash or by buying a standard ticket. Children travel for free on buses and trains if they are below 0.9m in height and accompanied by a fee-paying commuter.

Adult Stored Value Card: Wave Your Way Around

An sample of EZ-link card
A sample of NETS FlashPay card

The two types of stored value cards are the ez-link and Nets FlashPay card.

These can be purchased at any TransitLink Ticket Office or MRT station. They are also available at 7-Eleven stores.

These cards can be topped up at:

  • General Ticketing Machines, Add Value Machines and TransitLink Ticket Offices located in MRT stations or bus interchanges
  • AXS Stations
  • DBS/POSB/OCBC Automatic Teller Machines
  • 7-Eleven stores
  • SingPost outlets

SimplyGo – Enjoy More Ease and Convenience on Transit

Level Up Your Public Transport Experience with SimplyGo!

Commuters can now pay for their bus and train fares with Mastercard® or Visa contactless credit and debit cards, or NETS Tap contactless bank cards. There will be no need for upfront top-ups and your train and bus fares will be consolidated, processed and charged to your credit / debit card bill or deducted from your bank account.

Commuters who use SimplyGo with contactless bank cards issued locally will be charged the same fares as those who currently use stored value smartcards (i.e. ez-link and NETS FlashPay cards). An admin fee will be payable for commuters who use foreign contactless bank cards.

For Mastercard® and NETS Tap contactless bank cards, fare charges will be accumulated for up to 5 days or after a total of $15 is spent on transit fares, whichever is earlier. For Visa contactless bank cards, fare charges will be accumulated daily. To view the details of your trips and fare charges, you need to register an account with TransitLink SimplyGo. Charges for public transport rides will be reflected in the commuters’ credit or debit card bills similar to retail transactions.

Please take out the card you intend to use so that you present only one contactless card (e.g. Mastercard, Visa, NETS Tap, ez-link and NETS Flashpay) when using the transit system. Please visit for more information.

News Releases

More convenient fare payments with Account-Based Ticketing

Joint news release by the Land Transport Authority (LTA), NETS & Visa - LTA expands Account-Based Ticketing pilot to NETS and Visa

Concession Cards: Personalise your card

Concession cards are personalised smartcards that allow eligible card holders to enjoy concessionary benefits when travelling on the public transport system. Concession cards are available for Adults, Children, Students, Senior Citizens, National Servicemen, Persons with Disabilities and Workfare Income Supplement recipients. These concession cards are issued by LTA.

By Cash or Standard Ticket

If you are taking a bus and wish to pay using cash, do note that no change will be given. You should also keep the bus ticket as proof of receipt.

Image of a standard ticket

If you are taking the MRT or LRT train, you can use cash to buy a standard ticket that can be used for single or return trips. A maximum of two trips can be bought on the card at a time and these trips are only valid on the day of the ticket purchase. Each Standard Ticket can be used up to six times within 30 days from the date of purchase.

When you buy a Standard Ticket, the purchase price includes a deposit of 10 cents. This is automatically offset from the fare of the third trip. You also enjoy a 10-cent discount on the sixth trip.

Using the Singapore Tourist Pass

The Singapore Tourist Pass offers all-day unlimited travel on public bus services, MRT and LRT trains for durations of one, two or three-days.

Planning your journey or checking out the fare for your trip? Use the Fare Calculator to find out the fare for your trip, even if you need to make transfers between buses and the MRT/LRT.

Distance Fares

If you pay using an ez-link or NETS Flashpay stored value card, travel fares are charged based on the total distance travelled across different public transport options.

This integrated distance fare structure means there are no additional boarding charges when you transfer to different buses or trains, as long as your journey follows these criteria:

  • You may make up to five transfers within a single journey, with a 45-minute allowance between each transfer.
  • You complete your journey within two hours.
  • You may enter and exit the train network more than once in a journey within 15 minutes. However, entry and exit at the same rail station are not allowed (Excluding transfers between the Downtown Line (DTL) and North-South Line at Newton MRT station, between the Downtown Line and East-West Line at Tampines MRT station and between the DTL and LRT at Bukit Panjang station).
  • Your current bus service must not be the same number as the preceding service.

Fares are charged per ride if you pay by cash. Hence, you’ll get a better deal and greater convenience when you use a stored value card for your travel.

This is the Tavel Smart Logo


The Travel Smart Programme aims to distribute morning peak hour travel demand on the rail network more evenly and improve commuter experiences in three ways:

This is an image showing the three ways we can travel smart through retiming, changing our mode and reducing peak hour trips

Under the Travel Smart Programme, the first Travel Smart initiative started in 2012 as a trial to incentivise commuters to travel during off-peak hours. In 2014, LTA started to work with organisations on re-timing, re-moding and reducing their journeys. Read on to find out more about the various initiatives under the Travel Smart Programme.


Travel Smart Journeys

In Feb 2020, Travel Smart Journeys (TSJ) was introduced to help distribute peak hour public transport demand by encouraging commuters to adopt alternative modes of travel. This trial will benefit residents in Punggol, Sengkang and Buangkok who need to get to their workplaces in eastern Singapore.

Commuters who currently commute via the North East Line from Punggol, Sengkang and Buangkok stations, or the Sengkang-Punggol LRT lines, heading towards Paya Lebar and Macpherson, stand to receive cash rewards if they switch to bus Service 43e instead. This express bus takes them directly to major employment centres in MacPherson, Paya Lebar and Marine Parade via the Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway. 

To qualify, commuters must first sign up for an account on the SimplyGo portal. They can then start to earn 150 points per trip, equivalent to $1.50, when they take Service 43e from 7.00am to 9.00am on weekdays. Commuters who participate consistently in the TSJ trial should be able to cover at least half of the express bus fares by converting their points. Earning a minimum of 500 points allows commuters to convert these points into $5 rewards in their travel cards.

For more information on TSJ, please click here.

News Release

Launch of Travel Smart Journeys to Distribute Peak Hour Travel Demand 


Past Travel Smart Initiatives

The Travel Smart Programme has been reviewed to take into consideration rail network enhancements and changes to commuter travel patterns.

Find out more about how Travel Smart has evolved over the years:

This is a timeline showing the history of the Travel Smart Programme

For enquiries on Travel Smart, please contact

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