Plan Your Journey

With the extension of the existing adult card-based ticketing (CBT) system, CBT cards will be made available for eligible adult and concession cardholders. For more information, please visit the SimplyGo website.

To find the best way to get to your destination through calculating 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/LRT rides: contactless bank cards, mobile wallets, stored value cards, concession cards or cash*. Children travel for free on buses and trains if they are below 0.9m in height and are accompanied by a fare-paying commuter.

Payment Methods Fare Type

Adult Fare Payment Options

Adult Fares

Concession Cards

These cards offer lower fares and are available to children, students, adults, senior citizens, persons with disabilities, Workfare Income Supplement recipients and full-time national servicemen.

Concession Fares

Singapore Tourist Pass

These cards allow unlimited travel all day within the validity period.

Other Fare Types


Higher fares apply if you pay using Cash. Please pay exact fares as no change will be provided.

*only applicable to bus rides

Other Fare Types


SimplyGo with Contactless Bank Cards/Mobile Payment: Go Green - Carry one less travel card and skip top-ups! 

With SimplyGo, you can now use your contactless credit/debit cards or mobile wallets (via your mobile phone or smartwatch) for fare payments. No registration is required. This way, you can carry one less travel card and skip top-ups at the ticketing machines! You will pay adult fares with SimplyGo.

Accepted Payment Methods

An image of the contactless payment indicator
Contactless Bank Cards, with the contactless payment indicator shown on the card
Mastercard logo
Visa logo
NETS Contactless logo

Mastercard Credit / Debit Cards


Visa Credit / Debit Cards


NETS Contactless ATM Card


Mobile payment – Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay, Fitbit Pay, Garmin Pay, Grab Pay, Singtel Dash

Alternatively, you may use your mobile devices (such as mobile phones and smartwatches) for fare payment if your device has a mobile wallet such as ApplePay. 

Refer to the FAQs for Contactless Bank Cards for more information on how to use mobile payment.

Charges for public transport rides will be reflected in your credit/debit card bills or bank account statement, similar to retail transactions. For Mastercard®, fare charges will be reflected in your statement after 5 days or after a total of $15 is spent on transit fares, whichever is earlier. For Visa and NETS Contactless payment, fare charges will be reflected daily. An admin fee will apply if you use cards issued outside of Singapore.

To view the details of your trips and fare charges, you need to register an account with SimplyGo. Please visit SimplyGo's website for more information.

Travel with SimplyGo EZ-Link Cards: Enjoy more benefits at your fingertips!

A sample of an Account-based ez-link card

With the SimplyGo EZ-Link cards, you can now enjoy additional benefits, compared to the traditional stored value travel cards:

SimplyGo EZ-Link card charges adult card fare, and you may purchase these cards at any SimplyGo Ticket Office and most Passenger Service Centres at MRT stations (except Thomson-East Coast Line).

How to upgrade to SimplyGo EZ-Link:

  • Bring along your existing EZ-Link card to any ticketing machine (located at MRT stations and bus interchanges) or SimplyGo Ticket Offices to perform the upgrade to SimplyGo
  • Download the SimplyGo app and pair it with your SimplyGo EZ-Link

Refer to EZ-Link’s website for more information.

Concession Cards

Eligible commuters may consider using a concession card to enjoy concessionary benefits. Concession cards are available to Adults, Children, Students, Senior Citizens, National Servicemen, Persons with Disabilities and Workfare Income Supplement recipients. Please refer to SimplyGo's website to check on your eligibility.

With the launch of the SimplyGo Concession card, you can now upgrade your existing Concession card to SimplyGo, at ticketing machines or SimplyGo Ticket Offices, to enjoy more convenience, similar to SimplyGo EZ-Link cards.

Refer to EZ-Link’s website for more information on SimplyGo Concession cards.

* Primary, Secondary and Junior College/Millennia Institute Student Concession card (or School Smart Card) holders will be able to upgrade their cards to the SimplyGo Concession cards in 2024.

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. Refer to EZ-Link's website for more information on Singapore Tourist Pass.

By Cash

If you are taking a public bus and wish to pay using cash, commuters are encouraged to pay the exact fare in cash, as no change will be given. You should also keep the bus ticket as proof of payment.


Quick Tips on using your travel cards and other payment options

Whichever way you choose to pay for your ride, always:

  • Take out the card or mobile device you intend to use before you reach the fare gantry/card reader
  • Tap in and tap out using the same payment card or device to ensure that you are charged the correct fare
An image to illustrate paying with the same payment card or device when using travel cards and other payment options

Check out more travel hacks here on quicker entry and exit and taking out your card to tap.

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

For more information on fares, please refer to Public Transport Council’s website.

Distance Fares

You will get a better deal and greater convenience when you use any of the payment methods except cash for your travel, as travel fares are charged based on the total distance travelled across different travel modes.

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

  • The maximum duration between the first and last boarding (not alighting) of a bus or train within a journey is two hours
  • A maximum of five transfers are allowed with no additional boarding charges
  • 45 minutes for transfers between train station and bus service, or between different bus services
  • 15 minutes for transfers between different train stations
  • The current bus service must not be the same number as the preceding bus service
  • No exit and re-entry at the same train station

Fares will be charged by per bus ride if you pay by cash, which will be higher than using electronic payment methods.

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Travel Smart Programme

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 February 2020, Travel Smart Journeys (TSJ) was introduced as a trial on Bus Service 43e to help distribute peak-hour public transport demand by encouraging commuters to adopt alternative modes of travel. The trial benefitted residents in Punggol, Sengkang and Buangkok who were travelling to their workplaces in eastern Singapore.

Since March 2023, TSJ was extended to include five more bus services (City Direct Services 654, 660, 666, 671 and 672). The expansion will benefit more residents, including commuters travelling from Hougang to their workplaces in eastern and central parts of Singapore. 

Commuters who travel during the weekday morning peak hours via the North-East Line from Punggol, Sengkang, Buangkok and Hougang stations—or any stations along the Punggol and Sengkang LRT lines—can stand to receive cash rewards by switching to the six bus services to their destinations in MacPherson, Marina Boulevard, Parkway Parade, Paya Lebar, Shenton Way or Tai Seng.

To qualify, commuters must

  • First sign up for an account on the SimplyGo portal or the SimplyGo app
  • Tap in at least four times within the last 30 days at Punggol, Sengkang, Buangkok, Hougang MRT station, or any station along the Punggol and Sengkang LRT lines from 7am to 9am 

150 points, equivalent to $1.50, will be awarded per trip via the SimplyGo portal, when they switch to any of the 6 bus services – Bus Service 43e, City Direct Services 654, 660, 666, 671 and 672 from 7am to 9am on weekdays. Commuters who use these bus services regularly can potentially offset more than half their bus fares by using the points they earn. The points can be redeemed in 500-point blocks (equivalent to $5.00) into their travel cards.  

For the bus routes details, please visit SimplyGo's website.

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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