Riding a Train

The MRT system is the backbone of Singapore’s public transport network and spans some 150km across the island. Since the first five MRT stations began running in 1987, the MRT system has grown to comprise 90 over stations.

The train system is managed by two public transport operators:

  1. SMRT Corporation Ltd (SMRT)
  2. SBS Transit (SBS)


Useful Tips for Commuters

  • Train operation hours are from 5.30am to about midnight daily and are usually extended during festive periods.
  • The train frequency during peak hours of 7am to 9am is about 2 to 3 minutes and about 5 to 7 minutes during off-peak times.
  • Pay for your ride with a contactless stored-value card or a standard ticket.
  • Various maps are available at all stations to help you find your way around the stations.
  • Be mindful of the gap between the train doors and the platform when you are alighting or boarding the train. Do not rush to board when the door closing chime and announcements play.


Tap and Go!

All train fares are paid using a form of contactless smart card. Just tap the card to scan your train ticket at the gantries when you enter and exit the train platform area. The panel on the exit gantries will indicate the remaining value in your card.

There are several types of contactless smart cards and these come in single-journey and stored-value form.


Linking the Heartlands

Complementing the MRT system is the LRT system designed to take you closer to home.

The LRT system acts as a feeder service and allows commuters to alight closer to home.

Since it first started in 1999 at Bukit Panjang LRT, the LRT system has been introduced to neighbourhoods such as Sengkang and Punggol.

Learn more about the LRT system:

Did you know?

More than 2.5 million people ride the MRT every day in Singapore!


Accessible for All

Every MRT station provides accessibility features such as:

  • Wide fare gates
  • Lifts
  • Tactile strips

See: Accessibility for All