All train and bus journeys can be paid for with contactless stored value smartcards. You can also pay with cash.
Distance Fares: How Are These Calculated?
Whether by bus or train, the distance fare scheme means you pay for the distance you travel in a single journey, no more, no less.
The purchase price includes a deposit of 10 cents and this is automatically refunded on the travel fare of the third trip. A user also enjoys a 10-cent discount on the sixth trip.
Adult Stored Value Smartcard
Comes in various modes, the two most common being EZ-Link and Nets FlashPay. You can buy this from any Ticket Office or Passenger Service Centre, and top-up via:
- General Ticketing Machines
- Add Value Machine Plus
- TransitLink Ticket Office
- AXS Stations
- DBS/POSB/OCBC Automatic Teller Machines
- 7-Eleven stores
- SingPost outlets
Discounts on Travel Fare
Adults, Children, Students, Senior Citizens, National Servicemen, Persons with Disabilities and Workfare Income Supplement recipients can use their respective concession cards to enjoy fare discounts.
It is good practice to take out your travel card to tap when commuting. This will ensure quicker entry/exit at MRT station and on board buses.
The reason is to prevent ‘card clash’— multiple cards detected at MRT fare gates and card readers on buses. As a result, the fare gates and card readers cannot discern which card you would like to use for your commute.
This happens when you place a few travel cards together in the same wallet (e.g. ez-link, NETS FlashPay, EMV-chipped credit/debit cards etc).
Some scenarios where a card clash may occur:
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2 or more travel cards (ez-link, NETS FlashPay etc) are placed together in the same wallet and tapped on the MRT fare gate/card reader on buses.
More than 1 EMV-chipped contactless credit/debit card are housed in the same wallet and tapped on the MRT fare gate/card reader on buses.
Multiple Cards (EMV-chipped credit/ debit card, ez-link, NETS FlashPay etc) are housed in the same wallet and tapped on the MRT fare gate/card reader on buses.