The Singapore government encourages us to commute via public transport and for most of us who do not own cars and taxi rides being a luxury… The MRT system is one of the most important means of transportation for us.
Commuting to and from work can cost some $4 a day… and that amounts to $100+/- a month. Are you aware of some ways you can spend less on public transport?
Here are 5 ways you can save on public transport in Singapore.
1) Top Up Nets FlashPay On Your Bank Card And Enjoy Free Rides
Do you know that besides using your bank card for dining and shopping, you can also make use of it as an MRT fare card? FlashPay can be used on all MRT/LRT, public buses and taxis.
All you have to do is make sure your card has the Nets FlashPay logo, top up via local ATMs or NETS self-service top up machines and you can start tapping away!
You can enjoy free rides with the rebates earned for every $10 top-up (up to $30) per month.
How do you redeem the rebates?
All you have to do go to any Add Value Machine Plus (AVM+) at selected MRT stations, bus interchanges and major bus stops and proceed to instantly credit rebates to your bank card with NETS FlashPay!
Also, quickly sign up for FREE card insurance and be entitled to a card replacement should you lose yours.
2) Take Taxis During Off-Peak Hours
Know the off-peak and peak timings to avoid the peak hour surcharges. The next time you hail a taxi, calculate if it is more sensible to take the train/bus (except for after midnight when you don’t really have a choice).
Peak Hour Surcharge 6:00AM to 9:30AM, Mon-Fri 6:00PM to Midnight, Mon-Sun & Public Holidays – 25% of meter fare
Midnight Surcharge Midnight to 5:59AM – 50% of meter fare
With the introduction of more MRT stations and designated walkways, it has never been easier to get to most popular places such as Gardens by the Bay.
Think again when you want to take a taxi as there are area-based surcharges applicable to City Area, Changi Airport, major tourist attractions such as Gardens by the Bay, etc.
3) Car Pooling
Basically, to carpool is to share a car journey. You can split the travel expenses between all the passengers. Have 3 other friends with you? Good time for carpooling.
Do you want to get to your workplace without getting too frazzled or squeezing with the crowd in public transport? Good time to carpool. Enjoy the comfort of taking a taxi without having to squeeze with the crowd.
I have not used carpooling before but this is something I may want to use, especially when I can save some money!
Tripda, GrabTaxi and Uber are just some of the platforms which offer carpooling services.
4) Students In Private Institutions Are Now Entitled To PEI Student Concession Card
A piece of great news for many private students in Singapore!
Previously, only Singapore students in government-funded institutions qualified for monthly concession passes.
Now, private undergraduates only need to pay $45 for an unlimited Train Concession Pass!
You can find out if your school is a registered private education institution (PEI).
Also, there are monthly concession passes such as the Off-Peak Pass at $120 for unlimited travel.
However, the timings during which the Off-Peak Pass (OPP) can be used are: from the start of service to 6:29am, between 9:01am and 4:59pm, and from 7:31pm on weekdays, and all-day on weekends and public holidays.
5) Hop On Free Shuttle Buses
Some shopping malls offer free shuttle service.
To name a few, Parkway Parade in Marine Parade takes shoppers to and from Bedok and Sengkang on weekends and public holidays, while Sembawang Shopping Centre’s shuttle service picks up shoppers along Sembawang and Yishun every day.
The IKEA furniture store in Alexandra offers weekend shuttle bus services between the store and Tiong Bahru, Buona Vista and Redhill MRT stations.
The Tampines outlet offers similar services to and from Tampines, Bedok, Sengkang and Pasir Ris MRT stations.