CITY INFO
Singapore

Country Code 65, $1=S$1.65, Apr 16, 2004

New telephone system
The telephone numbers have been changed from 7 digits to 8 digits adding "6" at the heads of the numbers. If you find 7 digit numbers in our information. Please add 6.



Information
useful internet site: http://www.singapore.com
http://www.tws.com.sq
(The weekly update for events in Singapore) http://www.newasia-singapore.com (official guide)
Free magazines: Where (monthly), "This Week Singapore" (weekly) ;Juice (monthly) expat-style, I-S Magazine (weekly);
The Singapore Visitor (weekly) 'Singapore, Official Guide' An excellent general guide, updated monthly.
The Singapore Visitor'(weekly) with sight info & events listings (lots of advertising).
Toll free number: to help tourists: T1-800-736-2000(English)
24h phone info. T1-800-831-3311 (free locally) English, Japanese, German, Mandararin.
i Singapore Visitors Centre: Suntec City, 3 Temasek Blvd #01-35/41 ,9:00-18:30, Well organized, lots of free maps & info, good service.MRT EW13
i Plaza Singapore: Orchard Point?.11:00-22:00 MRT
i STB Tourists Information Centre: #68 Orchard + Cairn Hill Rd, 10-22:00, MRT NE23/NS24
i Liang Court Tourist Service Centre: 177 river Valley Rd. Level 1, Liang Cour Shopping Centre, T336-2888, 10:30-21:30 MRT NE5
AE American Express Office: 18F#01-07 The Concourse Bldg., 300 Beach Rd., T2998133, 732-2566. M-F9:00-17:00, Sa9:00-13:00. NO Client mail. Exchange service. Am Ex T/C encashment 0.5% com, rate: US$1 - S$1.7213, Personal check encashment no charge.
TC Thomas Cook: S'pore Land Tower (MRT Raffles Pl.) Exchange: cash:


Banks/Exchange
Banks, Moneychangers and hotels change all major currencies - cash & T/Cs, Bank charges may vary, only checked one (no charge).
Money changers (the best option, higher rates for cash) and hotels don't usually charge commission.
Moneychangers offer the best rates, check around.
Opening hours: Banks M-F 9:30/10:00-15:00, Sa 9:30-11:30. Moneychangers daily 9:00-21:00.
$ Bank of Singapore: 101 Cecil St.No commission
The rate is 1-2% lower than money changers.
$ United Oversea Bank: many in town. M-F9:30-16:00, Sa9-16:00. Cash/TC $1=1.65/1.646, 100yen= 1.532/1.492, Euro=1.953/1.91
$ Rate at the airport: Normal bank rate. not bad at all. Cash/TC $1=1.655/1.652, 100yen=1.531/1.512
Moneychangers: Many in town, usually cash only. No T/C cashable. Their rates are better than banks.
$ money changers: Jl Serangoon + Syed Alwi Rd ‚ Many aound this corner. $1=1.672, 100yen=1.543, Euro=2.000 MRT NE8
$ Exchange PTE: #01-67 Parco Bugis Junction, 200 Victoria St.
ATM Many at banks & shopping centers. Visa, MC, Amex, DC


Government Offices
I Immigration: 7F Pidemco Centre, 95 South Bridge Rd. T532-2877,T800-538-5400 for visa info.
P Police Station: Rocher Rd+Beach Rd Emergency T999.
P Tanglin Branch: Napier Rd+Tanglin Rd


Hospitals
H1 Raffles Medical Group Clinic: Changi Airport Terminal 2, 24 hours
H2 Singapore General Hospital: Outram Rd T3214105
H3 Raffle Hospital: 585 N. Bridge Rd. + Ophir Rd. T6311-1222
Hp Pharmacies: Many pharmacies around the city.
Ambulance: T995


Mail/Telephone
Post Office: Many branches around town.
M-F9:00-18:00, Sa 9-13:00
M0 GPO: 71-75 Robinson Rd. MRT - Tanjong Pangar.
Full services M-F8:30-18, Sa8:30-14:00 Basic services 24h.
M2 Branches: Raffles City, Raffles City Shopping Centre, North Bridge Rd+Bain ST.(next to Bras Bain) MTR City Hall
M Rocher Center: Rocher Rd+Bencoolen Rd. M-F9-17, Sa9-13:00.
M Change Alley: Raffles Place.
M Changi Airport: Terminal 1 & 2, M-Sa 8:00-20:00
M1 TELEPHONE: Many pay phones(coin- 10cents, card) everywhere. Cards S$2+, available everywhere.
International Calling Card system: pin no. there are several companies issuing cards SingTel, Sunpage: S$8+
Telephone directory
1-900-7777777
M Telephone Com. Centre: Exeter Rd. off Orchard Rd. M-F8-18:00 Sa8-16:00
M3 Telephone card agent Mama & Papa: 202 Serangoon + Hindoo Rd selling discounted telephone cards. Many different companies. Each of them is offering different rates, so compare their rates for the countries you want to call. ex. "1576 S$15 card allows 200 min for Japan. "9" card 116 min to Thailand, 222mins to England, 350mins to USA.


National Transport
AIR
A Changi Airport: 20km E of city center. Open 24hrs.
Airport Tax $15 (included in price of flight ticket), 2 terminals are connected by free monorails. Excellent facilities, Shopping Center, Post Office, internet cafe, McDonald, etc. Recommended as a good place to sleep. Lots of local students come here to 'study' because it is so comfortable. Flight information: 1-800-542-4422
Free local phone calls.
Left luggage:
S$5-7/day, Coin lockers: S$5/day, S$2/2h
Exchange:
Cash US$1=S$1.7054, 100yen=S$1.592,
T/C US$1=S$1.7023, Yen100=S$1.572, No commission.
Bus to/from Tomlinson (Orchard Rd)Bus #36, 5:30-23:45 every 10min. S$1.50
Airport shuttle T553 3880
9:00-23:00, every 15-30min. $7. Stops at many high class hotels.
Taxi S$15+, (S$3 extra FROM airport). S$20 midnight - 6:00.
MRT to Bogis station $1.4
a1 Airasia: www.airasia.com super discount airline based on Johor Baru Airport. check their rate for the web site. 3 more companies are planning to compete with this company. Booking only on web.
TRAIN
T1 Train Station: Keppel Rd, T222-5165
International service to Malaysia and on to Thailand.
Access to/from Raffles Hotel - bus #100, to from China Town - bus #84,145, to from Little India(Jl.Besar) - bus #97
T2 Johor Bahru Station: in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. The trains from here much cheaper than ones from Singapore. You can take a bus from Ban San Station(Arab St+Queen St), S$1.70 A/C Johor Bahru Express. From the immigration of Malaysia, you can walk to the station $2.40
BUS
B1 Ban San Station: Queen Street+Arab St.
Walking distance from hostel areas.
Buses to Johor Bahru (Malaysia)
Bus #170 non A/C-S$1.70 (local, stops everywhere on route),
Johor Bahru Express-
S$2.40 +luggage S$2.40 (direct, much faster)6:30-24:00 every 7min. Bus to Kuala Lumpur: 9:00,13:00,17:00, 22:00, S$23
B2 Golden Mile Complex: Beach Rd.
bus to/from Raffles Hotel take bus #82.
Buses to Malaysia/Thailand: All buses SVIP (24-26 seats)
B3 Lavender St Bus Station: Lavender St.+ Kalang Bahru St.
Buses to Malaysia (check which bus stn you arrive at KL), 1 bus to Hat Yai
Ferry:
3 ferry terminals, services to
Riau Archipelago (Indonesia), Tioman Island (Malaysia).and Tanjung Belungkor(Johor Bahru)
F1 World Trade Centre (Terminal) Keppel Rd.
bus to/from Bencoolen St. - bus #97,131,
to/from North Bridge Rd - bus #61,84,145,
to/from Orchard Rd - bus #143
F2 Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal: T2769722 Ferries to Indonesia. Access: MRT Tantler then bus #35
F3 Changi Ferry Terminal T5453600 T7336744


City Transport
Singapore has an excellent transport system.
Transit Link Guide S$1.50, from bookshops, lists all bus & MRT map, routes and fares.
Tourist Day Ticket 1-day travel pass up to 12 rides for buses/MRT = S$10, Covers MRT and bus services.
Tourist Card: Prepaid card with which you can get cheaper fare for the city buses and MRT.
EZ link Card: good for MRT and bus. 10% cheaper on bus. S$15 value card allows to travel S$7 value + refundable value S$3, non refundable $5. When you used S$7, you store more value. Since S$5 is non refundable, not so useful unless you stay in Singapore for long time.
MRT: Mass Rapid Transport Underground system. Operates 5:30-0:30. 2 main lines covers most of the tourist area. fares S$0.70-1.60
Bus: Extensive service. Operates 6-midnight.
Fares:
Non a/c(not many) 60c-S$1.20. a/c S$0.70-1.50, NO CHANGE given. The fare depends on the distance. At major bus top the fare charts are displayed. Normally you can ask to the drivers and pay by cash or put the card to the machine and select the zone you are traveling. You must retain the ticket.
SIA HOP ON: Tourist bus service route: Orchard Road, Bugis Junction, Suntec City, Colonial District, Boat Quay, Chinatown, Botanical Gardens.
Stopover passengers
Free, Sing'pore Airline & SilkAir Passenger S$3, others S$6. buy ticket from drivers or big hotels. valid for 1day. runs every 30min btw 8:30-19:00
Taxi: metered min. 1km $2.4, then $0.1/200-300m many surcharges: midnight-6am + 50% Many surcharge will be added such as airport fee, call booking fee, etc.
Trishaw: Used mainly by Tourists. Tours by trishaw around center.?
Singapore Trolley: Tram bus service route Orchard Road- Colonial district - Singapore River - Raffles Hotel - Clarke Quay - Marina - Suntec City.
Fares: day pass
S$14.90, (unlimited rides) includes free riverboat tour. Can buy tickets from trolley driver.
River Taxi: From Boat Quay and Clarke Quay, about S$3.

Travel Agents
ta1 Airpower Travel: 724 N. Bridge Rd. T2945664
airpower@mbox2.com.sg M-F9-18, Sa9-14:00
Understands backpackers needs.Can pay with credit card no extra charge. Ticket delivery to the airport
S$30 HighlyRec
ta3 STA Travel: 33A, Cuppage Rd, Cuppage Terrace. T737-7188 F7372591. M-F9-18, Sa9-17:00 The airfare is not cheapest. www.statravel.com.sg
Access:
MRT Somerset
ta4 Easy Tickets: 390 Victoria St. Golden Landmark Hotel/Shopping Center #03-20, T291-1455
www.easyticket.com.sq Access: MRT Bugis
ta5 MISA: Bloc 5, 318 Upper Cross St. 03-106,
www.airfares.com.sg, Access: MRT Ruffles Place


Shopping
Shopping is Singapore's main attraction. A/C shopping malls are everywhere, specially on Orchard Rd.
m Clarke Quay Flea Market:
2nd hand goods, books, antiques, etc. Su 9-17:00
Shopping Centers Everywhere. Orchard Rd is the most famous street for Shopping Centers.
s Parco: Bugis Junction. 200 Victoria St.
Built around an imitation Victorian style, glass covered,a/c street. Popular food court
s Lucky Plaza: 304 Orchard Rd. Budget shopping.
s Raffles Arcade: Raffles Hotel. Beach Rd
High class, designer brands.
Souvenirs Much of the ethnic style clothing on sale here is obviously not produced locally. It is much cheaper in Thailand and Indonesia.
s Bugis St.: Lots of stalls with souvenirs, ethnic clothing and copy goods. Touristy.
s Antique shops: Tanglin Shopping Center
s Batik & silk Arab St.
s Handicrafts Several places in the renovated China Town & Tanjon Pagar area.
s Singapore Handcraft Center Chinatown Point.
Computers
s Funan Center: 6F, 109 North Bridge Rd opp. Planet Cafe- Challenger Super store - The largest computer store in Asia.
s Sim Lim Sq.: 1 Rochor Canal Rd.
Electronic Goods Shopping centers on Orchard Rd. Make sure the goods have an international warranty.
s Sim Lim Sq.: 1 Rochor Canal Rd.
Bookshops
Many bookshops in shopping centers along Orchard Rd. Several bookstores in the Bras Basah Complex, North Bridge Rd. Travel related books in TravelCafe -see @chapter
s MPH Bookstores: 71-77 Stamford Rd. Excellent selection of contemporary fiction, best sellers, guide books.
s ANA Book store: #03-06 Far East Plaza,14 Scotts Rd
2nd hand books. Good selection, reasonably priced, rental also possible.
National Library: Stamford Rd, next to National Museum. Many English books and magazines.
Photo Developing/Quality Films & Development are cheap, quality is good.
s The Picture Specialist: 420 North Bridge Road, Processing - S$3, 3R-25 cents, 4R 35 cents.
Laundry Many Guest Houses have washing machines - S$5 a load.

Entertainment
e Clarkes Quay & Boat Quays: are popular night areas. Check Singapore Visitors Guide for current popular spots. Happy hour at many bars 17-20:00
Chinese opera: Held during Hungry Ghost Festival on stages set up on street corners.
e Clarke Quay: Free Performances on W Th F 19:45, subtitles in English.
Cinema: Many in shopping centers, S$6-8. The Straits Times Newspaper has movie listings.
c United Artists: Parco Bugis Junction North Bridge Rd Ticketing booth 1st F, 3 Cinemas 4th F.
c Cathay: Dhoby Ghaut+Orchard Rd
c The Picture House: Handy Rd, next to Cathay Cinema.
c Riverpoint complex:: Opposite Clarke Quays
6 screens.
c United Artists: Shaw Tower Beach Road:
c Golden Cinema: Beach Road, showing Singapore and Asia films.
sw Swimming Pool: River Valley Rd, near Clarke Quay.
Bus #32.
S$1 for 2hr session.
Night Life: www.mumtazz.com/singapore

  Internet  
Internet is taking off in Singapore, the number of internet cafes, will definitely increase.
@ @Flyingcow.com: #47 Bencoolen St. 11-21:00 S$3/hr S$2/30min.
@ Net Sprel: #01-01 #44 Prinsep St.9-27:00 0.8/15min SaSu0.9/15min
@ Chills Cafe: Stanford Rd. S side W from Raffles city M-F9-14 S$3/hr S$2/30min. M-F14-24:00 S$5 S$3/30min. S$2/15min.
@ e-games: #8 Grage Rd 3F Cinelesiure Orchard. e-games.com.sq M-F10-24:00, SaSu10-19:30, M-Th$2/hr, F-Su $2.5/hr
@ National Library: Under renovation M11-21, Tu-F10-21, Sa10-17, Su13-17. 3c/min. Cheapest but you need to be a member. Or use "Cash card" which has $5 value and costs $7. After you use all the value you can transfer the money to this card. Ask at bank for more details.

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