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Singapore’s flag carrier airline is Singapore Airlines (SQ). Singapore is a major travel destination served by many major international airlines. There are direct flights to Singapore from a number of cities in the UK, USA, Europe and Canada. Airlines flying direct from London include British Airways, Qantas and Singapore Airlines. There are also direct flights from Singapore to all capital cities in Southeast Asia.

Approximate flight times:

From Singapore

 To London is 13 hrs

 To Los Angeles is 20 hrs 25 minutes

 To New York is 21 hrs 55 minutes

 To Sydney is 9 hrs 15 minutes

International airports

Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) : Telephone: 6541 2222. Fax: 6542 1231.

Changi is situated 20 kilometres or 12.4 miles from Singapore city centre. Singapore Changi Airport is among the world’s best airport and is currently the 24th busiest following the international polls. There are 63 airlines operating out of Changi, with 3,400 flights weekly to 141 cities in 49 countries worldwide. It is the airport with the most air links in the Asia Pacific region. The building of Terminal 3 is underway, due for completion in early 2006.

Major airlines: Singapore Airlines (telephone: 6223 8888; fax: 6786 6947 (reservations) or 6223 6030 (ticketing enquiries); fax: 6786 2937; email: is the national airline, with connections to all the major cities in Asia and 116 destinations in 42 countries.

Its subsidiary SilkAir covers 19 destinations in South-East Asia, and Trivandrum in India. Other major airlines include Aeroflot, Air China, Air France, Air India, Air Madagascar, Air Mauritius, Air New Zealand, Alitalia, All Nippon, American Airlines, Biman Bangladesh, British Airways, China Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Continental Airlines, Egypt Air, Emirates, Garuda, Gulf Air, Indian Airlines, Japan Airlines, KLM, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines, Pakistan International Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Qantas Airways, Scandinavian Airlines, Swiss, Thai Airways, Turkish Airlines and United Airlines.

Travellers may check in up to 48 hours prior to their departure time, at the Singapore Airlines office at the Paragon Shopping Centre, Orchard Road. Checking in by telephone may be available (telephone: 6243 2546) to get a confirmed allocated seat number. Travellers must still bring their luggage to the airport at least 60 minutes prior to departure.

Approximate flight times to Singapore

 From London is 13 hrs

 From New York is 20 hrs 35 minutes

 From Los Angeles is 18 hrs

 From Toronto is 20 hrs

 From Sydney is 8 hrs

Airport facilities

These include gym, showers, sauna, fitness centres, putting green, rooftop pool and Jacuzzi, hairdresser’s, laundry service, karaoke lounge, Science Discovery Centre, mini supermarkets, children’s play area, nursery, smoking rooms, medical centre and prayer room.

To get back to nature there are cactus, bamboo and orchid gardens and a Koi pond. There are banks, bureaux de change, ATMs, postal and telecommunications offices, restaurants, shops, car hire (AB Budget Car Rental, Sintat Rent-Acar and Hertz), hotel reservation counters, tourist information and baggage storage facilities. Transit and transfer passengers can also take a free 2-hour guided coach tours of Singapore.

Business facilities

The range of services includes transit hotels and business-class lounges. There is a business centre located in the Terminal 2 transit hotel, level 3 (telephone: 6541 9106/7; fax: 6542 6122). Facilities include workstations with Internet connection, photocopiers and fax. There is a 24-hour Internet centre, with a fast modem server, opposite the Post Office.

Arrival/departure tax

A S$21 Passenger Service Charge is added in the ticket price.

Transport to the city

The MRT station is available at the airport and it provides a quick and cheap way to travel around Singapore. It runs from 5.30 am to 11.18 pm, about every 10 minutes. The fair to the city centre is S$1.80, and it takes around 30 minutes.

Singapore Bus Service (SBS) (telephone: 1800 287 2727) is regularly provided to the city. Public bus stations are in Terminal 1 at Basement 2 and in Terminal 2 at basement level. Public buses cost S$1.50 (exact fare only) and depart every 6 to 14 minutes from 6.00 am to 12 midnight. Buses number 36 go along Orchard Road with journey time of about 50 minutes.

Drive time from the airport to Singapore centre is approximately 20 to 30 minutes by taxi. Taxi fares cost around S$15 (plus a standard S$3 airport surcharge, S$5 weekends, as well as other surcharges – see Taxis in Getting Around). Limousine taxi service counters are in the arrival hall on Level 1 of both terminals. They charge a flat rate of S$35 to anywhere in the city and operate from 6.00 am to 2.00 am daily.

The 6-seater MaxiCab, the airport shuttle service, operated by CityCab (telephone: 6542 8297), costs S$7 and stops at almost every major hotel in the city centre. It departs from Terminal 1 and 2 every 30 minutes from 6.00 am to 6.00 pm and every 15 minutes from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm.


The international port is Singapore itself, the world’s busiest in terms of tonnage. It is served by a growing number of international passenger cruise lines. Cruising is one of the fastest-growing tourist development areas in Singapore and there are plans to considerably expand the already extensive port facilities.

There is now also a number of international operators using Singapore as a base for cruises throughout Southeast Asia. For further details, contact the Singapore Tourism Board (see Contacts section).


Trains operate from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru and Malacca (Malaysia) on a route which extends to Bangkok (Thailand). Services are available every day between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur; some offer air conditioning and dining cars. There are also overnight trains with sleepers.


2 causeways link Singapore with Malaysia and the mainland of Asia: one crosses the Johor Strait while the other links Tuas in Singapore. There are bus and coach services operating to the Malaysian town of Johor Bahru and beyond.

For required documentation, see Travel – Internal section. Buses arriving from Malaysia and Thailand terminate at the Lavender Street terminal.
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