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How to Get from Changi Airport to the City by MRT

How to Get from Changi Airport to the City by MRT  

Changi Airport is the only airport in Singapore designed for international and domestic flights. It connects to different transportation modes that will take you around town when you first visit the city. 

One of the most popular and cheapest ways to get around is through Metro Rail Transit (MRT), which is available all over Singapore. You can find an MRT leading to almost every district of the city, which makes it easier to travel. 

Find out more about how you can travel from Changi Airport to the city using MRT below.   

How to Get from Changi Airport to the City by MRT

A woman in an MRT terminal

To go to the city from Changi Airport, go to the airport MRT situated in terminal 2. Buy an EZ-Link card to use to pay your fair. 

Board the train and alight at Tanah Merah. Then, board another train on the East-West Line. 

Before going to the airport MRT, make sure that you know where you are first. If you are in terminal 3, you can simply walk to the station. 

But if you are in Terminal 1 or 4, you need to take a sky train or shuttle bus to Terminal 2 of Changi Airport. 

Alternative Routes

Alternative Routes - 1
Alternative Routes - 2

The two alternative routes to get to the city from the airport are via Bukit Panjang MRT (BP6/DT1) and Pasir Ris MRT (EW1). 

Destination Route 
Downtown Changi Airport MRT → Expo MRT → Bukit Panjang MRT
East-West  Changi Airport MRT → Tanah Merah MRT → Pasir Ris MRT

If you want to take the Bukit Panjang MRT to the downtown side of the city starting from Changi Airport, you need to first board the train in Changi Airport MRT to the Expo MRT Station. 

After you alight from the Expo MRT Station, you can transfer to the downtown line at the Bukit Panjang MRT station. 

This route is perfect if your destination is towards Raffles Place, Marina Centre, Maxwell, Anson, Cecil, Phillip, Clifford Pier, and Tanjong Pagar. 

If your destination is towards Pasir Ris, you can board the train at Changi Airport to Tanah Merah MRT Station. Once there, you can take the East-West line to your destination. 

MRT Map of Singapore

MRT Map of Singapore

The only lines directly connected to the airport are the blue or downtown line and the green or East-West line. 

So if you are going to the city along the East-West side of Singapore, you only need to take the green line starting from the airport. 

For other destinations along the red, orange, brown, and violet lines, you need to board a train on either the blue or green line at the airport and interchange in the station leading to your destination. 

To make it easier for you to find your way in the MRT, each station is assigned a name and a code that is based on the line where it is located, as well as its order on the map. 

The interchange codes on the map also make it easier for you to find the station where you can transfer and switch to another train that will take you to your destination.  

MRT Lines in Singapore

MRT Lines in Singapore

The MRT lines follow the major train tracks in Singapore. The six major lines are the East-West line, North-South line, North-East line, Circle, Downtown line, and the Thomson East Coast line. 

Check out the codes, colors, and stations for the MRT lines below:  

MRT line ColorCode Stations 
East-West line Green EW > Changi 
> Simei 
> Tampines 
> Pasir Ris 
> Bedok 
> Kembangan 
> Eunos 
> Paya Lebar 
> Aljunied 
> Kallarig 
> Lavender 
> Bugis 
> City Hall 
> Raffles Place 
> Tanjong Pagar 
> Outram Park 
> Tiong Bahru 
> Redhill
> Queenstown 
> Commonwealth 
> Dover 
> Clementi 
> Jurong East 
> Chinese Garden 
> Lakeside 
> Boon Lay 
> Pioneer 
> Joo Kuun 
> Gul Circle 
> Tuas Crescent 
> Tuas West Road 
> Tuas Link
North-South line Red NS> Marina South Pier 
> Marina Bay 
> Raffles Place 
> City Hall 
> Dhoby Ghaut 
> Somerset 
> Orchard 
> Newton 
> Novena 
> Toa Payoh
> Braddeli 
> Bishan 
> Ang Mo Kio 
> Yio Chu Kang 
> Khatib 
> Yishun 
> Canberra 
> Sembawang 
> Admiralty 
> Woodlands 
> Marsiling 
> Kranji 
> Yew Tee 
> Choa Chu Kang 
> Bukit Gombak 
> Jurong East
North-East line Purple NE> Harbourfront 
> Outram Park 
> Chinatown 
> Clarke Quay 
> Dhoby Ghaut 
> Little India 
> Farrer Park 
> Boon Keng 
> Potong Pasir 
> Woodleigh
> Serangoon 
> Kovan 
> Hougang 
> Buangkok 
> Sengkang
> Punggol
Circle Orange CC/CE> Marina Bay 
> Bay Front 
> Promenade 
> Nicoll Highway 
> Stadium 
> Mountbatten 
> Dakota 
> Paya Lebar 
> MacPherson 
> Tai Seng 
> Bartley 
> Serangoon 
> Lorong Chuan 
> Bishan 
> Marymount 
> Caldecott 
> Botanic Garden 
> Farrer Road 
> Holland Village 
> Buona Vista 
> One North 
> Kent Ridge 
> Haw Per Villa 
> Pasir Panjang 
> Labrador Park 
> Telok Blangah 
> Harbourfront 
> Esplanade 
> Bras Basah 
> Dhoby Ghaut
Downtown line Blue DT> Expo 
> Upper Changi 
> Tampines East 
> Tampines 
> Tampines West 
> Bedok Reservoir 
> Bedok North 
> Kaki Bukit 
> Ubi 
> MacPherson 
> Mattar 
> Geylang Bahru 
> Bendemeer 
> Jalan Besar 
> Bencoolen 
> Fort Canning 
> Chinatown 
> Telok Ayer 
> Downtown
> Bayfront 
> Promenade 
> Bugis 
> Rochor 
> Newton 
> Stevens 
> Botanic Gardens
> Tan Kah Kee 
> Sixth Avenue 
> King Albert Park
> Beauty World 
> Hillview 
> Cashew 
> Bukit Panjang
Thomson-East Coast line Brown TE> Gardens by the Bay 
> Marina Bay 
> Shenton Way 
> Maxwell 
> Outram Park / Chinatown 
> Havelock 
> Great World 
> Orchard 
> Orchard Boulevard 
> Napier 
> Stevens 
> Caldecott 
> Upper Thomson 
> Bright Hill 
> Mayflower 
> Lentor 
> Springleaf 
> Woodlands South
> Woodlands 
> Woodlands North

MRT Schedule in Singapore

MRT Schedule in Singapore

The operating hours for the whole MRT system of Singapore start at 5:30 am and remain operative until 12:00 am every day.  

There might be a difference in the frequency of the trains in the stations during peak hours. From 7:00 am to 9:00 am, trains will arrive consistently at the stations with brief intervals of 2 to 3 minutes and approximately 5 to 7 minutes during off-peak hours. 

You may also notice some differences in stations like the Woodland North that close much earlier than the other stations. This station closes at 9:00 pm while others remain open until midnight. 

The MRT system of Singapore is split between two public transport operators, known as SMRT and SBS Transit. Each may also have unique operating schedules.

SMRT Schedule

SMRT Schedule

Check out the table below for a breakdown of the schedule for the first and last train in SMRT: 

First and Last Train Terminating at NS1 EW24 Jurong East
Day First Train Last Train 
Monday to Thursday 05:35 am 12:37 am
Friday 05:35 am 12:37 am 
Saturday 05:35 am 12:37 am 
Sunday 05:58 am 12:37 am 
Public Holidays05:58 am 12:37 am 
Last Train Terminating at NS1 EW24 Jurong East
Day First Train Last Train 
Monday to Thursday 11:53 pm 
Friday 11:53 pm
Saturday 11:53 pm
Sunday 11:53 pm 
Public Holidays11:53 pm 
Last Train Services Terminating at NS19 Toa Payoh
Day First Train Last Train 
Monday to Thursday 11:53 pm 
Friday 11:53 pm
Saturday 11:53 pm
Sunday 11:53 pm 
Public Holidays11:53 pm 
Last Train Services Terminating at NS16 Ang Mo Kio
Day First Train Last Train 
Monday to Thursday 12:42 am 
Friday 12:42 am 
Saturday 12:42 am 
Sunday 12:42 am
Public Holidays12:42 am 
First and Last Train Services Terminating at NS28 Marina South Pier
Day First Train Last Train 
Monday to Thursday 05:29 am 11:11 pm 
Friday 05:29 am 11:11 pm 
Saturday 05:29 am 11:11 pm 
Sunday 05:29 am 11:11 pm 
Public Holidays05:29 am 11:11 pm

SBS Transit Schedule

SBS Transit Schedule

Check out the tables below for a breakdown of the schedule for the first and last train in SBS Transit.

Downtown Line First and Last Train Schedule:

Towards Expo 
First Train Last Train 
Monday to Saturday Sunday / Public HolidaysMondays to Sunday / Public Holidays
DT1 Bukit Panjang5.30 am5.50 am11.35 pm
DT2 Cashew5.32 am5.52 am11.37 pm
DT3 Hillview5.34 am5.54 am11.38 pm
DT5 Beauty World5.37 am5.57 am11.42 pm
DT6 King Albert Park5.39 am5.59 am11.44 pm
DT7 Sixth Avenue5.42 am6.02 am11.46 pm
DT8 Tan Kah Kee5.44 am6.04 am11.48 pm
DT9 Botanic Gardens5.46 am6.06 am11.50 pm
DT10 Stevens5.48 am6.08 am11.52 pm
DT11 Newton5.51 am6.11 am11.54 pm
DT12 Little India5.53 am6.13 am11.57 pm
DT13 Rochor5.55 am6.15 am11.58 pm
DT14 Bugis5.57 am6.17 am12.00 am
DT15 Promenade6.00 am6.20 am12.02 am
DT16 Bayfront6.02 am6.22 am12.04 am
DT17 Downtown6.04 am6.24 am12.06 am
DT18 Telok Ayer6.06 am6.26 am12.07 am
DT19 Chinatown6.08 am6.28 am12.09 am
DT20 Fort Canning6.10 am6.30 am12.11 am
DT21 Bencoolen6.12 am6.31 am12.12 am
DT22 Jalan Besar6.13 am6.33 am12.14 am
DT23 Bendemeer6.15 am6.35 am12.16 am
DT24 Geylang Bahru5.59 am6.19 am12.18 am
DT25 Mattar6.01 am6.21 am12.21 am
DT26 MacPherson6.03 am6.23 am12.23 am
DT27 Ubi6.05 am6.25 am12.24 am
DT28 Kaki Bukit6.07 am6.27 am12.26 am
DT29 Bedok North6.09 am6.29 am12.28 am
DT30 Bedok Reservoir6.11 am6.31 am12.30 am
DT31 Tampines West6.13 am6.33 am12.33 am
DT32 Tampines6.16 am6.36 am12.35 am
DT33 Tampines East6.18 am6.38 am12.37 am
DT34 Upper Changi6.21 am6.41 am12.40 am
DT35 Expo

Towards Bukit Panjang 
First Train Last Train 
Monday to Saturday Sunday / Public HolidaysMondays to Sunday / Public Holidays
DT35 Expo5.36 am5.54 am11.40 pm
DT34 Upper Changi5.38 am5.56 am11.41 pm
DT33 Tampines East5.41 am5.59 am11.45 pm
DT32 Tampines5.43 am6.01 am11.47 pm
DT31 Tampines West5.45 am6.03 am11.49 pm
DT30 Bedok Reservoir5.48 am6.06 am11.51 pm
DT29 Bedok North5.50 am6.08 am11.54 pm
DT28 Kaki Bukit5.52 am6.10 am11.56 pm
DT27 Ubi5.54 am6.12 am11.58 pm
DT26 MacPherson5.56 am6.14 am12.00 am
DT25 Mattar5.58 am6.16 am12.02 am
DT24 Geylang Bahru6.00 am6.18 am12.04 am
DT23 Bendemeer6.02 am6.20 am12.06 am
DT22 Jalan Besar6.04 am6.22 am12.08 am
DT21 Bencoolen6.06 am6.24 am12.10 am
DT20 Fort Canning6.08 am6.26 am12.11 am
DT19 Chinatown6.10 am6.28 am12.14 am
DT18 Telok Ayer6.11a m6.29 am12.15 am
DT17 Downtown6.13 a m6.31 am12.16 am
DT16 Bayfront6.15 am6.33 am12.18 am
DT15 Promenade6.17 am6.35 am12.20 am
DT14 Bugis6.03 am6.32 am12.22 am
DT13 Rochor6.05 am6.33 am12.24 am
DT12 Little India6.06 am6.30 am12.26 am
DT11 Newton5.56 am6.16 am12.28 am
DT10 Stevens5.58 am6.18 am12.30 am
DT9 Botanic Gardens6.00 am6.21 am12.32 am
DT8 Tan Kah Kee6.02 am6.22 am12.34 am
DT7 Sixth Avenue6.04 am6.24 am12.36 am
DT6 King Albert Park6.06 am6.27 am12.38 am
DT5 Beauty World6.08 am6.29 am12.40 am
DT3 Hillview6.12 am6.32 am12.44 am
DT2 Cashew6.13 am6.34 am12.45 am
DT1 Bukit Panjang– 

North East Line First and Last Train Schedule:

Towards Harbourfront
First Train Last Train 
Weekdays SaturdaysSundays / Public HolidaysWeekdays Weekends / Public Holidays 
NE17 Punggol5.42 am5.42 am6.02am11.28 pm11.28 pm
NE16 Sengkang5.44 am5.44 am6.04 am11.30 pm11.30 pm
NE15 Buangkok5.46 am5.46 am6.06 am11.32 pm11.32 pm
NE14 Hougang5.48 am5.48 am6.08 am11.34 pm11.34 pm
NE13 Kovan5.51 am5.51 am6.11 am11.37 pm11.37 pm
NE12 Serangoon5.53 am5.54 am6.14 am11.40 pm11.40 pm
NE11 Woodleigh5.56 am5.56 am6.16 am11.42 pm11.42 pm
NE10 Potong Pasir5.58 am5.58 am6.18 am11.44 pm11.44 pm
NE9 Boon Keng6.00 am6.00 am6.20 am11.46 pm11.46 pm
NE8  Farrer Park6.02 am6.03 am6.23 am11.48 pm11.49 pm
NE7 Little India6.04 am6.05 am6.25 am11.50 pm11.51 pm
NE6 Dhoby Ghaut6.06 am6.07 am6.27 am11.52 pm11.53 pm
NE5 Clarke Quay6.08 am6.09 am6.29 am11.54 pm11.55 pm
NE4 Chinatown6.10 am6.11 am6.31 am11.56 pm11.57 pm
NE3 Outram Park6.12 am6.13 am6.33 am11.58 pm11.59 pm
NE1 HarbourFront

Towards Punggol
First Train Last Train 
Weekdays SaturdaysSundays / Public HolidaysWeekdays Weekends / Public Holidays 
NE1 HarbourFront5.49 am5.50 am6.10 am11.56 pm11.55 pm
NE3 Outram Park5.48 am5.48 am6.08 am11.59 pm11.59 pm
NE4 Chinatown5.50 am5.50 am6.10 am12.01 am12.01 am
NE5 Clarke Quay5.51 am5.51 am6.11 am12.03 am12.03 am
NE6 Dhoby Ghaut5.54 am5.54 am6.14 am12.05 am12.05 am
NE7 Little India5.56 am5.56 am6.16 am12.07 am12.07 am
NE8  Farrer Park5.58 am5.58 am6.18 am12.09 am12.09 am
NE9 Boon Keng6.00 am6.00 am6.20 am12.11 am12.11 am
NE10 Potong Pasir6.02 am6.03 am6.23 am12.13 am12.14 am
NE11 Woodleigh6.04 am6.05 am6.25 am12.15 am12.16 am
NE12 Serangoon6.06 am6.07 am6.27 am12.18 am12.18 am
NE13 Kovan6.09 am6.10 am6.30 am12.20 am12.21 am
NE14 Hougang6.11 am6.12 am6.32 am12.23 am12.23 am
NE15 Buangkok6.14 am6.14 am6.34 am12.25 am12.25 am
NE16 Sengkang5.37 am5.36 am5.56 am12.27 am12.28 am
NE17 Punggol– 

How much is the train fare from Changi Airport to the city? 

How much is the train fare from Changi Airport to the city

If you travel from Changi Airport to the city, the standard adult fare for a single trip on the MRT ranges from SGD 2.70 to SGD 2.90.

But if you use an EZ-Link card, the fare is slightly lower, usually starting at around SGD 1.93 for adults.

Please note that these fares are subject to change.

I recommend checking the latest fare information on the official website of Singapore’s public transportation authority or at the airport for the most up-to-date pricing.

Which terminal is the MRT at Changi Airport? 

The MRT station is located in the basement of terminals 2 and 3 at Changi Airport. 

If you are from terminal 4, we recommend taking the free shuttle bus that will take you to terminal 3. For those coming from terminal 1, you can ride the sky train to terminal 2. 

How do I pay for MRT in Singapore? 

How do I pay for MRT in Singapore

The most popular and efficient method to pay for an MRT ride is by using an EZ-Link card or a Single Journey Token from the MRT stations or Customer Service Office. 

If you don’t have access to either of these options, you can pay using your contactless bank card, like a credit card.

This provides an additional convenient and cashless option for travelers in Singapore.

You must ensure that your card has the contactless payment feature enabled, and then simply tap it on the card readers to pay for your MRT journey.

Singapore trains can get crowded, so if you’re traveling with a lot of luggage, it can be quite challenging to navigate the MRT system smoothly.

To make your journey more comfortable, you should consider traveling during off-peak hours when the trains are less crowded. If that’s not possible, try to avoid the rush hour times when commuters are heading to and from work.

You should also pack light and use luggage with wheels to make it easier to maneuver through the stations and on the trains.