Singapore has been Southeast Asia's most modern city for many decades. Its unique ethnic tapestry affords visitors a wide array of sightseeing and culinary opportunities to choose from. The island republic's excellent infrastructure enables visitors to enjoy its many sites and attractions in a safe, clean and green environment.
The Singapore dollar or dollar (sign: $, code: SGD) is the official currency of Singapore. Only Singapore currency is allowed in Singapore.
7% GST is automatically added to all goods and services.
During the period of October, day temperature will hit a maximum of 31 degrees celcius and night temperature will hit a lowest of 23 degrees celcius.
The four languages of Singapore that are recognised by the Singapore Government are: English, Malay, Mandarin and Tamil. They were chosen to correspond with the major ethnic groups present in Singapore. Although Malay is the national language, English is the main language used for business, government and medium of instruction in schools.
Being a country of diverse cultures, various customs from different ethnic backgrounds are observed. It is common to greet someone with a friendly handshake, the elderly or the person with the highest status is introduced first.
ELECTRICITY & ELECTRONICS
The standard voltage in Singapore is 220V/ 240V, 50Hz. If you have equipments that runs on a different voltage, please bring a voltage adapter.
Singapore uses the British BS1363 three-pronged square pin type sockets. Plugs from the US, Western and Eastern Europe, and Asia will not fit into a Singapore power plug. If you need a plug adaptor or transformer, we advise buying one before your arrival. Some hotels will be able to lend you, but not all will be able to offer.
At the Airport, taxis are available at the designated taxi zones outside of arrivals at all terminals. The estimated to the city center is between SGD 18.00 and SGD 38.00 and takes approximately 30 minutes.
In the city, like most cities, taxis are available when the sign on top is illuminated in green and can be hailed along the streets or booked in advanced.
At the airport, public bus service 36 goes to the city. The first bus arrives at around 6.00am and the last bus leaves at midnight 12.00am. A single fare costs below SGD 3.00 and takes about an hour to go to the city. Bus stops are located at the basement bus bays of Terminal 1,2 and 3. Please have exact change as no change will be given.
At the airport, passengers who would like to get to the city from Changi Airport via train need to transfer to the East West Line (Green Line) at Tanah Merah train station. For more information, please visit Singapore Mass Rapid Transit. To view the MRT Station map, please click here.
Time zone of Singapore is Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) + 8 hours
SHOPPING AND BUSINESS HOURS
Shopping Hours: 10.00am to 10.00pm (for most shopping malls)
Business Hours: 9.00am to 6.00pm
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