Should visitors rent a car in Singapore?

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Jamie L.T. Mapa

Renting a car in Singapore is not necessary, especially if you're not accustomed to driving on the left side of the road.

Here are some suggestions on the best ways to get around in the red dot:

Public transportation: the country has a rather developed train system known as Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) in addition to buses that run through a majority of the country.  There are also free shuttles from some hotels - it's best to check with your hotel's transportation/concierge desk - and major shopping and tourist centers including Chinatown, Orchard Road and Great World City.

By bike: Singapore is a very convenient country to ride around on your two-wheeler.  You can bike the width of the country if you have time or utilize biking trails along the coast for a view of the South China Sea.

By taxi: there are a multitude of taxis centrally in Singapore and if you find yourself outside of the central area, taxis can be booked by a simple phone call, text message or utilizing a nifty smart phone app.  When it rains, however, and during weekday peak hours - when most are traveling to and from work - taxis are almost impossible to hail or book.

On foot: there's no better way to immerse yourself in your surroundings and really experience the culture than by walking.  Wear light clothes, comfortable shoes and bring a small umbrella.


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