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Many modes of transportation are used to get around in Singapore, two of the least expensive ways of getting around Singapore are by bus or Mass Rapid Transit (MRT).  The public buses require exact change, unless a Singapore Explorer ticket is used which allows unlimited access to buses and trains.  The MRT arrives every 3-8 minutes,  runs from 6 am to midnight and has 42 stations.  For visitors there is a souvenir ticket available or a Transit-Link farecard can be used that is valid for both the MRT and buses.  

Since Singapore covers such a small area, in a effort to control downtown traffic congestion, a "restricted zone" is enforced which prevents vehicles from entering that have less than four passengers, unless they have a special permit.  Air-conditioned taxis are abundant with over 100,000 available, but there are surcharges for a variety of circumstances.  

If using a trishaw, which can be a interesting experience, it is important to negotiate price beforehand. 

Another was of getting around, since Singapore is "on" the water, is the bumboat which takes passengers on a thirty minute ride along the waterway in Singapore. 

Considered to be one of the world's finest, Changi International Airport, has a movie theater, small science museum, fitness center, medical clinic, supermarket and a multitude of duty-free shopping.

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Airports:
8 (2010)
country comparison to the world: 166
Airports - with paved runways:
total: 8
over 3,047 m: 2
2,438 to 3,047 m: 1
1,524 to 2,437 m: 4
914 to 1,523 m: 1 (2010)
Pipelines:
gas 111 km (2010)
Roadways:
total: 3,356 km
country comparison to the world: 163
paved: 3,356 km (includes 161 km of expressways) (2009)
Merchant marine:
total: 1,422
country comparison to the world: 6
by type: bulk carrier 183, cargo 88, carrier 6, chemical tanker 233, container 321, liquefied gas 117, petroleum tanker 404, refrigerated cargo 5, roll on/roll off 13, vehicle carrier 52
foreign-owned: 850 (Australia 11, Bangladesh 2, Bermuda 21, Chile 7, China 26, Cyprus 3, Denmark 125, France 3, Germany 30, Greece 19, Hong Kong 38, India 19, Indonesia 53, Italy 3, Japan 146, Malaysia 27, Netherlands 1, Norway 132, Slovenia 1, South Africa 3, South Korea 9, Sweden 9, Switzerland 4, Taiwan 79, Thailand 30, UAE 10, UK 6, US 33)
note: this country allows large numbers of ships owned by foreign entities to be registered in its national shipping registry and to fly its flag; these ships operate under the laws of the flag state
registered in other countries: 327 (Australia 2, Bahamas 7, Bangladesh 3, Belize 7, Cambodia 4, Cyprus 1, Dominica 1, France 3, Gibraltar 1, Honduras 12, Hong Kong 13, Indonesia 42, Isle of Man 1, Kiribati 11, Liberia 27, Malaysia 19, Malta 3, Marshall Islands 28, Mongolia 1, North Korea 2, Panama 79, Philippines 1, Saint Kitts and Nevis 5, Sierra Leone 5, Thailand 1, Tuvalu 25, US 17, unknown 6) (2010)
Ports and terminals:
Singapore
Transportation - note:
the International Maritime Bureau reports the territorial and offshore waters in the South China Sea as high risk for piracy and armed robbery against ships; numerous commercial vessels have been attacked and hijacked both at anchor and while underway; hijacked vessels are often disguised and cargo diverted to ports in East Asia; crews have been murdered or cast adrift

 


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