Travelling within Sentosa - Other public transportation
Other public transportation
There are five different bus services that link Sentosa Island. These include Yellow Line bus that is available from Resorts World Sentosa basement CarPark, Blue Zone and Waterfront exit. The timing of these buses is from 7 am to 11 pm from Sunday to Thursday and 7 am to 12:30 am on Friday, Saturday & public holidays.
The buses leave from Beach Station at 10:40 am from Sunday to Thursday and 12 pm on Friday, Saturday & public holidays. The yellow line links Ficus Tree, Dolphin Lagoon, Allanbrooke Road and The Sentosa Resort & Spa.
Another service, the Blue Line buses operate from 7 am to 11 pm from Sunday to Thursday and 7 am to 12:30 am on Friday, Saturday & public holidays. These buses leave from Beach Station at 10:40 am from Sunday to Thursday and 12 pm on Friday, Saturday & public holidays. It links The Merlion, Cable Car Station, Underwater World at Siloso Beach, Ferry Terminal and Artists Village.
The third bus service within the island of Sentosa is Red Line buses that can be boarded form Resorts World Sentosa basement CarPark, Blue Zone and Waterfront exit. The buses operate from 9 am to 9 pm daily. The red line traverses the Underwater World at Siloso Beach, Artists Village, Ficus Tree, Dolphin Lagoon, Allanbrooke Road and The Merlion.
The Green Line bus service connects the Ferry Terminal, Underwater World at Siloso Beach and Cable Car Station. The service is available from 9 am to 9 pm daily.
The Siloso Beach Line links the beaches in Sentosa. The line links Sapphire Hall, Trapizza Restaurant, Siloso Beach, Artists Village, Gateway CarPark, The Merlion, Children's Playground and Siloso Beach Stop. The service is operational from 10 am to 10 pm from Sunday to Thursday and 7 am to 1 am on Friday, Saturday & public holidays.
All public transportation options around Sentosa are free of cost.
Taxis operate from mainland Singapore to the island of Sentosa. Taxis in Sentosa are usually allowed to pick and drop off passengers at some of the locations in Sentosa. These include Beaufort Sentosa, Singapore; Shangri-La's Rasa Sentosa Resort; and NTUC Sentosa Beach Resort.
These Blue Comfort cabs aid the guests boarding at the island's many resorts to visit Sentosa. For entering the island, taxis are required to pay 70.83 INR per person. The entry fee is applicable from 7 am to 10 pm. From 10 pm to 7 am, entry is free.
A monorail line named Sentosa Express links the popular sightseeing locations in Sentosa. Across the water, the monorail also links Sentosa with the HarbourFront on the Singapore mainland. The railway line provides connectivity to Sentosa, HarbourFront Centre and St. James Power Station.
The first station of this rail network is the Sentosa Station that is located on the 3rd level of VivoCity. The train service starts from this station at 7 am and runs till 12 am. The next station on the network is the Waterfront Station that is located in front of Resorts World Sentosa. The next station, Imbiah Station provides access to the sightseeing attractions situated in the Imbiah region.
The final station of the network is the Beach Station. One can alight at this station to visit the Palawan and Siloso Beach, pubs and restaurants. The average frequency of the trains during peak days is three minutes. The duration of the entire journey between the first and the last station in Singapore mainland is eight minutes.
To travel by this monorail network, one can opt for the Sentosa pass, which is a contactless RFID card. The pass that costs 105.74 INR, can be purchased from automated ticketing machines at a Sentosa Express station and allows unlimited entry to the island from mainland Singapore.
The payment at the stations can be made via cash, NETS and credit cards like VISA, MasterCard, Amex & JCB. The EZ-Link Card permits unlimited number of rides on the monorail. The cost of an EZ-Link Card is 528.74 INR. The amount is inclusive of the non-refundable fee of 176.24 INR and the card value of 351.34 INR.
A tram like service transports tourists to various beaches on the island city. These Beach Trams are operated by two mini trains that run from 9 am to 11 pm from Sunday to Thursday. The service is available from 9 am to 12 am on Friday, Saturday and public holidays. The frequency of the trains is 15 to 20 minutes.
Out of the two mini trains, one runs between Siloso Beach and Beach CarPark, while the other connects Palawan Beach with Tanjong Beach. This mode of public transport for travelling around Sentosa is free of cost.
Trishaw is another mode of transport to explore the island. It is a vehicle that is similar to a cycle and can seat two people at a time. The carriage of the trishaw is made up of glass-fibre, while the wheels are made of stainless steel. The vehicle has headlights, a mirror at the side, indicator lights, a bicycle ring and an electric horn.
The driver can control the speed of the trishaw using a switch situated on the right handlebar. These can run at a speed of 20 km/hour. The trishaws can be boarded from Trishaw Park at Sentosa Island. The service is available daily from 10 am to 10 pm. A ride of 1 hour and 10 minutes costs 1,268.98 INR.
Apart from availing the public transport in Sentosa, one can also walk and explore the small island city. During the walk, one can view the city skyline and cruise ships that are docked along the narrow straits.
One can also opt for the Cable Car in Sentosa. However, the service does not connect the places in Sentosa, but links Sentosa with mainland Singapore. During this ride, one can see Singapore's skyline and the emerald-green ocean below. The service is operational from 8:30 am to 9 pm daily. A one-way trip by this cable car costs 384.22 INR per person.
At the Sentosa Islands, I plan to catch the following (other than Universal Studios, of course) based on general public feedback.
- Sentosa CineBlast + Desperados - 2-IN-1
- Megazip (Not too adventurous so avoiding Climbmax, Parajump, Northface)
- Luge & Skyride
- Underwater World and Dolphin Lagoon
- Songs of the Sea
- Animal & Bird Encounters at Palawan Amphitheatre
- Segway Fun Ride (on secure circuit)
- Southernmost point of Continental Asia
For anyone who has covered Sentosa Islands as comprehensively as possible, could you please guide me on a few queries…
1) I have short-listed the following to save time and money. But am I missing anything really worthwhile from the above mentioned rides/shows/attractions?
2) Would I be able to cover all this within one day? Will it he a rush-n-run experience?
3) Do I need to go for advance booking for any of these rides? I plan to visit in Apr-May 2012… is that peak period?
4) What kind of transport is available within Sentosa to go from one attraction point to other? Are they really far-away from each other? Are there any shuttle services and how much would it cost? I don’t have personal transport…
5) What are the best economical pure veg food options within Sentosa?
6) Finally, how much would I compromise on the fun if I take along my 2-yr son, since I guess kids are not allowed on most rides?
Would really appreciate genuine feedback. Thanks in advance.
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