We’ve rounded up our favourite modes of transport for getting around Singapore safely – and conveniently – with kids (or bulky stuff)!
While Singapore might be the most expensive place on Earth to own a car, the good news is that we’ve got plenty of other excellent transport options for getting around our little island. From kid-friendly car rides, to a slew of new bike sharing platforms, not to mention hyper-efficient “man-with-a-van” delivery services and world-leading public transport, getting from A to B is a total pleasure, mamas!
We’ve rounded up all your myriad transport options – including the kid-friendliest features – and have even included lots of special perks JUST for Sassy Mamas. Read on for all the deets!
GrabFamily was the first car service in Singapore to launch on-demand booster seats back in March – so we know they take child car safety very seriously. They’ve currently got 3,000 cars across Singapore equipped with mifold booster seats (which are appropriate for children ages 4 to 7) and they’re rapidly expanding – in fact soon they’ll have cars equipped with TWO booster seats. Thumbs up that it only costs $2 extra to book, too.
Sassy Mamas can take $2 off THREE GrabFamily rides with the promo code SASSYFAM. Click here for more!
Now available in over 600 cities globally (ALL accessible by the same app!), Uber provides a range of affordable, reliable and safe ride options, from ridesharing to vans and SUVs. We are loving their new Uber Car Seat initiative that provides an IMMI Go Car Seat appropriate for toddlers from the age of 1; the $5 charge is well worth the peace of mind that kiddos can ride safely (while we don’t have to schlep cumbersome seats all over town!).
Get $15 OFF your first trip with Uber when you use promo code SASSYMAMA, anytime through 10 September 2017. Valid for first time Uber users only; not valid with Uber Taxi.
Singapore’s roads are filled with the blue and yellow cabs from the country’s biggest taxi company. We love the convenience of booking via app (available in both iOs and Android), but know that it’s strictly BYO when it comes to car seats and booster seats in taxis, mama.
Tried and tested by our resident Dutchie, oBike is Singapore’s first station-less smart bike-sharing company. With its ubiquitous yellow bikes available all over the island, oBike makes it super easy to get from point A to point B, whether that’s a bus stop, shopping mall, your office or your condo. To rent a bicycle, all you need to do is download the app, put down a $49 deposit, scan, and GO! It costs 50 cents per 15-minute block, but there are plenty of promotions to get costs down, such as unlimited free weekend rides!
Sassy Mamas can take $1 off THREE rides with the promo code oBike&sassymama. Make sure to enter by 31 August and your vouchers will be valid for 30 days.
These orange and grey bikes can be reserved via app; simply find your nearest bike and then you’ll be able to unlock it so long as you get there within 15 minutes. After putting down a $49 deposit, it costs 50 cents per 30 minutes of use. You can also boost your account credits by reporting broken bikes, inviting friends to join, or simply taking rides.
Chinese import ofo was the first bike-sharing app to arrive in Singapore, though it’s also got less availability than the other two, with most of their signature yello, BMX-style bikes concentrated in the CBD and other highly populated areas. Pricing is quite reasonable, with a $39 deposit and a cost of $1 per hour (with a max charge of $2 per ride).
With a super handy mobile and web app, GoGo Van enables “last-mile”, point-to-point deliveries large and small. Whether you need to send an envelope across the island, or want to pick up a couch you snagged on Carousell, it provides market-leading response times so you can get your stuff quickly, mama! GoGo Van also has the largest driver base of motorcycles, vans and trucks in Singapore!
The first 50 mamas to use promo code gogosassy can take $5 off their next delivery. Just place a booking via the mobile or web app by 25 September, 2017! Limit one per user.
The leading same day delivery platform in Singapore, Lalamove offers a wide array of options via motorbike, car, van and trucks – in fact car and motorbike deliveries are guaranteed to be completed within 55 minutes! This is a super convenient option for mamas with a need for speed!
Use promo code LLMAMA to take 10% off your first order! Valid anytime til 30 September, 2017. Click here for more details, mama!
Specializing in parcels (rather than bulky items like furniture), Yojee is an efficient high-tech logistics company offering 3-hour, same-day and next-day delivery options via motorbike, car, van and truck.
Step 1: Get yourself an EZ-link card, which you can use to pay for trains, buses, and even taxis (plus much more). They’re available at MRT Passenger Service Centres and 7-11s islandwide starting from $10 ($5 for the card, with $5 stored value), and can be topped up in MRT stations, at AXS stations, and even at OCBC ATMs.
Singapore Mass Rapit Transit is our island’s totally awesome train system, which first launched in 1987 and has grown to an ever-expanding network of five lines that criss-cross the island. Next up: get ready for the third phase of the Downtown Line to open up this October, mamas! We love how stroller-friendly our trains are, from spacious elevators to wide spaces on trains allotted especially for strollers and wheelchairs. Fares are calculated based on distance traveled, starting from 77 cents to travel between two adjacent stations. Kids under .9m tall travel free; otherwise you can child concession card.
As fabulous and extensive as Singapore’s train system is, its buses just might be even better, seemingly covering every inch of the island, with NiteOwl services that run all the way to 2am. Plus, as of this April, you no longer have to fold up your stroller to travel on buses. Kids under .9m travel for free! By the way, we highly recommend the app MyTransport.SG for figuring out bus routes and timings — the Next Bus feature (which tells you when various buses will be coming to your stop) is a major timesaver!
Singapore’s Light Rail Trains operate from Punggol and Sengkang, giving residents of these fast-growing areas easy access to the Northeast (Purple) Line of the SMRT.
Lead image courtesy of Grab. Brought to you in partnership with Grab, Uber, oBike, GoGoVan and Lalamove