Singapore is usually a quick stop over for tourists so they’ve made it really easy for tourists in terms of travel and communication! We were really glad to find (after some research) that they offer a sim card and travel card for tourists!
Upon arrival at Changi airport you can approach the Travelex Currency Exchange Counters & Changi Recommends counters to purchase both of these which is really easy.
The sims are called “hi! Sim Cards” for the phone company Singtel and are pre-paid cards. We got the SGD 38 sim cards which give you SGD 38 value + Free 1 GB local data. You get 4G data at all times around this little island which was brilliant for using Google Maps, MRT maps, Facebook, Whatsapp, etc.
One thing I’d recommend is to wait until you’re in the city before purchasing the sim cards as the airport only has the SGD 38 option which is a bit of a rip off if you’re only in Singapore for a short period of time. Especially if you don’t use a lot of data, texts or calls. The 7 Elevens all over the city should have these sim cards in the various values which should provide a better range of options.
The travel cards we bought are called Singapore Tourist Pass Plus. We bought the 3-day pass which is SGD 38 which gives you unlimited travel on public buses, MRT and LRT. The Plus gives you additional discounts for certain attractions and food and beverage outlets. In hindsight I wish we’d researched it a little bit more to just get the Singapore Tourist Pass as the 3-day pass would have been only SGD 20 (although there’s a SGD 10 deposit required on this).
We were told by some local friends that this is quite a rip off even though it was really helpful for using the MRT constantly. Buying this at the airport was great because it meant that we could take the MRT directly to Bugis where our hotel was located with very little fuss and issue. Apparently getting an EZ Link card (you can get these at most MRT stations but also in 7 Elevens) is significantly cheaper as a single journey doesn’t cost as much as you’d think.
Once the 3 days is up on your tourist pass you can actually use it like a normal EZ Link card by topping it up!
hi! Sim Cards – https://www.singtel.com/personal/i/phones-plans/mobile/prepaid/prepaid-mobile-cards
Singapore Tourist Passes – http://home.ezlink.com.sg/singapore-tourist-pass
Service – 4.0
Value – 3.0
Overall – 3.5