Should you get the Singapore Tourist Pass?

Day passes can save money. I’ve saved plenty in San Francisco.

For transportation, travellers to Singapore can choose between a day pass, the EZ-Link (stored value card used by locals for transport and other small payments) or paying by cash.

Singapore’s tourist day pass is called the Singapore Tourist Pass (which I will shorten to STPass).

Singapore Tourist Pass

When I first read about STPass, my gut feel told me the pass is not worth the money and that a regular EZLink is an even better value for a traveler.

Here is the cost of the pass:
1 Day Pass S$10
2 Day Pass S$16
3 Day Pass S$20

However, I’m not quite sure what this line means: “Hence passes issued in Singapore come with a rental deposit of S$10 which is fully refundable if the card is returned within 5 days from the date of issuance.”

You’ll need to give an extra S$10 when you buy the card. You’ll forfeit the money if you decide to keep the card. (Too expensive!)

The math

To see if my gut feel is right, I’ll do the math of travelling on an EZ-Link card for 3 days.

EZ-Link Card
EZ-Link Card

I’m using Wikipedia’s 3 Days in Singapore as an itinerary and use as my guide for transport cost.

For accommodation, let’s pretend that we’re staying at Raffles Hotel which I cannot afford (but bear with me).

Day 1:
Raffles Hotel to Singapore Zoo $1.76
Singapore Zoo to Orchard MRT station $1.73
Orchard Road to Clarke Quay MRT $0.88
Clarke Quay back to Raffles Hotel $0.93
Total spent: $5.30 + (non-refundable $5)=$10.30

Day 2:
Raffles Hotel to Chinatown $0.93
Chinatown to Little India $0.93
Farrer Park to Raffles Hotel $0.88
Total spent: $2.74
Day 1 + Day 2 expenses= $8.04
+ (non-refundable $5) =$13.04

Day 3
Raffles Hotel to HarbourFront $1.32
Monorail from HarbourFront into Sentosa $4.00 [Singapore Tourist Pass doesn’t cover this.
Sentosa back to HarbourFront (Free)
HarbourFront to Raffles Hotel $1.32
Total spent: $6.64 + $4 Monorail
Day 1 + Day 2 + Day 3 expenses= $14.68
+ (non-refundable $5) =$19.68

The journeys combine bus travel and train travel. Some tourists might not feel too comfortable taking the bus.


The price of an EZ-Link travel and STPass are pretty similar. I like that you can use EZ-Link to pay for groceries and food, making it more convenient.

I have to admit that the STPass does look a lot prettier than a regular EZ-Link. So if you are travelling to Singapore, maybe you can give it a try.

UPDATE: As Gurpal mentioned below, the card is only available at selected MRTs and at specific timings. Boo.

Have you bought the Singapore Tourist Pass before? How was your experience?

This blog post was first published on September 1, 2012. It has been updated to reflect changes to the pricing of public transport.

More about Liau Yun Qing

Yun Qing is a writer, improviser and curious person. She loves finding little adventures in life. In 2013, she went on a 130-day round-the-world trip. She wrote a book to help those who also want to go on a career break.


    1. Very much informative ….thanks,….. Will go for stp. Only problem is that it not available all over…only at few selective places with timinings.

        1. No, through research for a first time visitor to see if it was worthwhile letting them borrow my ezlink card or recommending them to buy a STPass.

    1. I would appreciate if you could inform me whether it is possible to lend my EZ link card to my friend who will travel to spore. Tks.

      1. Of course you can since the card not linked to any person.

    1. good day! i have a few questions. what modes of public transport is the STPass valid for? Am I right to assume it covers SMRT, buses (which buses? all of them?), how about taxis?

      Sorry for the many questions. :( I was so intent on buying STP+ but after reading bad reviews on the FunVee Tour, I don’t think it’s gonna be worth the price.

      First time travelling to Singapore. Your blog helped me a lot.

      1. Hello! The STPass covers the two major bus companies (not sure about the night buses). Now I’m starting to think that the regular EZLink card should be sufficient for everyone. Even when I’m travelling a lot, I don’t use up that much credit. Happy travels~! :D

    1. Hi!

      We will be travelling to Singapore on March for a 5-day leisure. And we will be taking the MRT and bus mostly. My concern is that can we still use the STPass on our 4th and 5th day? Thank you very much in advance.

      1. Hi, I suspect the card can’t be used on the fourth and fifth day. Personally, I would prefer getting a regular EZ-Link card in your case, especially if it’s a leisurely trip.

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