Getting around Sentosa Island can be quite overwhelming for first-timers and people who don’t visit it frequently. That’s because there are quite many types of transportation; most are free but some are not free.
I will try to simplify each transportation method so that you can decide which method is the best for you.
I have created a map listing all the public transportation modes (Sentosa Line Cable Car, Sentosa Express, Sentosa Bus, Sentosa Beach Shuttle), their routes and their corresponding stations/stops in Sentosa Island. You can save it in your Google Maps for easy reference.
Sentosa Line Cable Car
In Singapore, there are 2 cable car lines: Mount Faber Line and Sentosa Line. Mount Faber Line connects mainland Singapore and Sentosa Island. Meanwhile, Sentosa Line connects 3 areas within Sentosa. So, I will focus on Sentosa Line only. If you’re keen to learn about Mount Faber Line, you can read my guide to Singapore Cable Car.
The Sentosa Line cable car is the most scenic way to get around Sentosa Island, no doubt about it. But, you need to take note that it doesn’t cover the entire island of Sentosa. It’s only concentrated around the attraction areas, namely: Siloso, Imbiah Lookout and Merlion.
If you’ve never taken a cable car in Sentosa, I’d recommend that you try it at least once in your life. Cable car is a good option for people who are planning to go to places that are near any of the 3 stations, or staying in hotels that are within walking distances from the stations.
The price of Sentosa Line Cable Car
- Sentosa Line (Round Trip): SGD 15 for adult, SGD 10 for child 4 to 12 y.o.
- Sentosa Line (Unlimited): SGD 25 for adult, SGD 20 for child 4 to 12 y.o.
I recommend that you book the ticket in advance to avoid queueing on site. If you want to ride both Mount Faber & Sentosa Lines, you can book here. Otherwise, if you only want to book Sentosa Line, you can book here.
Sentosa Line Cable Car Map
Sentosa Line Cable Car Operating Hours
The cable car’s opening hours are from 8:45am to 10:00pm daily (last boarding at 9:30pm).
Sentosa Express Monorail
Sentosa Express is the name of the monorail that connects VivoCity and Sentosa Island. It has 4 stations: VivoCity Station, Resorts World Station (formerly Waterfront Station), Imbiah Station and Beach Station. It is my favorite choice of transportation because most of the attractions that I usually visit at Sentosa are within walking distances from the monorail stations.
Unfortunately, Sentosa Express doesn’t cover the entire island of Sentosa. If you’re going to Siloso Beach or Tanjong Beach, you can take Sentosa Express and alight at Beach Station, then change to Beach Shuttle. If you’re planning to go to Sentosa Cove, you can take Sentosa Express and alight at Beach Station, then change to bus.
The price of Sentosa Express Monorail
Sentosa Express Monorail is free if you’re already inside Sentosa. However, if you’re coming from Harbourfront, the ticket costs $4 per person (you can book online to avoid queueing on site). Once you’re inside Sentosa, you can take monorail unlimited number of times for free.
Sentosa Express Monorail Map
Sentosa Express Monorail Operating Hours
Sentosa Express Monorail operating hours are from 7am to 12pm daily.
Sentosa Bus has the most extensive coverage compared to other transportation methods. It covers places that are not reachable via cable car, monorail and beach shuttle.
And because it covers a lot of places, the travel time on Sentosa Bus can be quite long. Plus, the waiting time for the bus can be up to 15 minutes long. So, do factor in the waiting time + travel time when planning your trip to Sentosa.
There are 3 different buses that you can choose based on your destination. All 3 buses start and end at Beach Station. Basically, Bus A and C have similar route but the difference is, Bus A goes towards Siloso first then RWS, while Bus C goes towards RWS first then Siloso. Bus B goes all the way to Sentosa Cove.
The price of Sentosa Bus
Sentosa Bus is free of charge.
Sentosa Bus Map
Sentosa Bus Operating Hours
- Bus A: 7am to 12.10am daily
- Bus B: 7am to 12.10am daily
- Bus C: 8am to 10pm daily
Sentosa Bus Frequency
Sentosa Bus Frequency is every 15 mins.
Beach Shuttle (formerly known as Beach Tram) covers all the 3 beaches at Sentosa, namely: Siloso, Palawan and Tanjong Beach.
There are 2 directions:
- Towards Siloso Point
- Towards Tanjong Beach (passing by Palawan Beach)
The starting point and ending point of the beach shuttle is at Beach Station. Before getting onto the Beach Shuttle, do pay attention to the direction, which can be see on the wall (but they’re quite hidden, so you can easily miss them out).
The price of Sentosa Beach Shuttle
Sentosa Beach Shuttle is free of charge.
Sentosa Beach Shuttle Map
Sentosa Beach Shuttle Operating Hours
- Sunday – Friday: 9am to 10pm
- Saturday: 9am to 11.30pm
Sentosa Beach Shuttle Frequency
Sentosa Beach Shuttle Frequency is every 10 mins.
If you’re a cyclist, good news, you can explore almost the entire island of Sentosa by cycling! There are even designated cycling lanes!
Well, I said almost the entire island because there are places where cycling isn’t exactly appropriate, such as Resort World Sentosa.
You can use your own bicycle, or you can rent a bicycle. The bike rental price at Sentosa is $10 per hour.
You can get the Cycling Trail Map by downloading the Essential Fun Guide (which include Island Map) from Sentosa’s website.
It is possible to explore Sentosa Island on foot, if you have the stamina to do that! Most places have pedestrian walkway, even on Sentosa Cove. You can use Google Maps for directions.
If you are not visiting any specific places, you just want to walk, Sentosa has a curated list of Walking Trails in the Island Map inside Essential Fun Guide that can be downloaded from Sentosa’s website.
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