It’s hard to find someone who hasn’t been to Bugis for its street market and shopping, or its cultural and heritage sites.

From bespoke cocktails in Haji Lane, and the spectacular Loof rooftop bar, to the majestic Masjid Sultan Mosque in Arab Street and the Kuan Yin Thong Hood Cho Temple in Waterloo Street, there are more than enough places to pique your interest. Thankfully, due to the island’s variety of transport links, the area is also one of Singapore’s most accessible places.

With the much-anticipated opening of Downtown Line 3 (DTL3) on 21 October 2017, there’ll be no excuse not to pay this happening neighbourhood a visit. With 16 stations including one at Bugis and three interchange stations at MacPherson, Tampines, and Expo, DTL3 will finally complete the Downtown Line (DTL), helping commuters save time and connecting Bugis to even more areas. 

If you’re a regular commuter, chances are, you’ve passed by Bugis on your journeys before. Prior to the DTL, Bugis was already – and still is – a popular transport node for those travelling across the island. 

These are the commuters who use Bugis MRT as an interchange to switch to other train lines. In fact, some even come to Bugis in order to go all the way across the Causeway. All you have to do is hop on a bus that shuttles between Singapore and Johor Bahru at the Queen Street Bus Terminal.

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Did you know you can take a bus from Queen Street Bus Terminal to Johor Bahru?

Bugis is set to be even more accessible in the years to come, thanks to the construction of the North-South Corridor (NSC), Singapore’s first integrated transport corridor that will feature continuous bus lanes and cycling routes. The NSC will connect areas in the north like Woodlands, Sembawang, Yishun and Ang Mo Kio to the city. Residents living in the north can expect to save up to 30 minutes when travelling to Bugis and other downtown areas.

Prefer to travel on two wheels? You’ll be thrilled to know that the NSC will connect you to a new Central Area cycling network, extending the Marina Bay cycling network to areas including the Civic District and Bras Basah. Cycling routes along the Rail-Corridor, NSC, Queenstown-City, and Bishan-City routes will also be linked up, ensuring convenience and safety for cyclists.

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An artist's impression of the North-South Corridor.

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Dedicated cycling routes. Photo source: (Land Transport Authority)

But that’s not all. Over the next three years, expect more downtown areas to be pedestrianised to support the government’s car-lite vision. This means you can look forward to more ways to get to Bugis and enjoy the sights and sounds of one of Singapore’s most vibrant neighbourhoods, whether by bus, train, bicycle, or even foot.