This small island state, home to five million people, sees western and eastern culture blend easily. Malay, Indian and Chinese traditions sit together side by side to create a colourful and vibrant melting pot, evident in the country’s wonderful cuisine and array of shops. Despite being a densely-populated area, Singapore is known as a garden city, with over half the country covered by greenery.
There are four nature reserves in Singapore and over 50 different parks for people to get lost in if the urban landscape is a little too much. Other attractions worth exploring here include the Orchard district, where many colonial buildings still stand, looking as immaculate as ever and the beaches on Sentosa which offer great views of the sea and some of the surrounding islands.
As you might expect from a country with such a shimmering skyline, Singapore has an excellent road system. Even the smaller, narrower routes away from the city centre are in good condition, meaning that you don’t have to worry too much about potholes or cracks damaging the tyres or suspension.
What are the drivers like in Singapore?
Drivers in Singapore tend to be very well-behaved, even when the traffic is at its heaviest. What you might need to be aware of is a lack of courtesy from other drivers. Following suit is not advisable, but accidents are a pretty rare.
What are the best times to drive?
If possible, try to avoid driving for most of the morning and during the early evening. This is when traffic in Singapore is at its worst, sometimes almost at a complete standstill. Weekends are usually a little better for getting around in a car, but it’s worth considering whether it’s necessary to drive before setting off.
What are the driving laws?
If in Singapore for less than 12 months, you need a valid driving licence from your country. You also need all the relevant insurance documents with you. Seatbelt wearing is mandatory for drivers and passengers. It is illegal to turn left or right during a red light when at a junction. It is prohibited to use a mobile phone while driving.
On some roads, an Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) system is in place, working just like the Congestion Charge in London.
If driving out of Singapore, your fuel tank needs to be at least three-quarters full when reaching the border with Malaysia.
You can’t drive a used car that’s more than three years old in Singapore.