Get to Ayer Rajah Food Centre fast and affordably with detailed guide.
Welcome to the step-by-step guide on how to get to Ayer Rajah Food Centre by MRT in Singapore.
This article will outline everything you need to know about lines, stations, transfers and tickets to reach Ayer Rajah Food Centre in the fastest and most affordable way.
Hawker centres in Singapore are extremely popular due to the wide variety of affordable, delicious meals.
And Ayer Rajah Food Centre is no exception.
Fortunately, it is well serviced by the MRT, meaning that it doesn’t matter where you start your trip in Singapore. With several MRT lines servicing different areas of the city, you can transfer lines and get here without any issues.
Taking the MRT to Ayer Rajah Food Centre also means avoiding taxi fees, parking fees and time spent in traffic on the way.
Eating at Ayer Rajah Food Centre in Singapore
Ayer Rajah Food Centre first opened way back in 1979. And until today, it is a top-rated hawker centre in West Singapore. It is popular amongst residents and students attending the National University of Singapore, which is a few kilometres east of the Food Centre.
When you visit Ayer Rajah Food Centre, you can expect a wide variety of Halal, Indian, Peranakan and western dishes to choose from. Actually, there are several stalls here that have won Singapore Top Heritage Food Awards. In other words, some famous stalls serve up delicious, proven meals.
People who eat at Ayer Rajah Food Centre praise the high food quality and the very affordable prices. At times you can expect long lines at stalls during peak hours, and some of the most popular dishes here include:
Mutton, Chicken or Fish Biryani
Chicken feet noodles
Fish Ball Noodle
In 2022 Ayer Rajah Food Centre underwent a major renovation. Now you can experience top-quality dishes in a clean, well-ventilated environment!
Getting to Ayer Rajah Food Centre using MRT
Step 1: Find the closest MRT station.
When you’re set to go to Ayer Rajah Food Centre via MRT, focus on finding the closest MRT station to your starting point.
Singapore is very well connected by MRT, and more lines are in development.
We recommend booking a room within 2-3 minutes walking distance from a station to ensure quick and easy access to the metro.
Here are a few popular hotels right beside convenient stations:
Marina Bay Sands Hotel – 2 minutes from Bayfront Station
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore – 2 minutes to Raffles Place Station
Make it a priority to stay close to the MRT, and you will save a lot of time and money getting around.
Step 2: Map out your route to Ayer Rajah Food Centre – Station, Transfer and Line Information.
Planning your MRT route to Ayer Rajah Food Centre in advance should make it a smooth process.
The terminal station for your trip should be Clementi Station (EW23).
Clementi Station (EW23) is the 23rd station on the East-West Line.
The East-West Line is shown in Green colour on Singapore’s metro map.
Step 3: Purchase a metro card – Singapore Tourist Pass or a Stored Value Card.
You have two main cards to choose from on the MRT and buses in Singapore:
- Singapore Tourist Passes
- Stored Value Cards
Technically, both of these cards function the same way.
You just need to tap them to enter and exit buses and trains.
Singapore Tourist Passes are designed for ‘busy tourists’ who plan to see many sights over a few days. You can use these an unlimited number of times per day.
Stored Value Cards, on the other hand, have a running balance which means that every time you go somewhere, the balance is automatically deducted from your card. We used a stored value card while figuring out how to get to Ayer Rajah Food Centre by MRT.
Read More: Buying metro cards in Singapore – Every Step.
Step 4: Take the East-West Line all the way to Clementi Station (EW23).
When you’re ready, take the East-West MRT line to Clementi Station (EW23).
Depending on your starting point, you may have to transfer lines along the way.
Several interchange stations are commonly used by commuters staying in the city centre:
Raffles City Station
City Hall Station
Once you change at any of these stations, travel west on the Green Line to Clementi.
Step 5: Get off at Clementi Station (EW23).
Expect to hear verbal announcements on the train as you approach Clementi Station.
Dover Station (EW22) is the adjacent station to Clementi that you will stop at right before it if you’re heading from downtown.
Step 6: Travel down to Exit A from the Level 3 train platforms.
The more information you know about Clementi Station, the faster you can reach Ayer Rajah Food Centre.
Clementi MRT Station (EW23) is built above ground near the Clementi Central and Clementi North planning subzones. It is southwest of Clementi Community Centre.
You will arrive at Level 3 (train platforms):
Level 3 – Train Platforms
L2 – Concourse
Level 1 – Street Level
Head down using the stairs, elevator or escalator to Level 1.
Take Exit A if you want to reach Ayer Rajah Food Centre.
Step 7: Bus, walk or cycle from Clementi Station (EW23) to Ayer Rajah Food Centre.
Exit A will bring you out onto the western side of Commonwealth Avenue West.
Once you are roadside, you can walk, cycle, or take a public bus to Ayer Rajah Food Centre.
In the section below, we will outline how to access Ayer Rajah Food Centre by foot or bus. Then you can decide what works best for you.
Walking Directions from Clementi Station to Ayer Rajah Food Centre
Head southeast of Clementi Station on Commonwealth Avenue West.
Turn right and walk southwest behind Clementi 448 Market and Food Centre.
Eventually, make your way to Clementi Avenue 3
Cross the road and walk south until you reach the AYE Toll Road.
Take the pedestrian bridge and walk above the AYE Toll Road.
Walk north along the sidewalk on the west side of the AYE Toll Road.
Follow the sidewalk east until you reach West Coast Drive.
Turn right onto West Coast Drive and walk along West Coast Drive until you reach Ayer Rajah Food Centre.
Approximate Walking Time: 16 minutes (1.2 km)
Bus Directions from Clementi Station to Ayer Rajah Food Centre
Walk over to the following bus stop right near Exit A of Clementi Station:
Clementi Stn Exit A – Stop ID: 17171
Get on Bus 78 and stay on it for four stops.
Then, alight when you reach this stop:
Blk 513 – Stop ID: 17071
Walk northwest on West Coast Road toward West Coast Drive.
Turn right onto West Coast Drive, and you should see Ayer Rajah Food Centre on your left.
Approximate Bus Time (including walking): 15 minutes
Should you walk or take the bus from Clementi Station to Ayer Rajah Food Centre?
As you can see above, walking or taking the bus to Ayer Rajah Food Centre from Clementi Station takes about 15 minutes.
The most direct walking route requires you to walk through some parking lots and down a few narrow lanes. Taking the bus might take a while if you have to wait for it to swing by the station.
Cycling is probably the best option because you don’t have to wait at the station, yet you can reach the food centre in under 10 minutes.
Other places to check out near the food centre
Ayer Rajah Food Centre is a few minutes west of the most popular shopping centre in this area of Singapore – Clementi Mall (Directions). It is directly west of Clementi Station, making it a super convenient place to visit.
There are also several community facilities around Ayer Rajah Food Centre that are popular with residents here:
Clementi Community Centre (Directions to get there)
Clementi 448 Market & Food Centre is another hawker centre in Clementi. It is located between Ayer Rajah Food Centre and Clementi Station.
You could also take the East-West Line one station west of Clementi to Jurong East Station (NS1/EW24).
Several shopping malls are clustered around the station that you can conveniently walk to.
You might also want to visit some popular attractions not far from Jurong East Station.
Science Centre Singapore (Directions)
The area around Jurong East Station is well developed and famous for convenient shopping opportunities.
Where to stay near Ayer Rajah Food Centre?
Several popular areas in Singapore are loaded with 2,3,4, and 5-star hotels to choose from. Unfortunately, the direct area around Ayer Rajah Food Centre is not one of them.
Most visitors book a room in an area such as Marina Bay and then use the MRT to get around.
We suggest using this strategy for accessing points of interest in Clementi.
If you do want to stay in western Singapore, consider staying at one of the following two properties:
Genting Hotel Jurong
The Quay Hotel West Coast
Neither one of these is really close to Ayer Rajah Food Centre, but they are within 10-15 minutes by car if you have wheels.
Now you know how to get to Ayer Rajah Food Centre by MRT!
It doesn’t matter where you are starting your journey in Singapore. You should be good to go if you can transfer on the metro to the East-West Line.
Take the East-West Line all the way to Clementi Station, which is the 23rd station on that line. It is northeast of Ayer Rajah Food Centre.
From Clementi Station, you can walk, cycle or take a public bus to the Food Centre. It depends on what your preference is for the trip.
Consider visiting Ayer Rajah Food Centre after burning some calories at Clementi Stadium, Clementi Swimming Complex or Clementi Sports Centre. They are all just a few minutes northeast of the Food Centre.