Make your way to Chinatown Point in Singapore fast and affordably with this comprehensive article.
Welcome to the step-by-step guide on how to get to Chinatown Point by MRT in Singapore.
Regardless of where you are starting your trip in Singapore, you should have no problem getting to Chinatown Point by the end of this article.
Getting around Singapore with the MRT is super affordable, safe and convenient. There are several lines servicing most areas of the city, including Chinatown, where Chinatown Point is conveniently located. You can access all the city’s top attractions and save money doing so.
Aside from bypassing traffic getting to Chinatown Point via MRT, you will also altogether avoid all the hassles associated with parking a vehicle there.
Once you’re in Chinatown, you will have tons of eateries to try out that are within walking distance of Chinatown Point. Shopping malls, cultural attractions, affordable souvenirs and some of the best budget hotels in Singapore will also be at your fingertips here.
Shopping at Chinatown Point in Singapore
Chinatown Point is a popular mixed-use commercial complex located in a prime position in Singapore’s Chinatown. It consists of a six-storey retail mall and a large 25-storey office component.
When you visit Chinatown Point, you can shop at over 220 retail shops and food and beverage outlets.
You can find almost anything at the mall.
There are tons of places to dine and lots of cafes and fast-food restaurants to choose from. The concierge counter is located on level 2 if you need to find a specific shop or service throughout Chinatown Point. You can also find several ATMs on Level B1 and Level 2.
Self-service machines such as AXS, SAM Kiosk and SISTIC ticketing services are located behind the concierge on Level 2.
Getting to Chinatown Point using MRT
Step 1: Plan your trip to Chinatown Point.
There are several MRT stations located not far from Chinatown Point, but the closest and most convenient one is definitely
Chinatown Station (DT19/NE4)
Chinatown Station (DT19/NE4) is very popular with locals and tourists and provides the opportunity to change between Downtown (Blue) and North East (Purple) Line.
You can take the Blue or Purple Line to access Chinatown Point.
Step 2: Get to the nearest MRT station.
We always suggest staying close to an MRT station in Singapore for several reasons.
First of all, using the MRT is much more affordable than using taxis and ride-hailing services in Singapore.
Secondly, avoiding parking and traffic congestion can save you a lot of time (and headaches).
Staying 500 meters or less away from a station will ensure convenient connectivity and a quick ride to Chinatown Point.
Here are a few of the most popular places to stay – both are very close to the stations listed below:
Fairmont Singapore (8.9/10 Review Score) (Esplanade Station)
The Fullerton Hotel (9.0/10 Review Score) (Raffles Place Station)
Take a look at popular areas such as Marina Bay, Chinatown, Bugis and Sentosa before finalising a place to stay.
Step 3: Buy a metro card to reach Chinatown Point via MRT.
You have two main cards for getting around Singapore (including to Chinatown Point) via MRT:
Stored Value Cards
We used a stored value card while figuring out how to get to Chinatown Point by MRT.
But you might want to consider a Tourist Pass if you’re visiting from abroad.
Stored value cards are well suited for long-term residents of the city, and Tourist Passes are designed for short-term guests from abroad.
If you’re developing a 1-3 day itinerary for Singapore, then consider buying a Tourist Pass. Tourists Passes are usually valid for 1-3 days and offer cardholders unlimited public transportation rides throughout the same day. You could use the Tourist Pass to access Chinatown Point and this would be one of the unlimited trips for the day.
Stored value cards do not offer unlimited trips. Instead, your balance gets deducted after each trip that you make.
COST-SAVING TIP: If you purchase a Multiple Attraction Pass you can get up to 52% in entrance-fee discounts for Singapore’s top attractions. At this point in time, over 200,000 passes have been sold online. They work extremely well with a transport card such as a Tourist Pass or Stored Value Card.
Step 4: Take the MRT all the way to Chinatown Station (NE4/DT19).
Take the MRT to Chinatown Station (NE4/DT19) when you’re ready to go to Chinatown Point.
Chinatown Station is on the North-East and Downtown MRT Lines and serves as an interchange between them.
Step 5: Alight at Chinatown Station (NE4/DT19).
Get off the train at Chinatown Station (NE4/DT19) along with your belongings.
Refer to the information below to exit Chinatown Station efficiently.
Exiting Chinatown Station (NE4/DT19)
You will notice that Chinatown Station (NE4/DT19) has several levels because it’s one of several interchange stations within the MRT network. It provides you with the opportunity to transfer between the North-East and Downtown Lines.
Here are the various levels making up the station:
L2 – Bridge Access
L1 – Street Level
B1 – Downtown Line Concourse/North-East Line Concourse
B2 – Downtown Line Train Platform C and D/Transfer Linkway
B2 – North-East Line Train Platform A and B/Transfer Linkway
There are 5 different street-level exits at Chinatown Station (A, C, D, E, and F) that you can choose from.
Use the station elevator, escalator or stairs to Exit E.
Alternatively, you can take Exit G to access the basement of Chinatown Point.
Therefore, Exit E or Exit G are suitable to reach Chinatown Point from the MRT Station.
Step 6: Walk from Chinatown Station (NE4/DT19) to Chinatown Point.
Exit E at Chinatown Station will bring you up to New Bridge Road, directly adjacent to Chinatown Point.
All you need to do is walk from there directly to the entrance of Chinatown Point.
The alternative station, Exit G, will bring you to the basement of the mall. Head up to access the shops and services.
How long is the walk from Chinatown Station to Chinatown Point?
You can expect the walk from Chinatown Station to Chinatown Point to be short and sweet.
Regardless of whether you take Exit E or Exit G, it probably will take you less than 2 minutes. It’s about 200 m walking distance, so you won’t even break a sweat on the way!
Are there alternative MRT Stations to access Chinatown Point in Singapore?
Chinatown Station is the most convenient one for getting to Chinatown Point.
In some cases, it might make more sense for you to walk to Chinatown Point from an alternative station as opposed to trying to get to Chinatown Station.
We have summarized the approximate walking distances and times from the surrounding stations to Chinatown Point so you can pick which one works best for you.
Walking Distance to
Walking Time to
|50 m||Less than 1 minute|
|Maxwell (TE18)||600 m||7 minutes|
|Clarke Quay (NE5)||500 m||7 minutes|
|Outram Park (EW16/NE3/TE17)||900 m||10 minutes|
|Telok Ayer (DT18)||1100 m||11 minutes|
The Thomson-East Coast Line recently opened in Singapore, which makes Maxwell Station a good alternative for walking directly to Chinatown Point.
Clarke Quay Station is on the North-East Line (along with Chinatown Station), so you might as well stay on until you reach Chinatown.
Outram Park and Telok Ayer are a bit farther but still within walking distance if you’re willing to break a sweat.
What else to visit near Chinatown Point?
One of the benefits of shopping at Chinatown Point is that you will be within convenient walking distance of many cultural attractions, restaurants and malls.
Chinatown is one of Singapore’s most bustling areas. Tourists and locals love sampling food here.
Souvenirs are cheap and aplenty.
There are several food centres in Chinatown and tons of roadside restos, bars and cafes to choose from.
In terms of temples, we highly recommend visiting the following ones in Chinatown:
Sri Mariamman Temple (Directions)
Thian Hock Keng Temple (Directions)
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple (Directions)
If you’re hungry after visiting Chinatown Point, consider walking over to Hong Lim Market & Food Centre. Lots of hawker foods to choose from here at reasonable prices.
Also, consider heading south to Amoy Street Food Centre, Maxwell Food Centre or Lau Pa Sat (Directions).
These are three large food centres with tons of stalls serving Singapore’s famous Peranakan dishes.
Some of the most popular shopping malls and commercial complexes new Chinatown Point are:
Peoples Park Complex (Directions)
Cross Street Exchange (Directions)
Far East Square (Directions)
New Bridge Street, Upper Cross Street, and Cross Street provide access to these shopping malls.
Accommodation – Where to Stay?
Chinatown is known for being a well-priced place to stay.
There are lots of budget and boutique hotels here, and they are much cheaper than those located in Marina Bay.
You could say that there is healthy competition here which keeps prices reasonable despite the high demand to stay in this strategic area.
Rooms tend to be quite small, but many properties receive decent review scores for good service and clean facilities.
A few of the best places to stay near Chinatown Point include:
Most of the hotels and hostels in Chinatown are within a few minutes walking distance of Chinatown Station. It’s affordable to eat here and also a great place to connect with other areas of the city.
Ideally, this complete guide on how to get to Chinatown Point by MRT will help make your trip there fast, affordable and worry-free!
Chinatown Station, as its name suggests, is the best station for accessing the mall.
Once you arrive at the station, you can take either Exit E or Exit G, and you’ll be there in less than 2 minutes.
The most challenging part of getting to Chinatown Point via MRT will be whether it’s worth transferring to the North-East or Downtown Line to access the mall.
In some cases, it might make more sense to stay on the line you’re on and walk a little bit farther to get there.
Maxwell (TE18), Clarke Quay (NE5), Outram Park (EW16/NE3/TE17), and Telok Ayer (DT18) are the next closest stations to Chinatown Point. You can walk there in 11 minutes or less from any of these stations.
Once you are at Chinatown Point, you should have no problem walking to all the other malls and cultural attractions nearby.