Welcome to the complete guide on how to get to Helix Bridge by MRT. Regardless of whether you are living in Singapore or visiting the city when you read this article, you will learn exactly how to get to this innovative, photogenic bridge in Singapore.
Helix Bridge is conveniently located in one of the nicest areas and all of Singapore – Marina Bay. Fortunately, this area of the city is well serviced by the MRT. This makes it the best option to get to this point of interest.
When you take the MRT to Helix Bridge in Singapore you immediately bypass any traffic in the downtown area and avoid wasting time and money parking a vehicle. Also, taking the MRT will save you cash as there is no need for taxi fees.
Why should you visit Helix Bridge in Singapore?
Helix Bridge in Singapore is officially called ‘The Helix’. This is a very eye-catching pedestrian bridge that was built to connect Marina Centre with Marina South. The bridge is very photogenic and popular with both locals and visitors to the city. It officially opened on April 24th, 2010.
From a practical perspective, Helix Bridge allows pedestrians to complete a full walk around Marina Bay. While you walk across the Bridge you can capture amazing panoramic views (and photos) of Singapore’s world-class skyline. Helix Bridge has areas designed for people to snap photos of Marina Bay as they cross from one side to the other. From the Helix, you can also see popular points of interest such as the Merlion, Esplanade, Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore and the Singapore Flyer.
Although the Helix Bridge may not be as famous as neighbouring Marina Bay Sands it is definitely worth walking across while you are in the Marina Bay area.
We will now outline how to get to Helix Bride in the section below.
Getting to Helix Bridge using the MRT
Step 1: Find a station near your hotel and get a ticket.
After you have booked a hotel room near an MRT station it is time to walk to the station to get your tickets sorted. Ideally, you find a place to stay that is only a few minutes from the station. This will make your trip to the Helix Bridge much more efficient because you completely avoid getting in vehicles.
Then, once you get to your station it’s time to figure out what kind of ticket you are going to use to get to Helix Bridge. At the time of writing, there are three main types of MRT tickets in Singapore that you can use. The type that you select really depends on how frequently you want to use the train and how long you were staying in the city.
Types of MRT Tickets in Singapore
The three types of tickets that you can choose from are summarized below:
- Single trip tickets
- Stored value cards
- Singapore Tourist Passes
Read our complete guide on how to buy MRT tickets in Singapore to find out all the specific details about each one. In general, however, single trip tickets are the best option only if you are going to ride the MRT a few times. You can purchase these at ticketing machines in each station
Stored-value cards are a great option if you are in Singapore for a longer period of time. Consequently, Singaporeans, ex-pats and long-term visitors to the city use these extensively. When we were trying to figure out how to get to Helix Bridge by MRT for the first time we used an EZlink card. Conveniently, you can use these cards on buses as well! Simply ‘tap’ to enter and exit each station after you have added a cash balance to the card.
Singapore Tourist Passes are the best choice for short term guests who want to travel all over Singapore seeing sights. You have to travel a lot to make them financially worthwhile, but a lot of visitors love these! They are recommended for 1-3 day stays in Singapore.
Step 2: Plan on going Bayfront or Promenade Station.
There are actually multiple MRT stations that you can use to get to Helix Bridge in Singapore. In this article we will outline into two most convenient stations for getting to this scenic bridge in Marina Bay:
Bayfront Station (Downtown Line (Blue) and Circle Line (Orange)
Promenade Station (Downtown Line (Blue) and Circle Line (Orange)
As you can see above these two stations are actually located on the same MRT lines. They are adjacent to one another and located on opposite sides of Helix Bridge.
Step 3: Take the MRT to Bayfront or Promenade Station
Since both Bayfront in Promenade station is on the same lines all you have to do is make sure that you are travelling on the Downtown or Circle line to get to Helix Bridge.
To help with this, refer to the train map that is located in the station you are starting at. This will help you to make sure that you know where you need to transfer lines if necessary.
Also, while you are travelling on the train to Helix Bridge expect to hear verbal announcements being made to inform you of upcoming stations. When you hear a neighbouring station being announced, it’s time to get closer to an exit because you’ll be getting off at the next stop.
Step 4: Alight at Bayfront or Promenade Station.
Bayfront Station is located south of Helix Bridge whereas Promendage Station is located to the north. Once you decide which one you want to stop and get off at, be sure to collect all of your belongings from the train.
Step 5: Walk from Bayfront or Promenade Station to Helix Bridge.
Get off the train at Bayfront or Promenade. Next, it’s time to walk from either one of these stations to Helix Bridge. Bayfront Station is very popular because it is used by guests staying at Marina Bay Sands Hotel and also those visiting Sands SkyPark and Gardens By the Bay.
You can use Promenade Station to access popular malls such as Suntec City and Millenia Walk as well as Pan Pacific Singapore and The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore.
Walking from Bayfront Station to Helix Bridge
Bayfront Station is positioned south of Helix Bridge.
Take Exit D to walk from Bayfront Station to Helix Bridge. From here you can walk either behind Marina Bay Sands Hotel, along the waterfront, or even through the Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. It really doesn’t matter.
Walking along Marina Bay is the most scenic, but walking through the mall is air-conditioned! Regardless, the walk from Bayfront to Helix Bridge is 800 meters which should take you about 8-10 minutes.
Walking from Promenade Station to Helix Bridge
Promenade Station is positioned north of Helix Bridge.
Take Exit A to walk from Promenade Station to Helix Bridge. This will bring you out onto Raffles Boulevard. Then, simply walk south along Temasek Avenue to Helix Bridge. You will walk past The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore on the way.
The walk from Promenade to Helix Bridge is 700 meters which should take you about 5-7 minutes.
Should you stay near the Helix Bridge while in Singapore?
The simple answer to this question is YES! Helix Bridge is located right in the heart of Marina Bay which is arguably the nicest area in all of Singapore. This area is world-famous because it has some of Singapore’s top attractions and is it the best place to see Singapore’s amazing skyline.
There are many luxury hotels that are located within walking distance of Helix Bridge. Consequently, this is one of the best and most popular areas for affluent visitors to the city. Budget travellers struggle to stay in this area of Singapore because hotels tend to be quite expensive. If you can afford the rooms in this area we strongly suggest staying within walking distance of Helix Bridge.
There are lots of world-class accommodation options right near the bridge. We have summarized some of the closest and best options for you below:
Marina Bay Sands (5-star, 9/10 review score)
The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore (5-star, 9.2/10 review score)
Mandarin Oriental Singapore (5-star, 9/10 review score)
Pan Pacific Singapore (5-star, 9/10 review score)
Please take note that we do not have a direct partnership with any of these properties. The review scores that are listed above are taken at the time of writing from leading accommodation websites. We are recommending these properties because they are world-class and within walking distance of Helix Bridge.
More questions about getting to Helix Bridge?
Ideally, this step-by-step guide on how to get to Helix Bridge by MRT has been helpful. Our goal with ‘how-to’ articles is to make sure that you save time and money getting to the final destination. If you do have additional questions about getting to Helix Bridge please don’t hesitate to send us an email. We would be more than happy to help you out in any way that we can.
It is also important to note that these are not the only two stations that you can get to Helix Bridge from. Technically, you could also walk from Marina Bay, Raffles Place, Downtown, Esplanade or City Hall Station. Walking is possible, but it will just take you more time. This is not a bad thing, however. You will be walking around scenic Marina Bay on your way to Helix Bridge!
There are a lot of itinerary ideas if you are staying near Helix Bridge in Singapore. Be sure to capture amazing views of Singapore Skyline before you leave this area. Walk across Helix Bridge and snap some photos, then consider going on Singapore Flyer or up to Sands SkyPark for more photo opportunities.