Get to Marina Bay Cruise Centre fast and affordably by following this detailed guide.
Welcome to the step-by-step guide on how to get to Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore by MRT. We have written this article to make sure that you can get to the cruise Center in the Marina Bay area of the city fast, affordable, and stress-free.
Singapore is one of the best cities in Asia for either departing or arriving on a cruise ship. Due to Singapore’s modern infrastructure and technology, the city can host cruise ships that other cities in the region simply cannot welcome. There are a few different cruise ship terminals in Singapore. Therefore, make sure that you don’t mix them up!
This article will outline the specific steps to get to Marina Bay Cruise Centre, which is not to be mistaken for Singapore Cruise Centre. We described how to get to Singapore Cruise Centre in another popular article.
Regardless of whether you are Singaporean, a permanent resident, or simply a visitor taking a cruise, we will outline all the steps required to get to the cruise terminal so that you can answer these questions:
What kind of public transportation ticket is best for you?
What is the best MRT station for accessing Marina Bay Cruise Centre?
How long is the walk from the closest station to the cruise terminal?
What are other points of interest are close to Marina Bay Cruise Centre?
We will first begin by sharing important information about the Cruise Centre, and then we will outline the specific steps to get there below using relevant modes of public transportation!
Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore – Useful Information
The Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore (MBCCS) is a world-class cruise terminal located just a few brief minutes from the business district, world famous Marina Bay Sands Hotel and the main sightseeing area of the city. The Cruise Centre is only minutes away from several of Singapore’s top attractions to visit. It first opened in 2012 and can accommodate two mega cruise ships at a given time and up to 6,800 passengers. Being able to welcome mega-ships is rare and a clear asset for Singapore’s economy.
The appointed operator of Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore is SATS-Creuers Cruise Services. This joint partnership between one of Singapore’s leading service providers (SATS) and a seasoned cruise company from Europe (Creuers) ensures that you will have a smooth transition either onto or off of your ship.
Due to Marina Bay Cruise Centre’s prominent position near Marina Bay, there are several world-class hotels within a few minutes of the station. You can quickly develop a sightseeing itinerary of this scenic area, either before or after enjoying your cruise.
Specific Details – Getting to Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore by MRT
Step 1: Walk to the nearest MRT station.
If you are permanently living in Singapore, you already probably know the closest station to your residence. Therefore, Step 1 in getting to the cruise centre is mainly directed at people visiting the city.
You should try to book a room close to an MRT station if you are visiting Singapore.
It makes life a lot easier and cheaper! We don’t want to stress this point enough; walking in Singapore’s heat with a lot of luggage is not a wise idea. But if you are close to a station, it’s super easy to get around using public transport.
The following list of hotels is designed to get you started with your search, but these are popular hotels right near stations. They receive very positive review scores from verified guests on major accommodation booking sites:
Conrad Centennial Singapore (5-star)(very close to Promenade Station)
Ascott Raffles Place (5-star) (very close to Raffles Place Station)
Marina Bay Sands (5-star) (very close to Bayfront Station)
Once your hotel is sorted, and you are ready, it’s time to start your trip to Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore!
Step 2: Buy a card or ticket for your trip to the Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore.
If you are a Singaporean or a permanent resident, you likely already have a public transportation card. In this case, just make sure that it is topped up and ready to go to avoid unnecessary delays at any of the stations.
However, if you are in the city for just a few days, you will have to buy a new card or purchase the ticket at the station to get to Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore.
What we have learned travelling throughout Singapore is that the following three questions help to find the best type of ticket:
Do you want to spend time waiting in line at ticketing counters in MRT stations, or is efficiency your priority?
Are you staying in Singapore for more or less than three days?
Are you just travelling to/from Marina Bay Cruise Centre, or are you planning to see many other places throughout Singapore?
Based on your answers, select one of the following tickets (please see additional information below):
- Singapore Tourist Passes
- Stored value cards
Singapore tourist passes are popular with foreign tourists. They are ideal for stays of 1-3 days and provided unlimited trips on buses, MRT and LRT. You also will feel stress-free not worry about going to many places because it is a set price regardless of where you go in the city.
We also recommend these passes if you use a combination of bus and MRT to get to Marina Bay Cruise Centre. Simply use the same card without worrying.
Additional MRT Ticket Options
Another great option is purchasing a ‘stored-value card.’ These are like a ‘tap and go’ card where you buy one and then have a cash balance on the card.
We used a stored value card while figuring out how to get to Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore by MRT.
As long as you keep extra cash on your card they are convenient to get on trains and buses.
Step 3: Plan on travelling to Marina South Pier Station or Tanjong Pagar Station.
We have listed two stations for getting to Marina Bay Cruise Centre because visitors travel here using different MRT lines.
The most convenient station for walking directly to Marina Bay Cruise Centre is without question, Marina South Pier Station.
However, it’s also possible to alight at Tanjong Pagar Station and take a bus to Marina Bay Cruise Centre.
Check the route map and see which station makes the most sense based on your point of origin.
We will outline how to get to Marina Bay Cruise Centre using both of these stations for your convenience.
Step 4: Ride the MRT to your preferred station.
If you haven’t been to Marina Bay Cruise Centre before, it’s essential to know what lines you can use to get there!
Marina South Pier Station (NS 28) is located North-South Line, shown in red on the transport map. Plan to go there on the train if you want to walk directly to Marina Bay Cruise Centre.
However, if you want to take the bus from Tanjong Pagar Station (EW15), you have to travel along the East-West Line (shown in green on the map).
As a rule of thumb, if you are staying west of Marina Bay, it might be quicker to get off at Tanjong Pagar and take the bus. But, for many tourists, it will be easier to head directly to Marina South Pier Station, which is right near the waterfront and cruise terminals.
Step 5: Alight at Marina South Pier Station or Tanjong Pagar Station.
When the train approaches either Marina South Pier Station or Tanjong Station, get close to the exit door and alight. Bring along all your personal belongings.
Step 6: Exit your preferred station and walk or take the bus to Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore.
This section will specifically outline how to get from either Marina South Pier Station or Tanjong Pagar Station to Marina Bay Cruise Centre.
Walking directions from Marina South Pier Station to Marina Bay Cruise Centre:
Marina South Pier Station has two exits (A and B) that provide street-level access. Both exits have escalators and elevators if you have lots of luggage on your way to Marina Bay Cruise Centre.
Take Exit B and walk alongside the sheltered linkway to Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore. The covered walkway is parallel to the waterfront and will protect you from rain and the intense sun.
How far is the walk from Marina South Pier Station to Marina Bay Cruise Centre?
You can expect the 700 m walk from Marina South Pier Station to Marina Bay Cruise Centre to take you about 6-10 minutes (depending on your walking speed and how much luggage you have).
The covered walkway was designed for cruise passengers travelling from the station to the ships and vice versa.
Bus Directions from Tanjong Pagar Station to Marina Bay Cruise Centre:
Take Exit C from the station. Walk to the bus stop in front of International Plaza. Get on Bus 400 and ride it all the way to Marina Bay Cruise Centre. Alight from the bus and walk through the entrance!
You can expect the bus ride from Tanjong Pagar Station to Marina Bay Cruise Centre to take about 25-40 minutes (subject to traffic and day of the week).
Important Note: You could also access the Bus 400 route to Marina Bay Cruise Centre by walking from Downtown Station or BayFront Station.
Should you stay at a hotel near Marina Bay Cruise Centre?
Marina Bay Cruise Centre is very strategically located and close to some of Singapore’s best 5-star hotels.
Two of the closest and best properties in relation to Marina Bay Cruise Centre are:
Marina Bay Sands (5-star, 9/10 according to 20,000+ verified guest reviews)
The Westin Singapore (5-star, 8.9/10 based on 438+ verified guest reviews)
Staying at Marina Bay Sands is particularly convenient because it’s attached to the Shoppes at Marina Bay (a large shopping mall) and BayFront MRT Station.
You should also consider staying around Raffles Place Station because it is located on the North-South Line. You can have direct access to the cruise terminal by taking the North-South Line two stations south to Marina South Pier Station.
The Fullerton Hotel (5-star, 9.1/10 review score based on 2,082 reviews) is an awesome hotel that is only 2 minutes from Raffles Place Station. It has beautiful architecture and an idyllic location looking over Boat Quay.
Conclusion – Getting to Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore by MRT.
We hope that this step-by-step guide on how to get to Marina Bay Cruise Centre by MRT has given you all the information you need to get there! Taking the MRT is an affordable and more environmentally friendly option than taking a car.
There are numerous ways to get to the cruise centre, and this article mainly focuses on using the MRT as the primary form of transportation. You can get to the terminal by taxi and also straight from the airport if needed.
Once you are in the area around Marina Bay Cruise Centre you will be in the heart of the Marina Bay sightseeing district. Visitors to the city enjoy the world-class views of Singapore’s business skyline from here.
You can easily develop a full-day itinerary of this area. It’s best to buy an attraction bundle so that you can visit multiple attractions at a huge discount. Here are some of the top attractions:
Merlion Park (Directions)
Gardens by the Bay
Singapore Flyer (Directions)
One of the best activities is just walking around Marina Bay and enjoying the breathtaking views of the water reflections and massive skyscrapers. You can also access surrounding malls and restaurants without much effort at all!
Related Article: Marina Bay Itinerary – Visit all the Top Attractions.
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