Welcome to the step-by-step guide on how to get to Marina Square by MRT. We have had the opportunity of using Singapore’s MRT Network on multiple occasions to get to this popular mall.
Below, we plan on providing you with enough details so that you can save some serious time and money by getting to Marina Square without any headaches. Take advantage of Singapore’s amazing public transportation network. In this case, it is possible to get within minutes of Marina Square by using the MRT. There are multiple MRT stations within walking distance and we will outline how to get there from each one.
Why should you visit Marina Square in Singapore?
Marina Square is a popular Shopping Mall located in one of the prime sightseeing areas of Singapore – Marina Bay. It originally opened in the late 1980s and at the time was the largest shopping mall in Singapore.
Currently, it is part of a commercial complex that also has some of the best hotels in all of Singapore directly attached:
Marina Square consists of five levels of retail stores and over 200 specialty shops. While you are shopping at this mall you can buy apparel for adults and children or consider dining out. It offers a wide selection of food and beverage options.
There are also entertainment options at Marina Square as well. For example, it has the world’s first NERF Action Xperience spanning over 18,000 square feet. Kiztopia is another option for families. It is a popular indoor playground.
While you are sightseeing in Singapore you should definitely consider visiting Marina Square due to its convenient location. It is within indirect walking distance to extremely popular attractions such as the Singapore Flyer, the Merlion, Gardens by the Bay and world-famous Marina Bay Sands SkyPark.
Conveniently, you can also walk directly to and from Marina Square from three nearby MRT stations. We will outline how to get to these stations and walk to Marina Square below.
Getting to Marina Square using the MRT
Step 1: Leave your hotel and walk to the closest MRT Station.
Singapore is regarded as a very expensive city to visit. Accommodation tends to be one of the largest expenses that people have.
A wise idea when you visit the city is to stay within only one or two minutes of an MRT station. This allows you to land at Changi Airport and only use public transportation during your entire trip. You can use the MRT to and from the airport and then from one attraction to the next in the city centre.
Booking a room beside an MRT Station also ensures that you save money by avoiding taxi fees and unnecessary traffic jams during peak hours.
Step 2: Select your terminal station: City Hall, Esplanade or Promenade.
Marina Square is unique in that you can take the MRT to any of three different stations to get there. Conveniently, the three stations below are within a short walking distance of the mall:
City Hall Station
Try to look at the train map of Singapore and decide which of these stations is the most convenient for you to access.
City Hall Station is located on the East-West Line (Green) and the North-South Line (Red).
Esplanade Station is located on the Circle Line (Orange).
Promenade Station is located on the Downtown Line (Blue) and the Circle Line (Orange)
Step 3: Buy your MRT ticket.
You have three MRT ticket options to reach Marina Square:
- Buying a single trip ticket
- Buying a stored-value card that can be used for multiple trips
- Buy a Singapore Tourist Pass
Refer to this detailed guide on how to buy MRT tickets in Singapore for additional information. In short, we suggest that you should use a single trip ticket if you are only using the MRT once or twice while you are in the city.
Stored value cards are the most popular options for Singaporeans and long-term visitors. Alternatively, you could use a Singapore tourist pass to get to Marina Square. Tourist passes are ideal if you plan on visiting a lot of different attractions over a short period of time.
Step 4: Ride the MRT to City Hall, Esplanade or Promenade station.
Once your ticket is sorted it should be very straightforward to reach Marina Square. Simply enter the train and get a spot not too far from an exit.
Be sure to listen to the verbal announcement be made on the train. These are designed to inform you of the upcoming station on the line. You can also refer to the signs above the exit doors on each train.
When you hear the station before City Hall, Esplanade or Promenade being announced, get closer to an exit. This is especially important during peak times on the MRT before and after work.
Step 5: Exit from City Hall, Esplanade or Promenade and walk to Marina Square.
After you arrive at City Hall, Esplanade or Promenade, you should have no problem making it to Marina Square.
Refer to the summary below to see how to get to Marina Square from each of these three stations.
Walking from City Hall Station to Marina Square
Get off the train and take Exit C. This will bring you to CityLink Mall. Follow the signs.
Turn right and get on the escalator when you see the sign for Marina Square.
It should take you about 7 minutes to walk the 500 meters from City Hall Station to Marina Square mall.
Walking from Esplanade Station to Marina Square
Alight and bring your belongings with you. Exit B (basement) which will lead you to the basement integrated walkway called “Marina Link”. Follow the signs.
Take note that you can also get to the Mandarin Oriental Singapore using Exit B from Esplanade Station.
It should take you about 2 minutes to walk the 120 meters from Esplanade Station to Marina Square mall.
Walking from Promenade Station to Marina Square
Get off the train and take either Exit A or Exit B to get to Marina Square. A popular way to get there is along Millenia Walk. Exit from Millenia Walk’s entrance facing Raffles Boulevard and get on the escalator to Level 2.
It should take you 6-7 minutes to walk from Promenade Station to Marina Square.
Should you stay near Marina Square?
Conveniently, Marina Square is in one of the best locations in all of Singapore for sightseeing.
Marina Bay is world-class with breathtaking views of Singapore’s amazing skyline. If you choose to stay in the vicinity of this mall you will have direct access to some of the city’s most popular attractions. Also, be directly beside the Esplanade which is one of the most popular venues for concerts and performances.
We suggest that if you have the budget you should try to book a room within 2 or 3 minutes of Marina Square. However, if you are on a strict accommodation budget then we suggest that you should look to other areas such as Chinatown or Clarke Quay. Chinatown, for instance, has about 15 hotels and hostels that are very affordable and within 3 or 4 minutes of Chinatown Station.
Best choices near Marina Square in Singapore
Many of the hotels that are in the direct vicinity of Marina Square are in the five-star category. We’ve included some of the most popular hotels below for your convenience. Please keep in mind that we are not a direct partner of any of these properties. However, based on their very high verified review scores from guests it is clear that they are well-managed and solid options.
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore (5-star, 9.1/10 rating)
Marina Bay Sands (5-star, 9/10 rating)
The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore (5-star, 9.4/10 rating)
The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore (5-star, 9.2/10 rating)
If you stay at any of these properties you can pretty much guarantee that you will have amazing views of Marina Bay and the surrounding attractions. Conveniently, you can directly access various MRT stations from these properties as well.
More questions about getting to Marina Square?
We truly hope that this step-by-step guide on how to get to Marina Square by MRT has been descriptive enough for you. Our goal is to make sure that you can save time and money by getting there fast and easy. If for some reason you require additional information please do not hesitate to send us an email. We would be very happy to help you out.
One of the exciting things about visiting Marina Square is that this is one of the best areas for checking out other attractions. Therefore, it is quite possible to arrange a visit to Marina Square and also develop a sightseeing itinerary for the same day. You might want to consider walking around Marina Bay. This will naturally give you insight into Singapore’s amazing skyline and also other points of interest in the area.
If you are staying in an area away from Marina Bay then you have no problem accessing multiple MRT stations in this area of the city. You could take the MRT to City Hall and then walk around Marina Bay. Then, depart the area from Bayfront MRT Station. In other words, do not fixate on using the same MRT station to get to Marina Square and then to leave the area. There are lots of options available.