Get to Novena Square 2 super fast and easily with these detailed steps!
Welcome to the complete guide on how to get to Novena Square 2 by MRT!
By the end of this article, you should be able to get to Novena Square 2 fast, affordably and without any unnecessary headaches.
Fortunately, Novena Square 2 is straightforward to access using Singapore’s extensive MRT network that services most city areas, including Novena. Singapore’s MRT is a reliable, affordable way to get around. And by using public transportation, you will also reduce your carbon footprint compared to taking a private vehicle.
In addition to outlining steps to Novena Square 2, we will also answer specific questions such as:
What types of MRT tickets/cards are available for your trip?
Which MRT line(s) should you use to reach Novena Square 2?
What is the closest station?
What other places should you visit that are within walking distance of Novena Square 2?
Building a full-day itinerary of the Novena area is easy because there are multiple shopping centres and food centres within walking distance of Novena Square 2 mall.
Shopping at Novena Square 2 in Singapore
Novena Square 2 is a popular shopping centre that first opened its doors in December of 2007. Ideally located in the middle of the Novena Lifestyle and Medical Hub, it attracts affluent residents to this area.
Novena Square 2 features over 180 stores across five floors specializing in beauty, wellness, education, and food and beverages! Shoppers also visit Novena Square 2 to shop for apparel, electronics and groceries weekly.
Location is critical in Singapore, and fortunately, Novena Square Mall has a super convenient location. It is attached to the MRT, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Oasia Hotel Novena, and Novena Specialist Centre.
Several shopping malls, hotels and food centres (hawker centres) are within walking distance of Novena Square 2. Therefore, it’s possible to take the MRT here and spend the whole day before returning home or to your hotel.
A few of the most popular hotels right near Novena Square 2 are:
Courtyard by Marriott Singapore Novena (4-star, 8.6/10 review score, 180+ reviews)
Oasia Hotel Novena (4-star, 8.3/10 review score, 1,317+ reviews)
Take note that a lot of the hotels in the Novena area are well priced in relation to other areas of the city such as Marina Bay, Orchard and Sentosa. You can find some good bargains here in the 2, and 3-star hotel categories north of the malls along Balestier Road.
Getting to Novena Square 2 via MRT:
Step 1: Find the closest and most convenient MRT station.
Regardless of whether you are staying permanently in the city or just visiting for a few days, you must know of a convenientt station close to where you are staying.
Being able to walk to an MRT station in Singapore will not only save you a pile of money, but it will also make your transportation a lot more efficient daily. For example, you won’t have to worry about paying taxes and fees to get to and from the station. Furthermore, you will not have to waste time or money parking your vehicle when you arrive at different points of interest through the city. Avoiding traffic is another clear benefit of staying at a hotel, condo, or hostel near an MRT station.
Singapore is loaded with hotels in convenient locations around the city. We suggest staying within 3 minutes or less of an MRT station if possible.
The shortlist we have compiled of convenient properties is a good starting point, but take your time and select a place to stay that suits your budget and planned itinerary.
The Fullerton Hotel (5-star, 9.0/10 review score, beside Raffles Place Station)
Hotel Bencoolen @ Hong Kong Street (4-star, 8.3/10 review score, very close to Clarke Quay Station)
Chic Capsule Otel (2-star, 8.5/10 review score, very close to Chinatown Station)
Now it’s time to plan out your trip to Novena Square 2.
Step 2: Plan your trip to Novena Square 2 – Lines and Station(s).
Novena Square 2 is accessible via MRT, but every person’s route to the mall will differ because of where you start your trip.
When you are planning your trip to Novena Square 2, you have to think about where you may need to transfer and the eventual line you need to get on to get to the closest station. That’s exactly what we will explain in the section below.
Best MRT Lines and Station(s) for Novena Square 2
Novena Station is by far the best station for getting to Novena Square 2. Plan on going there regardless of where you are starting your trip.
If you are not familiar with Novena Station (NS-20), it is located along Singapore’s North-South MRT line, and it connects commuters from the Marina Bay area in the south with Jurong East.
Novena Station has two neighbouring stations that you should be aware of:
Toa Payoh Station (north)
Newton Station (south)
When you arrive at either one of these stations, be prepared to get off at the next stop.
There are multiple transfer stations that you could use on the way to Novena Square 2.
The three included below will connect you to the North-South Line to access Novena Station:
Newton – transfer between North-South and Downtown Lines
Bishan – transfer between North-South and Circle Lines.
Dhoby Ghaut – transfer between North-South, North East, and Circle Lines
Make sure you confirm your route to Novena Square 2 before you get on the first train.
Fast transfers result in a fast, stress-free trip!
Step 3: Buy either a card or a ticket for your trip.
Technically, there are many types of tickets for the MRT system in Singapore.
But, on your way to Novena Square 2, you will likely choose from one of these:
1) Stored Value Cards
2) Singapore Tourist Passes
3) Single/Multi-Trip Tickets
We used a stored value card while learning how to get to Novena Square 2 by MRT.
Once you buy a card, top it up and use it on buses and trains throughout the city. Remember to have extra cash on the card to ensure no unnecessary delays on the way!
Tourist Passes are ideal for busy foreign tourists in Singapore for a short period of time. And by ‘busy’, we mean an action-packed itinerary with multiple stops in different areas of Singapore.
You can use these for both buses and trains throughout the city.
Single and multi-trip tickets are the traditional form of ticket. Buy one right in the station, and you’ll be good to go! Just remember to avoid busy times like rush hour before and after work.
Step 4: Ride the train to Novena Station via the North-South Line.
Take the North-South Line to reach Novena Station.
You may have to make a few transfers along the way, but that shouldn’t be a problem because you have already mapped out your route.
Step 5: Get off the train at Novena Station (NS-20)
Alight at Novena Station with all of your items.
Begin looking for exit information as you get off the train.
Step 6: Exit Novena Station.
As you step off the train at Novena Station, immediately start to look for exit signs in the station.
Fortunately, it’s easy to navigate your way to Novena Square 2 because there are only two main exits at Novena Station:
Take Exit A at Novena Station.
Step 7: Walk directly from Novena Station to Novena Square 2 Mall.
You can directly access Novena Square Mall from Novena Station using Exit A.
Novena Square 2 is just one of many shopping malls connected to the station via underground linkways.
Use the linkway to Novena Square 2 from Exit A and then use the escalators to travel from the train to the mall level.
Once you access the mall, you should have no issue shopping and dining wherever you would like!
How long does it take to walk from Novena Station to Novena Square 2?
Expect the total walking time from Novena Station to Novena Square 2 to take 2-3 minutes. It is only a few hundred meters from the station.
Should you stay in this area of Singapore?
Although Novena doesn’t rank in the most popular places for tourists to stay, it’s a surprisingly convenient area to call home base. There are numerous shopping malls, health centres and food centres within walking distance of Novena Station.
Novena Square 2 is just one of many shopping centres. Lots of restaurants and cafes are sprinkled throughout Novena’s malls, making food choices aplenty.
Many of the affordable hotels in this area are north of Novena Square 2, along Balestier Road. Based on our research, they are very cheap relative to other areas of Singapore such as Marina Bay and Sentosa Island.
There are two 4-star hotels right near Novena Square 2 (only a few minutes away)
According to our research, they are both well respected with high guest review scores:
Courtyard by Marriott Singapore Novena (4-star, 8.6/10 review score, 180+ reviews)
Oasia Hotel Novena (4-star, 8.3/10 review score, 1324+ reviews)
If you don’t want to stay in Novena, we summarize all city areas in this comprehensive accommodation guide. Remember that accommodation prices in Singapore shoot up when you transition from 2-3 star properties up to 5-stars. But these prices also reflect a substantial difference in service standards and facilities.
When we were writing this complete guide on how to get to Novena Square 2 by MRT, we wanted to simplify the process and make it stress-free.
Hopefully, we have accomplished that while making your trip fast and affordable. Please let us know if you have any other questions!
Once you arrive in Novena, don’t leave right away. You will be surprised by the number of malls, restaurants and food centres (hawkers) here.
Most malls are within walking distance of Novena Station. But you can always consider onward bus services if you don’t walk in Singapore’s intense heat (or rain!).
The points of interest below and the corresponding times reflect walking from Novena Station. Notice how a lot of the malls are only 1-2 minutes away from the station.
Underground linkways make some of these walks super fast and convenient:
Novena Square – 1 minute (100 m)
Velocity – 1 minute (100 m)
United Square Shopping Centre – 10 minutes (1 km)
Royal Square Novena – 2 minutes (200 m)
Balestier Point – 17 minutes (1.3 km)
Balestier Plaza – 15 minutes (1.2 km)
Zhongshan Shopping Mall – 10 minutes (750 m)
Two popular food centres specialize in affordable, hawker foods:
Whampoa Food Centre – 19 minutes (1.5 km)
Balestier Market – 12 minutes (1 km)
Health facilities also draw locals to the Novena area:
Tan Tock Seng Hospital – 8 minutes (650 m)
Thompson Medical Centre – 9 minutes (700 m)
We suggest taking some time at one or two of Novena’s malls and then a delicious meal or two at one of the food centres. There are lots of apartments and condominiums in this area of Singapore because of the convenient services here. Make the most of your trip!!