How to get to Paya Lebar Square by MRT?

How to get to Paya Lebar Square by MRT?
Paya Lebar Square by MRT

Get to Paya Lebar Square fast and affordably by following these specfific steps.

If you are wondering how to get to Paya Lebar Square by MRT, you are reading the step-by-step guide.

By the end of this article, you will know exactly which MRT line(s) to use, what station to get off at and how long it will take you to walk to Paya Lebar Square from the MRT. The area around Paya Lebar Square has some interesting cultural attractions worth exploring.

Fortunately, Paya Lebar Square is super convenient to access using Singapore’s extensive MRT network. It doesn’t matter which area of Singapore you begin your trip to the mall as long as you book a room beside an MRT station. You can completely avoid stepping foot in a vehicle with proper transfers along the way. 

Shopping at Paya Lebar Square in Singapore

Paya Lebar Square is located in the Paya Lebar precinct of Singapore and in the Geylang Planning Zone. It is a popular mixed-use commercial complex comprising a 10-storey office tower and three main floors of retail shops and services. It is one of several shopping malls clustered in this area of Singapore.

The official address of Paya Lebar Square is 

60 Paya Lebar Road

Singapore 409051

Tel: 6702 3107

When you visit Paya Lebar Square, you can enjoy more than 100 retail outlets and several food and beverage choices. It has a supermarket and a healthy mix of local and international cafes and restaurants. 

You can visit the food court for affordable dishes.

Expect to find a wide range of services and amenities here, but some of the most useful ones include

Customer Service – Level 2 (10 am-10pm)

ATM Machines (Basement 1 and Level 1)

SAM Machine (Level 1)

AXS Machine (Basement 1)

NETS/Cashcard Top-up Machines (Carpark 2/3)

Taxi Service Stand (Level 1)

Nursery Room for Families (Basement 1 and Level 1)

With its strategic location, you can directly access Paya Lebar Square using two different MRT lines. It is also within 3 minutes walking distance of 3 of 4 malls in this area of Singapore.  

Getting to Paya Lebar Square by MRT 

You will be delighted to hear that Paya Lebar Square is only minutes from Singapore’s MRT. 

Once you follow the steps below, you can walk from the closest station to the mall without even breaking a sweat! 

Step 1: Walk to the closest MRT station in Singapore. 

We always recommend booking a room under 500 m from the nearest MRT station. 

The time and money you will save during a trip will be substantial. For example, you will avoid taxi fees, parking fees and all road traffic during rush hour. 

There are over 50 hotels in Singapore that are under 3 minutes walking distance from the nearest station. 

Here are two popular examples of positively reviewed places to stay

Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore – 2 minutes from City Hall Station

The Fullerton Hotel Singapore – 2 minutes to Raffles Place Station

Read More: The Complete Accommodation Guide for Singapore – Expert Opinion

Step 2: Plan your route to reach Paya Lebar Square.

The closest and most convenient station in relation to Paya Lebar Square is, without question, Paya Lebar Station (CC9/EW8).

As its shortcode (CC9/EW8) shows, Paya Lebar Station is part of two MRT lines.

Circle Line 

East-West Line

It allows commuters to access malls such as Paya Lebar Square and change between metro lines. 

The Circle Line is shown in orange colour on Singapore’s route maps, whereas the East-West Line is also known as the ‘green line.’ 

Metro maps are present in MRT stations throughout the city. You can also see maps on each train while travelling.

Step 3: Purchase a card or ticket for the MRT ride to Paya Lebar Station (CC9/EW8).

The most popular types of transport cards/tickets for getting around Singapore are

  1. Tourist Passes
  2. Stored Value Cards

We used a stored value card while discovering how to get to Paya Lebar Square. 

EZ link cards, for example, are a type of stored value card that you can use on both buses and trains throughout Singapore. Simply buy one, and top it up with cash, and you will be good to go!

Singapore Tourist Passes are a fantastic choice for foreigners in the city. 

Once you buy one, you can get on unlimited trains and buses. 

If you have a busy itinerary, consider buying one. But you won’t save money if you don’t plan on travelling around a lot.

MONEY-SAVING TIP: Buy a multi-attraction pass if you are sightseeing in Singapore. You can save up to 52% by getting several passes online at the same time. This is an effective strategy to make Singapore more affordable, and that’s why over 200,000 of these passes have already been purchased online. 

Step 4: Take the MRT to Paya Lebar Station (CC9/EW8).

Refer to the metro map before starting your MRT trip to Paya Lebar Square. 

Complete any necessary transfers between MRT lines on the way.

Travel along the MRT to Paya Lebar Station (CC9/EW8).

Paya Lebar Station has four neighbouring stops that you should be familiar with:

MacPherson Station (North)

Dakota Station (South)

Aljunied Station (West)

Eunos (East)

You will arrive at Paya Lebar Station only a few minutes after stopping at these. 

Map of MRT Lines and Stations near Paya Lebar Square
Map of MRT Lines and Stations near Paya Lebar Square

Step 5: Alight when you arrive at Paya Lebar Station.

Alight upon arrival at Paya Lebar Station. Don’t forget anything on the train.

Step 6: Travel from the train platform to the station exit.

Paya Lebar Station is part of both the Circle and East-West Line. The East-West Line Station component is built above ground, whereas the Circle-Line Station is underground.

It is located along Paya Lebar Road, near the junction with Sims Avenue. 

Paya Lebar Station consists of 4 primary levels:

L2 – East-West Line Train Platforms A and B

L1 – Street Level and East-West Line Concourse

B1 – Circle Line Concourse

B2 – Circle Line Train Platforms A-D

You will arrive at either Level L2 or Level B2 via MRT. 

Then, you can use the stairs, elevator or escalator to reach the exit level of your choice. 

Paya Lebar Station has 6 exits to choose from, ranging from A to F.

You can access Paya Lebar Square by using Exit A or Exit B

Exit B offers the most direct access to the mall.

East West Line commuters can exit at Level 1, whereas Circle Line commuters can exit at Basement 1.

Map of Paya Lebar MRT Station to reach Paya Lebar Square
Navigating your way from Paya Lebar MRT Station to the station exit in order to reach Paya Lebar Square

Step 7: Walk directly to Paya Lebar Square from the Station.

Paya Lebar Square is directly north of the MRT station, making the walk super fast and easy. 

Once you exit the station, using Level 1 or Basement 1, head north, and you will immediately access the Mall. 

How long does walking from the Station to Paya Lebar Square take?

Conveniently, the walk from Paya Lebar Station to Paya Lebar Square is around 50 meters, which should take you only about 20 seconds.

Now, that is convenient!!

Walking time and distance from Paya Lebar MRT Station to Paya Lebar Square

How to get to Paya Lebar Square by MRT?
An Overview of How to get to Paya Lebar Square by MRT?

Interesting Places to Visit near the Mall

One of the benefits of taking the MRT to Paya Lebar Square, is that you can easily walk to other malls without breaking a sweat. 

Currently, there is a cluster of shopping malls around the MRT station. You can easily visit all of them over the course of 1 day or 2 days.

The closest malls to explore are

SingPost Centre (Directions)

PLQ Mall 

City Plaza


Tanjong Katong Complex

If you walk south of Paya Lebar Square to Joo Chiat Road (Directions), you will be rewarded with stunning architecture and some cool cultural attractions. 

The beautiful Peranakan Houses, for example, are a must-see in this area of Singapore.  

They are located along Koon Seng Road (Directions), only 50 meters from Joo Chiat.

You can also walk to the Eurasian Heritage Gallery, Intan and Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple (Directions) from Paya Lebar Square. 

Even further south along Joo Chiat Road is Katong’s popular shopping district. Expect to find over 5 malls scattered around Joo Chiat Road. 

Here are three popular ones to check out:

Parkway Parade 

I12 Katong 

Katong V 

If you want to sample some affordable but delicious hawker food, then head to Dunman Food Centre (Directions). It is just 1 minute west of Joo Chiat Road. 

Geylang Serai Market (Directions) and Joo Chiat Complex (Directions) are two fantastic places for shopping. They are within 5-10 minutes walking distance of Paya Lebar Square.

East Coast Park is one of Singapore’s best outdoor areas. It is along the waterfront at the southern end of Katong. 

Best Hotels near Paya Lebar Square

Geylang is one of the cheapest areas to stay in Singapore. 

You will find many budget properties in Geylang and Katong that are mainly in the 2-4 star range.

Expect to find much cheaper rooms here than in Marina Bay and Sentosa. 

Paya Lebar Square is not right in the centre of Singapore’s business district. But, you can easily access the MRT here and head west to Marina Bay Sands and other points of interest easily. 

The closest hotels to Paya Lebar Square are

Aqueen Hotel Paya Lebar 

Hotel 81 Tristar

Four Chain View Hotel

Walk south along Joo Chiat Road to access more internationally-branded hotels. 

Always check reviews before booking rooms in Geylang or Katong. Some properties are super cheap here, but some do not have the best service standards. You are better off reading several reviews before confirming your hotel/hostel. 


Hopefully, you now know how to get to Paya Lebar Square by MRT! 

One of the most convenient things about getting to the mall via MRT is that you won’t have to worry about taking a taxi or bus when you exit the station.

Paya Lebar Station is only about 1 minute away from the mall, so you should be good to go once you find the right entrance!

The most challenging part of your trip to Paya Lebar Square will be transferring lines along the way. To help, refer to metro maps near the entrance points and also on each train. Verbal announcements will also be made on the train to inform you of upcoming stops.

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