Get to Royal Square Novena fast and easily by following these specific steps!
Welcome to the step-by-step guide on how to get to Royal Square Novena by MRT! This article outlines everything you need to know about getting to this integrated complex in Novena and a lot more!
Fortunately, getting around Singapore is super easy with the MRT network. It is efficient, cheap, and provides a much smaller carbon footprint than using a private vehicle to get around the city.
Aside from providing you with information about going to Royal Square Novena, we will also discuss:
What is the most convenient station to use?
What is the best type of ticket or card for getting to Royal Square Novena?
Which specific MRT lines and transfer stations should you use to get there?
What other places should you add to your itinerary of Novena?
Although Foreign tourists often overlook novena, it has plenty of shopping malls and food centres to make a full-day itinerary. As one of Singapore’s most sought-after areas for medical services, many condos and commercial developments are being built around Royal Square Novena.
Important Information about Royal Square Novena
Royal Square Novena is best described as a new integrated development that consists of a shopping centre (Royal Square at Novena), a medical centre (Royal Square Medical Centre), and a 4-star hotel called Courtyard by Marriott Singapore Novena (4-star, 8.6/10 review score, 180+ reviews).
It is located in an ideal location, directly in the Novena Commercial hub and beside the nearest MRT station. Singapore has become very popular as a medical tourism location in South East Asia. And now, Novena is one of the popular areas to access a broad range of services for affluent Singaporeans and foreigners.
Royal Square Medical Centre features numerous private medical suites on 14 levels, whereas the Royal Square at Novena Shopping Centre has two levels of retail outlets and food and beverage establishments.
The Courtyard Hotel is a highly convenient place to stay with direct access to MRT services, medical services and a whole range of shopping malls scattered around the area. It has a fantastic gym and a rooftop infinity pool with incredible views of Singapore.
Getting to Royal Square Novena via MRT:
Step 1: Find the closest and most convenient MRT station to where you are staying in Singapore.
It’s a lot easier to make your way to Royal Square Novena if you stay close to an MRT station. Fortunately, Singapore has an extensive network of MRT lines, stations, and hotels near those stations!
If you are staying year-round in Singapore, you probably already know which station to use near your house or condo (jump down to step #2 if that’s the case).
However, if you are visiting the city, then be sure to book a room close to a station. Not only will this make every trip more efficient, but you will also eliminate parking fees and taxi fees!
We have researched various online accommodation websites and found three properties within 3 minutes or less of neighbouring hotels. Start your search with these and see if any of them work with your 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)
Once you have found the closest station to where you are staying, it’s time to begin your MRT trip to Royal Square Novena.
Step 2: Plan your route to Royal Square Novena (Lines and Stations).
Royal Square Novena is super convenient to access using the MRT. But it’s even easier when you know exactly which lines to take and which station to use.
A lot of commuters will have to make one or two-line transfers along the way to Royal Square.
To help, we have summarized this information below for you to save time and headaches along the way!
Recommended Station and Line(s) Royal Square Novena
You have to remember that Novena MRT Station is by far the most convenient one for accessing Royal Square Novena.
Novena Station (NS-20) is located along Singapore’s North-South MRT Line, shown on the transport map in red colour.
The North-South connects people staying in the Marina Bay area in the south with Jurong East and vice versa.
Novena Station has two neighbouring stations that you should be aware of:
Toa Payoh Station (north)
Newton Station (south)
Theoretically, there are plenty of transfer stations that you could use to get to Royal Square Novena. It depends on which area of the city you are starting your trip to.
Popular lines that connect with the North-South Line include the Downtown, East-West, and Circle Lines.
The three MRT stations summarized below are popular among commuters heading to Royal Square Novena:
Newton – transfer between North-South and Downtown Lines
Dhoby Ghaut – transfer between North-South, North East, and Circle Lines
Bishan – transfer between North-South and Circle Lines.
They have MRT maps posted in each MRT station throughout the city, so you can double-check before you begin your trip to Royal Square Novena.
Step 3: Buy either a card or a ticket for your trip.
There are many types of tickets for your trip to Royal Square Novena.
We classify them into three main categories:
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 Royal Square Novena by MRT. These are popular with Singaporeans and long-term guests to the city. Once you buy one, make sure you top it up with cash and then just tap and go on buses and trains.
Tourist Passes are ideal for busy foreign tourists in Singapore. But we suggest using one only if you are doing a lot of sightseeing in different areas. You can use these passes for unlimited bus and train rides for a set number of days (usually 1-3 days is the standard)
You can also buy a single journey or multiple journey tickets to reach Royal Square Novena. Purchase these right in the station on the way, but avoid long lines during rush hour.
Step 4: Ride the MRT along the North-South Line until you reach Novena Station.
Complete any necessary transfers and access Novena Station using the North-South MRT Line (Red). Refer to line information in any station or on the train if you need additional support.
Step 5: Alight at Novena Station (NS-20).
Once the train arrives at Novena Station, alight along with your items.
Step 6: Exit Novena Station.
Novena Station only has two main exits that eventually branch off into linkways to various destinations in the Novena area:
Take Exit B at Novena Station to get to Royal Square Novena.
Step 7: Walk from Novena Station to Royal Square Novena.
The walk is super fast from Novena Station to Royal Square Novena. It is directly northwest of the station.
How long does it take to walk from Novena Station to Royal Square Novena?
Expect the walk to be swift. Royal Square Novena is only about 120 m northwest of the station. The walk should only take you about 2 minutes.
Should you stay in this area of Singapore?
There are two 4-star hotels right near Royal Square Novena that are highly convenient for accessing the malls, food centres and medical facilities:
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)
Of these, the Courtyard by Marriott is the most convenient. It is physically attached to the Royal Square at Novena integrated complex. You can stay here and access the shops and medical facilities in no time!
There are also numerous 2-3 star properties north of Royal Square along Balestier Road. Prices here are competitive, and rooms are good value compared to Marina Bay, Orchard and Sentosa Island.
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 to 5-stars. But these prices also reflect a substantial difference in service standards and facilities.
Hopefully, this detailed article on how to get to Royal Square Novena by MRT will make your trip fast, affordable and stress-free!
Once you get to Royal Square Novena, consider checking out a few more points of interest in the area before you leave! Although Novena may not be at the top of the list for tourist areas, it has plenty of shopping malls and no shortage of restaurants to choose from.
Please refer to the list below. These are some of the most popular places to visit in Novena. We have included approximate distances and walking times from Novena Station to get you started:
Novena Square – 1 minute (100 m)
Velocity – 1 minute (100 m)
United Square Shopping Centre – 10 minutes (1 km)
Novena 2 – 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)
If you want to try out some of Singapore’s traditional ‘hawker’ dishes, check out the following food centres:
Whampoa Food Centre – 19 minutes (1.5 km)
Balestier Market – 12 minutes (1 km)
Expect very competitive prices here!
Two of the most popular facilities in Novena’s Health City include:
Tan Tock Seng Hospital – 8 minutes (650 m)
Thompson Medical Centre – 9 minutes (700 m)
A great day in Novena consists of shopping and at least one meal at a restaurant in one of the malls or a food centre! Make the most of your day here, and don’t hesitate to send us an email if you need more information!