Get to Sin Ming Plaza in Singapore fast and affordably with these specific steps.
Here is the complete guide on how to get to Sin Ming Plaza by MRT in Singapore.
By the end of this article, you will know exactly which line to take to access the closest MRT station to Sin Ming Plaza.
We always focus on saving time and money when we write about getting to locations in Singapore. And fortunately, Sin Ming Plaza can be conveniently accessed using public transportation without the need to get a taxi or private vehicle.
We will first describe why people in Singapore visit Sin Ming Plaza, and then we will explain step-by-step how to get there. Finding the right transportation card and making the right line transfers are essential. We will also focus on these steps in our guide below.
Shopping at Sin Ming Plaza in Singapore
Sin Ming Plaza is a shopping and residential complex, a condominium located in the Upper Thomson Road estate. It is a convenient shopping venue for local residents, with several shops and eateries to choose from.
You can expect to find enrichment centres, an exercise gym and a grocery store at Sin Ming Plaza. It’s also close to international schools such as Raffles Institution and Catholic High.
The Traditional Chinese Medicine reviews are quite positive online for people seeking these services at Sin Ming Plaza. It also isn’t far from the MRT network, making it a convenient place to visit for weekly goods and services.
Getting to Sin Ming Plaza via MRT
Step 1: Plan your route – the best stations and lines.
The closest and most popular station for getting to Sin Ming Plaza using MRT is
Upper Thomson Station (TE8)
It is located on the Thomson East-Coast Line, which is shown in brown colour on Singapore’s MRT map.
We will focus on getting to Sin Ming Plaza from this station and summarize the walking times and distance you can expect once you arrive via MRT. There are also a few other stations you can consider while getting there.
Step 2: Buy a transport card to reach Sin Ming Plaza.
You can get to Sin Ming Plaza by MRT using two main types of transportation cards:
Stored Value Cards
A few of the considerations you have to make while getting a card is whether you are living in Singapore, visiting from abroad and how frequently you plan on using the MRT network.
For example, if you are visiting from abroad, then you might want to get a Singapore Tourist Pass. These cards are very cost-effective if you plan on doing a lot of sightseeing over 3 days or less. You can get unlimited bus and train rides throughout the city for a set price.
We used a stored value card while discovering how to get to Sin Ming Plaza by MRT.
Unlike Tourist Passes, stored value cards have a running balance which gets reduced every trip you make. Therefore, it’s important to keep topping up your account with a sufficient balance on a weekly or monthly basis.
Step 3: Access the closest MRT station.
Booking a room close to an MRT station should be a priority if you are visiting the city.
Singapore is known as an expensive place to live and visit, so try to save cash where you can. Fortunately, strategically located hotels will help you to reduce
- Parking fees
- Vehicle emissions
- Road traffic
There are tons of properties located right beside stations which can speed up your trip to places such as Sin Ming Plaza.
We recommend the following two properties based on their strategic locations and consistently positive reviews:
Marina Bay Sands Hotel (right beside Bayfront Station)
Fullerton Hotel (right beside Raffles Place Station)
Some of the most popular places to stay include Marina Bay, Sentosa, Chinatown, Little India, Kampong Glam and Katong.
Step 4: Ride the MRT network to Upper Thomson Station (TE8).
To reach Sin Ming Plaza via MRT, you need to navigate the network all the way to Upper Thomson Station (TE8).
Depending on your starting point, you might have to transfer to the Thomson East Coast Line to get there.
Typically, verbal announcements are made on each train as you approach your station.
Step 5: Get off at Upper Thomson Station (TE8).
Alight from the train when you stop at Upper Thomson Station (TE8).
Make sure you collect all your belongings from the train before you leave.
Step 6: Travel from the station platforms to the best exit for walking to Sin Ming Plaza.
The faster you can exit Upper Thomson Station (TE8), the faster you’ll get to Sin Ming Plaza.
The section below outlines exactly how to access the best exit.
Exiting Upper Thomson Station
Upper Thomson Station (TE8) is built below Upper Thomson Road, at the junction with Bright Hill Drive. It opened in August 2021 after several delays due to the pandemic.
It has four main levels you should be familiar with:
L2 – Plaza
L1 – Street Level
B1 – Underpass Concourse and Ticketing
B2 – Downtown Line Train Platforms A and B
Be prepared to arrive at Level B2 Thomson East – Coast Line Platforms at Upper Thomson Station.
Get off the train and travel from the platforms up to L1-Street Level using the elevator, stairs or escalator.
Upper Thomson Station (TE8) has five exits to choose from, numbered 1 through 5.
Take Exit 3 at Level 1 to walk to Sin Ming Plaza.
Step 7: Walk from Upper Thomson Station (TE8) directly to Sin Ming Plaza.
You can expect a short, straightforward walk to Sin Ming Plaza from Exit 3 of Upper Thomson Station.
Refer below for our directions.
Walking Directions – Getting to Sin Ming Plaza
Exit 3 at Upper Thomson Station will bring you to the corner of Upper Thomson Road and Jalan Keli.
Cross Jalan Keli and continue walking southeast along Upper Thomson Road.
Eventually, you will reach Sin Ming Road. Cross Sin Ming Road using the pedestrian walk, and then you will see Sin Ming Plaza to your left.
Enter the shops at Sin Ming Plaza.
How long is the walk from Upper Thomson Station (TE8) to Sin Ming Plaza?
The walk from Exit 3 at Upper Thomson Station is fast and straightforward because they are both located along Upper Thomson Road.
You can expect the walk from door to door to take about 3 minutes, and it’s only about 270 m away.
Alternative Station to Access Sin Ming Plaza?
The recent development of the Thomson East Coast MRT Line has made it easier to access shopping centres such as Sin Ming Plaza. Upper Thomson Station is on this line and makes it super easy to walk straight to the Plaza.
But, you may be travelling on a different line in Singapore, which may take you extra time to transfer in order to access Upper Thomson Station.
The Circle Line, for example, isn’t far from Sin Ming Plaza, so you should be familiar with other close stations to see what works best according to your starting point in Singapore.
In the table below, we summarize the closest alternative station to reach Sin Ming Plaza.
Walking Distance to
Sin Ming Plaza
Walking Time to
Sin Ming Plaza
|Upper Thomson (TE8)
|270 m||3 minutes|
|Marymount (CC16)||800 m||10 minutes|
Marymount Station (CC16) is just a few minutes by bus or a 10-minute walk to Sin Ming Plaza. It’s on the Circle Line, which is shown in orange colour on the metro map in Singapore.
What else to explore during the same day?
Sin Ming Plaza is not a popular area for sightseeing. But there are some high-quality outdoor spaces west of it that are very popular among Singaporeans. There are also some great shopping centres not too far away as well!
Some of the best outdoor green spaces near Sin Ming Plaza are:
Windsor Nature Park
MacRitchie Nature Trail
TreeTop Walk (Directions)
SICC Millennium Golf Course and Singapore Island Country Club are two of the closest golf courses.
If you want to do additional shopping, you can head to the following malls:
Thomson Plaza (Info and Directions)
Bishan North Shopping Mall
Thomson Plaza can also be accessed from Upper Thomson Station now that the Thomson East-Coast Line is open.
Best Accommodation Options near Sin Ming Plaza?
Most hotels are located quite south relative to Sin Ming Plaza. Therefore, you are best to look at properties along Balestier Road, north of Tan Tock Seng Hospital (Directions).
A few of the most popular places to stay there include
ibis Singapore Novena (3-star)
Ramada by Wyndham Singapore at Zhongshan Park (4-star)
Fragrance Hotel – Oasis (2-star)
You will find that properties here are mainly in the 2, 3, and 4-star range with affordable prices in comparison to downtown. This area may not have skyline views, but it is much easier on the wallet.
Hopefully, you now know how to get to Sin Ming Plaza by MRT in Singapore.
The Thomson East Coast MRT now provides extreme convenience for walking directly to Sing Ming Plaza.
If you’re heading to the Plaza, there are two main things to remember:
Transfer to the Thomson East Coast Line (if you’re not starting on it)
Alight at Upper Thomson Station
Once you’re at Upper Thomson Station, taking Exit 3 will bring you right beside Upper Thomson Road. From there, all you need to do is walk 2-3 minutes southeast, and you will be at Sin Ming Plaza.
The walk is less than 300 meters from Exit 3 of the station, making it super fast and worry-free.
Marymount Station(CC16) is the next best option for getting to Sin Ming Plaza.