Get to Tampines Mall in no time with this detailed (up-to-date) guide!
This is the step-by-step guide on how to get to Tampines Mall by MRT. By the end of this article, you should be able to make it directly to the Mall in a fast, cost-effective and environmentally friendly manner.
Tampines Mall is one of Singapore’s most popular suburban malls, located in the city’s eastern portion. It may not be quite as popular with tourists visiting the city, but Tampines Mall is very popular with Singaporeans and permanent residents living in this corner of the city. Since there are multiple shopping malls within proximity of Tampines Mall, getting here via MRT allows you to access other convenient shopping centres.
As you read this detailed article, we will also focus on building an itinerary of surrounding shopping malls and points of interest, selecting the correct type of ticket for your trip, and deciding on the best place to stay in the city.
Tampines Mall – Visitor Information
Tampines Mall is considered to be one of Singapore’s leading suburban malls. With its prominent position in the high-density residential area of Tampines (eastern Singapore), many locals visit Tampines Mall on a daily basis. The construction of Tampines Mall was first completed in 1995, and then it officially opened in February of 1996.
Since its opening, Tampines Mall has undergone several renovations to keep it modern.
But one of the main reasons it has established itself as convenient shopping, entertainment and lifestyle venue is its ideal location. The immediate area around Tampines Mall includes several other shopping centres (Tampines 1, Century Square, Our Tampines) and the Tampines Interchange Station. Consequently, when you travel to Tampines Mall by MRT, you can walk to the Tampines Hub and other cool places in less than 5 minutes.
Furthermore, Tampines Mall is close to Singapore Expo and Changi Business Park (both located south). Going to/from Changi Airport to Tampines Mall is also super easy. It’s only a 9 km/11-minute drive!
Getting to Tampines Mall via MRT
Step 1: Walk to the nearest MRT station.
Regardless of where you are in the city, your first step to getting to Tampines Mall by MRT is to access the closest station.
Fortunately, Singapore has several MRT Lines throughout the city, making it super easy (and affordable) to get around. If you haven’t booked a room yet in Singapore, try to be close to an MRT station.
Cutting down on taxi fees, parking fees and avoiding traffic congestion along the way to Tampines Mall will make your stress level much lower. Numerous hotels are conveniently located directly beside MRT stations throughout the city.
Refer to our shortlist below of positively reviewed properties that are very popular with our readers:
The Fullerton Hotel (5-star, 9.0/10 review score, 2 minutes from Raffles Place Station)
Marina Bay Sands (5-star, 9.0/10 review score, very close to Bayfront Station)
Swissotel The Stamford (5-star, 9.0/10 review score, directly across from City Hall Station)
Remember that these are only 3 of hundreds of potential hotels you could stay at near MRT stations in Singapore. Once you are ready for your trip to Tampines Mall, walk to the nearest station.
Step 2: Buy a ticket to reach Tampines Mall.
Singapore has several different ticket options for getting to Tampines Mall and other areas of the city.
Before you select a specific tip ticket, the two main questions that you have to ask yourself are:
- How long are you in Singapore? (A few days or longer?)
- Are you just travelling to Tampines Mall, or are you doing a lot of sightseeing/commuting throughout the city?
Based on your answers to the two following questions above, read over the information below and select the correct ticket for your trip to Tampines Mall.
Stored Value Cards
We used a stored value card while learning how to get to Tampines Mall by MRT.
There are several kinds of stored-value cards in Singapore. But, they all function pretty much the same way. Once you buy the card, you top it up, and then you simply tap and go to enter and exit the bus and train systems in the city.
Stored-value cards are very convenient, especially if you’re spending more than three days in Singapore and plan on using both the bus and MRT to get around. You don’t have to worry about getting a new ticket every time you step on the bus, but you do have to make sure that you have a running balance on your card.
Single and Multi-Trip Tickets
Single trip and multiple trip tickets are your conventional ticket.
You can easily buy these from a ticketing machine right in the station on the way to Tampines Mall. Remember to avoid peak travel times and long lines at ticket machines.
Are you visiting Singapore for 3 days or less?
If you are visiting from abroad, consider buying a Singapore Tourist Pass.
We strongly recommend getting one of these if you spend 1, 2, or 3 days in the city. If you are going to only go to and from Tampines Mall, you won’t get your money out of the card. These are best suited for people going all over Singapore (sightseeing in many different areas).
Joint trips (including both bus and train services) work well with Tourist Passes.
Step 3: Plan your trip on the East-West or Downtown Line to Tampines Station.
Before stepping on your first train, make sure you know which lines to take and which station is best.
First of all, the best station (by far) for directly accessing Tampines Mall is Tampines Station. To get to Tampines Station without issues, refer to the line information below.
Getting to Tampines Mall – MRT Line Information
Tampines Station (EW2-DT32) is a popular stop on two different MRT lines in Singapore:
Downtown Line (also known as the Blue Line)
East-West Line (Green Line)
It is an above-ground station along the East-West Line and an underground station along the Downtown Line.
Tampines Station has four neighbouring stations (2 on the Downtown Line and 2 on the East-West Line).
You should be familiar with these so that you don’t miss getting off at Tampines Station on your way to Tampines Mall!
Pasir Ris Station – north of Tampines Station on the East-West Line.
Simei – south of Tampines Station on the East-West Line.
Tampines West – west of Tampines Station on Downtown Line.
Tampines East – east of Tampines Station on Downtown Line.
Expect the ride from these stations to Tampines Station to be brief on your way to the Mall.
Step 4: Ride the MRT to Tampines Station.
Travel along the MRT network until you reach Tampines Station. Remember to walk closer to one of the exits on the train when you stop at one of the four neighbouring stations (mentioned above).
Step 5: Alight at Tampines Station.
When the train arrives at Expo, alight with all of your personal belongings. You should begin to see signs as you step off the train.
Step 6: Exit the station and complete the short walk to Tampines Mall.
Walking directions from Tampines Station to Tampines Mall
The East-West Line Station has three exits on the ground floor, whereas the Downtown Line Station has four exits to street level.
This makes a total of 7 exits to choose from, which sounds a bit overwhelming!
Exits A, B, C are part of the East-West Line station.
Exits D, E, F and G part of the Downtown Line station.
The two best exits for walking directly to Tampines Mall from Tampines Station are Exit C and Exit D.
When you are out of the station at street level, all you need to do is cross Tampines Central 5 Road, and you will be right at the northeastern entrance of Tampines Mall.
You can either enter the Mall by taking the escalators up or enter one of the streetside stores.
How long should it take you to walk from Tampines Station to Tampines Mall?
The walk from Tampines Station to Tampines Mall only takes 1-2 minutes. The station is directly across the road from the Mall, so you are already at the entrance once you cross the street! Now that is super convenient!
Should you stay around Tampines Mall or elsewhere?
The direct area around Tampines Mall in Singapore is known for shopping leisure activities but not hotels or hostels.
We searched hotels and hostels that are close to Tampines Mall, and we couldn’t even find any!
The two closest properties that we found are located south of Tampines Mall near Singapore Expo and Changi Business Park.
Park Avenue Changi (4-star, 8.4/10 score based on 800+ reviews)
Capri by Fraser Changi City (4-star, 8.6/10 score based on 1150+ reviews)
Tampines Mall is popular amongst locals (Singaporeans and permanent residents), but tourists are somewhat rare to stay in this area. If you visit further south, closer to Changi Airport airport or Changi Business Park, you will have more hotels to choose from.
Conclusion and Itinerary Ideas
We hope that this step-by-step guide on how to get to Tampines Mall by MRT is helpful and clearly outlines what you need to do!
Once you make it to Tampines Station, there is a lot of choice in shopping, dining and recreation.
Aside from Tampines Mall, you can easily walk over to Tampines 1, Century Square and Tampines Hub for additional shopping. Tampines 1 is northeast of Tampines Stations, whereas both Century Square and Tampines Hub are west of Tampines Mall.
Tampines Hub is an integrated shopping and recreational facility that features an outline mall, community auditorium, sports courts, and more.
The Tampines Transportation Interchange is northwest of Tampines Station. Many commuters access buses from here to other areas of the city. Remember, either a stored-value card or a Singapore Tourist Pass can work for bus and train services.
There are two parks north of Tampines Station (Sun Plaza Park and Tampines Eco Green). Visit either one of these for some exercise or some fresh air!
Please send us an email if you would like more information about getting to Tampines Mall. We would be delighted to help you in any way that we can!