Get to The Flow in Katong fast and affordably with these specific steps!
Welcome to the step-by-step guide on how to get to the Flow at East Coast by MRT.
By the end of this article, you should be able to reach the Flow at East Coast from any area of Singapore quickly and efficiently.
Like the other commercial centres in Katong, the Flow is in an awesome spot for shopping, but it isn’t directly beside an MRT station.
You have a few options to get there.
We recommend using the MRT and then connecting with a bus to a stop right near the mall. But, you can also walk from a station to The Flow.
We will summarize each step of getting there and also share information about which type of MRT card is the best (according to your personal circumstances in Singapore).
Shopping at the Flow @ East Coast in Katong
The Flow at East Coast is a modern, mixed-use commercial centre right in the heart of Katong’s shopping district. It consists of 7-storeys filled with shops, medical offices, restaurants, cafes and a food court.
The four primary levels at The Flow offer a mix of 56 units to serve customers.
When you are walking toward The Flow, you will be impressed with its striking facade. It might not be the largest shopping mall in Katong, but it’s definitely one of the newest and most contemporary places to visit.
According to guest reviews, parking here can be an issue, so you are better off following these directions below as opposed to driving and parking there.
Getting to the Flow at East Coast via MRT
Step 1: Access the closest MRT station.
The first step in getting to The Flow via MRT is walking to the most convenient station.
It doesn’t matter what city area you are staying in because the MRT pretty well services most spots.
But if you have the choice, opt for a hotel or hostel within walking distance of a station.
There are well over 50 hotels scattered around Singapore that are within 2-3 minutes’ walking distance from stations.
Selecting one of these will save you time, money and headaches associated with getting around. You won’t need to pay for a taxi on your way to the Flow at East Coast or parking when you get there.
Here are a few properties to get you started if you need to book a room in Singapore:
Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore – 2 minutes from City Hall Station
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore – 2 minutes to Raffles Place Station
Singapore gets really hot from 10 am to 3 pm, so you’re best staying close to a hotel (if you have the choice)!
Step 2: Plan your trip to The Flow at East Coast – Lines and Transfers.
Several MRT stations can be used to reach The Flow @ East Coast. And this is because southern Katong is not really that close to a current MRT Line.
Currently, the most convenient station for getting to The Flow is Dakota Station (CC8).
Dakota Station (CC8) is on the Circle Line (shown in orange colour on Singapore’s metro map).
When you refer to the metro maps located in your first station, you will notice that two of the most commonly used transfer stations to reach Dakota are
Paya Lebar Station
You can use either one of these to get on the Circle Line.
Step 3: Buy an MRT Card to Dakota Station (CC8).
Most commuters in Singapore now use tap-and-go cards for the MRT and trains.
There are two main types of cards available.
- Tourist Passes
- Stored Value Cards
The most popular cards for getting around are stored value cards. You can buy one, top it up with cash, and you’ll be good to go!
We used a stored value card while discovering how to get to the Flow at East Coast by MRT.
Singapore Tourist Passes are another card alternative, but they are intended for foreign, short-term travellers. They work best if you plan to visit a pile of places over a few days.
Even credit cards can be used if the tap or wave feature works.
Step 4: Make any necessary line changes, and ride the MRT to Dakota Station (CC8).
After you access the MRT, ride it to Dakota. Make any necessary line changes to the Circle Line.
Dakota has two neighbouring stations (one to the south and one to the north):
Paya Lebar (EW8/CC9) (north of Dakota)
Mountbatten (CC7) (south of Dakota)
Be aware of these stations on the way. And take note that you can technically get to The Flow @ East Coast from these stations with onward bus or taxi connections.
Step 5: Get off the train at Dakota Station (CC8).
Move closer to the exit as you approach Dakota Station. Alight upon arrival and bring along all your personal belongings.
Step 6: Travel from the Train Platform at B2 to Level 1 at Dakota Station.
Dakota Station consists of three levels, so you should know where you will arrive and where you need to go to access the correct station exit.
Here they are:
Level 1 – Street Level
B1 – Concourse
B2 – Train platforms
You will arrive at the Level B2 train platforms. Follow the signs and take the stairs, elevator or escalator up to Level 1 and the station exits.
Step 7: Take Exit A at Dakota Station.
Exits A and B are located at the ground level of Dakota Station.
Take Exit A to reach the bus services heading to The Flow @ East Coast in Katong.
Step 8: Take the bus or walk from Dakota Station to the Flow at East Coast in Katong.
You have some transportation options after you exit Dakota Station.
Walking from the station to the mall will take at least 20 minutes. The bus will take you half this time, whereas cycling is a fast, green option.
Bus Directions from Dakota Station (CC8) to the Flow @ East Coast
Exit A at Dakota Station leads to Old Airport Road, directly north of the station.
Walk to the opposite side of Old Airport Road.
Head west a few meters until you reach this bus stop
Dakota Stn Exit A/Blk 99 – Stop ID: 81181
Wait at the bus stop, then get on Bus 10 or 32.
Ride Bus 10/32 for 6 stops, and then get off when you reach this stop
Opp Roxy Sq – Stop ID: 92111
Then, walk northeast on East Coast Road toward Ceylon Road.
Stay on East Coast Road and cross Ceylon.
Look for the pedestrian bridge over the road and take it south to cross East Coast Road.
Continue walking south directly to the Flow at East Coast.
Approximate Bus Ride Length (including walking): 12-15 minutes
Bus Pick-up Frequency: Approximately every 10-15 minutes
Walking Directions from Dakota Station (CC8) to The Flow
If you don’t want to wait for the bus, you can walk from Dakota Station to the Flow @ East Coast.
After taking Exit A, walk east along Old Airport Road until it becomes Dunman Road.
Walk east along Dunman Road until you reach Ceylon Road.
Turn right onto Ceylon Road.
Walk south along Ceylon Road until you reach East Coast Road.
Take the pedestrian bridge (same bridge as in our bus directions above) south across East Coast Road.
Continue walking south, and you will reach Flow@East Coast.
Approximate Walking Distance and Time: 2.1 km, 27 minutes
Other Points of Interest near The Flow at East Coast
The benefit of visiting The Flow is that it’s right beside several other shopping centres in Katong. Visiting here is super convenient for shopping, eating out and accessing various cultural attractions along the famous Joo Chiat Road.
Strongly consider visiting the Peranakan Houses on Koon Seng Road. It’s common to see both domestic and international tourists snapping photos of the beautiful facades. You can walk along Joo Chiat Road, and the main cluster of homes is only about 50 meters on Koon Seng.
Eurasian Heritage Gallery, Intan and Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple (Directions) are three more cultural points of interest in this area of Singapore. You can walk along Joo Chiat Road and then take a few short trips to access them.
Dunman Food Centre (Directions) is north of The Flow in Katong. You can head there for cheap eats and all the local favourites.
Further north, consider checking out Geylang Serai Market and Joo Chiat Complex. They are closer to Paya Lebar Station in comparison to Dakota.
Best Accommodation Options near The Flow
Katong and the area around The Flow have several solid 3-4 star hotels.
You can stay in this area of Singapore much cheaper than Marina Bay or Sentosa Island. The hotels are not directly beside an MRT station, but several bus services head directly to the surrounding stations.
With many malls and restaurants near The Flow @ East Coast, you can walk to most places without stepping foot in a vehicle.
Here are some of the best hotels near the Flow:
Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy (top choice)
Holiday Inn Express Singapore Katong
Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong
Village Hotel Katong
Santa Grand Hotel East Coast
Always make sure to check recent hotel reviews before booking a place to stay. Being close to Joo Chiat Road is particularly convenient, so check where your hotel is located on the map.
We hope that you now know how to get to The Flow at East Coast by MRT in a fast and stress-free manner!
Katong and the area around the mall are super convenient and definitely worth making the effort to visit.
The most challenging part of the MRT trip to The Flow is making sure you transfer to the Circle Line at the right station. From the Circle Line, you should have no problem getting to Dakota Station, where connecting bus services are located.
The walk from Dakota Station to the Flow is over 25 minutes, so take the bus unless you’re up for breaking a sweat. Cycling is a solid option, though.
Head north along Joo Chiat Road all the way to Paya Lebar Station to see the top attractions and restaurants in Katong and southern Geylang.