Get to Tiong Bahru Plaza fast and affordably with this detailed article.
Welcome to our step-by-step guide on how to get to Tiong Bahru Plaza by MRT. In this article, we will provide you will all the specific information you need to reach Tiong Bahru Plaza while saving critical time and money along the way!
Fortunately, Tiong Bahru Plaza is well serviced by Singapore’s extensive MRT network, making it easy to get there in a stress-free manner.
In addition to describing how to get there, we will also help you to:
- Identify the best MRT line and station to use if you want to walk directly to Tiong Bahru Plaza.
- Identify other points of interest in Tiong Bahru that are close to Tiong Bahru Plaza.
- Select the best type of ticket/card for your trip to the Plaza.
We highly recommend using Singapore’s MRT network to get around the city. There are several lines, and it’s easy to get to almost every corner of the city, including the Tiong Bahru neighbourhood.
Why should you visit Tiong Bahru Plaza in Singapore?
Tiong Bahru Plaza is a popular destination mall that features a wide selection of food and beverage establishments and shopping opportunities for visitors. Ideally located right in the heart of Tiong Bahru, Tiong Bahru Plaza has communal spaces that are popular amongst residents and shoppers to relax and socialize.
There are three community spaces in Tiong Bahru Plaza that are popular amongst guests. On Level 4 and Level 1 of the shopping centre, you will find open areas designed to host performances, movie screenings and special sales.
Then, on Level 3 of Tiong Bahru Plaza, there is a playground. If you are shopping, don’t hesitate to bring along your children!
This bird-shaped playground is really popular. Also, take note that it has some ‘sun blockers’ in place to protect everyone from the full strength of the sun during the hot afternoon hours.
Tiong Bahru Plaza is very popular, but once you are in this area of Singapore, there are many cafes, bakeries, and food centres. Tiong Bahru Market is mostly only a 7-minute walk or a 3-minute bus ride east of the Plaza.
Specific Details – Getting to Tiong Bahru Plaza by MRT
Step 1: Access the closest MRT Station.
If you are a resident of Singapore, then you can jump down to Step 2 because you likely already know which station is closest to where you live!
However, if you are visiting Singapore, you must find a strategic area and a strategic hotel or hostel to stay at.
Getting to Tiong Bahru Plaza via MRT is really easy, but it isn’t easy if you stay far away from an MRT station! Fortunately, numerous hotels throughout Singapore are only a 2-3 minute walk from the closest MRT Station.
Popular areas to stay in include Marina Bay, Chinatown and Sentosa Island.
Here are a few popular places to stay within 2-3 minutes of the stations mentioned below:
Marina Bay Sands (5-star, 9.0/10 review score, very close to Bayfront Station)
The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore (5-star, 9.2/10 review score, very close to City Hall Station)
The Fullerton Hotel (5-star, 9.0/10 review score, 2 minutes from Raffles Place Station)
Once you know where you will stay, refer to Step 2 below and learn how to get to Tiong Bahru Plaza using MRT!
Step 2: Buy a ticket for your MRT trip to Tiong Bahru Plaza.
The types of tickets available for MRT rides to Tiong Bahru Plaza may change over the course of time, but at the time of writing, you can choose from:
- Singapore Tourist Passes
- Single Trip Tickets/Multi-Trip Tickets
- Stored value cards
The type of ticket you should buy depends on your activity level and whether you stay in or visit Singapore. For example, if you want to spend only a few days in the city and do a lot of sightseeing, then Singapore Tourist Passes might work best for you.
Singapore Tourist Passes are a solid option for tourists spending 1-3 days in Singapore.
Once you buy one, you can get unlimited bus and MRT trips for a set number of days. These are best for busy tourists with busy itineraries.
It’s easy to travel to and from Tiong Bahru Plaza using MRT and also connect with buses along the way!
Want more information?: Buying Singapore Tourist Passes – The Complete Informational Guide.
Other Tickets to reach Tiong Bahru Plaza
You can buy single-trip tickets/multi-trip tickets right in the station on your way to Tiong Bahru Plaza. Although somewhat worry-free, these tickets require you to purchase them at a ticket machine. Try to avoid peak travel times to avoid any lineups.
Stored value cards are the third type of ticket for getting to Tiong Bahru Plaza.
We used a stored value card while figuring out how to get to Tiong Bahru Plaza by MRT. Simply buy the card, top it up and then use it on trains and buses throughout the city.
Step 3: Plan your trip and possible transfers to Tiong Bahru Station.
To reach Tiong Bahru Plaza using MRT, you should plan on travelling to Tiong Bahru Station – yes it’s straightforward to remember!
Tiong Bahru Station (EW17) is located along East-West MRT Line which is shown in green colour on the metro map.
There are two neighbouring stations next to Tiong Bahru Station (EW17) that you should also be familiar with:
Outram Park Station (EW16) – located southeast of Tiong Bahru Plaza
Redhill Station (EW18) – northwest of Tiong Bahru Plaza
Although these stations are only a few kilometres away from Tiong Bahru Plaza, you are much better going straight to Tiong Bahru Station.
Step 4: Take the MRT to Tiong Bahru Station.
If you stay downtown near Chinatown, Marina Bay or the Quays, you will likely stop at Outram Park directly before Tiong Bahru Station.
Once you are close to Tiong Bahru Station, grab your personal belongings and walk towards an exit on the train.
Step 5: Alight at Tiong Bahru Station.
Alight upon arrival at Tiong Bahru Station.
Step 6: Exit and walk to Tiong Bahru Plaza.
Walking from Tiong Bahru Station to Tiong Bahru Plaza
There are only two exits at Tiong Bahru Station, Exit A and Exit B.
Take Exit B to walk directly to Tiong Bahru Plaza.
Conveniently, when you use Exit B, you can use the escalators to go directly into Basement 1 of Tiong Bahru Plaza. Once you are in Tiong Bahru Plaza, you will be able to access shops and restaurants on the primary levels of the mall.
How long does it take to walk from the station to Tiong Bahru Plaza?
Tiong Bahru Plaza is directly across the street from Tiong Bahru Station. Therefore, the mall is in a very convenient location.
You can expect the walk from the station to Tiong Bahru Plaza to take only 1-2 minutes because the distance is only 200 meters.
Where should you stay in Tiong Bahru?
Most of the Tiong Bahru area hotels are east of Tiong Bahru Plaza and about an 8-12 minute walk away.
Technically, there are two main clusters of accommodation choices in Tiong Bahru.
One pocket is directly east of Tiong Bahru Market. The other pocket is south of the Singapore River and Robertson Quay.
You can expect most of the hotels near Tiong Bahru Plaza to be 3 and 4-star hotels. Based on our research, they are quite a bit cheaper than the 5-star properties in Singapore and pretty solid value for the price.
Northern Pocket of Hotels (South of Singapore River/Robertson Quay)
Furama RiverFront – 4-star, 7.8/10 based on 1300+ reviews
Copthorne King’s Hotel – 4-star, 7.8/10 based on 1400+ reviews
The benefit of staying at one of these properties is that you can use the waterside walkway to access fabulous restaurants in Robertson Quay and Clarke Quay.
Southern Pocket of Hotels (East of Tiong Bahru Market)
Nostalgia Hotel – 4-star, 8.2/10 based on 330+ guest reviews
D’Hotel Singapore – 4-star, 8.1/10 based on 220+ guest reviews
ST Residences Tiong Bahru – 8.0/10 based on 29+ guest reviews
Hotel 81 Osaka – 2-star, 7.5/10 based on 241+ guest reviews
These properties are generally well-priced and close to a lot of hawker stalls and cafes in the Tiong Bahru area.
Conclusion and Itinerary Ideas
Ideally, this comprehensive guide on how to get to Tiong Bahru Plaza by MRT has been useful!
Although many tourists simply don’t visit Tiong Bahru, there are a lot of places worth checking out around Tiong Bahru Plaza. We think it’s an underrated area of Singapore to explore. If you are a foodie, this is a must-visit area!
Tiong Bahru has some delicious food centres which offer delicious traditional dishes that you should consider visiting.
Tiong Bahru Market is one of the best food centres in Singapore, and it’s only 600 m east of Tiong Bahru Plaza. Other notable food centres include:
Havelock Road Cooked Food Centre
Beo Crescent Market
If you want to exercise, then walk over to Tiong Bahru Park. It is an urban park with a sandpit, playgrounds, exercise equipment and jogging tracks. You can walk there in under 5 minutes from Tiong Bahru Plaza.
A common activity in Tiong Bahru is ‘cafe-hopping’. Over the years, more and more cafes have opened up here which cater to younger Singaporeans. The shops around Tiong Bahru Market are lined with delicious traditional restaurants. Check them out!
Please don’t hesitate to email us or comment below if you have any other questions about visiting Tiong Bahru Plaza. We would be delighted to help!