How to get to West Coast Plaza in Singapore?

How to get to West Coast Plaza in Singapore?
West Coast Plaza in Singapore

Get to West Coast Plaza fast using a combination of MRT and bus services.

Here is the complete guide on how to get to West Coast Plaza in Singapore using public transportation. 

This article will summarize all the specific steps to get to West Coast Plaza using a combination of MRT and bus services. Since it is in western Singapore, you can take the MRT from downtown and then connect with a short bus trip right near the mall. 

There are some clear benefits of using public transportation (MRT and bus) to access West Coast Plaza. 

First of all, you will avoid all parking and taxi fees. 

You don’t want to pay for these if avoiding them is easy. Second, you will bypass all road traffic on the MRT section of the trip. Once you arrive via bus, you will be able to walk a very short distance from the bus stop, which eliminates time looking for a parking spot. 


Shopping at West Coast Plaza in Singapore

West Coast Plaza is a popular shopping centre that consists of three retail levels providing convenient shopping, services and dining for visitors. It’s a mixed-use development with residences and a mall component. 

It originally opened way back in 1992 and was named Ginza Plaza. However, after some renovations in 2008, it was renamed to what we know as West Coast Plaza. 

Due to its location, West Coast Plaza welcomes a lot of visitors from surrounding private and public housing complexes. It is conveniently located near Ayer Rajah Expressway and West Coast Highway and within a short bus ride of several MRT stations. 

When you visit West Coast Plaza, you can enjoy over 100 shops to choose from. Except to see several restaurant chains from around the world. Fashion, beauty, and electronics are popular here, and so too are enrichment centres for students. 

There are 286 car park spots if you drive here, but we suggest using MRT and bus to reach West Coast Plaza.


Getting to West Coast Plaza using MRT

Step 1: Walk to the closest MRT station.

We strongly recommend booking a place to stay in Singapore that is close to the MRT for several reasons.

You will get around the city much faster and avoid taxi/ride-hailing fees. 

Singaporeans often buy or rent property based on how close it is to an MRT station. Visitors to Singapore should also consider this strategy.

Due to Singapore’s intense heat and rain, we suggest being 5 minutes or less from a station. 

Here are a few hotels that are popular with our readers:

JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach – 2 minutes to Esplanade Station

Fullerton Hotel – 2 minutes from Raffles Place Station

Both of these properties receive positive review scores and are minutes away from their neighbouring stations.

Read More: Fullerton Hotel – What’s the nearest MRT station?


Step 2: Plan your trip to West Coast Plaza – Lines, Stations and Transfer.

There are actually several MRT stations that you can travel to with connecting bus services to West Coast Plaza. 

Here are the three most popular stations

Clementi Station (EW23) (most convenient)

Dover Station (EW22)

one-north (CC23) 

Of these stations, we recommend going to Clementi Station (EW)

It is located along the East-West Line, which is green on Singapore’s metro map. 


Step 3: Buy an MRT card for the ride to West Coast Plaza.

You have two main cards for accessing West Coast Plaza in Singapore – Tourist Passes and Stored Value Cards. 

Singapore Tourist PassesIdeal for short-term, busy stays in Singapore. These are designed for tourists from abroad. You can purchase a 1-3 day card which provides unlimited bus and train rides for this period. 

Read More: Building the Best Itinerary for Singapore

Stored Value CardsWe used one of these while figuring out how to get to West Coast Plaza in Singapore using public transportation. These are also valid on buses and trains. The cash balance on your account will automatically get adjusted every time you go somewhere and tap out of the transport system. 

Read More: Buying metro cards in Singapore – The Complete Guide


Step 4: Take the MRT to Clementi Station (EW23) on the East-West metro line. 

There are three main stations for transferring to the East-West Line from downtown Singapore:

City Hall Station

Bugis Station

Raffles City Station

Once you have mapped out your route to West Coast Plaza, take the MRT all the way to Clementi Station (EW23)

It has two neighbouring stations that you should be familiar with:

Dover Station (EW22)

Jurong East (NS1/EW24)

When you stop at either one of these stations, move closer to an exit because you will get off at Clementi next.

Map of MRT Lines and Stations near West Coast Plaza
Map of MRT Lines and Stations near West Coast Plaza

Step 5: Alight at Clementi Station (EW23).

Alight when you arrive at Clementi Station (EW23). Double-check that you have collected everything before stepping off the train. 


Step 6: Walk from the Level 3 Train Platforms to Level 1 (Ground Level).

Once you are off the train at Clementi Station, follow the directions outlined below to access the exit level. 

You will arrive at Level 3 of Clementi Station (East-West Line Train Platforms). 

Level 3 – Train Platforms

L2 – Concourse

Level 1 – Street Level

Travel from Level 3 to Level 1 of the station. You have three options to reach the ground floor:

  • Walking down the stairs
  • Taking the elevator
  • Going down the escalator

Take Exit B to have the fastest bus access to West Coast Plaza in Singapore. 

Map of Clementi MRT Station to reach West Coast Plaza
Navigating your way from Clemeti MRT Station to the station exit in order to reach West Coast Plaza

Step 7: Take a bus from Clementi Station to West Coast Plaza. 

Exit B will bring you out on Commonwealth Avenue West. 

Walk over to the following bus stop:

Clementi Stn Exit B – Stop ID: 17179

Get on Bus 201 to reach West Coast Plaza.

Stay on Bus 201 for 2 stops and get off at this bus stop.

Blk 601 – Stop ID: 17049

Once you’re off the bus, walk southeast on West Coast Road toward Clementi West Street 1.

Continue walking south along West Coast Road until you see West Coast Plaza on your left. 

Go ahead and enter the mall!


How long is the bus ride from Clementi Station to West Coast Plaza?

The total travel time from Clementi Station to West Coast Plaza only should take about 8-10 minutes. The bus ride takes about 5 minutes, and then the walk from Blk 601 – Stop ID: 17049 to the Plaza should take about 3 more minutes.  

Driving time and distance from Clementi MRT Station to West Coast Plaza


How to get to West Coast Plaza in Singapore?
An Overview of How to get to West Coast Plaza in Singapore?

Points of Interest near the Plaza

There are several shopping malls, parks and recreational facilities close to West Coast Plaza that you can check out on the same day. 

Clementi Woods Park and West Coast Park are both south of the Plaza. Consider visiting both of them if you are jogging. 

The two closest malls near West Coast Plaza are north and closer to Clementi Station:

Clementi Mall (Directions)

321 Clementi (Directions)

Clementi Mall is physically connected to Clementi Station via a pedestrian walkway.

Two of the most well-established food centres in Clementi are

Clementi 448 Market & Food Centre 

Ayer Rajah Food Centre (Directions)

Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum and the National University of Singapore are major points of interest east of West Coast Plaza.

The East-West Line makes getting to/from downtown Singapore super easy! You can take it to the business district and world-famous Marina Bay without transferring lines. 


Best Accommodation Options

The direct area around West Coast Plaza is not known for hotels or hostels. 

Most visitors prefer to stay closer to the city centre where you can choose from 2, 3, 4 and 5-star properties. 

That being said, if you do want to stay close to West Coast Plaza, there is a cluster of hotels located south along West Coast Road:

ibis Budget Singapore West Coast

Fragrance Hotel – Ocean View

The Quay Hotel – West Coast

They are all about 1.4 km south of West Coast Plaza.

Read More: The Best Hotels in Marina Bay Singapore (The Complete Guide)


Conclusion

Now that you have read this step-by-step guide on how to get to West Coast Plaza in Singapore using public transport.

You have several MRT stations with different bus connections to reach the Plaza, but we think that Clementi Station provides the best bus connection. 

Once you arrive at Clementi Station, take Exit B. Look for the bus stop right near the station exit, get on Bus 201 and stay on it as it travels south. 

The walk from Blk 601 – Stop ID: 17049 is only about 3 minutes right to the entrance of West Coast Plaza. 

Also, keep in mind that Singapore Tourist Passes and Stored-Value Cards will work for both buses and trains. Therefore, you can use these to get to Clementi Station and take the bus from there right near the Plaza. 

The most challenging aspect of this trip will be transferring to the East Coast Line along the way. But, if you refer to the metro problem, it shouldn’t be an issue.

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