Travel Blog Indonesia – For those of you who want to go solo to Singapore in the near future, it looks like you need to know the difference between Ez Link, STP and STP Plus while in Singapore.
The three cards can be used to ride several transportation in Singapore such as MRT, LRT and Bus. Public transport in Singapore is among the best in the world. So, you don’t need to worry about getting lost because there are many hints that you can use. Don’t forget to activate your internet package or pick up some MRT map brochures for the airport passengers service that also provides these three cards.
Then which one should you choose between Ez Link, STP and STP Plus when traveling in Singapore? Each has its advantages and also has its drawbacks. For more details, let’s see what is the difference between the three cards as compiled from the following sources.
Ez Link Card
For the Ez Link card, it costs around Singapore dollars 12. This price already has a balance of 7 Singapore dollars and the remaining 5 Singapore dollars is the purchase price of the Singapore Ez link card.
Ez Link cards are not much different from non-cash payment cards in Indonesia, which are issued by several banks. Usually the price is around IDR 50,000. This price includes a balance of IDR 30,000 and the card price itself of around IDR 20,000.
Well, if you really plan to visit Singapore often, it’s a good idea to have this card. Because you can manage top up funds according to your needs. For refills or top ups, there are enough refill machines that you can use at several MRT stations and at the airport. The method is very easy, just follow the instructions and of course you must have Singapore Dollars.
This Ez Link card is valid for 5 years. Minimum top up is 10 Singapore dollars. If you don’t have many tourist sites to visit while in Singapore, the Ez Link card is perfect for you to use to save costs.
But you need to remember that you have to be diligent in checking the balance in your Ez Link card. The reason is you cannot use it if the balance is less than 3 Singapore Dollars.
Singapore Tourist Pass (STP) Card
For those of you who have planned a long time ago to want to travel in Singapore for a long time or all day by visiting many tourist locations, you should buy a Singapore tourist pass.
The price of this card is quite affordable, around 10 Singapore dollars for 1 day usage. However, you must provide a security deposit of 10 Singapore dollars. So what you pay at the start is 20 Singapore dollars. But you don’t need to worry because your deposit money can be taken back. What is clear is that you have to return your STP card according to the applicable regulations.
The Singapore tourist pass can be used by adults as well as children over 3 years. For a 2-day STP card the price is approximately 16 Singapore dollars. Meanwhile, for 3 days around 20 Singapore dollars.
This STP card is a magic card when you are traveling in Singapore. This card can be used without any alias limit unlimited to ride some of the existing transportation in Singapore such as public buses, MRT, and also LRT.
If you don’t want to return this card you can have it. The expiration period is 6 days from purchase. If it has passed 6 days since purchase, you cannot withdraw the deposit money. But you can still use the SD card and its function changes to an Ez link card, which can be funded top up.
Singapore Tourist Pass Plus (STP Plus) card
Actually, STP Plus cards are not much different from ordinary STP cards. However, the STP Plus card has several additional facilities. These facilities include being used to take public transportation such as buses, MRT, and LRT in Singapore. Other additions you can see below.
Choose 4 of the 9 benefits of STP Plus
- Laksa at Cravilla
- Mee Siam at Cravilla
- Kaya Toast Set at Cravilla
- Curry Chicken at Cravilla
- Chee Cheong Fun at Cravilla
- Cha Soba at Hokkai Villa
- Singapore Sling at; D Happy Factory
- Admission to Mint Musuem of Toys
- Admission to Chinatown Heritage Center
For the price of one day’s STP Plus card, it costs Singapore dollars 28. However, if you use it for 3 days, you need to pay 38 Singapore dollars. This price does not include the 10 Singapore dollar deposit.
You can get this card at several passenger service centers such as Changi Airport or at several LRT and MRT stations in Singapore.