Tap in at any MRT or LRT station before 7.45am on weekdays (excluding public holidays) to enjoy lower morning pre-peak fares.
The FPPT and OPP trials will expire after 28 December 2017. From 29 December 2017, commuters will enjoy lower morning pre-peak rail fares for tap-ins before 7.45am at all MRT and LRT stations during weekdays (except public holidays).
If I tap-in at an MRT or LRT station before 7.45am, and proceed to take a bus after my train trip, is the bus ride considered a transfer ride?
With the introduction of the lower morning pre-peak rail fares, prevailing transfer rules will continue to apply for transfers between bus and train services. If a commuter taps-in at an MRT or LRT station before 7.45am, and proceeds to take a bus after the train trip, the bus trip will be considered as a transfer if it meets the transfer rules.
Commuters can enjoy a fare discount of 50 cents or the equivalent of the fare for the rail leg of their journey, whichever is lower.
E.g. Commuter who taps in before 7.45am at Jurong East MRT station and taps out at Bishan MRT station
*With lower morning pre-peak rail fare
E.g. Commuter who boards bus service 232 at Toa Payoh Lor 7 (opp block 5) and alights at Toa Payoh Bus Interchange, then taps in at Toa Payoh MRT station before 7.45am and taps out at Newton MRT station
Distance: 2.2km (bus) + 2.6km (train)
(Bus + train)
$0.77 + $0.20 = $0.97
$0.77 + $0 = $0.77
$0.54 + $0.14 = $0.68
$0.54 + $0 = $0.54
$0.37 + $0.10 = $0.47
$0.37 + $0 = $0.37
Commuters can make multiple rail transfers (by tapping out and tapping back in to the rail network) within a single journey without incurring any additional boarding charges. Transfers between two different rail stations have to be made within 15 minutes, and 45 minutes for transfers between bus and rail.
The aim of having lower morning pre-peak fares is to encourage more commuters to start their rail journey before 7.45am. In doing so, commuters will enjoy lower card fares and less crowded rides, while our public transport system will be more efficiently utilised. Currently, 300,000 rail commuters stand to benefit from lower fares as they already travel during the morning pre-peak.
Why are the lower morning pre-peak fares not applicable for bus journeys?
Lower morning pre-peak fares are meant to encourage rail commuters to travel outside morning peak hours, when travel demand is the heaviest. Peak period crowding on buses is not as acute. In fact, with close to 1,000 buses added under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme, and bus service standards improving as part of the transition to bus contracting, around 90% of bus services have become less crowded over the past five years even as ridership continued increasing.
Current Distance Fares Transfer Rules
Enhanced Transfer Rules
All journeys must be within 2 hours of the first boarding
Number of transfers
Maximum of 5 transfers can be made within a journey
Rule for rail travel
One single entry and exit allowed for
rail for each journey
Multiple rail transfers allowed with
no additional boarding charges (New)
Transfer time limit
45 minutes for transfers
(i) Between rail station and bus service
(ii) Between different bus services
No transfer allowed between different rail stations
15 minutes for transfers between
different rail stations (New)
Current bus service must not be the
same as the preceding bus service
No exit and re-entry at the same
Do monthly concession pass holders enjoy a discount off their pass price if they use it to travel during the morning pre-peak?
Lower morning pre-peak rail fares only apply to commuters paying card fares. There is no change in price to the monthly concession pass, which allows the pass user to enjoy unlimited travel throughout the day.
Is the Travel Smart Rewards scheme still ongoing?
The Travel Smart Rewards (TSR) scheme is still in place. Commuters can join the scheme to accumulate points for cash rewards when they travel during off-peak hours. For more information on TSR, please access the following link: (https://www.travelsmartrewards.lta.gov.sg).