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The Raffles Singapore

  • It would be a resounding understatement to credit Armenian hoteliers, the Sarkies Brothers, as visionaries for their founding of the Raffles Hotel in Singapore. What started off as a beach house in the early 19th century has evolved into an imposing landmark of Singapore, with its colonial-style architecture embodied by old-time grandeur.

    ‘Tradition Demands It'

    The Raffles Singapore sets an impressive and seemingly-unattainable record for being one of the few 19th-century hotels still remaining in the modern world. It has also served as the setting in several movies and had been graciously immortalized in classic works of literature, such as those by Rudyard Kipling and Somerset Maugham. While refurbishments and restoration works have been made to the hotel over the decades, with the most recent one still ongoing until the first quarter of 2019, the services remain excellent and indeed offer guests a world-class experience. As the hotel stands proudly at Beach Road, the hard-to-miss allure of the building would surely bring guests to pay attention to detail to the workmanship of the well-preserved architecture. It is also difficult to be unimpressed by the professional service of the iconic Raffles doormen, who greet the guests upon their arrival at the hotel, giving the guests a pleasant start to their stay at the Raffles. Guests may also enjoy the various fabulous amenities offered by the hotel, be it well-maintained room facilities or efficient room services. Grab a quick bite during tea-time at the Tiffin Room, which serves as a dining area for guests, or, if one arrives later in the evening, visit the Billiard Room for a relaxing drink! Enjoy the iconic Singapore Sling, the national drink which has been curated since 1915, as you indulge in the old-fashioned edge of the hotel’s luxurious ambience. With a hotel as grand as the Raffles, it is always pleasant to find that it caters to families as well as romantic crowds. Whatever it may be that the guests are looking for, the Raffles sees to it that all needs are met for the optimum holiday experience.

    Upon your arrival at Changi Airport, transport options are aplenty when it comes to your transfer to the Raffles.

    Public Transport

    Taking public transportation in Singapore may turn out to be a pleasant adventure for those who are on a travel budget. One may choose to travel around Singapore by bus, which is made convenient with clearly-numbered buses and routes. For a transfer from Changi Airport to the Raffles Singapore, take bus Line 36 at the Changi Airport Passenger Terminal Building 2 (PTB2). The trip takes around an hour and has an estimated rate ranging from S$1-S$3, so if you have a tight schedule, the bus will not be a recommended option despite the attractively affordable pricing. Comparatively, when one factors in the duration of the transfer, the MRT does offer a faster transfer service compared to the bus. One may purchase an EZ-Link card for S$5 at MRT stations or a Singapore Tourist Pass for convenience. For a transfer by way of MRT from Changi Airport to the Raffles Singapore, take the purple line of the subway. MRT rates will be significantly cheaper if one pays using the EZ-Link card, and the estimated price range will be from S$3 to S$6. Get off at the City Hall station and walk the rest of the 5-minute journey to arrive at the Raffles Hotel. The trip should take around half an hour, and if one is looking for affordable convenience, then the MRT would be a better option.

    By Taxi

    For the sake of convenience, it is always easier to ride to your destination in a taxi, especially if you are looking for a comfortable and time-saving option. This would also be a great choice for those who are less tech-savvy, or those who do not have the necessary Internet connection on their mobile phones to use a ride-hailing app. With that said, Singapore’s taxi fares are meter-based, and so the prices may vary depending on the distance traveled. Additional stops along the way may also incur surcharges.

    Super Vehicles

    One may also book for the super vehicles which come in the 4-seater variant (Super Car) and 6-seater variant (Super Van), and the flat rates are S$40 and S$48 respectively. However, for arrival transfers by way of private hire vehicles at Changi Airport, there will be no meet-and-greet service provide. Passengers will board the vehicle at the exit door of their arrival terminal. Rest assured, a complimentary waiting time of 60 minutes will be given so as to allow you plenty of time to clear the immigration and collect your baggage (if any)

    GrabCar

    If you’re looking for a comfortable transfer, then booking for a ride via the GrabCar mobile app would be the perfect choice! GrabCar is a ride-hailing app which allows users to book for a ride at an affordable flat rate. Download the app for free on Google Playstore for Android users, or the App Store for Apple users.

    Limousine Cabs

    Make this trip to Singapore a comfortable experience by booking a limousine cab. For transfers from Changi Airport, a flat rate beginning from S$60 per transfer is charged and will vary according to the choice of vehicle and the number of passengers. For arrival transfers such as this, advance booking and payment will be required, and passengers will then be entitled to a meet-and-greet service by the driver, as well as a complimentary waiting time of up to 60 minutes. For your convenience as well as ours, the assigned driver will also track your flight so as to be notified should there be a change of arrival schedule.

    Private Limousines

    Allow us to take you to the Raffles Singapore hassle-free! Private limousines are a great way to arrive at your destination in style and comfort, as well as a good choice for those ferrying important guests. With a flat rate starting from S$60 per transfer, varying with the choice of vehicles and the destination, popular vehicles available for passengers include the Mercedes E-class and the Mercedes Minivan. Again, for arrival transfers, an advance booking and payment will be required.

    For more information on the rates and choices of vehicles, visit the Limousine Transport website here. Make a booking with us today by dialing our friendly customer service line
    +65 6535 3534 (Singapore) or +6 03 2630 8400 (Malaysia). You may also make an online booking with us through our website.