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Singapore (City) - Getting There

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Singapore is well-connected to the rest of world by air, land or sea.

The fastest and easiest way for relocating expatriates to reach Singapore is by air. Arranging for a flight to Singapore is a breeze. The award-winning Singapore Changi Airport is served by over 80 airlines with more than 4,300 weekly scheduled flights to 189 cities in 60 different countries worldwide. The average flight duration from major cities such as London to Singapore is 14 hours; and from New York, 24 hours. Singapore’s national carrier, the Singapore Airlines, offers non-stop flight options from certain cities. For example, a non-stop flight from Los Angeles to Singapore is 18 ½ hours – travel time is reduced by 2 hours, but at a cost.

There are many options for land transfers from the airport to any part of Singapore. The most convenient way would be by taxi. There are maxi-cabs available to cater for extra luggage and are great for larger families (more than 4 adults). Visit www.limousinecab.com; Tel: (+65) 9657 3453; email booking@limousinecab.com. 24-hour booking and reservations daily, including public holidays. More information on getting around in Singapore is available under the section “Driving and Public Transport”.

Another way to reach Singapore is by train. This is an interesting option if you intend to holiday in Malaysia or Thailand before reaching Singapore, and many expatriates factor in a short holiday as part of the relocation experience. The KTM (Keretapi Tanah Melayu) trains operate between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur daily, and are frequent, reliable and efficient. For more information for train connections between Singapore and Thailand, visit www.ktmb.com.my (Tel: (+60) 3 2263 1111). Alternatively, if you are looking for something lavish and stylish, there is the Eastern and Oriental Express that travels from Thailand to Singapore (visit www.orient-express.com to email your queries to an international sales office located nearest to you.)

Arriving by sea via a holiday cruise is another interesting way to reach Singapore leisurely. There are a growing number of international cruise lines that offer cruises with stopovers in Singapore to choose from. The cruise terminal in Singapore is conveniently and centrally located, making land transfers to your final destination within Singapore easy. Taking a ferry from the nearby Indonesian islands and from some Malaysian cities is possible, but not recommended, especially if you anticipate carrying heavy or bulky luggage.

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Cigna has worked in international health insurance for more than 30 years. Today, Cigna has over 71 million customer relationships around the world. Looking after them is an international workforce of 31,000 people, plus a network of over 1 million hospitals, physicians, clinics and health and wellness specialists worldwide, meaning you have easy access to treatment.