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How To Get 50 Cents Discount When Taking the Train in the Morning?

How To Get 50 Cents Discount When Taking the Train in the Morning?

Commuters can take advantage of the Morning Pre-Peak Fares scheme, first introduced by the Public Transport Council (PTC) in 2017, to save up to 50 cents on their fares by tapping in at any MRT or LRT station on the train network before the morning peak hours.

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What Time Is the Peak Hours in Singapore?

Jurong East MRT station with four MRT trains. (File Photo: SGTrains)

Jurong East MRT station with four MRT trains. (File Photo: SGTrains)

The peak hours, also known as the rush hours, are parts of the day when crowding and movement on the public transport system are near/at the highest.

Morning Peak Hours in Singapore
The morning peak hour window usually spans around two hours – from 7:30am to 9:30am.[1]

Evening Peak Hours in Singapore
The evening peak hour window usually spans around two hours – from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.[1]

Morning Pre-Peak Hour Discount

Automatic Fare Collection Gates by Thales on the Downtown Line (DTL). (Photo: SGTrains)

Automatic Fare Collection Gates by Thales on the Downtown Line (DTL). (Photo: SGTrains)

The Morning Pre-Peak Fares scheme introduced by the PTC allows commuters to automatically save up to $0.50 on their fares.

You are eligible for the discount when you tap in before 7:45am at any MRT or LRT station on weekdays (except public holidays).

Example #1 – Commuter who taps in before 7:45am at Jurong East MRT station and taps out at Bishan MRT station

Regular Fare Discounted Fare
Adults $1.96 $1.46
Senior Citizen $0.99 $0.49
Student $0.70 $0.20

Example #2 – Commuter who taps in before 7:45am at Beauty World MRT station and taps out at Tan Kah Kee MRT station

Regular Fare Discounted Fare
Adults $1.19 $0.69
Senior Citizen $0.72 $0.22
Student $0.53 $0.03

Example #3 – Commuter takes the bus for 1.3km, then taps in before 7:45am at Hougang MRT station and taps out at Telok Ayer MRT station

Regular Fare Discounted Fare
Adults $1.09 + $0.74 = $1.83 $1.09 + $0.24 = $1.33
Senior Citizen $0.65 + $0.34 = $0.99 $0.65 + $0.00 = $0.65
Student $0.48 + $0.22 = $0.70 $0.48 + $0.00 = $0.48

Example #4 – Commuter takes the bus for 2.2km, then taps in at Toa Payoh MRT station before 7:45am and taps out at Newton MRT Station

Regular Fare Discounted Fare
Adults $1.09 + $0.21 = $1.30 $1.09 + $0.00 = $1.09
Senior Citizen $0.65 + $0.15 = $0.80 $0.65 + $0.00 = $0.65
Student $0.48 + $0.11 = $0.59 $0.48 + $0.00 = $0.48

Source: Public Transport Council & Land Transport Authority.
Fares are calculated on Dec 23, 2023.

In Conclusion – Wake Up Earlier, Travel Earlier!

Source: Towfiqu Barbhuiya/Unsplash

Source: Towfiqu Barbhuiya/Unsplash

If you haven’t been tapping in at train stations before 7:45am, it might be time for you to wake up a little bit earlier to travel and enjoy the $0.50 discount!

$0.50 only — for what?!

Let’s assume there are 5 weekdays × 4 weeks ≈ 20 working days in a month.
You can get 20 working days × $0.50 discount = $10.00 potential savings per month!

Don’t say we never jio you!



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Related Links
First and Last Train Timings – SGTrains
Planning your journey – SGTrains


External Links
Morning Pre-Peak Fares – PTC [Accessed 26 Dec 2021]
Fare Calculator – LTA [Accessed 26 Dec 2021]


Footnotes
[1] – Derived from Peak Periods at most MRT Interchanges on MRT/LRT | Transport Tools – LTA [Accessed 21 Feb 2023]


Image: SGTrains File, Towfiqu Barbhuiya/Unsplash
This article first appeared on SGTrains.
Last updated on 24 Dec 2023.

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