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?

The Travel Early, Pay Less scheme was introduced by the Public Transport Council (PTC) on Dec 29, 2017.

This scheme encourages more commuters to travel before the morning peak hours, which allow savings of up to $0.50 on their transportation fares.

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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 where 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 two hours, from 7:00am to 9:00am.[1]

Evening Peak Hours in Singapore
The evening peak hour window usually spans three hours, from 5:00pm to 8:00pm.[2]

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 allow commuters to automatically save up to $0.50 on their fares.

You are eligible for the discount if 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 $1.76 $1.26
Senior Citizen $0.92 $0.42
Student $0.63 $0.13

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 $1.02 $0.52
Senior Citizen $0.66 $0.16
Student $0.47 $0.00

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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 $0.92 + $0.72 = $1.64 $0.92 + $0.22 = $1.14
Senior Citizen $0.59 + $0.33 = $0.92 $0.59 + $0.00 = $0.59
Student $0.42 + $0.21 = $0.63 $0.42 + $0.00 = $0.42

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 $0.92 + $0.20 = $1.12 $0.92 + $0.00 = $0.92
Senior Citizen $0.59 + $0.14 = $0.73 $0.59 + $0.00 = $0.59
Student $0.42 + $0.10 = $0.52 $0.42 + $0.00 = $0.42

Source: Public Transport Council.
Fares are calculated before Dec 26, 2021.

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!

Walao eh, $0.50 only nia – for what sia?!

Let’s assume that 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 ah! 👍

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

External Links
Morning Pre-Peak Fares – PTC [Accessed 03 Nov 2021]

Footnotes
[1] – Derived from Train Operation Hours and Frequency on Rail Network – LTA [Accessed 03 Nov 2021]
[2] – Derived from Bus Lane Hours on Driving Rules and Information – LTA [Accessed 03 Nov 2021]

Featured images by SGTrains File Photo and Towfiqu Barbhuiya/Unsplash

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