Sentosa Express

by | Aug 18, 2022

Sentosa Express

Sentosa Express trail

All You Need To Know About Sentosa Express

Sentosa Island and HarbourFront on the Singapore mainland are connected by the  Sentosa Express monorail line. It constructs to replace the previous Sentosa Monorail for S$140 million. Building work finished in December 2006 after development started in June 2003. The 4.3-km total track length, completely elevated, a two-way line is 2.1 kilometres (1.3 miles) long in each direction went into service on January 15, 2007. Up to 4,000 passengers can travel on the monorail system, which is privately owned and run by Sentosa Development Corporation.


The  Sentosa Express was to built as part of a ten-year redevelopment plan for Sentosa, an offshore island south of the main Singaporean island is devoted to tourism. In June 2002, the Sentosa Development Corporation (SDC) awarded a S$78 million (US$43.56 million) contract to Hitachi Asia, a Japanese subsidiary, to build the Sentosa Express. It intended to take the place of the Sentosa Monorail in 1982, set to demolish 2005. The Sentosa Express was intend to traverse the water, connect with the North-East Line on the mainland, and include three stops on Sentosa Island, for a total of four stations, unlike its predecessor, which made a circle around the island.

Sentosa Express train

About Sentosa Express

A straddle-beam monorail connects HarbourFront on the Singapore mainland with Sentosa Island. It is known as the Sentosa Express. The line is privately owned and run by the Sentosa Development Corporation, puts the island’s top attractions within easy reach of HarbourFront, a transportation hub connects to the NE1 CC29 HarbourFront MRT Station. Sentosa bus services drop off and pick up passengers at the Waterfront and Beach stations for trips throughout the island. There are four stops along the 2.1-kilometre line entirely elevated.

 A round trip takes about 8 minutes. Hitachi provides rolling stock housed in a small depot close to Beach station.


At VivoCity station, the Sentosa Express charges a S$4 ticket for entry (at HarbourFront). After then, all commuters—including those who entered Sentosa island through the Sentosa Express—are entitled to free rides both inside Sentosa island and outgoing rides from VivoCity station. For S$4, visitors to VivoCity station can purchase a contactless card called the Sentosa Pass, which grants access to Sentosa island via the monorail. Cash, NETS, and major credit cards are all acceptable forms of payment (VISA, MasterCard, AMEX and JCB). An alternative can use their CEPAS cards at the VivoCity station fare gantries, where the S$4 charge will subtract. 

Sentosa Express map

With effect from October 1, 2018, the following TransitLink concession card users will pay S$2 per person for admission:

  • Adults Over 60 Discount Card
  • Disability Concession Card for Persons
  • Transportation Workfare Concession Card
  • Student Concession Cards for Elementary, Secondary, Junior College, and ITE Schools
  •  Children under three possess a TransitLink Child Concession Card are admitted free of charge.

Moving Equipment

The Hitachi small-type monorail rolling stock used by the Sentosa Express runs in a two-car configuration with an operator’s cab at each end.  Using a gangway connection joined. Seven trains painted in various colour schemes Red, Orange, Green, Blue, Purple, Pink, and Yellow.  The Sentosa Express depot, which is close to Beach station and houses repair trucks, serves as the basis for all trains.

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