Whether you have just moved to Singapore or have been here for years, shopping apps and travel apps are always a great way to make the most of a country. From food delivery, getting a job or navigating public transport, these apps in Singapore are guaranteed to make living in Singapore that much easier! Here are our recommendations.
Shopping apps in Singapore
Carousell: An active marketplace for buying and selling second-hand products, from tech and gadgets to designer handbags. Addictive!
ZALORA: Browse and shop hundreds of local and international brands on the go with this shopping app, with free delivery in Singapore.
Lazada: Shop thousands of products across health, beauty, home, living, electronics and more.
ASOS: Keep up to date with popular fashion trends and personalised recommendations with a variety of products to choose from.
Qoo10: Newest products and trends from Singapore and the world at discounted prices
Shopee: Another popular shopping app for buying and selling using your phone; good for bargains and deals.
Gumtree SG: Singapore’s version of the free classifieds site; this shopping app allows you to connect with local buyers and sellers and post ads yourself.
Amazon Prime Now: No time to trawl the shops? Order endless daily essentials and gift items with this shopping app.
ShopBack: ShopBack is a shopping app that gives you money back on purchases from a range of online stores
Atome SG: A buy-now-pay-later (BNPL) shopping app that allows you to shop what you love, both online and in-store.
Public transport and travel apps
SG Buses: Locate your next bus when you’re feeling impatient, or identify buses and routes if you’re lost, with this user-friendly app.
Singapore MRT Map Route: Simple access to Singapore’s most updated MRT and LRT maps, plus the fastest route to your destination.
EZ-Link: This app monitors your EZ-Link transactions over the past three months, and highlights available discounts.
Gothere: An idiot-proof transport guide that helps you work out the best route to get from one spot to another.
MyTransport SG: A transportation guide with bus routes, arrival times, taxi stands, live traffic updates and parking lot availability.
Singabus: Great for checking bus arrival times, realtime bus locations, and the nearest bus stops.
Citymapper: Find real-time routes via bus, MRT, LRT, train, ferry, taxi, walking and cycling.
Changi App: Up-to-date flight arrival and departure info so you’ll never be too early to the airport again.
CDG Zig: Easily book a taxi with Singapore’s best-known cab companies, Comfort and City Cab
Grab: Get an estimated fare and full details of your taxi driver, and rate the journey afterward, if you like.
Gojek: This new ridesharing travel app aims to get you around the city faster, cheaper and better.
TADA: Another new app for hailing a ride, this one driven by blockchain
Traffic & parking apps
SG Carpark: Compare car parking rates in the city, plus the number of available spots and more.
Parking.sg: Pay for parking using your mobile devices at all coupon parking car parks.
SG Traffic: A fast news app with traffic info on accidents and jams that might affect your drive.
SG Checkpoint Traffic: Shows the traffic situation at the links between Singapore and Malaysia.
FastJobsSG: Looking for work? Browse part-time, temporary, freelance and holiday jobs with this app
JobsDB: Another jobsearch app providing a wide range of work opportunities and vacancies.
Jobstreet: Jobs on offer from over 230,000 employers in Singapore and the region.
Food and restaurant apps
Deliveroo: Get food delivered to your door from local restaurants in a flash: just type in your postcode to see what’s available.
Uber Eats: Partnered with lots of local restaurants, Uber Eats delivers from eateries within your postcode range.
Foodpanda: Another of the island’s popular food ordering apps that puts an array of menus right at your fingertips.
Chope: Make instant online reservations at your favourite restaurants, and check prices, menus and recommended dishes.
Burpple: Get clued up on the newest and hottest eateries in town, and read honest reviews from fellow users.
RedMart on Lazada: Get fresh food, pantry goods, specialty products or home care necessities delivered to your door when you’re strapped for time!
OpenRice: A dining guide containing hundreds of restaurant listings, plus weekly and monthly promotions.
BottlesXO: Delivers high-quality wine and beer to wherever you are in Singapore.
The Entertainer: One-for-one drinks and dining at participating bars and restaurants
WhyQ: A delivery service that partners with 2,500 hawker stalls and delivers 3,000 meals daily.
Grubhub: You guessed it: another food-ordering and delivery marketplace app!
FairPrice: Get all the groceries you need delivered within two hours and enjoy exclusive discounts.
Property & business
PropertyGuru Singapore: Search for all types of property in Singapore and filter by price, area and number of rooms to see what’s available.
Singapore Exchange (SGX): Get live prices and market updates of stocks and securities listed on the Singapore Exchange.
Singtel Dash: Why withdraw cash from banks? Make transactions on the go with this app instead.
Fun & leisure
Visit Singapore Travel Guide: The Singapore Tourism Board app for discovering cool things around the island.
Culture Explorer: Snap a picture of cool landmarks with your phone, and this app will name and show you other things to see in the area.
Hosay! Brush up on your Singlish (Singapore English) so you can order your kopi in a thick local accent.
Sistic: Keen to see a show? Sistic is the largest ticketing service provider in Singapore.
XE Currency: Find live exchange rates for any country – handy for all the travelling you’ll be doing.
Singpass Mobile: Access your personal governmentverified data and a range of digital services
WhiteCoat: Singapore-registered doctors via live video with medication delivery options available.
SG Weather: Check the weather in Singapore with a radar map display, PSI alert and rain alerts for any location.
SG Air Quality: Skies looking a little hazy? Get an air quality report for your area.
Our City Guide contributors name a few apps in Singapore that they use regularly.
“The government-related apps like Singpass, SGWorkPass and AXS Payment help with ID, bills, payments, medical and tax issues. Others to follow include your mobile provider, supermarkets for discounts (Yuu or FairPrice), Yelp or ActiveSG for restaurants and activities, and bank apps like DBS and DBS PayLah.” – Richard
“Singpass is essential, of course, and rewards programmes from supermarkets (Yuu, for example) offer decent cash rebates from loyalty points. Doctor Anywhere has been useful, particularly when my kids were small and unwell in the middle of the night.” – Cherie
“Chope to book restaurants and be inspired by new places, and AccuWeather as it’s the most accurate app for our very volatile weather!” – Charlotte
“If you’re fond of dining out, try Eatigo, which has amazing discounts at various restaurants, or The Entertainer app, which is paid but so worth it. The Fave app, earlier known as Groupon, is useful too, launching deals at the lowest prices. Shopee SG is good for ordering virtually anything online.” – Namrta
“The NEA (National Environment Agency) app, myENV, can help show if those rain clouds will hold off for a while – or if you definitely don’t have a chance! It also shows nearby dengue clusters, and gives warning notices for your area. Others: Chope to book restaurant tables; Helpling to get a weakly cleaner if you don’t have a maid; Little Lives for updates from your kid’s preschool.” – Emőke
“They’re a bit like Amazon but three apps I use are Lazada, Shopee and Carousell for those hard-to-find things. There are local sellers on each of these, so it saves on the carbon footprint!” – Talia
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