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Useful apps for living in Singapore

Whether you have just moved to Singapore or have been here for years, apps are always a great way to make the most of a country. From food delivery, getting a job or navigating public transport, these useful apps are guaranteed to make living in  Singapore that much easier! Here are our recommendations.

Apps in Singapore

SHOPPING

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 free delivery in Singapore.

Lazada: Shop thousands of products across health, beauty, home, living, electronics and more.

Shopee: Another popular app for buying and selling using your phone; good for bargains and deals.

Gumtree SG: Singapore’s version of the free classifieds site; connect with local buyers and sellers and post ads yourself.

TRAVEL

iChangi: Up-to-date flight arrival and departure info so you’ll never be too early to the airport again.

Singapore Checkpoint Traffic: Great if you live over the border, this app shows the traffic situation at the links between Singapore and Malaysia.

SG Traffic News: A fast news app with traffic info on accidents and jams that might affect your drive.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

SGBuses: 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: This app provides simple access to Singapore’s most updated MRT and LRT maps.

EZ-Link: This new app monitors your EZ-Link transactions over the past three months, and highlights available discounts.

TAXI

ComfortDelGro: Easily book a taxi with Singapore’s best-known cab companies: Comfort and City Cab. GrabTaxi: G e t

GrabTaxi: Get an estimated fare and full details of your taxi driver, and rate the journey afterwards, if you like. Uber: Request a private driver, compare rates for different vehicles, and register your PayPal or credit card so you can go cashless.

Uber: Request a private driver, compare rates for different vehicles, and register your PayPal or credit card so you can go cashless.

SMRT: Yes, it’s another taxi booking app, but it’s good to have several of these in case one is busy and you’re in a hurry.

JOBS

  1. FastJobs
  2. JobsDB
  3. Jobstreet

These job-listing apps have various filters such as job function, industry and salary so you can match your ideal role.

NAVIGATION

Gothere: An idiot-proof transport guide that helps you work out the best route to get from one spot to another.

Singapore City Guide: Created by TripAdvisor, this app helps you navigate Singers – great for newbies, and no need for a live data connection.

MyTransport Singapore: A transportation guide with bus routes, arrival times, taxi stands, live traffic updates and parking lot availability.

Carpark SG: Compare car parking rates in the city, plus the number of available spots and more.

FOOD & RESTURANTS

Deliveroo: Get food delivered to your door from local restaurants in a flash: just type in your postcode to see what’s available.

UberEats: Partnered with lots of local restaurants, UberEats 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: 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.

PROPERTY & BUSINESS

PropertyGuru iProperty: Search for all types of property in Singapore and filter by price, area and number of rooms to see what’s available.

Singapore (SG) Stocks: This easy-to-use app allows you to see stock activities, company exchanges and more.

Dash Singapore: Why withdraw cash from banks to your wallet? Store money in the app instead and make transactions on the go.

FUN & LEISURE

Happy Hours Singapore: Immediately locate bars in your proximity and find out current discounts, along with ratings and comments.

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.

For more helpful tips head to our living in Singapore section.

This article first appeared in the City guide 2017 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase a copy or subscribe so you never miss an issue!

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