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Helpful Apps in Singapore: Free apps to make settling into Singapore life that little bit easier

From getting flight information from Changi to booking an Uber, there’s an app for that – and here’s a list of them all in one place!

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Bargain Queen: Find out the minute a discount, sale or promotion is announced. Online shopping is also possible with this app.

Shop at Cold Storage: Get groceries delivered to your doorstep with this app that takes the hassle out of food shopping.

Snap Shop: Online shopping has been redefined with this little app. Just take a picture of whatever catches your eye and the app will refer you to online shops.

Gumtree Singapore: Singapore’s free local classifieds site. Connect with local buyers and sellers, post ads with images taken with your smartphone – everything from clothes to property rental.

Zalora: Browse and shop hundreds of local and international brands on the go, anytime and anywhere.



GPS Navigation 2015 & Map: Customisable and convenient, this app is updated with Singapore’s newest routes, and gives specific destination info based on your type of vehicle.

Singapore City Guide : This app by TripAdvisor helps you navigate your way around Singers and is simple to use – great for newbies, and there’s no need for a live data connection.

Whereto.sg: Handy if you need to locate a local convenience store (e.g., 7-Eleven), bus stop or supermarket at the last minute.

Mytransport Singapore: A complete transportation guide with bus routes and arrival times, nearby taxi stands, live traffic updates and real-time parking lot availability.

Carpark@Sg: Locate car parks in your vicinity and check availability at your destination.

Singapore Maps & Walks: This app provides a range of walking tours that give you maps, info on iconic sights, and the exact time it will take to complete the route.


Property & Business

PropertyGuru: With this app, you can easily search for all types of property in Singapore and filter your search by price, area and number of rooms to see what’s available now.

Singapore (Sg) Stocks: This easy-to-use app gives you a direct informative that allows you to visit stock activities, company exchanges and more.

Dash Singapore: An alternative to withdrawing cash from banks straight to your wallet, you can now transfer it to your phone! Store money in the app and make transactions on the go.

Singstat: General but useful, Singstat keeps users updated on Singapore’s economic statistics, with quarterly, annual and monthly frequencies available.


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Food & Delivery

So Shiok!: Dive into the depths of local delicacies with a tap on your screen and let this app find the dish you’re craving within your vicinity.

IDAT: Get the lowdown on the exact calories in every local dish you set your eyes on; this app also provides suggestions if you’re keen for a more nutritious meal.

Singapore Food Delivery: This app lists all the most prominent restaurants that deliver, while providing a link to direct websites for online booking if that’s what you prefer.

Openrice Singapore: Find your next dining spot easily, plus share your experience by submitting food reviews on the go.

RedMart: Need your groceries urgently? The RedMart team can deliver whatever you desire in as little as two hours. Choose from 10,000 products, and take advantage of weekly promotions.

Makansutra: Where and what to eat? This is another app that allows you to read reviews and recommendations by food critics to decide on your next meal.

Food Panda: This food delivery app helps you choose from heaps of restaurants and remembers your past orders so you can have your favourite takeout on tap.


Public Transport

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: Handy to have on your phone when there’s not a map nearby, this app provides simple access to Singapore’s most updated MRT and LRT maps.

Ez-Link: This new app monitors your transactions over the past three months, and notifies you of discounts you can get by paying with your EZ-Link card at various places.


Taxi Apps

SMRT: Book A Taxi And ComfortDelGro Taxi Booking: These two apps give you access to taxi booking with Singapore’s best-known cab companies. There are advanced booking options if you need to ensure you get that cab.

Grabtaxi: Book A Taxi: Get an estimated fare before your journey and full details of your taxi driver, and rate the journey afterwards, if you feel inclined.

Uber: Request a private driver at the touch of a button, compare rates for different vehicles, and register your PayPal or credit card to your secure account so you can go cashless.

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Travel & Transport

IChangi: Get up-to-date flight arrival and departure information for Changi Airport so you’ll never be too early to collect the relatives again.

Singapore Traffic Cam: By accessing cameras nationwide, this app allows users to take a look at the traffic situation on expressways and causeways so you can plan your route accordingly.

Singapore Checkpoint Traffic: Great for those who live over the border, this app shows images of the traffic situation at the links between Singapore and Malaysia.

SG Traffic News: A fast news app that provides the traffic info on accidents, jams and other situations that might affect your drive.



Happy Hours Singapore: This app immediately locates bars in your proximity and tells you of current discounts, ratings and comments by fellow browsers.

Do You Know Singapore? How well do you really know the Lion City? This app comes with a list to challenge your knowledge with questions on topics from food to politicians.

Culture Explorer: If, when walking around Singapore, you see a cool landmark, snap a picture of it with your phone and this app will give you its name and reveal other landmarks in the area.

Hosay! Brush up on your Singlish (Singapore English). Comes with audio and definitions for each phrase, so now you’ll be able to order your kopi in a thick local accent.



Jobstreet: Search for your next role with these three useful joblisting apps. Use various filters such as job function, industry and salary to match your ideal role.

Straits Times Classifieds: Looking for a job through The Straits Times just got a whole lot simpler with their Classified section now available as an app.


This article first appeared in the EL City Guide 2015/2016.