Essential Apps When Visiting Singapore for Business
If you’re visiting Singapore for business, our list of essential apps and websites will help you travel smart and get things done.
Staying connected in Singapore is easy and fast with free wifi at over 20,000 public hot spots when connected to Wireless@SG. For the 12th consecutive year, Singapore also boasts the highest fixed broadband speed globally with average download speeds of 181.47bps, three times the global average. Those big presentation downloads are sure to be a breeze.
Here’s our pick of business travel apps to try the next time you travel to Singapore:
TO GET AROUND QUICKER
While Singapore no longer has Uber, Grab is an excellent alternative and offers more vehicle options with the same functionality. Download the Grab app and book a taxi, private vehicle or even share a ride with other commuters through the app, all with upfront pricing and fares. With their business profiles you can connect your Concur account to automatically expense your business rides as well.
The latest entrant to the ride-sharing industry, Go Jek originated from Indonesia but has expanded rapidly in Singapore in recent months. While it is growing its fleet of drivers and cars, it offers competitive rates and a simple-to-use interface.
Want to find out the best way to get from A to B? CityMapper is frequently used by locals for their easy functionality and detailed information. Through their app, you can find the best transit options, real-time bus and train information, fares and even which train exit to use to get to your destination. A must-have when zipping between meetings and if you are pressed for time.
TO STAY UP TO DATE WITH YOUR FLIGHT
The official app of Changi Airport, find out the most up-to-date flight information from flight times, departure gates, real-time updates and even shopping and dining information at the terminals. It’s a great app to have on hand to explore the World’s Best Airport’s vast facilities across its four terminals before your flight.
TO FIND THINGS TO DO
1. VisitSingapore Travel Guide app
The official app of the Singapore Tourism Board, it offers users local recommendations and top rated experiences and places to visit, all with a simple interface. You can bookmark your favourite spots or browse experiences based on your interests – Foodie, Explorers, Collectors, Socialisers, Action Seekers and Culture Shapers. It is perfect to find things to do when the work day is done.
2. Singapore Heritage Trails
If you are a history buff, download the Singapore Heritage Trails app that has curated heritage trails of Singapore’s neighbourhoods. It’s like having your own personal tour guide as you uncover stories behind Kampong Glam, Tiong Bahru, Balestier and more.
TO STAY CONNECTED AND GET WORK DONE
The Wireless@SG app is the fastest way to get connected to over 20,000 public Wi-Fi hotspots. With the app, you don’t have to deal with multiple logins or pesky passwords. This government led initiative is part of Singapore’s aim to be a smart nation and has now become the largest public wifi hotspot in Singapore.
Looking for a place to hold a last minute meeting or get some work done but don’t want to deal with finding seats at the nearby Starbucks? Try one of the many co-working spaces in Singapore. Through the Workbuddy app, you can browse available spaces near you and purchase 1-day hot desking passes or even book meeting rooms for immediate use.
TO FIND WHERE TO DRINK AND EAT
When your meetings are done and dusted, you may want to kick back at a local joint and have a quiet meal and pint. Try Burpple, which like Yelp is a food discovery platform for cafes, bars and pubs with real reviews by real users. They have excellent food guides on Singapore’s favourite Hawker Centres sorted by district and neighbourhood. Just open the app and they will recommend you the best local places closest to you..
If you are planning to host a business meal or entertain a group of clients and don’t want to deal with worrying about the quality of the restaurant, or the back and forth of confirming a menu, transport and gifts, try TAB – a one-stop platform to browse, customise and book group experiences and events up to 30 guests. Tailored for corporate entertaining, TAB features a curated selection of unique dining and cocktail experiences for you to book with instant confirmation and event tools to send out invitations and collect RSVPs. Gifts and flowers ordered through the site get delivered direct to venue and everything purchased (even onsite on the day itself) gets seamlessly billed to you in one tab for easier expense claiming.
www.tab.asia (Coming soon to iOS/Android)
Sometimes you just want to order some takeout and relax in the comfort of your room. Try Deliveroo, a food delivery app with over 2,400 restaurant partners around the city. Just download the app, and find restaurants around you that will deliver food to you in less than 30 minutes.
Have we missed out on any of your favourite apps to use while in Singapore? Let us know in the comments below.