Best Cards to Use For Public Transportation Late 2023 Edition

💳 This is part of the “The Best Cards to Use” series. Tap here for more great cards to use in other areas of spend!

There is fare hike coming at the end of the year! Save on your public transportation rides when you pay for your fares with these credit cards.


Banks tend to be disingenuous with cashback earn rates, so I have put a Maximum Earn Rate column next to the advertised rate. UOB One, for instance, advertises a 10% earn rate for public transportation rides, but you would often earn a mere 3.33% for most other spend, decreasing your effective cashback yield a fair bit. If you meet the minimum spend solely on bus/train rides, your effective yield is 8.33%.

Of course, no one spends that much on public transportation in a month, and I have placed a Realistic Earn Rate column to show what spending $100 a month on these cards would look.

Note that you also have to fulfil the minimum spend and spend conditions (if any) on almost all of these cards.

CardAdvertised Earn RateMaximum Earn RateRealistic Earn RateApplyConditionsMonthly Limit
Maybank Family and Friends8%8%8%Apply– Minimum spend of $800 each month (across all spend)
– Transport category selected
$25 cashback
DBS LiveFresh10%6.88%5.83%Apply– Minimum spend of $600 each month (across all spend)$35 cashback
UOB EVOL8%6.67%6.67%Apply– Minimum spend of $600 each month (across all spend)
– Mobile wallet only (e.g. Apple Pay)
$20 cashback
StanChart Smart Card6%6%6%Apply– No minimum spend!
– Conversion in blocks of 3,200 Points for $10
15,705 points (~$49 worth of cashback)
Citi SMRT Card5%5%5%Apply– Minimum spend of $500 each month (across all spend)$600 cashback (annual cap)
UOB One10%8.33%4.33%Apply– Spend $2,000. per month for a quarterQuarterly cashback
UOB One8.33%8.33%5% ($500 spend)

4.17% ($1,000 spend)
ApplySpend $500 / $1,000 per month for a quarterQuarterly cashback

Check out a rundown of great options giving up to 6.8% p.a. for cash savings!

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If you’re a miles person instead, here are the best cards for that:

CardEarn RateApplyConditionsMonthly Limit
StanChart Smart Card5.568 mpdApply7.68 mpd earn rate for StanChart Visa Infinite or X Card cardholders$818 spend
UOB Lady’s Solitaire4 mpd
6 mpd
Check back soonTransport category selected$3,000 spend
UOB Lady’s Card4 mpd
6 mpd
ApplyTransport category selected$1,000 spend
Maybank Horizon Visa3.2 mpdApplyMinimum spend of $300 each month (across all spend)$4,286 spend
KrisFlyer UOB Credit Card3 mpdApplyMinimum spend of $800 on SIAUnlimited


There is no registration required and all you have to do is to tap your credit card against the card reader of the bus or MRT gantry. If you wish to see a history of your bus rides, you should create an account at the SimplyGo website.

You also get to make claims for double deductions… something that’d happen if you don’t use the same card or device for tapping in and out.

Adult Monthly Travel Card

If your fares exceed $128 per month, consider getting an adult pass for unlimited rides instead.

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