- POSTED: 19 Aug 2014 13:35
- UPDATED: 19 Aug 2014 23:34
With the launch of the Marina Bay Segway tours, tourists can now take in the waterfront sights while perched atop the self-balancing personal transporter.
SINGAPORE: The Lion City has joined cities such as Paris, Milan, Rome and Chicago in offering Segway tours of downtown areas. With the launch of the Marina Bay Segway tours by tour operator GoGreen on Tuesday (Aug 19), tourists can now take in the waterfront sights while perched atop the self-balancing personal transporter.
Starting from the Marina Bay City Gallery, the hour-long tours take visitors around the Marina Bay Promontory, the Marina Bay Sands and the ArtScience Museum. Tourists can also opt for a two-hour option which covers the same route, with the addition of exhibits like Gardens by the Bay, the Marina Barrage and the Waterfront Promenade.
Each tour group is limited to eight visitors, and the operator believes the tours will provide a more enjoyable experience. "On a day like this where you have glorious sunshine, you probably will take four to five hours, which can be quite an effort for many people. On the Segway, it's like an hour or two hours, so I think it's a natural choice," said GoGreen Managing Director Michael Tan.
GoGreen is currently only permitted to operate up to 20 Segways in Marina Bay at any one time. But the operator says it is ready to handle further expansion in the size and scale of its tours. Prices start from $68 for the one-hour trip, which run from Tuesdays to Sundays, 10am to 7pm.
The company said its safety and operational track record on Sentosa, as well as its fleet size, may have been factors in its winning the bid. The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) had opened the tender for guided tours using personal transport systems in the Marina Bay area in May.