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    THE TAXI TRICK

    by DAO Updated Mar 6, 2009

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    Just to make sure you understand how thing work, there are 2 things you must know about Taxi Drivers. 1) They are thieving, lying bastards who can NEVER be trusted. 2). Re-read point number 1. In Singapore the taxis are heavily regulated, somewhat economical and can even produce a printed receipt instantly. In general they are more trustworthy than in other countries. However it is against their sworn duty to rip you off and many still try.

    What do they do? They take somewhere between 2-3 hours to locate coins to give you change. In fact, they have never had to give change as all customers have had exact change for the last 20 years. Nope – you are the first and you are causing them problems. They have never made change before and must look all over the taxi for coins.

    Wait! Coins? The smallest currency note is a $2 Singapore Dollar note. Why are they looking for coins? They are hoping that you will get frustrated and just say “keep the change”. I had a slothful retard of a driver who was to lazy to look at me. He had no interest in the 5 bags. He managed to get a 20% tip out of me on a small fare.

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    Ask yourself this question? Did he actually help you and your bags get in the car? Well, why should he be worthy of a tip and not the MRT? Wait it out and be handed all your change. Count it, your rings and fingers. Once you are certain all is accounted for decide if a tip is needed. It’s actually not really done here. Put you change in your pocket. Unless they were good, then 5% at most.



    Fun Alternatives:

    Take the MRT. Cheapest way to AND from the airport.

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    IF YOU DON'T MIND WAITING FOR A CAB AT THE AIRPORT

    by Onedragon Updated Sep 8, 2008

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    IF YOU DON'T MIND STANDING IN SOMETIMES A LINE THAT COULD BE 20 TO 30 MINUTES IN WAITING FOR A TAXI CAB... .THEN YOU WILL SAFE SOME MONEY FOR OTHER THINGS TO DO IN SINGAPORE....
    THE TAXIS WERE ABOUT SG $15 DOLLARS COMPARED TO ABOUT SG$30 IN THE OTHER LINE..

    Unique Suggestions: IF YOU NEED TO GET TO YOUR DESTINATION QUICKLY OR IF YOU JUST DON'T LIKE WAITING...YOU WILL HAVE TO PAY MORE..

    Fun Alternatives: CHECK OUT THE SHUTTLE BUSES THAT CAN BE SG$7......

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  • Travelling from the airport and within Singapore

    by yourting Written Aug 27, 2007

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    Cabbies will usually ask you which way you want to go by after you name your destination. If you know of a way to go (For instance, via a certain expressway) let him/her know. Alternatively, you can tell him/her you want to go by the 'fastest/shortest way'.

    Note that the fastest way may not be the shortest as a shorter route may have higher chances of heavy traffic.

    If the cabby wants to drop you at a place that doesn't look like your destination at all, do not get off the cab. Ask for specific direction if your destination cannot be seen from the cab. If you suspect that the cabby is trying to cheat you, call the cab company [(number written on the side-doors/front of the cab, Dial 0065(Cab Company's no.)] and relate your issue, the cab's plate no. and the driver's name (displayed on a license at the dash board).

    Fun Alternatives: Unless you find it way too meddlesome to transport your luaggage to the Metro (Mass Rapid Transit or MRT) which is all of 200 metres from the arrival hall, connected to the airport, you should try to get to your hotel via the MRT as it promises a cheap, traffic jam-free and fast way to travel to the city.

    You can buy a 'EZlink card'(Single trip from automated machines, day trip and stored value cards from counter) from the Changi Airport station and hop on to the MRT. The interchange within Singapore's MRT are:
    1)Tanah Merah
    2)City Hall
    3)Raffles Place
    4)Outram Park
    5)Jurong East

    Most Hotels are located in town area so the interchanges to look out for is 'City Hall' and 'Raffles Place'. Alight at these stations and proceed to another line which brings you to your destination.

    If in doubt, consult the station master at the control station, located at the main floor of every station. You do not have to pay as long as you don't exit any station but note that the maximum duration anyone can stay within the stations is 2hr, after which you pay a small fine.

    The bus network in Singapore is not complicated. If the metro does not bring you to exactly where you want to go, ask the station master where you can get a bus to your destination and what are the buses available. The station master will usually furnish you with details like which stop to get off, but if he/she doesnt, u can almost always count on the bus driver.

    Pets are not allowed on public transports, except cabs but some cabbies may refuse to take you if you have a pet with you.

    Hope this helps.

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  • Travelling from the airport and within Singapore

    by yourting Written Aug 27, 2007

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    Cabbies will usually ask you which way you want to go by after you name your destination. If you know of a way to go (For instance, via a certain expressway) let him/her know. Alternatively, you can tell him/her you want to go by the 'fastest/shortest way'.

    Note that the fastest way may not be the shortest as a shorter route may have higher chances of heavy traffic.

    If the cabby wants to drop you at a place that doesn't look like your destination at all, do not get off the cab. Ask for specific direction if your destination cannot be seen from the cab. If you suspect that the cabby is trying to cheat you, call the cab company [(number written on the side-doors/front of the cab, Dial 0065(Cab Company's no.)] and relate your issue, the cab's plate no. and the driver's name (displayed on a license at the dash board).

    Fun Alternatives: Unless you find it way too meddlesome to transport your luaggage to the Metro (Mass Rapid Transit or MRT) which is all of 200 metres from the arrival hall, connected to the airport, you should try to get to your hotel via the MRT as it promises a cheap, traffic jam-free and fast way to travel to the city.

    You can buy a 'EZlink card'(Single trip from automated machines, day trip and stored value cards from counter) from the Changi Airport station and hop on to the MRT. The interchange within Singapore's MRT are:
    1)Tanah Merah
    2)City Hall
    3)Raffles Place
    4)Outram Park
    5)Jurong East

    Most Hotels are located in town area so the interchanges to look out for is 'City Hall' and 'Raffles Place'. Alight at these stations and proceed to another line which brings you to your destination.

    If in doubt, consult the station master at the control station, located at the main floor of every station. You do not have to pay as long as you don't exit any station but note that the maximum duration anyone can stay within the stations is 2hr, after which you pay a small fine.

    The bus network in Singapore is not complicated. If the metro does not bring you to exactly where you want to go, ask the station master where you can get a bus to your destination and what are the buses available. The station master will usually furnish you with details like which stop to get off, but if he/she doesnt, u can almost always count on the bus driver.

    Pets are not allowed on public transports, except cabs but some cabbies may refuse to take you if you have a pet with you.

    Hope this helps.

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    Taxi offered at airport arrival hall

    by heryanta Written Jul 15, 2007

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    During my trip to Singapore in April 2004 after clearing customs I was waiting in line at a money changer booth at the Changi arrival hall. I was then approach by a polite gentleman asking whether I need a taxi to go to my hotel.

    I told him that I did as soon as exchanged some money. After I did that he walked me out to a nice white Mercedes-Benz with a sign on top and introduced me to the driver. The car was very comfortable, clean and the driver was a polite young man who was very personable.

    Later on I learned that the normal taxi's in Singapore are normally full-sized Toyota's or Nissan's (similar to the Ford yellow cabs you found in NYC). The white Mercedes-Benz ones are more like a luxury airport transfer limousine service.

    Next trip to Singapore a few months after I knew better and I stepped out of the arrival hall to the lines of taxi's waiting; and I paid slightly more than half the price that the Mercedes-Benz charged. Again, the Mercedes-Benz taxi was very comfortable and I will use them again if I am taking important guests around town; but don't be duped into thinking that they are regular taxi's.

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    taxis from the airport

    by ratinacage Written May 5, 2007

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    here,it is less confusing than many south east asian countries when you first arrive.there are only two kinds of taxis waiting for you when you walk thru the arrival gate.so far i haven seen any taxi touts,so it just the mercedes benz taxis and all the others.they are in two different lanes, so its where u queue that matters,not the taxi u take.but somehow i always come out from the gates nearer to the more expensive taxi lane,i wonder if there's a reason for that.....

    benz cab lanes cost SGD35 a trip,no matter where you go and u always get a benz taxi.AND know that SGD35 can bring you to the other end of Singapore and back to the airport on a good traffic day.
    the other lane on the right hand side of this limosine lane(if u facing the exit of the airport) is where all other taxis queue for passengers,u might just get a mercedes benz taxi,becos a lot of them do try to make a honest living.:P
    these taxi uses the meter,plus an additional charge of sdg3-5 depending on the day and time u get pick up from the airport.and passenger pay for all toll incurred.a trip to town wud usually be less than SGD20.

    Unique Suggestions: so unless u are feeling really rich,do check which lane u r at b4 jumping into the taxi.

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    Taxi Drivers and Jewellery Factory Outlets

    by Ariel2804 Updated Jan 8, 2007

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    Hello and thank you for making my country your destination.

    I would like to touch on 2 subjects.
    (1) Taxi fare
    (2) Taxi drivers who offer to drive you to "jewellery factory outlets".

    (1) NEVER allow the cabby to turn off the fare meter and bargain - NO matter how late it is. This is Singapore, not after-dark Bangkok. (2) NEVER let cabbies to drive you to any "factory outlets" . Such drivers charge the con-men for sending them "preys". My German friend got conned S$1,500 for a diamond pendant which is worth less than S$200. Ouch!

    Unique Suggestions: Always ask for a PRINTED (not hand-written) receipt. Tell them you want a receipt the moment you get into the taxi. If they refuse, take another taxi. You only pay the final amount displayed on the receipt, which will include all the legal surcharge you must pay.

    The tell-tale sign of such factory-outlet rip-off joint:-
    (1) The factory outlet is not located in shopping areas but in factory/industrial areas instead.
    (2) You need to be driven there (There's no such thing as a secret-bargain-spot in tiny Singapore).
    (3) You don't see Singaporean customers walking in.
    (4) You can't see the interior of the shop from outside (There's one jewellery outlets like that in Central Mall, around Havelock Rd. The full-height glass panels are frosted). Shouldn't that trigger a "DODGY" warning in your head already?

    Fun Alternatives: It is a serious offence for cabbies to switch off the fare-meter and rip people off. Report the driver by handing his licence plate number to the respective taxi company. Simply describe the colour of the taxi to your hotel concierge and get the telephone number from them. Nobody gets away from the law in Singapore. We do have honest drivers. Most of them are in fact. Just that some bad eggs exist... Enjoy your stay here. :)

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    Taxi`s

    by cokes Updated Aug 12, 2006

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    Don`t be fooled into taking a taxi especially those limousine taxi`s. They quick to offer there service telling you there is no other means of transportation closeby. I would say rather ask 1st before jumping in with them and if you have to take a taxi then you might as well just take a normal taxi. Yes you get taken to your hotel in a fancy mercedes benz for about 35S$ whereby you could have just jumped a bus or a train which might even stop infront of your hotel.

    Fun Alternatives: I would say find out 1st if there is a bus service or train that goes close to your hotel. Singapore is very safe and I don`t think you`ll have a problem if you have to walk 100m or so to your hotel with your luggage. Instead of paying 35S$ you could maybe pay 1S$ for the same trip.

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    Taxi

    by Rinjani Written Jun 17, 2006

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    There were several times that we stubbornly waiting for taxi. Luggages and shopping bags are too heavy to carry with MRT or buss. Yes, it’s nice that there are queline in order for taxi. But we end up waiting for almost an hour!! Singaporean use to call taxi in advance. But tourists like us have difficulty to call from our mobile.

    Fun Alternatives: If you were in shopping centre, there is a booth for taxi. Just use this service. Or, bring your backpack, wear sneakers and walk or get to the MRT station.

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  • TAXI CABS!

    by blinkbabie87 Written Jun 17, 2006

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    Definately when you first arrive in Singapore you are open to the taxi drivers! There are 2 different types of cabs, the mercades and the other older ones, basically the mercades cost you $20 to just get into the cab and then the fare which is a lot more on top of that. Where as the other cabs don't charge anywhere near this! They always try and get you straight from the airport, but they are always looking for tourists to give a ride to. Basicallly they are way over priced.

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    taxi in the airport

    by aalayaa Written Feb 8, 2006

    there are 2 kind of taxi in the airport:
    1. with meter, but you have to wait in a long line
    2. without meter, fixed price 35 singapore dollar

    Unique Suggestions: if you're in a tight budget, take the one with meter

    Fun Alternatives: or just take mrt or bus. it's even cheaper

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    Be careful when taking taxis from the airport

    by njay22 Written Aug 20, 2004

    KL has a fixed priced taxi system to the city at the airport. After seeing an advert on the plane (on the way to Singapore) I believe Singapore provided the same service. I ended up paying more than 3 times the actual fare (it was a merc taxi)!!!

    Fare should have been about S$13 from airport to city centre.

    Unique Suggestions: catch a normal taxi by lining up at the airport - singapore taxis are great and the drivers are nice.

    Fun Alternatives: catch a train.

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