like in any major cities around the world, Singapore has it's share of local taxis for hire. They only accept up to 4 people maximum if the taxi is small like a sedan but if it's the larger van , they accept more than 4 people. It is cheaper to ride a taxi if you are four people going to nearby places like for example from marina Bay Sands to Orchard Road since the fare would be around $ 8 to 9 while riding the MRT from the said place to Orchard Road will be more longer and more expensive at about $ 10 for 4 people.
Basic fare Normal and Limousine Taxis:
Flag-Down (inclusive of 1st km or less) $2.80-$3.00; $3.20
Every 385 metres thereafter or less up to 10 km $0.20 ; $0.20
Every 330 metres thereafter or less after 10 km $0.20 ; $0.20
Every 45 secs of waiting or less $0.20 ; $0.20
Peak Hour Surcharge
Monday - Friday : 7.00am to 9.30am 35% of metered fare 35% of metered fare
Monday � Saturday: 5.00pm to 8.00pm 35% of metered fare 35% of metered fare
Applicable at the time of boarding. Not applicable on Sundays and Public Holidays.
Midnight - 5:59am 50% of metered fare
Central Business District (CBD) Surcharge
Monday � Saturday : 5.00pm to Midnight $3.00 $3.00
Applicable for trips starting from CBD area. Not applicable on Sundays and Public Holidays.
The CBD surcharge is payable on top of the Peak Hour Surcharge.
Singapore has a large fleet of taxi's that is highly regulated, yet despite this there are numerous complaints (and my own personal experience) of drivers trying to take advantage of people (regardless of whether you are local or foreign). Admittedly it is possible that there are only a few "bad apples" who give taxi drivers in general a bad name.
Your NO 1 defence in not being ripped off by a driver is to GET A RECEIPT.
1) It is the law in Singapore that all taxi drivers need to give a receipt for services rendered. 2) The best reason for getting the receipt is so that if you've left anything behind (cell phones, wallets) you know which company to call and which taxi you were in. Don't believe that they are honest - the papers are full of stories of taxi drivers being prosecuted for not returning customer belongings.
3) The receipt details all the charges and the distance travelled. So you know whether or not a "surcharge" - and there are lots of them - is valid or not. If you think that you've been "taken for a ride" you can compare the distance traveled to that on a site such as www.gothere.sg (which even gives you an estimate of the journey fare)
If the taxi driver refuses to give you a receipt, then he is breaking the law. Take down his number plate and cab company and go directly to the cab co's website to record a complaint.
The same applies if you have any other complaints about the taxi driver. The cab company will investigate and get back to you. They have some fairly stringent penalities, including barring the driver from working, so if you want some action you need to report it. The more people that report bad taxi's, the less incentive they have to "rip" people off. You may also get a refund (although in my experience that has only been in the form of taxi vouchers so not much use).
It is a pity that there are a few bad apples out there and I hope that you don't have a bad experience, but if you should, there is some redress in the steps above.
There are several Taxi Companies in Singapore:
Comfort, 6552 1111 (the biggest one with 15'000 cabs)
Citycab, 6552 2222
SMRT, 6555 888
Silver Cab, 6363 6888
Yellow Top Cab, (the smallest one with 500 cabs)
Bear in mind, that a prebooking by phone cost a fee of 2.50 to 3.50 SGD.
You can flag down one of the many cabs on the street (except in Financial Disctrict) or wait in line at one of the taxi stands. During rush hour you can easily spend an hour waiting.
A ride withing downtown should not cost more than 5 to 10 SGD.
Avoid the white premier taxis as they charge up to 30 SGD. Go for one of the companies mentioned above. Follow the link to find out more about peak surcharges and rates.
The subway is nice and clean, the busses are numerous and timely, you can walk to many of the sites, but for me, the best way to get around S'Pore is by taxi. They're relatively cheap ($5sp) to get to most places, AIRCONDITIONED, and many times you'll get good advice about what to do or where to go.
(Our hotel was at the far end of Orchard Road, The Regent, to give you an idea of how far we had to ride to get anywhere.)
We noticed that the drivers either talked our ears off, or didn't say a word.
You can find cabs everwhere here, and if you're staying in a bigger hotel, there seems to always be a line of taxis waiting to whisk you away.
I had no trouble finding taxis when I wandered off on Arab St or Little India.
Sometimes you can get lucky and grab one of the fancy Mercedes cabs. They're more expensive, but if you're lucky, they sometimes queue up in regular taxi lines and charge the same price as normal taxis. At least that was our experience.
I have to say this is probably the only place on earth that the taxi drivers are honest and wouldn't try to scam the "tourist". It was pleasant to jump into a cab and not have to worry about the taxi driver trying to run up the fare by driving you all over !!!! and the best part it is really cheap to ride in a cab !!!!! If the train doesn't take you there or your in a hurry just jump in a cab !!!!!
The taxis in Singapore charge base on a meter and the surcharges are clearly displayed on the small signage within the taxi itself.
You can make payment in Singapore Dollars or even use your credit card to make payment (though there's probably a small service charge for that).
For more information, check out this http://www.taxisingapore.com/
You'd also find a very useful Taxi Fare Calculator!
The way to get a cab is to look for the taxi stands, easily found at most buildings... If not, stand by the kerb and stick your arm out when you see a cab, and wave your arm up and down ;) Should be able to flag one down soon enough, but do take note to be mindful of where you stand to flag the taxi as some places where the traffic might be very heavy, taxis might not stop for you.
So, as with all things, a little common sense goes a long way... :)
If you are travelling downtown Singapore best way to travel is by Taxi. Most of the places are very close to each other and would cost you between 4-6 SGD. Though it is a bit expensive than metro, it saves a lot of energy and time.
Best part is that you can use your credit/debit car in the taxi. Every taxi is equiped with credit/debit card swiping machine. And most importantly taxi drivers are honest and don't cheat you.
And since you are on vacation you don't mind spending a bit more for relaxed and comfortable travel....... :)
As a european I always gets surprised by the low cost for the taxi rides in Singapore. A trip that in Sweden would cost 30 euro will in Singapore never be more than max a third of that price.
My dear girlfriend doesn't agree with me though, saying that the prices have gone up a lot lately. And I can also imagine that tourists/backpackers who have been around in other countries in Southeast Asia will find the prices scarily high when taking a taxi in Singapore.
Taxis are easy to catch though, and there are plenty of different companies. So far I've never seen one without a taxameter, and neither felt I've been cheated by a crazy running taxameter either. There are special taxi stands all over the city, but you can also just wave with the hand and stop a taxi on the street. Just try to stay at a good place so the taxi can stop without risking to cause an accident.
There is a small starting fee when entering the taxi, but nowhere close to the fees that taxis in Sweden charge for just turning up.
Taxis are very reliable. I was told that in order to drive a taxi, one has to be a Singaporean. All of the taxi drivers are required to use the meter and they all do, believe it or not. If you don't have much luggage, you can take the fast train from the airport which costs much less than when you ride in a taxi. Singapore is small so even if your hotel is at the very end of the city, the fare won't be that much. When you arrive at the airport, the staff at the information counter will be able to answer your questions as to location of your hotel. Singapore is a very safe country! Happy travels!
as based on the nearest venue Start From Somerset / Dhoby Ghaut to Chinatown / Tg Pagar
it would be estimated about S$ 17.20+/- , taking the cab at different time of the day would meant a different in charges. As your boarding area "YWCA" is in CBD district....so there's a ERP grantry charges which likely to travel during different time of the day and surcharge for peak period.
check out the free shutter services provided near MRT train station from Dhoby Ghaut to Chinatown & litter India or Tg Pagar.
use the website to check your possible taxi charges for your trip & start planning.
MY LAST NIGHT IN SINGAPORE AND I USED THE MAXI CAB TO GET BACK TO THE AIRPORT.. .IT WAS AN ENJOYABLE TRIP TALKING TO THE TAXI DRIVER.. SO IF YOU NEED A GOOD DRIVER IN AND AROUND SINGAPORE GET IN TOUCH WITH "SIM:.. ..HE HAS A 7 SEAT MAXI CAB FOR ONE OR SEVEN PEOPLE..AGAIN HIS NAME IS "SIM CHIN SENG" THE PRICES ARE AVERAGE TO WHAT OTHERS CHARGE..........
Since there is 4 of you, it is better to take a taxis from the Airport to your hotel. The cost is around Singapore dollar $20 -$25 for a normal taxi (not that Merc).
There is a taixs stand in Novena MRT station and taking a taxi to Fragrance rose cost abt S$5.
Taxis are cheaper than most (or all) Western European or North American cities. Still, there are surcharges that you might be able to avoid. For example between 0730 and 0930, and 1700-2000, there is a $1 surcharge (except Sundays). There's also a 50% surcharge after midnight.
Taxis tend to disappear just before midnight but they don't disappear just before 7:30 a.m.
I found that taxi drivers in Singapore are generally nice and don't seem to cheat. Most (or at least many) people don't tip. It's a bit more expensive if you pay by credit card, but not much. Many, but not all, taxis accept credit cards.
Depending on what time of the day you are taking the taxi, the fare from Changi Airport to Orchard can range from S$15 to S$30. Just to give you the heads up, there's a surcharge of either S$3 or S$5 when departing from the airport, and there are other possible surcharges such as peak hour surcharge, ERP surcharge when entering Orchard, and midnight surcharge.
More information about the taxi's fare structure can be found at:
Although the MRT is great, if you're staying at the Western end of Orchard Rd it can be a pain to get to the stations. No problem - taxis are cheap, plentiful and honest. We used them all the time. Most expensive trip within the city was 12 SGD (about 5 GBP). From the airport it was only 22 SGD (about 9 GBP) to the Shangri-La hotel. Most are crappy old Nissan Crowns from the 80's, but they do the job, and they all had aircon.
They all take credit cards too, and don't seem to expect a tip.