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.
Taxis are plentiful in Singapore, and drivers are courteous and friendly.
Just be prepared to pay a lot more than what the meter says. Flagfall starts at S$2.80, but there can easily be "extra" charges if you are picked up in the central business district (CBD), during 5-12pm, during the "peak" time therein, after midnight from 6-12am, or from the airport or other places. If you are reasearching your trip, I suggest googling for the most up-to-date information on taxi tarriffs so you can plan when you'd take a taxi and when you might be better off using the efficient MRT and buses.
Also, most taxis accept credit cards (for a 10% surcharge), but not all taxis do, so if you're paying with plastic make sure the taxi is marked as credit card accepting before hopping in.
One of the cleanest and safest taxis around the world. There's no plastic perspex that protect the taxi drivers as there are normally no gruesome crime commited. There's no negotiation of taxi fares as everything goes by the metre.
Most taxi drivers can converse in english. So there's no need to bring a hotel card around with you. You can just about hail a taxi anywhere in Singapore.
Your driver of vehicle number SHB8261E is a reckless, inconsiderate and dangerous driver. This incident just happen today 10.40pm at cte ang mo kio towards yishun cte, i was driving at a speed of 70-80km per hr at cte towards yishun at 2nd lane & this particular driver high beam to me coz he feel that i'm driving too slow. I increase my speed a little bit more for him to have space to over-take me, he switched to the 3rd lane & drove beside me, sound his horn & pointed the middle finger at me. He then drove forward & cut into my lane without ensuring a safe distance from my car. this said taxi driver jammed his brake which causing me to brake too. He then speed off. I manage to follow him & obtain his registration number. I want to let your management to know your this said taxi is driving in a inconsiderate manner posing a danger to other road user & i have already file a complaint to the traffic police. Please warn your this said driver as he will spoilt the image of your company.
There are many tourist hotspot/nightspot where taxi drivers work with syndicates to cheat tourists. Some examples are Boat Quay, Clarke Quay, Kallang Waterfront. Most of them are the Mercedez taxi drivers. The charge flat rate depending on where is your destination. They charge $30-$50 or more!
In Singapore all taxi go by meter. DON'T argue the price! If you think the driver is cheating you, print the receipt and contact the relavant authorities which are Land Transport Authority (LTA) or the taxi company which is the taxi colour. ALSO remember the taxi number. Ask the hotel reception for the taxi company or/and the LTA hotline to lodge a complaint.
This is what I can advise tourist as a local here.
The best way to get a taxi in Singapore is by calling a taxi service number (see below) and waiting for the cab to pick you up where you are. Unless you're in a designated taxi queue, it's hard to just chance upon an available taxi since most of them are on call.
If you are lucky, you could be sent/chance upon a Mercedes taxi. :)
CityCab - 6552-2222 or www.citycab.com.sg
Comfort - 6552 1111 or www.comfortgroup.com.sg/consumer/taxi_how_to_book.htm
Premier - 6363-6888
Smart - 6485-7777
Tibs - 6555-8888 or www.tibstaxis.com.sg
Its pretty affordable to travel around in Singapore by taxi (however, with the city area, you might choose to take MRT due to the traffic jam). And the taxis are very clean and every cab journey is run by metre.
Of course, give supports to the cabbies, take taxi lah! :)
If driving in is too expensive and bus is too uncomfortable, try taking a taxi from Johor Bahru. Taxis are available at Plaza Seni (just opposite City Square). The taxi departs as soon as it has enough passengers and goes to Queen Street taxi station (nowhere else if it's a Malaysian-registered taxi). It costs RM10 per person to take the taxi ride. If you are in a hurry you can pay RM40 and get the whole taxi by yourself. From Singapore, you can take the same taxi for S$10 per person.
If you intend to go to a specific place in Singapore (other than the taxi station), you can catch a Singapore-registered taxi from Plaza Seni and negotiate a fare. It'll usually be quite expensive this way. I prefer to take it straight to Queen St. and then take an MRT from there to anywhere else.
Similarly if you are returning from Singapore and would like to go anywhere specific (other than a taxi station), take a Malaysian-registered taxi and negotiate a price. I paid an extra RM10 to get all the way to New York Hotel, which makes up to an extra RM2.50 per person. Not bad.
Taxis can be trusted in Singapore and they are economical to use. If you have an early flight from the Airport, you will pay $10 (USA) or less to get there! And they can be trusted. They use their meters, are audited and don’t have secret cheat buttons to make the fares jump up. I have spent years on this website telling fellow travellers what thieves, lowlifes and bastards Taxi drivers are worldwide. I never use them. I used one here and had a pleasant experience. Your hotel will ring them for you for free. If you flag them down in the street – you pay extra. So always have the hotel book it! Go ahead, give them a try.
Check the link below for official rates. Most hotels in the Centre/Orchard Road area are 25 kilometres from the airport at most. You can do your own calculations.
Singapore's taxis are in various colors. The colors mean they are from differnt taxi companies, but the payment rate is similar. It's said that the rate doesn't cost much....
The slogan is interetsing: "Low crime doesn't mean no crime". Actually there are some international thieves in Singapore who dress up like the rich and let you undefenced.
There are different types of taxi drivers around Singapore -- the good and the bad. I'm happy to discover that most of them are the "good guys." My friend and I were going to Night Safari from Joo Chiat Rd (30mins from Night Safari), and called a taxi. The first one immediately refused to bring us there without stating any reason. The next one, surprisingly a woman driver (all of the taxi drivers in the Philippines are male), was very accommodating, and willingly brought us there.
We also rode a taxi on our 2nd day in Singapore. This time, from Joo Chiat Rd to the Malaysian Railway Station (KTMB). This taxi driver was very good, and was telling stories to us, such as stories of how Singapore was in the 50's, and some other interesting stuff. We even had a guessing game! He was trying to guess what our nationality was. Too bad he didn't get it. :)
Anyway, 2 out of 3 the taxi drivers we have encountered were good! This is just a tip to all of you out there that there is nothing to worry about taking taxis around Singapore. The taxis are very efficient. The name of the driver is even displayed on an LCD screen on the dashboard of the taxi.
The only thing to worry about is the fare, since as we all know, it's expensive in Singapore! The best way to "deal" with this is to ride the taxi when you guys are 2 or more. :)
Unlike many other third world countries, Singapore taxis are safe and all run on meters. You don't need to worry about which taxi company to go with as they are all regulated and registered. In Singapore, Comfort runs the biggest fleet of taxis so you'll see these often - these are blue, with (yes) the word 'Comfort' splashed on the sides of the taxis. The others are TIBS, Citicabs, Yellow-top cabs, SMART and silver taxis. One of these have London taxis (these are a little more rare), can't quite remember which company it belongs to. Prices are all rather similarly (very affordable compared to other major cities such as London, New York, Japan) so I would say don't worry too much when you jump into a cab. But if you're worried, just check with the taxi 'uncle' before you board his taxi.
Service-wise, most taxi drivers are very friendly and especially to visitors. They'll always be more than happy to offer up suggestions with regards to the sights and sounds of Singapore.
Do note that there are peak-hour, ERP (Electronic Road Pricing) and CBD (Central Business District) charges which you'll have to pay if you enter specific zones or go on certain highways at stipulated times of the day. As visitors, I would suggest that if you should require a taxi, take it after 10am (the 7.30am to 9.30am period is usually the busiest and hence comes with a peak-hour charge). Also, where possible, take it before 12 midnight. Often, it may be difficult to hail a taxi before midnight, so just call for a cab. Most restaurants, hotels would help you call for a cab should you not have a phone but do note that there's a SIN$3.20 booking charge.
Comfort CabLink: 65521111
Tibs Taxis: 64811211
Yellow-top cab: 65521111
Silver Cab: 63636888
Just to give you an estimation of the charges, taking a cab from the western end of the island to the eastern end would cost no more than SIN$30 (Without any additional charges). How far can you possibly go? :)
Who wouldn’t want a hassle-free journey? If you don’t have a car in Singapore, which is not really a “need,” you can always hail a cab and head straight to your desired destination. They can be flagged down 24 hours a day and there are convenient taxi stands where you can peacefully wait for your taxi. Convenient and secure.
The basic fare is SGD2.50, SGD0.10 for every 210 metres thereafter. Oops! Don’t forget to buckle up. =)
Watch out for a taxi driver who calls himself "Peter." It may or may not be his real name
He accosts you in the street, talks you into getting into his cab by stating that his taxi is only one of ten government sponsored taxis in Singapore. The aim of these taxis is to pick tourists at random and for a sum of only $2 singapore (it works out at $2 per person plus $1.00 tax as we found out to our cost) give you a two hour sightseeing tour of Singapore.
In fact what he does once he has you in his cab is to start telling you not to shop in Orchard Road, or Chinatown but to let him take you to the factory outlets. We told him we did not want that but the next thing we knew we were going through boom gates into a japanese owned jewellery factory. We were then taken inside where we quickly looked around in about 1 minute flat and were back in the taxi. He obviously gets a kick back if we had bought anything.
He then wanted to take us to a clothing factory...we said no thanks, just drop us off at Plaza Singapora which is where we were going when he accosted us. He said it was not open (it was almost 10.30 am) and he dropped us off at another shopping centre telling us we could walk to Plaza Singapora as it was not far.
We then found out that it was not an easy walk at all and we had to take another taxi at another cost of $5.00.
So all in all we had a bad experience with this man. We did not get the sighseeing tour he had promised and the cost was $5.00 to be taken to places we did not want to go anyway.
Since being home we have found out that another couple on our tour were accosted by the same "Peter" and they had the same thing done to them!! Not a good advertisement for the taxi drivers of Singapore.
So beware if anyone tries this on you when you are next in Singapore.
It is quite expensive way to go around. Taxi is a lot in Singapore, but you can’t casually flag the taxi. Mostly, it is all booked by people who called it in advance.
You can either book in advance or waiting in a queline for 45 minute for a single taxi. Fare starts from SGD2.40.