Taxis, Singapore

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    by imstress Updated Nov 25, 2004

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    All Taxis are metered and has an initial flag down fare from S$2.40, which covers the 1st 1km. The fare then raises at 10 cents for abt 225m covered.

    Extra charges not show on the meter may include:

    trip originating from Changi Airport and Singapore Expo (S$3/5)
    peak period surcharge
    midnight surcharge (50% from 12am to 6am)
    holiday surcharge (S$1)
    phone booking surcharge (S$2.80 to S$5)
    London Cab or station wagon taxi
    Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) surcharge (S$0.50-S$2.50)
    Credit Card payment (surcharge of 10% of fare)

    Take your pick:
    Citycab (Yellow) = 6552 2222
    Comfort Cablink(Blue) = 6552 1111
    SMRT (White) = 6555 8888
    SMART (Green) = 6485 7700
    Premier/Silver Cab (Silver) = 6363 6888
    Trans-Cab (Red) = 6555 3333

    Yellow City Cab

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    Taxis In Singapore City

    by tophat30 Written Jun 9, 2005

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    The taxis are quite cheap and all metered.Also very accessable to flag down. From Orchard road to clark quay it cost us S$3 for two, cheaper than MRT.
    Comfort & YellowTop
    Fare Flagdown:S$2.40 10 cents per 225m for the first 10km thereafter 10 cents per 200m

    Typical Singapore Taxi
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    MRT, Bus and Taxis

    by diageva Written Nov 14, 2003

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    Fantastic MRT, with Bus and Taxi, very good transport in Singapore. You buy a E-card that you can use with MRT and with Bus, you can buy it at the MRT station of the airport and when you go, just introduce it in a machine and will give you back the money you havent spend. My first travel in Taxi was no so good because he make me pay much more than the double of the normal price, and as I didnt knew wich was the correct price, I did pay it. So you must go with a reference. (I will give it when I found my notes , ok?)

    Singapore Taxi

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    Travelling around was never so easy before

    by anirvansen Written Jul 21, 2004

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    One of the best ways to see Singapore is by using taxis. Not only that the taxis come in vibrant colours : Blue (comfort); Yellow (Citycab); White (Tibs/SMRT); Silver (Slivercab) and of course, privately owned Black and yellow cabs. If there are 2 or more people travelling, taking a cab can be more economical. Singapore has close to 20,000 taxis. FARES: S$2.40 flag-down; around S$2.40 for the 1st km. The maximum fare you can incur on a straight route is around S$20-25 on normal fares for the longest distances. There is a surcharge of 50% after midnight till 0600 hrs. In addition, there are other surcharges like CBD (S$1), Airport (S$3/5); peak-hour surcharge. From Changi airport, you can avail Mercedes limo/London cabs as well at a flat rate of S$35 to any point in Singapore IMPORTANT SITES : (for Tibs/SMRT taxis) ; (for Comfort taxis); and (for citycab).

    Your personal chauffeur
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    by diageva Updated Mar 29, 2004

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    There are 3 major taxi companies in town. CityCab, Comfort and TIBS. Fares start from S$2,40. From midnight to 6am a 50 percent surcharge on the metered fare. You can pay with plastic. There are Taxi stops but you also can stop them in the streets

    From Airport to Hotel Bencoolen: 11.80 S$


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    Totally Safe

    by Aidy_p Updated Jul 11, 2007

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    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.

    Quick, Fast & Clean

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    Taxis to/from the airport

    by Penelope4 Written Dec 26, 2008

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    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!

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    The Easiest Way To Get Around

    by rhaps0dies Written Sep 26, 2006

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    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
    Citicab: 65522222
    Tibs Taxis: 64811211
    Yellow-top cab: 65521111
    SMART: 64857777
    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? :)

    The Popular Comfort Taxi

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    Taxi & Surcharges

    by DarkRay Written Mar 16, 2008

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    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:

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    by Skylink Updated Apr 11, 2008

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    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.

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    by DAO Updated Mar 15, 2007

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    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.

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    by Onedragon Updated Sep 8, 2008

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    by Rinjani Written Jun 17, 2006

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    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.

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    Cheap transportation with taxi

    by Henrik_rrb Written Nov 8, 2009

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    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.

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    by zuyao Updated Mar 22, 2007

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    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.

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