Taxi in Singapore

Getting ready for my first trip to Asia I read a lot of materials and watched videos with stories about trips made by other travelers. Among the highlights to remember was the question of taxi in Singapore. Because it is one of the most popular means of transport in the city.

There are several reasons why locals use this way of getting around so much.

  • It is relatively cheap;
  • not all the people have cars;
  • there are a lot of cabs ready to drive you anywhere;
  • there is Uber in Singapore;
  • since 2016 there are driverless taxis.

I summarized my experience and the advice of my fellow friends to make the 10 tips for you to get around the city with no risks.

Uber or Taxi in Singapore?

UBER is available in Singapore. This taxi service is a bit cheaper and faster than basic taxi. Following this link you get the application downloaded and a free ride.

Color of the taxi car in Singapore matters. Red and blue cars are cheaper than white and black. So if you plan to flag a taxi, make sure that you are aware of these colors.

In popular areas and shopping centers there are queues for taxi. Remember about it and be polite to stay in line to wait for your car. Sometimes it may take up to 30 minutes to get a taxi.

All taxi drivers in Singapore have cold blood — the cars are super air-conditioned. Don’t be shy to ask the driver to make it less cool inside.

Passengers can pay for a taxi trip in Singapore both in cash and by card. But it is better to ask if the terminal works, to avoid any problematic situations.

Tips for taxi in Singapore is not obligatory. In case the driver was super nice and helpful, you can ask if you could leave the tips. If he agrees, follow the usual rule of 10%.

Some drivers can try to cheat before. We had such a situation in a shopping moll VoviCity. A taxi driver offered a ride to the hotel for 45 dollars (that was with a discount of 5 dollars). Actual price was 15 Singapore dollars. Note, that it doesn’t happen often, but do ask before you start the trip.

All the taxi drivers in Singapore speak English. But to be on the safe side put down or make a photo of the address you need to go and show it to the driver.

Don’t leave your goods in cars, because it will be a hard task to find «your» taxi in Singapore again to pick up the belongings.

Try to walk more, than to go by taxi. Singapore is amazing!

I sincerely hope, that this travel tips will make you trip comfortable. Feel free to leave your questions below in comments and to share your personal experience of getting around Singapore by taxi.

Best flights to Singapore

Origin Departure date Return date Find Ticket

Kuching

16.11.2018

19.11.2018

RT from 58

Kuala Lumpur

01.09.2018

24.09.2018

RT from 59

Phuket

10.11.2018

13.11.2018

RT from 81

Jakarta

31.08.2018

02.09.2018

RT from 82

Krabi

12.09.2018

15.09.2018

RT from 91

Ho Chi Minh City

16.09.2018

19.09.2018

RT from 93

Bangkok

17.08.2018

23.08.2018

RT from 97

Penang

30.08.2018

02.09.2018

RT from 104

Phnom Penh

09.08.2018

13.08.2018

RT from 112

Manila

22.02.2019

27.02.2019

RT from 124

Surabaya

26.07.2018

28.07.2018

RT from 127

Denpasar Bali

30.10.2018

01.11.2018

RT from 136

Yangon

16.09.2018

18.09.2018

RT from 139

Taipei

21.08.2018

24.08.2018

RT from 142

Kota Kinabalu

22.11.2018

27.11.2018

RT from 142

Hanoi

25.11.2018

30.11.2018

RT from 151

Cebu

30.11.2018

02.12.2018

RT from 151

Chennai

07.08.2018

09.08.2018

RT from 153

Hong Kong

31.10.2018

05.11.2018

RT from 157

Kaohsiung

16.08.2018

21.08.2018

RT from 166

Amritsar

10.08.2018

12.08.2018

RT from 203

Bangalore

25.11.2018

03.01.2019

RT from 207

Davao

02.02.2019

05.02.2019

RT from 210

Luzon Island

02.08.2018

05.08.2018

RT from 210

Iloilo

18.09.2018

07.02.2019

RT from 214

General Santos

22.10.2018

20.11.2018

RT from 229

Pattaya

17.12.2018

24.12.2018

RT from 232

Tiruchirapalli

10.08.2018

24.08.2018

RT from 237

Macau

23.07.2018

25.07.2018

RT from 246

Dhaka

27.08.2018

31.08.2018

RT from 249

Coimbatore

20.11.2018

27.11.2018

RT from 260

Shanghai

27.08.2018

02.09.2018

RT from 266

Beijing

05.09.2018

09.09.2018

RT from 269

Mumbai

17.08.2018

19.08.2018

RT from 275

Melbourne

03.11.2018

08.11.2018

RT from 279

New Delhi

26.07.2018

30.07.2018

RT from 290

Ahmedabad

26.07.2018

31.07.2018

RT from 290

Haikou

21.08.2018

22.08.2018

RT from 293

Perth

10.09.2018

01.10.2018

RT from 296

Darwin

07.10.2018

20.10.2018

RT from 301

Shenzhen

25.07.2018

01.08.2018

RT from 306

Wuhan

13.08.2018

31.08.2018

RT from 314

Sydney

03.02.2019

17.02.2019

RT from 320

Seoul

11.08.2018

25.08.2018

RT from 338

Busan

25.08.2018

28.08.2018

RT from 386

Qingdao

08.08.2018

12.08.2018

RT from 406

Dubai

10.08.2018

17.08.2018

RT from 427

Moscow

26.09.2018

13.10.2018

RT from 435

Fukuoka

03.09.2018

25.09.2018

RT from 436

Tokyo

30.07.2018

02.08.2018

RT from 450

London

15.03.2019

01.04.2019

RT from 450

Nice

30.01.2019

13.02.2019

RT from 455

Chongqing

27.07.2018

02.08.2018

RT from 456

Paris

04.09.2018

11.09.2018

RT from 461

Gold Coast

25.07.2018

01.08.2018

RT from 462

Los Angeles

16.10.2018

24.10.2018

RT from 467

Xi'an

25.07.2018

01.08.2018

RT from 469

Vladivostok

26.09.2018

05.10.2018

RT from 469

Heihe

10.12.2018

16.12.2018

RT from 472

Tashkent

26.09.2018

03.10.2018

RT from 486

Tianjin

03.08.2018

10.08.2018

RT from 492

Sofia

21.02.2019

28.02.2019

RT from 496

Bordeaux

15.01.2019

14.02.2019

RT from 513

Brisbane

11.04.2019

17.04.2019

RT from 520

Lyon

30.01.2019

13.02.2019

RT from 531

Saint Petersburg

05.10.2018

17.10.2018

RT from 531

New York

29.09.2018

07.10.2018

RT from 542

Athens

02.11.2018

12.11.2018

RT from 550

Jeddah

08.08.2018

18.08.2018

RT from 574

Minsk

08.10.2018

24.10.2018

RT from 585

Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

01.10.2018

15.10.2018

RT from 586

Milan

20.09.2018

10.11.2018

RT from 592

Munich

05.09.2018

20.09.2018

RT from 599

Istanbul

11.02.2019

04.03.2019

RT from 604

Warsaw

30.11.2018

15.12.2018

RT from 607

Berlin

10.09.2018

30.09.2018

RT from 607

Novosibirsk

04.09.2018

18.09.2018

RT from 611

Barcelona

09.01.2019

09.04.2019

RT from 613

Zurich

28.09.2018

12.10.2018

RT from 620

Kaliningrad

04.10.2018

22.10.2018

RT from 627

Dammam

10.08.2018

21.08.2018

RT from 636

Ekaterinburg

30.08.2018

12.09.2018

RT from 642

Irkutsk

05.11.2018

14.11.2018

RT from 646

Belgrade

24.11.2018

08.12.2018

RT from 658

Krasnodar

24.01.2019

31.01.2019

RT from 672

Khabarovsk

14.12.2018

27.12.2018

RT from 679

Kazan

14.03.2019

21.03.2019

RT from 683

Kiev

20.09.2018

23.09.2018

RT from 696

Prague

24.08.2018

30.08.2018

RT from 697

Cairo

30.07.2018

06.08.2018

RT from 702

Doha

15.08.2018

22.08.2018

RT from 710

Helsinki

07.08.2018

24.08.2018

RT from 726

St Denis de la Reunion

01.12.2018

08.12.2018

RT from 741

Sochi

07.08.2018

24.08.2018

RT from 743

Bucharest

27.08.2018

23.12.2018

RT from 761

Salt Lake City

11.10.2018

16.10.2018

RT from 763

Almaty

05.12.2018

09.12.2018

RT from 771

Abha

02.08.2018

05.08.2018

RT from 774

Lisbon

27.07.2018

31.07.2018

RT from 780

Krasnojarsk

05.10.2018

20.10.2018

RT from 791

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