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

Kuala Lumpur

03.08.2018

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RT from 45

Penang

06.07.2018

08.07.2018

RT from 52

Phuket

01.11.2018

03.11.2018

RT from 74

Jakarta

30.05.2018

31.05.2018

RT from 77

Ho Chi Minh City

10.10.2018

14.10.2018

RT from 80

Bangkok

18.09.2018

19.09.2018

RT from 82

Luzon Island

15.10.2018

24.10.2018

RT from 97

Manila

17.09.2018

18.09.2018

RT from 108

Bandung

12.07.2018

14.07.2018

RT from 108

Cebu

03.08.2018

13.08.2018

RT from 112

Ipoh

13.07.2018

19.07.2018

RT from 114

Yangon

12.07.2018

18.07.2018

RT from 117

Phnom Penh

25.07.2018

26.07.2018

RT from 128

Chiang Mai

10.09.2018

17.09.2018

RT from 133

Surabaya

28.05.2018

30.05.2018

RT from 137

Denpasar Bali

26.06.2018

03.07.2018

RT from 138

Davao

20.08.2018

23.08.2018

RT from 141

Taipei

19.07.2018

22.07.2018

RT from 142

Guangzhou

05.06.2018

11.06.2018

RT from 153

Kaohsiung

02.08.2018

07.08.2018

RT from 153

Tacloban

02.07.2018

05.07.2018

RT from 165

Iloilo

08.10.2018

11.10.2018

RT from 165

Hong Kong

09.11.2018

16.11.2018

RT from 166

Hat Yai

03.06.2018

05.06.2018

RT from 171

Padang

31.05.2018

04.06.2018

RT from 180

Chennai

30.08.2018

31.10.2018

RT from 186

Siem Reap

04.06.2018

06.06.2018

RT from 188

Da Nang

20.06.2018

29.06.2018

RT from 207

Bangalore

14.06.2018

19.06.2018

RT from 208

Khon Kaen

11.08.2018

13.08.2018

RT from 220

Kochi

11.07.2018

18.07.2018

RT from 223

Pattaya

04.07.2018

06.07.2018

RT from 226

Dhaka

13.06.2018

17.06.2018

RT from 231

Colombo

01.06.2018

06.06.2018

RT from 231

Mumbai

15.07.2018

20.07.2018

RT from 236

Tokyo

09.07.2018

18.07.2018

RT from 236

Nha Trang

06.01.2019

10.01.2019

RT from 237

Bacolod

30.05.2018

05.06.2018

RT from 240

New Delhi

13.07.2018

26.07.2018

RT from 241

Pune

23.10.2018

30.10.2018

RT from 259

Kolkata

24.08.2018

29.08.2018

RT from 267

Fuzhou

03.06.2018

08.06.2018

RT from 271

Luang Prabang

19.07.2018

23.07.2018

RT from 275

Ahmedabad

27.08.2018

31.08.2018

RT from 277

Beijing

29.06.2018

02.07.2018

RT from 279

Shanghai

06.06.2018

06.07.2018

RT from 282

Chongqing

10.07.2018

16.07.2018

RT from 283

Tiruchirapalli

22.06.2018

15.07.2018

RT from 292

Harbin

25.06.2018

26.06.2018

RT from 304

Osaka

10.09.2018

14.09.2018

RT from 312

Seoul

01.07.2018

15.07.2018

RT from 313

Taichung

01.06.2018

05.06.2018

RT from 322

Tianjin

27.09.2018

29.09.2018

RT from 327

Qingdao

07.08.2018

14.08.2018

RT from 330

Melbourne

25.11.2018

09.12.2018

RT from 333

Busan

25.06.2018

28.06.2018

RT from 339

Amritsar

09.06.2018

16.06.2018

RT from 356

Sydney

02.08.2018

15.08.2018

RT from 361

Indore

08.11.2018

14.11.2018

RT from 362

Koh Samui

31.05.2018

08.06.2018

RT from 377

Kathmandu

12.06.2018

04.07.2018

RT from 386

Jaipur

05.11.2018

10.11.2018

RT from 397

Karachi

07.06.2018

17.06.2018

RT from 406

Canberra

02.08.2018

15.08.2018

RT from 407

Kuwait City

23.07.2018

01.08.2018

RT from 428

Chengdu

29.09.2018

03.10.2018

RT from 431

Vladivostok

17.09.2018

21.09.2018

RT from 435

Dubai

28.06.2018

13.07.2018

RT from 445

Muscat

04.09.2018

13.09.2018

RT from 453

San Francisco

28.10.2018

04.11.2018

RT from 471

Paris

02.06.2018

07.06.2018

RT from 474

Tashkent

05.07.2018

03.08.2018

RT from 485

New York

15.10.2018

29.10.2018

RT from 494

Moscow

22.11.2018

05.12.2018

RT from 497

Saint Petersburg

05.10.2018

21.10.2018

RT from 517

Zurich

11.12.2018

18.12.2018

RT from 522

Los Angeles

30.05.2018

13.06.2018

RT from 529

Cairo

23.11.2018

09.12.2018

RT from 541

Copenhagen

11.12.2018

18.12.2018

RT from 554

Vancouver

27.05.2018

03.06.2018

RT from 560

Barcelona

11.12.2018

18.12.2018

RT from 567

Astana

10.07.2018

17.07.2018

RT from 567

Helsinki

04.09.2018

18.09.2018

RT from 569

Lviv

15.11.2018

22.11.2018

RT from 572

Kiev

01.10.2018

10.10.2018

RT from 574

Sofia

20.11.2018

30.11.2018

RT from 594

Toronto

22.08.2018

28.08.2018

RT from 620

Munich

15.02.2019

22.02.2019

RT from 636

Warsaw

19.06.2018

30.06.2018

RT from 639

Almaty

05.06.2018

15.06.2018

RT from 639

Brussels

23.11.2018

26.11.2018

RT from 651

Novosibirsk

02.08.2018

15.08.2018

RT from 652

Istanbul

28.12.2018

02.01.2019

RT from 657

Frankfurt

14.09.2018

30.09.2018

RT from 663

Khabarovsk

08.01.2019

22.01.2019

RT from 665

Ekaterinburg

05.11.2018

19.11.2018

RT from 672

Irkutsk

07.06.2018

09.06.2018

RT from 683

Manchester

08.08.2018

14.11.2018

RT from 689

Kazan

03.12.2018

10.12.2018

RT from 696

Berlin

16.08.2018

21.09.2018

RT from 712

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