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

23.11.2018

26.11.2018

RT from 54

Penang

29.03.2019

30.03.2019

RT from 66

Kuching

18.01.2019

20.01.2019

RT from 68

Miri

02.11.2018

05.11.2018

RT from 78

Jakarta

08.11.2018

12.11.2018

RT from 86

Phuket

30.11.2018

04.12.2018

RT from 87

Krabi

15.03.2019

17.03.2019

RT from 95

Ipoh

03.11.2018

13.11.2018

RT from 97

Surabaya

29.10.2018

01.11.2018

RT from 104

Ho Chi Minh City

05.04.2019

08.04.2019

RT from 106

Bangkok

26.02.2019

02.03.2019

RT from 108

Bandung

31.10.2018

01.11.2018

RT from 110

Phnom Penh

01.03.2019

04.03.2019

RT from 112

Hat Yai

24.10.2018

28.10.2018

RT from 112

Luzon Island

05.03.2019

09.03.2019

RT from 113

Medan

15.11.2018

18.11.2018

RT from 115

Denpasar Bali

19.03.2019

21.03.2019

RT from 116

Manila

22.01.2019

25.01.2019

RT from 125

Yangon

14.03.2019

19.03.2019

RT from 131

Cebu

25.01.2019

27.01.2019

RT from 149

Palembang

01.12.2018

01.01.2019

RT from 151

Hong Kong

11.01.2019

14.01.2019

RT from 160

Hanoi

07.03.2019

10.03.2019

RT from 161

Chiang Mai

15.02.2019

17.02.2019

RT from 162

Pattaya

08.11.2018

11.05.2019

RT from 164

Harbin

08.03.2019

12.03.2019

RT from 172

Davao

14.09.2019

16.09.2019

RT from 172

Bengkulu

16.11.2018

26.11.2018

RT from 176

Chennai

19.01.2019

20.02.2019

RT from 176

Kaohsiung

21.01.2019

26.01.2019

RT from 180

Iloilo

08.02.2019

12.02.2019

RT from 181

Taipei

13.02.2019

18.02.2019

RT from 183

Kalibo

18.06.2019

30.06.2019

RT from 192

Guangzhou

02.01.2019

12.01.2019

RT from 197

Phu Quoc

28.01.2019

06.03.2019

RT from 207

Da Nang

20.11.2018

26.11.2018

RT from 208

Bacolod

03.02.2019

07.02.2019

RT from 212

Nha Trang

22.11.2018

24.11.2018

RT from 215

Bangalore

30.11.2018

31.12.2018

RT from 223

Amritsar

04.03.2019

10.03.2019

RT from 224

Yogyakarta

29.12.2018

02.01.2019

RT from 230

Caticlan

18.06.2019

30.06.2019

RT from 234

Kolkata

01.12.2018

18.01.2019

RT from 239

Kochi

01.12.2018

05.12.2018

RT from 242

New Delhi

14.12.2018

20.01.2019

RT from 245

Nanjing

30.10.2018

30.11.2018

RT from 246

Darwin

01.12.2018

05.12.2018

RT from 248

Tiruchirapalli

30.10.2018

10.11.2018

RT from 248

Dhaka

01.11.2018

05.11.2018

RT from 256

Bandar Seri Begawan

15.12.2018

22.12.2018

RT from 256

Shenyang

13.11.2018

21.11.2018

RT from 258

Koh Samui

15.11.2018

18.11.2018

RT from 263

Vishakhapatnam

13.11.2018

14.11.2018

RT from 264

Shanghai

25.12.2018

20.01.2019

RT from 265

Beijing

15.12.2018

23.12.2018

RT from 265

Nanchang

30.11.2018

22.02.2019

RT from 268

Male

04.07.2019

13.07.2019

RT from 269

Wuhan

18.11.2018

23.11.2018

RT from 269

Hyderabad

04.12.2018

09.12.2018

RT from 275

Colombo

20.03.2019

29.03.2019

RT from 277

Coimbatore

15.11.2018

28.11.2018

RT from 279

Vijayawada

01.11.2018

08.11.2018

RT from 283

Thiruvananthapuram

12.04.2019

14.04.2019

RT from 283

Jaipur

14.12.2018

20.01.2019

RT from 291

Seoul

01.11.2018

14.11.2018

RT from 292

Xiamen

10.02.2019

17.02.2019

RT from 294

Jinan

22.11.2018

25.11.2018

RT from 295

Ahmedabad

31.10.2018

21.02.2019

RT from 296

Sanya

04.01.2019

07.01.2019

RT from 297

Tokyo

07.03.2019

11.03.2019

RT from 301

Fuzhou

13.02.2019

18.02.2019

RT from 304

Perth

29.10.2018

05.11.2018

RT from 307

Vientiane

24.12.2018

28.12.2018

RT from 322

Melbourne

07.11.2018

12.11.2018

RT from 327

Raipur

13.12.2018

18.12.2018

RT from 340

Mumbai

12.12.2018

25.12.2018

RT from 340

Roi Et

31.12.2018

02.01.2019

RT from 344

Brisbane

19.03.2019

28.03.2019

RT from 366

Mangalore

11.11.2018

14.11.2018

RT from 376

Dubai

11.11.2018

30.11.2018

RT from 393

Karachi

08.12.2018

15.12.2018

RT from 393

Osaka

31.10.2018

04.11.2018

RT from 406

Vienna

07.02.2019

25.02.2019

RT from 416

London

18.11.2018

10.12.2018

RT from 420

Los Angeles

16.04.2019

23.04.2019

RT from 422

Canberra

23.07.2019

27.07.2019

RT from 423

Abu Dhabi

08.11.2018

17.11.2018

RT from 426

Kathmandu

30.12.2018

06.01.2019

RT from 432

Athens

22.01.2019

05.02.2019

RT from 440

Rome

25.11.2018

09.12.2018

RT from 445

Sydney

15.01.2019

23.01.2019

RT from 447

Paris

24.11.2018

30.11.2018

RT from 454

New York

13.03.2019

20.03.2019

RT from 465

Irkutsk

03.11.2018

17.11.2018

RT from 469

Moscow

23.11.2018

13.12.2018

RT from 476

Tashkent

17.01.2019

22.02.2019

RT from 476

Vladivostok

28.11.2018

06.12.2018

RT from 481

Berlin

07.12.2018

29.12.2018

RT from 483

Frankfurt

10.12.2018

31.12.2018

RT from 491

Patna

31.12.2018

02.01.2019

RT from 494

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