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

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Penang

11.05.2019

13.05.2019

RT from 49

Ipoh

17.07.2019

31.07.2019

RT from 64

Kuching

01.08.2019

05.08.2019

RT from 69

Jakarta

28.04.2019

04.05.2019

RT from 82

Ho Chi Minh City

17.05.2019

21.05.2019

RT from 88

Phuket

05.02.2020

10.02.2020

RT from 89

Kota Kinabalu

16.09.2019

22.09.2019

RT from 89

Langkawi

12.06.2019

12.06.2019

RT from 93

Miri

01.05.2019

06.05.2019

RT from 95

Bangkok

09.05.2019

14.05.2019

RT from 102

Kuantan

11.05.2019

12.05.2019

RT from 103

Denpasar Bali

31.10.2019

03.11.2019

RT from 106

Surabaya

08.08.2019

11.08.2019

RT from 107

Kota Bharu

28.05.2019

06.06.2019

RT from 112

Hat Yai

27.07.2019

29.07.2019

RT from 114

Phnom Penh

27.06.2019

30.06.2019

RT from 116

Yangon

28.05.2019

11.06.2019

RT from 117

Hanoi

22.08.2019

27.08.2019

RT from 121

Manila

02.07.2019

06.07.2019

RT from 126

Davao

18.07.2019

21.07.2019

RT from 128

Cebu

04.08.2019

07.08.2019

RT from 128

Bandung

27.04.2019

02.05.2019

RT from 129

Semarang

01.09.2019

02.09.2019

RT from 129

Chennai

20.01.2020

31.01.2020

RT from 131

Krabi

10.01.2020

14.01.2020

RT from 131

CRK

16.06.2019

20.06.2019

RT from 136

Yogyakarta

01.05.2019

03.05.2019

RT from 138

Alor Setar

04.06.2019

09.06.2019

RT from 145

Chiang Mai

20.06.2019

22.06.2019

RT from 147

Kaohsiung

18.05.2019

25.05.2019

RT from 148

Taipei

12.10.2019

16.10.2019

RT from 149

Haikou

02.09.2019

14.09.2019

RT from 151

Nha Trang

23.04.2019

24.04.2019

RT from 155

Hong Kong

23.08.2019

28.08.2019

RT from 159

Tiruchirapalli

24.07.2019

20.09.2019

RT from 169

Nanchang

01.01.2020

22.01.2020

RT from 171

Da Nang

25.05.2019

02.07.2019

RT from 172

Pattaya

22.08.2019

25.08.2019

RT from 174

Ubon Ratchathani

09.05.2019

14.05.2019

RT from 174

Cần Thơ

03.05.2019

07.05.2019

RT from 178

Kochi

07.10.2019

11.10.2019

RT from 179

Chiang Rai

26.11.2019

27.11.2019

RT from 184

Pontianak

13.06.2019

24.06.2019

RT from 184

Udon Thani

28.10.2019

16.11.2019

RT from 192

Macau

10.05.2019

13.05.2019

RT from 193

Dalat

24.04.2019

26.04.2019

RT from 195

Cagayan De Oro

19.07.2019

21.07.2019

RT from 198

Amritsar

10.05.2019

20.05.2019

RT from 199

Siem Reap

13.08.2019

17.08.2019

RT from 200

Colombo

26.05.2019

30.05.2019

RT from 201

Shanghai

25.06.2019

26.06.2019

RT from 204

Wuhan

17.06.2019

26.06.2019

RT from 205

Chongqing

19.05.2019

26.05.2019

RT from 209

Iloilo

01.06.2019

30.06.2019

RT from 210

Hyderabad

19.06.2019

23.06.2019

RT from 212

Bandar Seri Begawan

22.04.2019

26.04.2019

RT from 214

New Delhi

08.07.2019

14.07.2019

RT from 215

Guangzhou

25.12.2019

16.01.2020

RT from 217

Bacolod

01.06.2019

28.06.2019

RT from 217

Shenzhen

04.05.2019

08.05.2019

RT from 219

Sihanoukville

24.04.2019

26.04.2019

RT from 221

Bangalore

30.06.2019

04.07.2019

RT from 226

Jinan

01.06.2019

18.06.2019

RT from 226

Tokyo

17.07.2019

20.07.2019

RT from 229

Darwin

16.06.2019

21.06.2019

RT from 230

Dhaka

15.05.2019

22.05.2019

RT from 237

Tianjin

04.05.2019

09.05.2019

RT from 238

Beijing

25.05.2019

26.05.2019

RT from 239

Perth

08.05.2019

13.05.2019

RT from 243

Chengdu

28.05.2019

03.06.2019

RT from 244

Madurai

11.07.2019

12.07.2019

RT from 245

Melbourne

31.05.2019

07.06.2019

RT from 246

Male

24.05.2019

29.05.2019

RT from 249

Mumbai

31.05.2019

06.06.2019

RT from 252

Harbin

14.05.2019

30.05.2019

RT from 252

Cauayan

01.06.2019

13.06.2019

RT from 257

Xiamen

11.06.2019

15.06.2019

RT from 258

Malacca

21.04.2019

28.04.2019

RT from 258

Busan

07.07.2019

12.07.2019

RT from 260

Taichung

25.06.2019

27.06.2019

RT from 261

Coimbatore

10.05.2019

16.05.2019

RT from 262

Jaipur

24.05.2019

29.05.2019

RT from 263

Thiruvananthapuram

20.05.2019

27.05.2019

RT from 266

Sanya

24.06.2019

26.06.2019

RT from 270

Gold Coast

04.09.2019

18.09.2019

RT from 271

Jieyang

09.06.2019

10.06.2019

RT from 271

Osaka

07.09.2019

14.09.2019

RT from 275

Shenyang

24.04.2019

08.05.2019

RT from 275

Vijayawada

17.07.2019

23.07.2019

RT from 276

Qui Nhon

22.04.2019

06.05.2019

RT from 277

Sydney

30.04.2019

31.07.2019

RT from 277

Seoul

25.05.2019

29.05.2019

RT from 278

Xi'an

04.09.2019

09.09.2019

RT from 288

Yantai

15.06.2019

20.06.2019

RT from 297

Ujung Pandang

24.04.2019

01.05.2019

RT from 300

Nagpur

09.10.2019

13.10.2019

RT from 301

Zhengzhou

15.08.2019

20.08.2019

RT from 301

Vientiane

24.05.2019

28.05.2019

RT from 302

Surat Thani

20.04.2019

23.04.2019

RT from 304

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