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Taxis are readily available in Singapore. For tourists, the most convenient mode of transportation will be by cab.
Hailing a taxi in Singapore is relatively easy, just stand safely by the kerb-side and stick your arm out! However, do note that there are some places that taxis are not allowed to stop to pick up or alight passengers in Singapore. They risk getting a fine of up to S$200!
Roads with bus lanes during bus lane operation hours, lanes with double zigzag lines, bus stops and roads in CBD where buses ply are strictly no stopping zones for taxis, although we still do see people trying to hail taxis from bus stops. If youre lucky, you might get a brave taxi driver willing to take the risk, but more often than not, you will be left disappointed.
To get a taxi in places like these, look for the taxi stands or driveways of buildings. Alternatively, you can walk to a stretch of road with normal lane markings, ie. Not bus lanes, no red lines, no zig-zag lines, no yellow boxes etc. Just normal double yellow lines by the kerb with white lanes markings.
When does it get hard to hail a taxi?
Typically, it can be difficult to find a taxi when it rains, during peak hours (8-9 am, 6-8 pm). When travelling to the airport during these times, make sure you have an advanced booking or sufficient time on your hands to wait.
There are several surcharges you may incur.
Check in at Furama City Centre, Singapore, drop off your baggage and hop on the new Downtown line that will take you from Chinatown to Bugis directly in 8 minutes! See travelling time between the stations.
Shopping malls and places of interests near the new stations are:
If you are planning on massive travelling around Singapore by public transport (MRT, LRT and basic bus), you might save quite a bit by getting the Singapore Tourist Pass, a credit card sized all day pass. It comes in 1-day, 2-day or 3-day passes.
Each pass allows for unlimited travel on Singapores public transport network for as little as S$6.70 per day! It excludes rides on Premium bus services such as Express, Fast Forward, Night Rider, Nite Owl, Chinatown Direct, Jurong Island and Bus Plus services.
The pass can be purchased from the TransitLink Ticket Office at the following locations:
Fancy an alternate mode of transportation? Hop on a River Taxi, launched in Jan 2013, and beat the traffic congestion on the roads.
The taxis cover 2 shuttle service routes running from Jiak Kim Street in River Valley to the Marina Barrage. The trip from Jiak Kim Street in River Valley to the Marina Barrage takes about 25 mins.
The water taxis operate every day between 7am and 10pm, with intervals of no longer than 10 minutes during peak hours.
Renowned for our World Class Transportation, virtually any place of interests is within an hours journey from the city centre.
To see Singapore at your own pace, there are a few hop-on and off buses, City Sightseeing, Trolley & Boat, SIA Hop-on and FunVee, to name a few. These buses offer different routes to major sights, attractions and hotels in the city.
To immerse yourself totally in the Singapore Culture, travel as the locals do, take the public buses and the mrt (subway)! Most shopping malls are linked to a station or two. Malls that are further off usually have shuttle buses running back and forth from the mrt stations.
Taxis are readily available, though different operators charge varying flag down fees, starting from S$3. All taxis run on the meter, so no bargaining is entertained. Do note that flag down at Changi Airport, Seletar Airport, Marina Bay Sands Resorts World Sentosa and Singapore Expo Centre incur an additional charge of S$2-5. Throughout the day there are various surcharges in effect (http://www.taxisingapore.com/taxi-fare).
If you do get lost, just ask the locals! They will be more than willing to help. Most of the locals speak English, or more affectionately known as Singlish!
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