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.
- From 0000-0559hrs there is a surcharge of 50%.
- From Monday-Friday 0600-0930hrs and all days 1800-2400 hrs, there is a surcharge of 25% of the metered fare.
- From 1700-0000hrs on all days, trips starting from city area, there is a surcharge of $3.
- There are flat surcharges of $2-$5 from Changi Airport and freight centre, Seletar Airport, Marina Bay Sands, Resorts World Sentosa and Singapore Expo - with the surcharges varying by day/time.
Ask for a receipt! In case you left anything behind, you can still contact the taxi company for the lost item.
Info correct at time of publish: 11 Feb 2015