3. Public Taxis
Taxis may be more expensive than public transport, but compared to fares in other major cities (think New York, London, Tokyo), fares in Singapore are quite affordable.
One hitch: You may only be able to hail a cab or be dropped off at a designated taxi stand, depending on where you are on the island. (In the Central Business District, for example, legislation forbids roadside pickups.)
During shift changes, peak hours, rain or the festive season, it also may be harder to get a cab. In such cases, use hotlines (or try free apps) for companies like ComfortDelGro Taxi Booking (6552 1111), SMRT Book a Taxi (6555 8888) or Trans-Cab Taxi App (6555 3333).
HACK: If you’re travelling with a big family, consider getting a 7-seater Limo Taxi Cab (6600 9920), which should provide ample space. The current booking fee costs $10, with the meter starting at $3.90 upon boarding. Alternatively, operators like Limousine Transport (6535 3534) charge flat rates of $55 per trip.
MUST-KNOW: All taxis in Singapore run by the meter, but the final fare can depend upon factors such as peak-hour timings, after-midnight surcharges and where you board the cab (e.g., areas like Changi Airport incur a surcharge). In addition, fares for the six major cab operators vary. However, you don’t need to tip.