Taxi Fares in Singapore
Singapore is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world and Taxi is one of the best ways to get around Singapore. It is fast and efficient, thanks to the country’s systematic and extensive network of roads.
There are more than 26,000 air-conditioned cabs providing 24 hours, hassle-free travel at a very affordable cost. There are well-marked taxi-stands available shopping centers and hotels. First time travelers to Singapore can locate the taxi stands at Arrival Halls of all terminals in Changi Airport.
Taxi fares in Singapore are the 20th cheapest in the world, according to an index compiled by online used car dealer Carspring, which is based in the United Kingdom. Taxis are fully licensed and all run on meter. Taxi fares are based on a flag-down fare and the distance travelled. The total fare is shown on the taxi meter.
Basic Unit Charges
|Taxi Type||Standard Taxis||Premium Taxis|
|Flag-down fare||S$3.20 to S$3.90||S$3.90 to S$5.00|
|Distance rate||Beyond first KM and up to tenth KM||22 to 25 cents every 400 metres||30 to 33 cents every 400 metres|
|After tenth KM||22 to 25 cents every 350 metres||30 to 33 cents every 350 metres|
|Waiting time rate||22 to 25 cents every 45 seconds||30 to 33 cents every 45 seconds|
Additional fees are applied in different scenarios mentioned below.
- Peak Period surcharge is 25% of meter fare from 6am to 9.30am and 6pm to12 midnight.
- Late Night Hiring Surcharge is 50% of meter fare starts at 12 midnight to 6am the next day.
- City Area Surcharge is S$3.00 for trips to central business district (CBD) from 5pm to midnight.
- Changi Airport Surcharge from the airport is S$3.00. If you are paying by credit card, 10% surcharge is applied. There are additional surcharges called booking fee, if you book taxi over phone or go for advance booking.
The waiting time for catching taxi can increase between 16:00 to 17:00 when most cab drivers change shifts.
There are various payment devices in the taxis for receiving taxi fare through credit cards, CEPAS stored-value cards and NETS.Always ask the taxi driver for a receipt at the end of your journey.
Singapore is linked by two land crossings to Peninsular Malaysia and Driving into Malaysia from Singapore is relatively uncomplicated. Licensed taxis can be taken from Ban San St Taxi Kiosk in Singapore and can only go to Larkin in Johor Bahru. You can also book taxis through ride-sharing apps Uber and Grab which also accepts international credit/debit cards.
If you wish to enjoy downtown Singapore at a different angle, use the Singapore water taxis. The water taxi (aka bumboat) covers 5 stops: Robertson Quay, Clemenceau, Clarke Quay, Boat Quay, and the Esplanade. It covers major tourist spots like Asian Civilizations Museum, Raffles’ Landing Site, Merlion Park, Esplanade Theatre, and Singapore Flyer.
- Fare – $5 (USD3.65) per person
- Service Hours – Mon to Fri between 08:00 – 10:00 and 17:00 – 19:00
- There is no boat service on weekends and public holidays.