When To Take a Taxi?

I’m not a frequent passenger of taxis in Singapore, even before or after the price hike. But when I do, I never really bothered with the peak or off-peaks, ERPs or whatever surcharges. But this morning while traveling in one, I realise it might be useful to put up some guides on the variable surcharges to our readers, especially when the lunar new year is just around the corner and everyone is busy shopping or sending gifts or foodstuffs. So here we go!



Peak Period Premium (Extra 35% of metered fee)
Mondays to Fridays: 7.00am to 9.30am
Mondays to Saturdays: 5.00pm to 8.00pm
*Not applicable on public holidays

City Area (CBD Area) Surcharge (Extra $3.00)
Mondays to Saturdays: 5.00pm to Midnight
*Applicable for cab hired within the CBD area and at the time of boarding.

Public Holiday Surcharge (Extra $1.00)
From 6.00pm on the eve of a Public Holiday to 12 midnight of the day of the Public Holiday (i.e., the five major public holidays, New Year’s Day, first and second of Chinese New Year, Hari Raya Puasa, Deepavali and Christmas Day) 
From 6.00pm on the eve of Chinese New Year to 12 midnight of the second day of Chinese New Year. *Applicable at the time of boarding. Where the public holiday falls on a Sunday and the following Monday is a holiday, the Public Holiday surcharge will be payable up to midnight of Monday.

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Late Night Surcharge (Extra 50% of metered fare)
Any day – Midnight – 5.59am

Normal Cab Booking Charges (Not advance booking)
Prime Time ($3.50) Mondays to Fridays: 7.00am to 9.30am / 5.00pm to 11.00pm
Non-Prime Time ($2.50) All other times (including Saturdays, Sundays and all Public Holidays)
*Applicable at the time booking job is confirmed.

Interesting facts to note:

  • No other taxi companies in Singapore charges differently
  • Try not to take taxi on peak periods or in CBD area unless neccessary.
  • Useful to remember take taxi from 10am-4pm and after 8pm. (Off-peak) (10-4-8 rule)
  • If you are shopping late night and there’s a long queue in the taxi stand, shop a bit later and book a taxi after 11pm.

In case of an emergency, forget everything here and just flag a cab when you see one!

Taxi Booking Numbers
Comfort Citycab Dial-A-Cab   (65) 6552 1111
Comfort Premier Cabs (65) 6552 2828
Premier Taxis (65) 6363 6888
SMRT Taxis Skytrek Bookings / Premier Cabs (65) 6555 8888

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