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FOREIGN GIRL ASK IF SG TAXI ARE SAFE AT MIDNIGHT, NETIZEN: “UNSAFE FOR WALLET”

In a recent conversation on Reddit, a foreign girl asked if it is safe to take a taxi in Singapore after midnight. The overwhelming response from the community was that, while the taxi may not be easy on the wallet, it is safe for personal security. The respondents suggested that the worst that could happen is that the driver might be overly chatty, and the fare might be higher than expected.

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Is a Singapore taxi at midnight safe for a foreign girl?

Question: First of all, I apologize for my terrible English. I can barely speak and understand English, but I really need tips about taking a taxi alone late at night in Singapore. If you are not willing to tolerate my broken English, please just ignore my post. I am so sorry and thank you for your consideration.

I’m 21 y/o girl and I will visit Singapore soon for study! I googled about public transportation systems in Singapore and it says they operate only until the midnight, which means I need to get a taxi. According to Google map, it takes more than 30 minutes to drive from the airport to my final destination… and that is where I am worried about. I know I am an adult and I should not be scared of this, but I feel so inexperienced. I think I need some help about this.

Could anyone please tell me if it is safe for a foreign girl to book a taxi late at night like 00:40 a.m.? And what would you prefer, if you were in my case, to take Singapore airport taxi or a Grab taxi? Or are they the same? Is there any taxi etiquette I must be reminded during the ride? Will it be rude to make a long call with my friend while my dear Mr. Driver is driving me?

Unsafe for wallet:

In fact, the biggest concern for foreigners when taking a taxi in Singapore seems to be the cost, with the price of a 30-minute drive estimated to be more than 30 dollars. At 4 AM in the morning, the fare could even double. Despite these concerns, it is important to remember that Singapore is a very safe country, and the likelihood of experiencing any problems is low.

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To put it in perspective, one Reddit user shared that they once took a taxi after a late-night concert, and the fare was around 80 dollars, compared to a Grab (local version of Uber) fare of 37 dollars. While this is on the higher end, it is still a relatively safe option.

To sum up, while taking a taxi in Singapore after midnight might not be the most cost-effective option, it is a safe way to travel. With the exchange rate of 1 SGD to 27.05 THB, a trip to Thailand might be a more affordable option for those looking for a cheaper getaway. Nevertheless, for those who do choose to take a taxi in Singapore, it is important to be aware of the potential costs, especially during late-night hours.

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