Out of 80 of the “most visited” cities around the world, Singapore is apparently the 20th cheapest place to take a cab. This, according to the 2017 Taxi Price Index conducted by British online used car dealership, Carspring.
After surveying traditional taxi operators in cities like New York, Hong Kong and Mumbai, Cairo came up tops with the cheapest cab ride of US$0.55 (S$0.75) based on a 3km distance.
At the opposite end of the list was Zurich, with US$25.25 (S$34.50) for the same distance. In comparison, the fare in Singapore came up to US$4.01 (S$5.50). Other cities in the top ten cheapest list included Mumbai, Jakarta, Bucharest, Mexico City, Tunis, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Sofia and Hanoi.
The study also calculated the standard fare from airports to city centres, and Tokyo easily took top place by a mile with a fare of US$189.91 (S$259.50). Cairo remained the most affordable, with a fare of US$4.20 (S$5.70).
To show the initial hire and waiting time costs, the report used data given by the official website of each city; and to work out the airport to city fares, information was gleaned from official airport and tourist information sites.
Unfortunately, even though cab fares remain relatively affordable in Singapore, the taxi industry has been suffering ever since private-hire companies like Grab and Uber came to town.
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