Comfort Taxi Fare Promo: How To Score A Cheaper Taxi Ride
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Comfort Taxi Fare Promo: How To Score A Cheaper Taxi Ride

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If you’re running or late – or simply feeling lazy – the first thing most of us would do is open a ride-hailing app like Grab and arrange for a ride.

But there are situations where you can’t seem to get a driver – no matter how long you wait.

Or worse.

You find that prices are so ridiculously high that it makes you question if you should just forgo ride-hailing and buy a car sua.

Especially on days when it’s pouring and it feels like the WHOLE of Singapore’s trying to get a ride (ahem surge prices suck ahem).

Your next better option?

Probably this:

Comfort Taxi At Orchard Road
Source: Straits Times

Yep.

I’m aware that there are a few taxi companies out there: Premier, Prime, SMRT, TransCab… just to name a few.

But the one with the largest taxi fleet is probably Comfort CityCab with their ubiquitous blue or yellow cabs.

And since here at Seedly, we’re all about making smarter financial choices… how do you ensure that you’re getting the cheapest Comfort taxi ride possible?

Don’t worry, I’ve gotchu fam.

Disclaimer: we’re not sponsored by ComfortDelGro to write this article. I just found myself thinking about this when I couldn’t get a Grab ride the other day and was contemplating if I should book a Comfort taxi or not…

#teamthriftyalways

#dontaskmewhyInevertakebusinstead

#fineIwaslateforwork


TL;DR: How To Save On Comfort Taxi Fares

Seedly Comfort CityCab DelGro App Promo

A Comfort taxi ride – or any taxi ride in Singapore for the matter – is usually overpriced. But if you bobian (Hokkien: no choice) have to take one:

  1. Check if ComfortRIDE flat fares are cheaper especially if it is peak hour or there is a traffic jam
  2. Check if there’s a location surcharge for your pickup. If there is, consider taking public transport out of the area before hopping into a cab
  3. Always pay in cash to avoid the surcharge for NETs and credit card payments
  4. Take advantage of ComfortDelGro app promos where possible
DetailsPromo CodeValidity
$3 off
- Add your NETS bank card under the “Manage Payment” section
- Limited to 1 trip per user a month
NETSCLICK30 Apr 2020
10% admin fee waiver
- For ComfortRIDE or Street Hail via app
- Valid for DBS/POSB Mastercard or Visa Cards
-25 Jul 2021

Comfort CityCab Taxi Fares In Singapore

There are two kinds of taxi fares when it comes to taking a Comfort CityCab ride.

For those going, “Simi two kinds of fares? Only got one what…”

Well, there are two.

Comfort CityCab Taxi Metered Fare

This is the regular, metered fare which most of us are familiar with.

 Flag Down Fare
(First 1km or less)
Metered Fare Rates*
Hyundai Sonata Taxi$3.20$0.22
Hyundai i-40 Taxi$3.70$0.22
Toyota Prius
Hyundai Ioniq
Kona Taxi
$3.90$0.22
Limousine Cab$3.90$0.30

*The stipulated meter rate is charged for every:

  • 400m thereafter or less (up to 10km)
  • 350m thereafter or less (after 10km), or
  • 45s of waiting time

This option is most recommended during non-peak hours or when traffic is smooth.

Trust me.

You DO NOT want to be sitting in a traffic jam during morning rush hour while watching the meter run.

ComfortRIDE Taxi Flat Fare

This flat fare option is the one which most Singaporeans would be unfamiliar with, even though Comfort Delgro introduced it back in 2017.

 ComfortRide Fare
Base Fare$2.80
Distance Fare$0.50/km
Time Fare$0.15/minute
Minimum Fare$6
Additional Stops*$5

*For additional stops or distance travelled 5km thereafter or less

Unlike ride-hailing services which charge surge pricing, ComfortRIDE’s flat fare will not surge with demand.

Your fare is calculated purely based on the distance travelled.

This means that this option is most recommended during peak hours or when you anticipate traffic jams along your journey.

Note: ComfortRIDE only allows advanced booking of up to 30 minutes in advance


Booking A Comfort CityCab Taxi

If it’s raining or you’ve just finished a meeting and need to rush to another one, you probably wouldn’t want to stand by the sidewalk and (attempt to) flag a cab down.

The good news?

You can book a cab through a variety of ways.

How Do I Book A Comfort CityCab Taxi?

There’re a couple of ways to do so.

1) Dial-A-Cab

Regular Comfort CityCab taxi: 6552 1111

Limousine or MaxiCab: 6552 2828

2) SMS-A-Cab

Alternatively, you can “SMS-A-Cab” at 71222.

In the following formats:

SMS-A-Cab viaSMSExample
AddressBOOK Building Name, Block Number, Street Name #Pick-up Point *DestinationBOOK Bedok Mall, 311 New Upper Changi Road #taxi stand *Tiong Bahru Market
Postal CodeBOOK Postal Code #Pick-up Point *DestinationBOOK 467360 #taxi stand *Tiong Bahru Market
Fastcall Pin CodeFC Fastcall Pin CodeFC 10577
Taxi Stand NumberBOOK Taxi Stand Number #taxi stand *DestinationBOOK I31 #taxi stand *Tiong Bahru Market

But seriously though.

Given this day and age, it’s probably easier to just call or use the ComfortDelGro app.

3) ComfortDelGro App

Probably the easiest way out of the three.

ComfortDelgro App Taxi Booking

Just key in your current location and destination, choose between ‘ComfortRIDE’ or ‘By Meter’ and you’re good to go.

“So what’s the bad news,” you ask?

Well… Convenience ALWAYS comes at a price.

What Are Comfort CityCab Taxi Booking Charges?

 Comfort Regular 4-Seater TaxiComfort Limousine Cabs
Booking Fee$2.30
$3.30 (peak)
$10
Advanced Booking
(at least 30 mins in advance)
$8$18

I’ve listed Comfort CitiCab’s peak hours earlier, but here it is again for easy reference:

  • Mon to Fri (except Public Holidays) from 6am to 9:29am
  • Mon to Sun (and Public Holidays) from 6pm to 11:59pm

In short?

Avoid the additional $1 peak hour charge by booking your regular Comfort taxi only between 9:30am to 5:59pm.


Comfort Taxi Surcharges

(At the risk of sounding like a really bad infomercial…)

But wait! There’s more!

Here’re a whole slew of charges which you might want to take note of as well.

Comfort Taxi Peak Hour Surcharges

 Comfort CityCab SurchargeTimings
Peak Hour25% of metered fareMon to Fri: 6am to 9:29am

Mon to Sun: 6pm to 11:59pm
Late Night50% of metered fareMon to Sun : Midnight to 5:59am

You read that right.

Once you stay out past midnight, you’ll have to fork out an additional 50% of the metered fare!

This means that a $20 ride would become a $30 one.

Damn. Siao. Please.

You might as well go for a late-night KTV session followed by a cheap massage or spa before trying to hail a ride or catch a 6am cab home instead.

Other Miscellaneous Surcharges

Other charges include:

 Comfort CityCab SurchargeTimings
Pickups within CBDAdditional $3Mon to Sun: 5pm to 11:59pm

Mon to Sun: 6pm to 11:59pm
Pickups from Changi AirportAdditional $5


Additional $3
Fri to Sun: 5pm to 11:59pm

All other times
Payment via NETSAdditional $0.30-
Payment via credit cardsAdditional 10%-

ComfortDelgro App Promos November 2019

If our food delivery promo article is any indication… if there’s an app involved then there must be promos which you can take advantage of!

DetailsPromo CodeValidity
$3 off
- Add your NETS bank card under the “Manage Payment” section
- Limited to 1 trip per user a month
NETSCLICK30 Apr 2020
10% admin fee waiver
- For ComfortRIDE or Street Hail via app
- Valid for DBS/POSB Mastercard or Visa Cards
-25 Jul 2021

Know of any other ComfortDelgro promos? Let us know in the comments below!

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