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Taxis/Credit Cards

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Taxis/Credit Cards

Do Singapore taxis take credit cards, as they now do in many large cities? We're trying to plan our need for cash on our short stay. Are ATM's widely available, including at major attractions like the Bird Park and the Orchid gardens?

What will be the approximate cost of a taxi from the Pan Pacific hotel to those two attractions?

Many thanks!

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1. Re: Taxis/Credit Cards

Yes they accept credit cards but there is a 10% premium. Check that their terminal is working before you get in if you have no other means to pay. ATMs are everywhere, but assume none at the Birdpark or Botanical Gardens, but you can pay with CC for admission.

About $15 to the Birdpark, may be $8 to the Orchid Gardens from PP Marina

Edited: 13 March 2010, 23:31
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2. Re: Taxis/Credit Cards

If you are staying at Pan Pacific then you have Suntec City next door which has loads of ATMs. Best load up for the day there and go from there. The attractions tend not to have ATMs themselves although they take cards often enough - so its more a matter of finding your best ATM site and planning accordingly.

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It is better to pay cash for your taxi fare. Most taxi drivers do not like to take payment by credit cards. They may grumble. It is more of a trouble for them to take your fare in credit card as they need to submit the reports to the taxi companies to claim their money and their fares reimbursement comes a week or 2 later.

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4. Re: Taxis/Credit Cards

Not all Taxi accept credit card, please look for Comfort Del Gro (Blue), City Cab (Yellow), or The Premium Taxi (white, mercedes Benz, Comfort Del Gro).

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5. Re: Taxis/Credit Cards

Most taxis accept major credit cards with a 10% administrative charge on top of total taxi fare. Just ask the taxi driver before boarding in case the card terminal is not working or the card is not acceptable by the taxi driver. For your convenience, it may be better off making cash payments for your taxi fares and at the places of your interest. However, payments for food and goods at local restaurants and shops may be more convenient with your credit cards. In this respect, you still need to carry some cash around. You may go to any nearby ATM sites close to Pan Pacific hotel as follows:-

1. ATM, Millenia Walk (Citibank)

Distance: 0.1 km away

Located : City Hall

2. ATM, Millenia Walk (DBS)

Distance: 0.11 km away

Located : City Hall

3. ATM, Raffles Boulevard (UOB)

Distance: 0.19 km away

Located : City Hall

4. ATM, Marina Square (DBS)

Distance: 0.23 km away

Located : City Hall

5. ATM, Marina Square Branch (UOB)

Distance: 0.23 km away

Located : City Hall

6. ATM, Raffles Boulevard (UOB)

Distance: 0.23 km away

Located : City Hall

- Jurong Bird Park : These huge enclosures provide a haven for over 8000 birds of more than 600 species, with a 5-acre walk-in aviary and a simulated rainforest thunderstorm, held each day. Estimated distance is 22.71 km from Pan Pacific hotel and it is 24-30 min taxi ride. Taxi fare ranges from S$17.00 to S$29.00, depending on whether it is on a Sunday, public holiday, or a working day which would incur peak hours surcharge, Central Business District surcharge, etc.

- Singapore Botanic Gardens : The Botanic Gardens spread over 52 hectares of land with a combination of both primary jungle and manicured gardens. Visitors can view thousands of species of plant life, including many rare specimens and the largest orchid display in the world. Estimated distance is 7.98 km from Pan Pacific hotel and it is 15-20 min taxi ride. Taxi fare is about S$9.00 to S$16.00.

Have a pleasant hoilday.

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