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I will arrive at Singapore airport late at night/early in the morning, probably around 1:00 AM before I can get out. I need to travel to my hotel, the Parkroyal on Beach Road, about an hour away according to Google maps.

In general I don't mind taking public transport, but it doesn't look as if it runs that late. Are taxis generally available at the airport that late? If I should reserve one, is there a simple way to do so on line? Are Uber/Lyft options in Singapore? Are there other alternatives I'm missing?

Edit We took a taxi, and it was quick (25 minutes), easy (no line at the airport, several taxis waiting), and inexpensive (around $25 Singapore, which I split with two other people heading to the same place).

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    In any large airport you will have taxis at any time there are incoming flights. Never arrived in Singapore at that time, but I would be very surprised if there weren’t many taxis waiting. – jcaron Aug 15 at 13:24
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    Note that there are lots of flights arriving around that time, and even flights arriving much later in the night, so I would personally not worry about it for a minute (unless you are arriving on New Year’s Day). – jcaron Aug 15 at 13:28
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    Several years ago I had no problem with getting a taxi to near the city center from the airport. Landed around your 1AM time, made it to the hotel just fine. Very little traffic then! – Jon Custer Aug 15 at 19:25
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Looks like there's a shuttle bus that operates 24 hours for SGD 9.00. Your hotel is listed. Limited to one item of luggage. Can be booked in advance.

https://cityshuttle.com.sg/cityshuttlepublic/BookingDetails.aspx?Type=2

Obviously if you have more than one piece of luggage, are more than a solo traveler or are going to be especially tired and/or busy the next day, a taxi could make more sense. It's only about 20km, so it should be more like 20-30 minutes.

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    Wow, good find! I spent 15 minutes poking around and didn’t find this, starting from my hotel’s site. – iayork Aug 16 at 10:08
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The MRT stops at around 11:30 from Airport and busses shortly after 12 AM. You have no options, but to take a cab.

Uber and Lyft are not available in Singapore. You can install Grab or GoJEK for ride-hailing. For normal metered cab, you have to stand in queue and usually at those time, in my experience, its a long wait.

Also, Grab/GoJEK will be generally cheaper than a normal cab. Install it beforehand, connect to Airport WiFi (You will have to provide a passport number from the Kiosk) and book the cab. Ask for grab pickup directions, which is I think one level down. There will be door number, which you can provide in the app for accurate pickup.

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    I had no problem getting a cab at the airport any of the times I arrived, but can confirm locals use Grab and it's super quick. Getting the wifi password will be your longest step :-) – Kate Gregory Aug 15 at 13:42
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    A cab is always available. Its the waiting time when you are all tired from the flight that makes it frustrating. I usually book a grab/gojek even before clearing immigration. – Anish Sheela Aug 15 at 17:11
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    @AnishSheela There is a short "taxi peak hour" in Changi (around 11 PM IIRC), but even this depends on the terminal and if the OP arrives after 1 AM this should have cleared out. The queues usually move very fast anyway. – jpatokal Aug 16 at 11:02

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