Uber Alternatives

Hitching a Ride: 9 of The Best Uber Alternatives Around the World

In Android, iOS by Patricia Rey Mallén0 Comments

Uber has been having a few rough months. From turmoil at its corporate headquarters to hiding a massive data breach, the ride-sharing app has been through some rocky waters lately.

If this wasn’t enough, many cities around the world have prevented the service from starting up (and even, in the case of London, revoked its license). As we enter 2018, it’s fair to say the company is rapidly dropping in popularity with regulators and customers alike.

So whether you’re deleting Uber as a matter of principle, or find yourself in a city (or even country) where it’s not available, here are nine Uber alternatives to try out around the world.

OLA

OLA

Traffic in India is the stuff of legend. Whether it exhilarates you or scars you for life, sitting in the back of a car flying through the streets of Mumbai will likely be one of the most memorable experiences of your trip.

Uber is present in India, but for a more local touch, give OLA a try: its fleet is larger (especially when combined with its subsidiary Taxi For Sure), covers more ground (1oo+ cities, compared to 20 for Uber), and its budget pricing can’t be matched.

iOS and Android, free

EasyTaxi

EasyTaxi

Brazil-born EasyTaxi has rapidly become one of the most popular cab-hailing apps in Latin America, and is quickly growing beyond the Atlantic. As one of the first transportation apps in many of its markets, the company often helped pave the way for Uber.

Currently in over 30 countries, including some in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, the app works in 420+ locations. Focused on safety, EasyTaxi trains and screens each of its drivers, and allows users to share their ride details to be tracked by someone they trust.

Paying is also easier than the competition, allowing the use of both cash and credit cards through the app. There are also constant announcements of special fares and coupons for each location — to find them, keep an eye on the company’s Facebook page.

iOS and Android, free

Didi Chuxing

Didi Chuxing

In the transportation wars of China, there’s a clear winner: Didi Chuxing.

Present in 400 cities around the country, Didi offers not only cab-hailing services, but also carpooling, personal drivers, and cars suited for riders with disabilities. Word on the street is that the company is also investing in the development of self-driving cars.

Didi’s dominance of the market is unquestionable, so much so that Uber gave up trying to compete in China, and sold its operations there to Didi in 2016.

The company looks to be expanding beyond China as well — it recently announced the acquisition of the Brazilian ride-hailing company behind 99Taxis (below.)

iOS and Android, free

LeCab

LeCab

France is one of the countries where Uber is simply unavailable, after legislators banned it in 2015. There are several cab-hailing apps in the country, though, with LeCab being one of the frontrunners.

LeCab boasts over 70,000 users, with an ever-growing fleet of French-made Peugeot 508’s. The app offers several interesting features, such as fixed price rides, a maximum wait of seven minutes, and the ability to reset travel details by just shaking your phone.

If you are living large, the app even allows you to rent a private jet to tour the city. You can’t get much more glamorous than that!

iOS, Android, and Windows, free

Laudrive

Laudrive

Once upon a time, Mexico represented a big success for Uber: Mexico City was the first city in Latin America to make Uber fully legal. In the last few months, though, some ride-share and cab apps (including, but not only, Uber) have come under fire after several cases of sexual harassment were reported, with riders claiming the services are unsafe for women.

This is were Laudrive comes in. Marketed as “Uber for women by women,” cars are only driven by women, and only accept female passengers. The app is only available in Mexico City so far, but demand has grown 60% in the last three months, and it’s looking to expand to other cities (including Puebla, Guadalajara, and Monterrey).

Men can join as passengers if they ride with a woman who has used the app over 20 times. Otherwise, EasyTaxi is also widely available in Mexico.

iOS and Android, free

 

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Gett

Gett

Gett, formerly known as GetTaxi, was born in Israel and is slowly expanding around the world. Also operating in the UK and Russia, Gett currently has its sights on the US through its local subsidiary, Juno.

Gett’s strategy in the US isn’t particularly groundbreaking — it’s focused on offering lower prices than the competition — but it has found some new ways to bring about those cheaper fares. In Manhattan, for example, it offers a $10 flat rate per ride, as long as the journey starts and ends below 110th street. If you’ve been to New York and taken a yellow cab anywhere, you’ll be aware those prices are practically unheard of.

Aside from this, and at the global scale, Gett offers other interesting features. Taxis are available for booking up to two weeks in advance, for example, and non-surge rates are common in all the app’s locales.

iOS and Android, free

Grab

Grab

Based in Southeast Asia, Grab has indeed “grabbed” attention, with close to four million downloads.

The app boasts a fleet of 75,000 in 20 cities across Indonesia, Malaysia (where it works under the name MyTeksi), the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. All drivers going through a pre-screening process before joining.

The main service, GrabTaxi, is classic taxi hailing, but the app also allows for other types of transportation. These include ride-sharing (GrabCar), carpool (GrabShare), and even motorbike rides (GrabBike) — a great option when faced with the congested roads of Saigon, Manila, or Kuala Lumpur.

iOS, Android, and Blackberry, free

99taxis

99taxis

Another Brazilian creation, 99taxis is still mostly confined within its country’s borders. If you find yourself in Rio or São Paulo, though, this is the best option for traipsing around the city, particularly since Uber is also facing regulatory threats in the country.

99taxis draws upon the existing taxi workforce in Brazilian cities, working exclusively with licensed cab drivers. The company offers three services: traditional taxi rides (99POP), discounted rides for specific cities (30%OFF), and a premium service (99TOP) with newer, nicer cars, available in São Paulo.

Payments can be made with cash, credit card, or through PayPal.

iOS and Android, free

mytaxi

mytaxi

As Uber wrestles with London authorities, other transportation options are starting to gather attention. Hamburg-native mytaxi is one of the best known cab-hailing apps in the UK capital, and has started to make a dent in Uber’s popularity.

The company relies on traditional black cabs, with drivers who, after roaming London’s streets for decades, know the city like the back of their hand. In case this expertise isn’t alluring enough, the company offered special fares to Uber loyalists, such as 50% off all rides, including to Heathrow airport. The strategy looks like it’s working — mytaxi has reached 10 million users so far.

iOS and Android, free

Images via the respective companies and Didier Baertschiger (main photo).

Don't want to use Uber? Traveling somewhere it's banned? From Israel to Brazil, check out these nine alternatives from around the world.

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Patricia Rey Mallén

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A roaming writer and tech enthusiast, Patricia has been wandering the globe for 10-odd years. A passionate Apple lover, she is familiar with Genius bars from Sydney to Reykjavík to Mexico City.
She only vaguely remembers life before the Internet, but will forever long for the days in which mobile phone batteries lasted for over a week.

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