These on-demand car booking apps can take you around the world.
Uber may be the name on the tip of your tongue when you think about inexpensive rideshare services, but it’s not the only name out there connecting drivers to riders for cheap via an app.
All around the world, new services have been adopting Uber’s approach to booking a ride.
If you’re finding Uber’s prices too steep or can’t find a driver in your area, these apps may just have the driver you need.
Based in Tallinn, Estonia, but offering cheap lifts right around the world, Taxify is one of the newest ride share services to enter the Australian market. To try and woo over new clients, it offered deep discounts for the first month, and smaller discounts (which still had cheaper rides than Uber) after that.
- Where: 20 countries worldwide, including Australia
- Cost: Similar to Uber, there's a $9 minimum per ride and a $1.45 per kilometre + $0.40 per minute fee
- Further benefits: Discounted rides when the app was first starting. The company promises to be cheaper than Uber.
Lyft is a US-based app like Uber that connects drivers to riders in 40 of the country’s states.
Lyft is one of the most popular ride-sharing apps in America. Like Uber, drivers use their own cars and have the flexibility of driving whenever they want. Rides can be booked up to 7 days in advance, giving Lyft that edge over Uber.
- Where: USA.
- Cost: Similar to Uber, Lyft rides cost around USD$2 per mile.
- Further benefits: Cars can display the Lyft emblem to make them easier to recognise and drivers undergo background checks and licence record reviews.
Book a rideshare, taxi or taxi van within minutes using the GoCatch app.
GoCatch is one of Uber’s biggest rivals. It allows you to book taxis and private drivers and doesn’t charge surge pricing during peak demand periods like Uber does.
- Where: NSW, Victoria and Queensland.
- Cost: Can be cheaper than Uber as it doesn’t have surge pricing.
- Further benefits: Fare estimates are provided before you ride and drivers undergo background checks and licence record reviews.
HOP is an Aussie start-up similar to Uber that uses Hertz rental cars.
New kid on the block, HOP supports drivers by paying them higher rates compared to Uber and doesn’t charge them high commissions. Drivers also don’t need to own their own vehicles as Hertz supplies vehicles for as little as $6 per hour.
- Where: Eastern suburbs of Sydney.
- Cost: 40% cheaper than taxis.
- Further benefits: Cars are no more than 18 months old and drivers undergo background checks and licence record reviews.
GoGet is a car sharing service that lets you book cars and vans near you by the hour or by the day.
While not a ridesharing service like Uber, GoGet is an option for those who’d prefer to drive themselves. It enables users to book and ride its fleet of cars, which can be picked up and dropped off practically anywhere in the city.
- Where: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Adelaide.
- Cost: Can be cheaper than Uber depending on how long your commute is.
- Further benefits: Business, student and accessible rates are available, with over 2000 cars at your fingertips.
6. Grab Taxi
Grab Taxi is Southeast Asia’s booking app for taxis, rideshare services and coaches.
The Grab Taxi app connects riders with numerous forms of road transport in six Southeast Asian countries. You can order a taxi or private driver, hitch a ride with drivers on their daily commute, share your ride with others and book seats on coaches.
- Where: Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines.
- Cost: Varies depending on the service. Taxis are the most expensive with hitch and rideshare being more economical.
- Further benefits: The variety of transport options allows you to access more taxis than any other app in Singapore.
7. Didi Chuxing
Didi Chuxing is a ridesharing app specialising in commutes throughout China.
With over 1.5 million registered taxi drivers and 300 million users in China, Didi Chuxing is the largest taxi hailing service in the country. Its users are so loyal, the only way Uber could enter the Chinese market was to merge with it. Didi lets you order taxis and private cars or hitch a ride with drivers on a similar route to you.
- Where: China.
- Cost: Varies depending on the service. Taxis are the most expensive with hitch and rideshare being the most economical rides.
- Further benefits: Designated drivers and corporate options are available.
8. Easy Taxi
Available in 30 countries and 420 cities, Easy Taxi connects passengers with taxis through its easy-to-use app.
Offering taxi services predominantly in North and South America, Easy Taxi works a lot like Uber, connecting riders with drivers on-demand.
- Where: North and South America including the USA, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela. Other locations include Hong Kong, Jordan, Egypt, Malaysia, Taiwan and Vietnam.
- Cost: Easy Taxi provides you with estimated fares prior to booking, which are charged at taxi rates.
- Further benefits: You have in-app messaging between rider and driver and the ability to customise your ride.
Rideshare service BlahBlahCar is a modern carpooling app that connects drivers on their daily commute with riders on similar routes.
Focused mainly in Europe, BlahBlahCar helps drivers make use of spare seats in their cars on routes they would normally take.
- Where: Various countries worldwide including the UK, Belgium, Germany, Portugal, Netherlands, Turkey, Russia, Brazil, India and Mexico.
- Cost: The driver determines the price of the ride, though you can find rides for less than the cost of taking public transport.
- Further benefits: You have the ability to nominate how talkative your driver is, and there are verified member profiles and reviews.
Similar to uberPOOL, GoOpti specialises in shared and private airport transfers from various European airports and cities.
GoOpti brings passengers travelling between airports and cities together to offer cheap and affordable van and car transport. Online prices vary depending on how long you’re willing to wait for the car to fill up. You can also purchase a seat when you arrive (for slightly more) as GoOpti meets most flights at the airport.
- Where: Italy, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Hungary and Croatia.
- Cost: Prices start from 7€ and increase the later you book. Prices also increase depending on how long you’re willing to wait for the car to leave.
- Further benefits: Features include professional drivers, well-maintained vehicles and dedicated routes as well as vehicles that meet and wait for most flights.
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