GrabTaxi, Uber & Tripda: Getting a ride when you can’t use your car

GrabTaxi, Uber & Tripda: Getting a ride when you can’t use your car

Ride-hailing apps are quickly gaining popularity in the Philippines, especially in major metropolitan cities where commuting might be difficult or the traffic is insane. They’re also great for when you can’t use your car because of maintenance, coding or parking issues. These apps make getting a ride more safe and convenient. Here’s a comparison of the most popular ride-sharing and taxi apps.

GrabTaxi

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GrabTaxi is the first taxi app in the Philippines and can be used in other Southeast Asian countries. These are normal taxis that can be booked through the app. There are also character cars, which are colorful taxis dressed as cute animals—a bit embarassing, but you’ll somehow feel extra safe in a pink kitty taxi. But like all taxis, GrabTaxi vehicles can be scarce during rush hour and in certain areas. Drivers can also see your destination and reject your request, especially if you don’t offer an additional tip. Under the GrabTaxi app are also options for their GrabExpress, GrabCar and GrabCar+ services. GrabExpress is an on-demand pick-up and delivery service.

Payment options: Cash

Rates: P70 booking fee + meter reading  

Rush hour rates: None

Drivers: Taxi drivers from GrabTaxi’s partner taxi fleets

Vehicles: LTRFB registered taxi cabs (no restrictions on the age of units)

Availability: Metro Manila, Cebu, Bacolod, Davao, Iloilo, Malaysia, Singapore and Bangkok

Promos: Published on social media accounts and e-newsletters; sometimes exclusive to Globe users only

Safety: Can share driver’s name, plate number and ETA via Facebook, Twitter, e-mail or text

Feedback: Passengers can rate drivers and give comments

GrabCar & GrabCar+

This is GrabTaxi’s response to non-taxi ride-sharing apps and is great to use when you want to take a private car instead. GrabCar+ is the premium version of GrabCar. It is more expensive because they use high-end cars. Unlike in GrabTaxi, GrabCar and Uber vehicles are able to pick up passengers where taxis are not allowed like in NAIA.

Payment options: Cash, Debit or credit card (personally swiped in mobile terminal)

Rates: P30 base fare + P12/kilometer for GrabCar; P70 base fare + P15/kilometer for GrabCar+

Rush hour rates: Yes, from 1.5 to 2 twice the normal rates

Drivers: Private owners called GrabCar Peers

Vehicles: Sedans and AUVs for GrabCar; premium sedans and SUVs for GrabCar+ (less than 3 years old)

Availability: Metro Manila with plans to expand to Cebu and Davao

Promos: Published on social media accounts and e-newsletters, sometimes exclusive to Globe users only

Safety: Can share driver’s name, plate number and ETA via Facebook, Twitter, e-mail or text

Feedback: Passengers can rate drivers and give comments

Uber

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Uber is the grandaddy of ride-sharing apps and many similar tech startup services, so they know what they’re doing. There are two types of Uber vehicles: UberX and UberBLACK. The former is more true to the concept of ride-sharing where you hitch a ride with someone driving by and you can split the fare with the friends you’re with. The latter allows you to book high-end black vehicles driven by professional drivers used to servicing VIPs. It’s not too uncommon to get a ride in a Hummer or a sports car. Uber drivers will only know your destination once you begin your trip, so they cannot reject bookings within the app. You will usually be assigned to the one closest to your location.

Payment options: Debit or credit card (online payment)

Rates: P40 base fare + P2/minute or P5.7/kilometer for UberX (P60 minimum fare); P90 base fare + P2.10/minute or P12.92/kilometer (P120 minimum fare) for UberBLACK

Rush hour rates: Yes, surge pricing of up to 5 times the normal rates depending on the demand in your area

Drivers: Private owners for UberX; professional chauffeurs for UberBLACK

Vehicles: Mid-size or full-size 4-door vehicle for UberX; black sedan, town car or SUV for UberBLACK

Availability: Metro Manila with plans to expand to Cebu, Davao and Baguio

Promos: Published on social media accounts and e-newsletters

Safety: Can share trip details by sending a web link via social media, e-mail or text

Feedback: Passengers can rate drivers and vice versa

Tripda

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Tripda is the carpooling version of Uber where you can share a ride with strangers going to the same place as you on a scheduled date and time. It’s exactly like taking a carpool or a shuttle van. However, it works more like a social network where you can search through the profiles of different drivers offering varying pickup points and routes. They also specify if they allow pets, smoking and eating throughout the ride, and if they enjoy chatting and listening to music. This is to ensure the high comfort level of everyone. Drivers have the option to reject passengers. The service also has a “Ladies Only” option where women can book rides with female drivers and passengers. You must have a Facebook account to use the service.

Payment options: Cash

Rates: Flat rate that depends on the driver offering the ride; can go for as low as P20

Rush hour rates: None

Drivers: Regular car owners not looking to profit

Vehicles: Any

Availability: Metro Manila; cities all over the world (not just Asia)

Promos: None

Safety: Works on mutual trust; Facebook profiles and trip routes are published but not verified by Tripda

Feedback: Passengers can rate drivers and vice versa; this is published for other users to see

 

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