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In many countries there is a hierarchy of vehicles used. At the top of the food chain may be a class of relatively new, air conditioned vehicles. Uber and other local smart phone oriented services would generally fit in this spot as well. While ride-share services such as Uber are not popular with licensed taxis, they offer protection from many of the taxi problems and scams listed below. Not only are they competitively priced, but you’ll get the same price as a local. In addition, because the app uses a credit card, all of the currency based issues are avoided.

Other new options are popping up as well. Rental bikes have become common in most major cities around the world, but lately, they are being joined in cities like Paris and Lisbon by rental electric scooters (like LIME-S: Since you just leave them at the end of your ride, the streets are now cluttered with them. They all have built-in GPS, so you can locate them with a phone app. In Lisbon they cost about .17 Euro/Km.

We have been thrilled to use Uber in India (for a ride to Mumbai’s airport at about 4AM) and Vietnam where the taxi’s were adept at ripping us off, as well as Grab in Indonesia. While I downloaded the “English” version of DiDi’s app in China, there was still too much Chinese involved for me to use it. For two people traveling together, it is frequently cheaper to take Uber than the (very reasonably priced) Metro in Lisbon - and saves a lot of climbing hilly streets.

Uber is not alone in this field – and may not be available in countries which have their own favorites:

Lyft is Uber’s best-known competitor and is available in the US a well as some foreign countries
99 ( is popular throughout Brazil
Careem ( is available in many cities across northern Africa and the Middle East
Curb ( available with licensed taxi drivers in more than 60 U.S. cities
Didi Chuxing ( Covering hundreds of cities, the “Uber of China
EasyTaxi ( uses licensed taxis in South/Central America, Africa, Middle East, Asia
Flywheel ( works with licensed drivers on USA West Coast
Gett ( offers service in Israel, Russia, and London, as well as Manhattan
Grab ( Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam
Heetch ( Widely used in Paris
Kabbee ( London-based minicab-hailing app
Kapten ( Daimler/BMW owned app covering France, Lisbon, London, Geneva
MyTaxi ( available in five European countries as well as Washington, D.C.
Ola ( India’s biggest ridesharing company
Safr ( Created by an Uber driver after driving home an extremely drunk male passenger, Takkun ( is Tokyo’s largest taxi-dispatching system

To be honest, in general, between general public transportation and economical ride-sharing/taxi services, there is little excuse for owning a car if you live in a big city almost anywhere in the world. In another decade, or so, you won't even need a driver in the car.

(Currently in Lisbon, Portugal)
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