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Uber is wide-spread, but isn't available everywhere. Depending on where I've been, I've probably used about a dozen of the following companies, generally with excellent results. Depending on your route, the following list (an excerpt from the chapter on taxi's in "Take the High Road - a Primer for the Independent Traveler") could come in handy:

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. Yandex, in Russia, uses Uber’s software and works pretty much the same. In most countries, Bolt uses their own taxi cabs with “Bolt” on the side on the cab’s roof.

Find out, in advance, where Uber picks up in any airport or train station that you’ll be using them. Frequently they have a specific pickup location – different from the taxi line and don’t expect it to be easy to find someone in the terminal who knows where that is. If you call them, they come, but miss you because you are standing at the wrong place, they will charge you for the driver’s time.

To use any of the following ride-sharing companies, generally requires downloading their app to your mobile phone, but in some countries, hotel concierges can set up the ride for you on theirs.

Uber, the world’s largest ride-sharing company is available in dozens of countries and hundreds of cities (including New York, Paris, London, Prague, Amsterdam, Hanoi, Mumbai, Cape Town, Dubai, Lisbon and many others) 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 as well as some foreign countries
99 ( is popular throughout Brazil
Bolt ( is available in Budapest, Bratislava, Brno, Prague, South Africa and South America
Bouzay is available in the Seychelles
Cabify ( is available throughout Spain, Portugal, Latin America (and maybe India)
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
Fo Taxi ( Used in Budapest
Gett ( offers service in Israel, Russia, and London, as well as Manhattan
Goamiles (Goa, India)
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
Taxify/Bolt ( used in Estonia and Budapest
Yandex/Ytaxi ( Available in Russia and Ukraine
Yugo ( available in Mauritius
Zip Taxi ( in Maputo, Mozambique

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