Uber has lost its licence in London but don’t delete the app just yet. The car-sharing company is appealing, and during the legal process it’s allowed to keep operating.
However, if you want to be prepared in case Uber opts for the tough line and loses its appeal, here are a few alternative options to the popular app.
Gett is an Israeli global ride-hailing company that is available in Israel, Russia and the UK. After buying Juno, a New York City rival, it operates under the Juno name in the U.S.
In the UK, it started a collaboration with CityMapper to kickstart a flat-priced, fixed-route shared taxi service. Gett has no surging at times of high-demand, a Uber feature that attracts a lot of criticism. It’s available on iOS and Android.
Available only in London, Kabbee brags they’re “65% cheaper than a black cab” and operates only with licensed, vetted partners.
You can choose among 70 minicab providers and 10,000 cabs in London and pay by card, cash, or account. The service also allows realtime tracking of your cab, 24/7 support and a harsh-but-fair removal of minicabs who have poor ratings.
With the Addison Lee app, you can book up to three months in advance. Its focus on passenger safety and reliability — drivers are trained, vetted and licence — makes it pricier than a Uber ride, but also a good solution for business-minded people. Slash the option if you are as broke as we are.
This carpooling app for long-distance trips is incredibly popular in Russia, France, and Italy but somehow failed to break into the UK market. Might it be because many Brits are naturally wary of its social dimension? (Just joking).
Do you want to travel from London to Manchester but not spend crazy money on a train? Easy, just put your ride on Blablacar or check whoever is going there and join them for a (hopefully) cheerful trip.
The French company has recently launched in Paris area BlaBlaLines, its first attempt to take on Uber with a daily commute’s ride-sharing service.
MyTaxi, active only in London, was born from the merge of UK app Hailo with Daimler parent company MyTaxi. It’s very similar to Uber — with payment via app, real-time updates, and so on — but there’s no surge pricing and all taxis are licensed.
If you liked the journey with a particular driver, you can put it at the top of the list for your next journey.