Once upon a time, there were lots of different taxi apps that you could use as well as Uber. These days, the number is much smaller as many of the companies have acquired each other. Still, there are definitely some Uber alternatives left — good news for those that want to take advantage of free rides or just want another taxi option in their pocket.
Many people will be happy to stick with Uber but, for those that want to take advantage of free rides or just want to have another option on their phone, these other apps are worth the download.
Note: A lot of people are asking if they can take an Uber (or any of the other taxi apps) long distance e.g. from Lisbon to the Algarve or even into Spain. Anything is possible, but the drivers who use these taxi apps usually only drive within their own city. You’d probably be safer booking an airport transfer with a company like Welcome Pickups.
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Bolt (previously called Taxify) is another popular taxi app in Portugal and, like FreeNow, it allows you to hail taxis or rent a scooter.
You can use Bolt in a number of Portuguese cities, including Algarve, Aveiro, Barcelos, Braga, Coimbra, Évora, Leiria, Lisbon, Madeira, Porto, and Viseu. It’s also available in Madeira, especially around Funchal.
Like FreeNow, you can choose from a number of different vehicles such as eco-friendly vehicles, vans or people carriers, wheelchair-friendly cars, and executive cars.
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FreeNow (previously MyTaxi) is another popular taxi app in Portugal and around Europe, particularly now that it has acquired fellow taxi app Kapten and HIVE, a scooter app.
Although it’s a useful app, it does seem to have far fewer drivers than either Uber or Bolt. This means that you may have to wait a very long time to get a driver, even in somewhere like Central Lisbon.
Depending on your needs, FreeNow allows you to book a number of different types of cars. The cheapest is normally a private hire car, but you can also book an official taxi, an eco-friendly car, an extra-large taxi, or a wheelchair-friendly vehicle.
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Uber needs no introduction. It’s the most-recognised taxi app, and that means it usually has plenty of drivers as well.
Uber is available in lots of different parts of Portugal, including more out-of-the-way places like Madeira and The Azores. Other places include Algarve, Aveiro, Beja, Braga, Braganca, Castelo Branco, Coimbra, Evora, Guarda, Leiria, Lisbon, Pacos de Ferreira, Portalegre, Porto, Santarem, Viana do Castelo, Vila Real, Viseu.
You also have several car options when booking an Uber including larger cars (UberXL), premium cars (Uber Black), eco-friendly cars (Uber Green), and wheelchair-friendly vehicles (Uber Access). You can also use Uber to purchase public transport tickets, send parcels to friends or family members, rent a scooter, or order food.