Uber, Cabify, My Taxi – The Best Taxi Apps in Portugal

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Uber is available in Portugal, but it’s not the only taxi app that you can use here. There are now several other taxi apps including Taxify, MyTaxi, and Cabify, and more and more taxi apps are launching all the time.

Free Credit Comparison Table

A number of taxi apps offer you free credit when you ride with them for the first time. 

CompanyFree CreditCode/Signup Link
Taxify€ 112Y3QU
MyTaxi€ 15james.cav
Uber£3Link
Chauffeur Privé€ 3JAMCAV
Cabify0N/A

Tip: After you’ve had a free ride, use the invite section to invite your friends and family to signup. Once they do, you’ll get more free rides. 

Taxify

Taxify has quickly become very popular here in Portugal, particularly in Lisbon. They’re offering €11 free credit to new customers, so it’s definitely worth giving them a try. You’ll definitely like them as well: there are a lot of drivers, particularly in Lisbon, and it never takes very long to get a ride. 

Even with surge pricing, which can happen on Taxify, it’s still one of the most affordable taxi apps and definitely one to keep on your phone. 

  • Fare Estimate (Praça do Comércio to Lisbon Airport): €7-9. 
  • Free Credit: Get €11 free credit towards your first trip with this code:
    2Y3QU (download the app, select ‘payments’ from the menu, and add the code). 
  • App available for iOS and Android.

MyTaxi

MyTaxi is one of the most popular taxi-hailing apps out there, up there with the likes of Uber and Lyft. It connects passengers with licenced taxis, unlike Uber, for example, which allows anyone to become an Uber driver.

In my experience, a licenced taxi in Portugal doesn’t mean your journey is any safer. I’ve gotten into taxis that don’t have working seatbelts, and where the driver has done stupid things like run through red lights. Some people prefer the security of getting into a taxi that actually is a taxi and, if that’s you, this is the best app for you to use.

  • Fare Estimate (Praça do Comércio to Lisbon Airport): €11.
  • Free Credit: Get ~€15 free credit with the code: james.cav (download the app and select ‘add promo code’ from the menu). 
  • App available for iOS and Android.

Uber

Uber needs no introduction. It’s the most-recognised taxi app, and that means it usually has the most drivers as well.

That’s a very important point. If you’re standing in the centre of Lisbon, you should be able to easily get a taxi with Uber, Cabify, Taxify, or any of the other taxi companies.

If, however, you’re even a little bit out of the city centre, your nearest Cabify or Taxify driver could be 10-15 minutes away. Often, there are no drivers nearby and you don’t even need to be that far from the city centre for that to be the case. In comparison, because they have so many drivers, an Uber driver might be less than 5 minutes away.

Now, that doesn’t mean Uber is perfect. When it starts to rain in Portugal and there’s surge pricing, Uber can be expensive. When that happens, you’ll definitely want to have some of the other taxi apps to hand.

In terms of getting a ride, and getting a ride fast, however, Uber is definitely the best. It’s available in Lisbon, Porto, Madeira, and the Algarve, and hopefully will expand to other cities like Coimbra and Braga soon.

  • Fare Estimate (Praça do Comércio to Lisbon Airport): €9-13 with UberX (no surge pricing).
  • Free Credit: Get free credit (amount varies) towards your first trip via this link or add the code jamesc64889ui within the app. 
  • App available from iOS and Android.

Chauffeur Privé

Chauffeur Privé is a French taxi app that’s popular in Paris, Cannes, and Lyon, and has recently launched in Lisbon. It has quite a lot of drivers in Lisbon already, and is rapidly growing in popularity. Unfortunately, they only offer €3 free credit, which isn’t a lot, but it’s definitely better than nothing. 

  • Fare Estimate (Praça do Comércio to Lisbon Airport): €9.25.
  • Free Credit: Get €3 free credit with the code JAMCAV (download the app, go to ‘Coupons and Credits’ and add the code. 
  • App available for iOS and Android.

Cabify

Cabify is essentially the Uber of the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking world. It has a strong presence in Spain, Mexico and Brazil, and a growing presence in countries like Argentina, Chile, Peru, and Colombia. It’s also available in Portugal, although initially just in Lisbon, Porto, and Madeira.

It seems like Cabify are differentiating themselves by being the upmarket taxi service. The cars are always nice, and often brand new, and they often give out Cabify-branded water and sweets as well. This does mean that Cabify is often more expensive than other services like Uber or Taxify. 

  • Fare Estimate (Praça do Comércio to Lisbon Airport): €12.15.
  • Free Credit: Unfortunately Cabify isn’t offering free credit anymore. 
  • App available for iOS and Android.

99

99 is a Brazilian taxi app that’s has a bit of a small presence in Lisbon and Porto. Unfortunately, the app didn’t provide a fare estimate so I couldn’t see how much the journey would cost. It did seem to have some drivers in Lisbon and Porto, however.

MEOTaxi

MEOTaxi is a taxi app from MEO, one of the main internet providers in Portugal. One of the unique offerings of this app is that you can set specifications for your preferred taxi. Options include a driver that speaks English (or Italian, French, Spanish, or German), whether you want the air con on or off, and which radio station you’d like to listen to during your ride. Sadly, I wasn’t able to get an estimate from MEOTaxi either.

Tipping taxi drivers in Portugal

Should you tip your taxi driver (or Uber driver)? Portugal doesn’t have a tipping culture, and there are no rules for how much you should tip even for restaurants. Tips are always appreciated, though, so it’s definitely a nice thing to do.

Using a taxi app means that you’re not going to be paying the taxi driver in cash, so it can make tipping that little bit more awkward (here’s a Euro for your troubles). Some apps, like Uber, allow you to do it through the app, so you can do it that way if you prefer.

Have you used any of these taxi apps to get around Portugal? Let us know your experience by leaving a comment below. 

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4 COMMENTS

  1. James I Am in Canada and trying to set up account with Uber using the address you gave to get the free credit. But it says Captcha must be solved. Is there a problem

  2. My CABIFY experience in Porto resulted in wrong arrival date, duplicate bookings and charges. Cabify refused to refund the duplicate charges and / or acknowledge the mistake. From my experience, not a well intentioned customer service, and a fleece the customer at all costs mentality.

  3. Global Uber user : I have used Uber in poland Portugal but also in Malaysia. So far: great service and always correct ! I like it.

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