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

By James | Last updated: October 2019* | 44 Comments

There are now several other taxi apps in Portugal including Bolt (Taxify), Free Now (My Taxi), and Cabify, and more and more taxi apps are launching all the time.

The newest, Kapten, is one of the cheapest (if not the cheapest). They’re offering €6 free credit to anyone that signs up (or double that if you’re in Porto). Simply signup here and use the code JAMCAV when asked for a promo code. 

Free Credit Comparison Table

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

Company Free Credit Code/Signup Link
Kapten (Chauffeur Privé) € 6 JAMCAV
Cabify €6 jamesc130
Free Now (MyTaxi) € 5 james.cav
Bolt (Taxify) € 3 2Y3QU
Uber £3 Link

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. 

Bolt (Taxify)

Bolt (previously called Taxify) has quickly become very popular here in Portugal, particularly in Lisbon. Although they’re only offering €3 free credit to new customers, they’re usually one of the cheapest options overall (even with surge pricing). 

. The biggest downside to Bolt/Taxify is that taxis always take much longer to arrive than estimated, and much longer than apps like Uber or Free Now.

  • Fare Estimate (Praça do Comércio to Lisbon Airport): €7-9. 
  • Free Credit: Get €3 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.

Free Now

MyTaxi/Free Now/Hailo (this company changes names a lot) connects passengers with licenced taxis, unlike Uber, for example, which allows anyone to become an Uber driver.

This can make it more expensive than the likes of Taxify or Uber but, on the plus side, it’s usually much quicker to get a taxi. That’s especially true when it’s raining, or if a big event has just finished. 

A licenced taxi in Portugal doesn’t necessarily mean your journey is any safer, but some people prefer the security of getting into an actual taxi. 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 ~€5 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, and the Algarve, and hopefully will expand to other cities 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.

Kapten

Kapten (formerly Chauffeur Privé) is a French taxi app that’s popular in Paris, Cannes, and Lyon, and has recently launched in Lisbon and Porto. 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 they’re usually very cheap so it’s worth giving them a try. 

  • Fare Estimate (Praça do Comércio to Lisbon Airport): €7.90.
  • Free Credit: Get €6 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 and Porto.

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: €6 with code jamesc130 
  • App available for iOS and Android.

Izzy Move

IzzyMove is a homegrown taxi app, which is designed to be fairer for Portuguese taxi drivers and customers and hopes to take on the likes of international giants like Uber and Kapten. 

Unfortunately, although IzzyMove is available for both Android and iOS, it only seems to be available in the Portuguese app store, so people visiting Portugal can’t currently download it. Reviews of the app suggest it’s currently only available in Portugal as well. 

If you’re based in Portugal and speak Portuguese, you can download IzzyMove to either iOS or Android devices. 

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44 comments on “Uber, Cabify, My Taxi – The Best Taxi Apps in Portugal”

  1. Thank you for making this website, there is a great deal of info here.
    I’m arriving @ Lisbon Airport at the end of October 2019 and need to go to the city of Ota, Alenquer. Will Uber go there? And if not what other options do I have?

  2. Just to inform one small difference in Portugal to be a taxi driver it means you have mandatory formation, Aldo you must have clean criminal record. If it’s not clean you can’t drive a taxi.

    So it’s not just the price that matters but also confidence and security’s.

    I am a Taxi driver I assume but I don’t say other kind of transport are unsafe, I just say that taking a cab means you will travel with a fully licensed and trained driver that as clean criminal record and needs it to stay clean or driver will loose capability to drive cab

    Just my two cents hope it helps.

  3. Hello,

    we are arriving at Lisbon Airport on Monday afternoon and need to get to Costa da Caparica with a baby (8 months). Do all apps go all the way to Caparica? Which one would you recommend? Is there any of the above apps that provides baby seat? I’m worried about safety… Thank you in advance!

    • Hi Magdalena,

      Yes, I think so. I’ve personally used Uber and Kapten to go to Costa. To get back, I’ve found it’s hard to find anything other than Uber.

      I believe Cabify drivers have a child seat for children over 15k, but nothing else.

      For child seats, your best bet is to book an airport transfer with a company like Welcome Pickups. It’s more expensive than an Uber, but you can prerequest the car seat.

      Also, I don’t know if you know this, but a lot of airlines allow you to bring a child seat on the plane for free. Worth checking out.

  4. I’m going to have a flight at 6:30 am from Lisbon, meaning a very early ride to the airport (at 5:00 am?). Are there taxis enough for a night ride, too? Or is it possible to book one in advance (in the previous day)?

  5. Hi James.
    Are you certain Cabify is working in Madeira? I’ve downloaded the app, along with Uber and Kapten and all say that I’m outside the area of service – staying just a few kilometres from the centre of Funchal.
    Any updates you have, as well as alternative services to get around would be appreciated

    • Hi David,

      It looks like Cabify was available there initially but not anymore. I think it’s the same with Uber as well, unfortunately.

      I’ve updated the post and if I find any taxi apps that do work in Madeira, I’ll definitely let you know!

  6. Hi. I am moving to Porto from the US, so my baggage is pretty heavy. I am staying in Lisbon, then taking a train to Porto, but am worried about getting from my hotel to the train with my luggage. Will an car take me close to the train so I don’t have to carry luggage up or down stairs? If not, any idea how much a ride to Porto would cost? Haha. A lot, I’m sure.

    • €233 is the estimate on Uber. I don’t know if you’d be better off renting a car (see this guide to 1-way car rental fees).

      Another option would be to ship your stuff from Lisbon to Porto. Normally you pay around €20-30 for a box or suitcase weighing up to 20 kg.

      As for the trains stations, there is quite a distance from the road to the platforms in both Entrecampos and Oriente if I remember correctly.

  7. Hey! I am planning a trip around the monasteries in the middle of Portugal. Coaches are very far and few in between, so I am looking at taxis.
    In particular, I asked Rádio Táxis Ideal Leiria what the cost of a one-way trip from Batalha to Tomar (45km ~35mins) is and they said 60€.
    Do you know if these companies you listed operate also outside of the major centres? (Leiria is just a mid-size town and Batalha lies just outside of it…)

    Many thanks! 🙂

    • Hey Davide,

      Most of the companies listed only work in larger urban areas like Lisbon and Porto, but I’m pretty sure you can get from Batalha to Tomar by local bus (not coach). Take a look at http://www.rodotejo.pt/horarios-e-precos/ which will show you their timetables.

      Tomar is great! The Convento de Cristo is one of the most interesting places that I’ve visited in Portugal. (That reminds me: I need to do a writeup on Tomar).

      • Hey James,

        Thanks for the heads-up. I guess I’ll just book a normal taxi then (I’d assume different companies charge more or less the same).

        On the first day I’m thinking of doing Lisboa-Óbidos-Alcobaça-Nazaré with coaches and local transport and it should be a fine trip. The day after I’d do Nazaré-Batalha in the morning – and it should be fine.

        Then it gets tricky! Timetables are really random and like twice or once day (I’m Italian, so I’m pretty used to random public transport…): weirdly there is no good connection between Batalha and Leiria, nor between Leiria and Tomar. But there are connections between Fátima and Tomar. So I thought about doing Batalha-Fátima by taxi and then take the coach to Tomar. However, the taxi fare for the Batalha-Fátima leg is 40€ (and it’s only like 17km). So for an extra 20€ I might as well take the taxi straight to Tomar, save the hassle of changing in Fátima, and then the train back to Lisbon in the evening.

    • Lenka,

      You have several options:

      1. Airport transfer from Faro Airport to Porches (see here)
      2. Take an Uber (or a traditional taxi) to Porches
      3. Take the airport bus (#16) into Faro, then take the train to a nearby train station (e.g. Alcantarilha), and then take a taxi from the train station to Porches
      4. Take the airport bus (#16) into Faro, then take the bus to Lagoa* (see timetables on Eva Bus), and then take a taxi from Lagoa to Porches
      5. Rent a car.

      * There is a bus from Faro to Porches, but I think it only goes once per day.

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