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Monday, June 30, 2014

GrabTaxi: A Commuter's Lifesaver

One of my daily challenges as a commuter is waiting for a cab. More so, even if I get a cab, chances are they'll either reject you (if your destination is out of their way, which I find ridiculous) or they'll ask for an extra charge (because the roads to your destination is congested, as if that's new here in Metro Manila). 

That's why when I discovered GrabTaxi, I was more than ecstatic to try it. 

Photo from findjobsinsingapore.com

GrabTaxi is a new app for both Android and Apple users that helps you get a taxi without having to negotiate your route, or your extra charge. You just need to pay an extra Php 70 on top of the fare for the service. ;)

I have used GrabTaxi at different times (in various locations).

To use GrabTaxi, you need 1) a GrabTaxi account and 2) internet connection for your phone

Here's how to use it:

1. Enter your current location and your destination. Having a Foursquare account or your GPS activated will help the app find your location. 

2. Once GrabTaxi has found you a driver, the taxi's plate number, driver's name and photo will show on the app. It will also give you an estimated arrival time of your driver to your current location.

3. Just wait for your driver to arrive. If you think he's taking too long, you may call him. GrabTaxi advises its users not to text the drivers for safety reasons. 

Here are the PROs and CONs of GrabTaxi (according to me):


1. It's very convenient

Waiting for a cab can take a lot of time. GrabTaxi saves you time and effort (with negotiating on the fare and route). 'Nuff said. :)

2. It's safe

All GrabTaxi drivers are registered, as mentioned to me by one of their drivers. If a GrabTaxi driver did something against the rules, you can report them to GrabTaxi immediately. 

3. They have lots of promos!

The regular flagdown rate is Php 70 on top of the taxi fare, but GrabTaxi has promos like the Globe promo (flagdown rate became Php 50), Piso flagdown or even ZERO! You just have to check their Facebook Page for updates. 


1. It's not always available

I've tried using GrabTaxi during peak hours (around 7pm), but it can't find me a taxi. Not entirely their fault though, but it would be better if it's available all the time, right? 

I have yet to use the other taxi app (EasyTaxi), but for now, I'm satisfied with GrabTaxi.

Have you used GrabTaxi? What is your experience about it? :)


GrabTaxi Philippines
Twitter: @GrabTaxiPH 


  1. Very convenient app and at the very least you're sure that you can trust the taxi you're getting.
    A Hint of Sunlight

    1. Really convenient, especially for impatient persons like me! :)

  2. Buti may photo, pwede mamili ng cute, I mean professional looking cab driver :)

  3. funny but ever since i downloaded the app, i've never been able to grab a cab. pero yun nga, daming pasahero eh.

    1. It can be difficult to grab during peak hours. :(


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