Friday 8 January 2016

How to Use GrabTaxi in Singapore

How to Use GrabTaxi in Singapore

First of all, what is GrabTaxi?

GrabTaxi is taxi dispatch app for Singapore. It works just like Uber. 

The biggest difference with GrabTaxi compared to Uber is that the taxis available do not replace the normal taxis that you would often wave down on the street.

GrabTaxi basically acts as an automated smartphone based booking and dispatch platform for the taxis in Singapore. It connects travelers to drivers using mobile-based technology.  With this technology, GrabTaxi hopes to optimize the matching process between taxi fleets and passengers.

So now you know about what GrabTaxi is about, how do you use GrabTaxi in Singapore?

How to Use GrabTaxi in Singapore

Step 1 - Download the GrabTaxi app

Download the GrabTaxi app. You can use this referral link which will give you 8 SGD credit for your first visit and also grant me the same as well - which I'd really appreciate.  Download your GrabTaxi app

Step 2 - Register your GrabTaxi app to your contact details

Register your GrabTaxi app to your local Singapore mobile number and email address. That way you drivers can call you when they are nearby. Especially if you are in a busy place where further guidance can help the driver to find you. The email address will be where your taxi receipts can be emailed to you after each journey.

Step 3 - Confirm your mobile number

Once you submit your details, a code will be sent to you by SMS. Enter it to register your number. Again, this is so drivers can contact you and find you (as needed).

Step 4 - Once you're ready, book a taxi

Once you're ready. 
  • Enter your location, you will then be able to see many taxis around you. You can specify your source and destination so that the drivers have an idea of where you are and where you want to go. 
  • Click Next

Step 5 - Select the time you'd like to be picked up

Select the time you'd like to be picked up.

Step 6 - Confirm booking when you're ready

Once you tap "Confirm Booking" give the app a few seconds to contact the drivers around you.

Step 7 - You'll receive a confirmation of your booking once a driver is found

When a driver accepts your booking, you will receive an email and SMS notification. You'll also see a confirmation on the app. You'll be able to also see how far and an estimation of how long the driver will take to arrive. Keep your eye on the map, which show you where the driver is using the GPS from your driver's car. 

You'll also have the option to call the driver from within the app to be sure he's coming.

If you made the booking by mistake, please cancel it as soon as possible. There is an option to do so in the app.

Step 8 - Driver arrives and will take you to your location

Driver arrives and will take you to your location. Just check the taxi's car plate number to make sure it matches with your booking. You can ask the driver directly as well by quoting your driver's name, as you will know your driver's name from your app. 

Step 9 - Enjoy your ride and rate the driver

If you're happy with the driver's services, do give the driver a rating and leave a nice comment. They'll like that. 

Happy GrabTaxi-ing!
Click here to download your GrabTaxi app and start traveling
(Use our code to get $8 off your first Grabtaxi or Grabcar ride and I will also get $8 off my ride too!)
Referral promo code: 136D43

Why should I use GrabTaxi?

GrabTaxi improves the way passengers hail taxi drivers and the way taxi drivers look out for passengers.  3 unique selling points are:

1) Speed: 

GrabTaxi lets you find the taxi nearest you in a few minutes with just a couple of taps. Waiting for your driver is also reduced as the algorithm in choosing the best driver for you is always the closest interested driver.

2) Safety: 

GrabTaxi provides you transparency in information of your taxi booking – driver’s name, plate number, phone number, and estimated fare. You'll be able to Ttack your driver as you wait for him and “share-your-ride” on Facebook, Twitter, email, or SMS so your loved ones and friends are assured of your route and arrival.

3) Certainty: 

Just open the app and know how many taxis are near you. There is also an instant confirmation on the status of your booking.

Pro-tip - The same GrabTaxi app will work across 5 countries (GrabTaxi Singapore, MyTeksi Malaysia, GrabTaxi Philipines, GrabTaxi Thailand, and GrabTaxi Vietnam).
For those just testing out the app and making use of the free 8 SGD credit. Just make sure you download your GrabTaxi app using this link for your free credit (it's optional to use the link though as it's only if you want the free credit). 

Let me know what you think. It'll be great to hear about your experiences. Happy riding!

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