6 Taxi Apps You Can Use Instead Of Uber

Alternative ways to travel round the capital

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Uber has lost its London licence, Transport for London has confirmed, leaving millions of Londoners wondering how they are going to get around the capital.

Fortunately, there are a number of taxi-hailing app alternatives for all the times walking, cycling or catching the bus or a Tube don't feel doable. And most of them offer reasonable fares, too.

Here are a few to consider:

1. Gett

This black-cab booking app, available on both iOS and Android, came to London in 2011. Unlike Uber, there's no surge-pricing during peak times and because it's recent focus on taxi sharing, fares are often reasonable. In a new collaboration with urban travel planner Citymapper, 'Gett Together' will offer a new fixed-route taxi service through the city for a flat fare of £3. And if you don't live in London? Gett is also available in cities outside the capital, including Edinburgh, Newcastle, Leeds and Birmingham.

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2. Addison Lee

This car service was around long before Uber, but it is widely regarded as being the more expensive alternative. However, some updates to its app mean its now easier to use than ever, with the option to book taxis at a chosen times as well straight away. It also provides a courier service and airport transfers in the capital.

3. Kabbee

Kabbee claims to be 65% cheaper than an average black cab and with over 10,000 cars in London, there's no shortage of them. Users can book from five minutes to months in advance and the company only works with licensed partners.

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4. MyTaxi

Formerly known as Hailo, this black cab app operates in over 50 cities across Europe. It aims to "bring the driver to you" and gives users the option to pay in cash or online with the receipts emailed to the passenger. The company has already responded to the Uber news by offering up to 50% off fares in London. The app can be downloaded for free on iPhone and Android.

5. BlaBlaCar

This carpooling service is popular across Europe, but it isn't a taxi-hailing app as such. Instead, registered users of BlaBlaCar can carpool with people who are already making a journey by connecting people with drivers who have empty seats. It could be a cheap alternative to getting the train.

6. Taxify

Billed as "rides at the tap of a button," this Estonian company launched its service in the capital earlier in September as a direct alternative to Uber. It promised lower fares, and just like Uber, it let users rate drivers and pay for the trip automatically through the app. However, within days of launching, Taxify had to suspend its London operation following an investigation by TFL. Markus Villig, the founder and CEO, said in a statement: "I believe London deserves better and I will do everything possible to get Taxify back to improving the London marketplace for drivers and consumers as soon as possible."