Ride-hailing apps have spurred a global phenomenon of similar companies. Our UNIGLOBE experts give you a lowdown on international ride-hailing apps that might be useful while on vacation or doing business overseas.

1.BlaBlaCar (paid; iOS, Android; Europe)

One of the best known ride-sharing apps in Europe, operating in about 20 countries, the app consults its database of trips being offered by users who own cars and presents them to you in a date-ordered list. You can filter the list of possible journeys by date and price bracket. Each list entry mentions the time of the trip, the distance and predicted travel time and how flexible the driver is about diversions and so on. The driver’s information is visible, with the type of car.


2.Tripda (free; iOS, Android; US, Asia, South America)

This app operates in the United States and about 13 other countries across Asia and South America. Drivers use the app to publish information about their planned routes and would-be passengers can choose among the options to find those that best match their desired journey. It has user accounts and ratings to add a sense of security and to make sure payments are reliable. Tripda’s service also has a women-only option. The app’s interface has a bright, minimalistic design that makes it easy to navigate the options.


3.Hailo (free; iOS and Android; Britain, Ireland, Japan, Spain and Singapore)

Operating in major cities in Britain, Ireland, Japan, Spain and Singapore, this smart taxi-hailing app brings a more traditional cab rolling up to your location instead of a privately owned car. It integrates with existing transportation systems and sports more advanced features like tracking the location of your ride and payment directly through the app. 


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