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What is the CHEAPEST rush hour taxi app? MailOnline pits Uber against rivals

With the weather getting colder – and ever-increasing Tube delays – more and more Londoners are turning to carpooling apps to avoid that disgusting journey.

With a slew of apps offering different prices, MailOnline tested each over a five-day period to find out which one has the best price.

We tested Uber, Gett, Kabbee, Wheely and Bolt to see which offers the best deals for the same ride during peak hours.

A journey from Shepherd’s Bush to Bank station in London was integrated into the app every day between 8am and 9am, mimicking a home-to-work journey.

This trip was re-entered between 5 and 6:30 p.m., which is usually a busy time as people go home at the end of the day.

On Uber, Gett and Bolt, ‘Shepherd’s Bush Stop D’ was used as the starting point for all trips. “Shepherd’s Bush” was the closest option on Wheely and “Shepherd’s Bush (Central) Underground Station” was the only option on Kabee.

As all apps except Kabbee provide a price range for potential rides, we used the highest cost given.

Uber

Perhaps the most well-known of the ridesharing apps reviewed, Uber is an app-based company headquartered in San Francisco, USA.

It was founded in 2009 and since then it is said to have attracted around 110 million users from 785 different locations around the world.

Users book a car through the app and a price range for the ride is displayed. These prices are subject to increases, called “surge” charges, if you book at a busier time of day.

Perhaps the best known of the ridesharing apps reviewed, Uber is an app-based company based in San Francisco, US (stock image)

Perhaps the best known of the ridesharing apps reviewed, Uber is an app-based company based in San Francisco, US (stock image)

In 2017, Uber’s license was surprisingly rejected by TfL. It has been described as not being a “fit and proper company”, citing patient safety concerns.

The move was backed by Mayor Sadiq Khan, but in June 2018 Uber was granted a 15-month license by a judge after appealing a decision by TfL not to renew its license over safety concerns.

This was due to expire in September 2019, but TfL granted it a two-month license, during which time the company must meet ‘conditions to ensure passenger safety’ and provide ‘additional equipment’ before any future license applications. .

Get :

Gett, formerly known as GetTaxi, offers rides with fully licensed black taxi drivers in 5 major UK cities (stock image)

Gett, formerly known as GetTaxi, offers rides with fully licensed black taxi drivers in 5 major UK cities (stock image)

Gett, formerly known as GetTaxi, offers rides with fully licensed black taxi drivers in 25 major UK cities.

It gives the user the option to pay through the app or in cash to the driver.

In London, meter generated fares are set and reviewed by TfL.

In other towns, this is done by local councils.

Gett staff spoke about the dangers associated with unregulated taxi apps that open the door to unlicensed taxis and drivers, as well as the potential for fraudulent merchants to take advantage of passengers – as a mobile phone app, rather than a an official meter, used to keep track of the costs of a journey.

Gett gives the user the option to pay through the app or cash to the driver

Gett gives the user the option to pay through the app or cash to the driver

Kabbee

Kabbee is an application presented as being 65% cheaper than a black taxi

Kabbee is an application presented as being 65% cheaper than a black taxi

Kabbee is an app touted as being 65% cheaper than a black cab, drawing on the fleets of over 70 taxi providers – around 10,000 London cabs in total.

All drivers in the service, which is only available in London, are fully licensed, and the company says it only chooses minicab services with high ratings.

Those with low ratings are removed from service, Kabbee claims.

Wheely

Although it turned out to be the most expensive option, Wheely presents itself as a luxury option for on-demand or pre-booked taxi services.

Although it turned out to be the most expensive option, Wheely presents itself as a luxury option for on-demand or pre-booked taxi services.

Although it turned out to be the most expensive option, Wheely presents itself as a luxury option for on-demand or pre-booked taxi services.

The app also allows users to book multiple cars at once and all rates – which remain consistent on evenings, holidays and weekends – are billed directly to the user’s account.

London is the only city in the UK where the app works.

The website states that Wheely vehicles are “new luxury, premium cars with no tacky advertising or roof lights.”

Lock

Estonian ride-sharing service Bolt launched in London earlier this year, two years after a short-lived attempt to expand into the capital.

The company, formerly known as Taxify, promises cheaper prices for passengers and a greater reduction in revenue for drivers than its competitors.

Estonian carpooling service Bolt launched in London earlier this year, two years after a short-lived attempt to expand to the capital

Estonian carpooling service Bolt launched in London earlier this year, two years after a short-lived attempt to expand to the capital

Its previous launch in London in 2017 came to an abrupt end after the city’s transport authority ordered the company to shut down as it was not permitted to accept private vehicle hire bookings.

The company has resumed service after changing its name earlier this year to clear up confusion over whether it is a licensed taxi operator.

Based in Tallinn, Bolt operates in 150 cities in 35 countries across Europe, Africa and Australia.