So you’ve arrived and touched down in Malaysia, but are quite unfamiliar on how to get around. If asking for directions isn’t your most favorite thing to do in the world, then you might find the use of ride-hailing apps much more convenient.
In Malaysia, the ride-hailing industry has already been dominated by Grab, as in the case of its neighboring countries such as Singapore and the Philippines, and the rest of Southeast Asia for that matter. In this post, we will share with you five alternative apps to Grab for your riding convenience.
5 Ride-Hailing Apps to Comfortably Go Around in Malaysia
With competition snuffed to a minimum, plenty of tech startups have answered to the call in diversifying the market to balance the supply and demand for ride-hailing vehicles in Malaysia. Here are 5 alternative ride-hailing apps to Grab in Malaysia:
The platform offers a fixed fare price, and there is no surcharge for traffic jams, as well. You may download the app both on Google Play and the App Store.
This platform originally started as a driver service with a user-friendly app instead of a direct ride-hailing service. Owing to this fact, the platform also offers several MULA-owned vehicles alongside its ride-hailing services and allows users to pre-book a ride at a later date and time.
Furthermore, the platform promotes driver and passenger safety through stringent background checks, as well as the app’s advanced features such as SOS and the ladies-only MULA Pink function.
Of note, the services offered by MULA are only currently available in Klang Valley, Penang, and Johor.
The first of its kind which seeks to “build loyalty between riders and drivers” by allowing for the development of networks and friendships between people that share similar interests.
The brand models the typical style of carpooling with friends and neighbors, with the added feature for users to request rides from friends or family members, so long as they are a part of the DACSEE community.
The platform also supports cryptocurrency services such as e-coins for payment.
It is currently available throughout Klang Valley, Perak, Sarawak, Johor Bahru, Penang, and Sabah.
While the others vie over features such as networking and pre-booking services, EzCar spoils users with a variety of choices where transport options include rides with fixed fare, private cars, metered taxis, MPV taxis, as well as executive and luxury MPVs.
Of note, EzCar accepts Boost, Touch & Go eWallet, Alipay, and WeChat Pay, in addition to the standard cash and credit card payment.
And similar to Grab and MULA, the app is also equipped with an in-app SOS button which will immediately alert the police when used.
The platform offers services in areas such as Klang Valley, Penang, Perak, Seremban, Johor, Melaka, and Sabah.
- Riding Pink (Women Only)
Best known as Malaysia’s first women-only transportation platform, Riding Pink aims to provide women riders with reliable, affordable, and safe transport options as well as provide drivers with a flexible source of income.
Registered drivers in the platform database consist of stay-at-home mothers, single mothers, and working adults seeking extra income.
The platform is focused on pre-booked, customized rides, and recurring rides, and covers most of Klang Valley.
While there is no perfect ride-hailing platform, it’s good to know that there are more than one or two options out there that offer the type of service that matters to you.
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