Mexico City is one of the largest and most populated cities in the world, with over 20 million people living in a 9,560 km2 (3,691 sq mi) area. Moving around can be tricky as traffic jams are the norm on peak hours and public transportation is not super safe nor reliable.
If you are in CDMX traveling, you may want to ride on Uber or one of its alternatives as a safer option than taxis. There are currently 5 ride-hailing companies competing in Mexico City, so expect huge discounts for your rides. Here are the best alternatives to Uber, sorted by service quality, availability and price:
Didi: the Chinese giant landed in Mexico some years back with big discounts and lured lots of Uber Drivers and now is the 2nd player. The app is easy to use, drivers are as good as Uber’s and often offer discounts. They also expanded to smaller cities like Merida where not even Uber operated.
Beat: active in Mexico since 2018, Beat is an international company backed by Daimler (Mercedes Benz) and trying to win market share by dumping prices. Great news if you are looking for cheap rides.
Cabify: the Spanish ride-hailing company was the 2nd to land in Mexico City but now it lacks behind the rest in promotions, even if the service is still super reliable. Use the promo code “POLG1” to get a discount on your 1st trip.
Not convinced by all the ride-hailing alternatives to Uber? There is another option: a car service provider with professional chauffeurs driving superior cars and offering safe rides all over Mexico City. Check all the players out:
Uber is technically not legal in Hong Kong and some of its drivers have been arrested in the past several times in 2017 and 2018. That situation has not stopped the ride-hailing company in HK, which has been operating there since 2014.
In fact, Uber launched Uber Eats and, Uber Flash, its product to hail both taxis and Uber drivers from its app. The cab industry in HK is unique, with close to 15.000 cab medallions with a value of 1 million USD each.
If you are traveling to HK and looking for a 100% legal and reliable transfer, booking a car service is a good option. You will be able to pre-book your ride, pay with credit card and be picked-up by a professional and insured driver.
Yes, Uber is the safest way to move around in Mexico City and even safer than taxis. On top of the usual Uber features like having your ride monitored, knowing the price in advance, being able to pay online by card… Uber will never pick you up or drop you off from certain dangerous neighbourhoods like Tepito.
Besides that, all Uber drivers go through a background check and those with criminal records get rejected.
If you still want a safer car service than Uber, you may check some black car service operators:
Cabify: the only ride-hailing company currently operating in Barcelona after Uber pulled out in early 2019. Their service it’s great as drivers are well-dressed and drive clean sedans, usually have free water and wifi and the app is very easy to use. If you wanna give it a go, use the code “POLG1” on your first ride.
Free Now, formerly MyTaxi. If you really like cabs and don’t want to give directions to your driver nor wonder if you will be able to pay with your card, this is your app.
If you are tired of cabs and want a superior experience, chauffeured black cars maybe for you: