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With the ever-growing traffic jams inside Kathmandu Valley, we thought it would be appropriate to review some of the taxi and ride-sharing apps available here. Public transports aren’t getting any better and taxis always tend to charge more. This is where these services come to play. Currently, most of the ride-sharing and taxi services are on more of a startup phase. Nonetheless, these apps in Nepal come in handy.
A new bike ride-sharing app that lets users share a ride if on the same/similar route. The setup is fairly easy. Simply download the app from the play store, sign up and log in. The app lets you choose the pickup point, destination point and generates the shortest possible path. Now, you have to wait until someone accepts your request.
On the biker side, you need to install the tootle partner app, the app lets you choose between various nearby clients.
The ride fare is charged according to the distance covered.
First 3 km: Rs. 60
3-6 km: additional Rs. 18/km.
More than 6 km: additional Rs. 25/km
Payments can be done through cash or tootle wallet at the end of the ride. Tootle gives you Rs. 200 for the first sign up and later balance top-up can be done through eSewa, IME, Sct moco or Tootle voucher.
CLICK HERE to download Tootle.
The next on the list is Onver smart taxi, a company that provides an online taxi booking service. After a few minutes of installation and login, the app lets you choose your destination and you can book among the taxis shown in the app.
The ride charges are as per the government-mandated rate. You also get to know the estimated fare before booking a taxi. The downside is that you require a constant internet and GPS connection for the app to work.
CLICK HERE to download Onver Smart Taxi.
Another taxi booking app that claims to be the first of its kind in Nepal. The overall principle is the same as that of Onver. It simply helps connect the drivers and customers without a lot of hassles. After setting up a pick-up location, the app places the request to your call. Then you get to choose from the drivers near your location and you have the taxi ready to pick you up. The payment is done at the end of the ride through cash.
The ride fare is the same as the government mandated but extra Rs.16.95 needs to be paid of which Rs. 15 goes to the company and rest Rs. 1.95 is VAT.
CLICK HERE to download eddycab.
Even if you are riding a taxi without any online bookings, this app has got you covered. It is one handy little app that calculates the taxis fare in accordance with the rates set by the government. The app doesn’t require login or anything. You can use this app by either selecting the starting and ending location through the map or by simply selecting the location from the list, which by the way works offline too. Through a complain registration feature you can SMS the taxi number and complain details.
Download Taxi Fares Nepal from play store (Updated: Seems deleted now)
Also Read: Top 5 Nepali apps 2018
This app was released during the unofficial blockage by Southern Neighbor (Chii.Me.Ki.). The crisis of fuel and transportation bound people to offer and look for rides with car, bike or taxi through social media. Then came a popular Facebook group called “Carpool Kathmandu”. Based on the same concept, Fawesome apps developed “Carpool Kathmandu” app to organize the carpooling through the app.
First, you need to create your profile by login through Facebook. Then you can view the ‘asks’ and ‘offers’ listed by other Carpoolers. You can even create your own route if existing do not match. The person offering ride need to update your status to ‘Filled’ once your carpooling is over. The carpooling concept had a nice impact during the crisis period. Now also sharing rides for free helps to reduce congestion and reduce pollution. But these days, there are no entries in the app. This app is only for like minded people who believe in change through themselves. So start Carpooling People!!
The latest one to join the list is Sarathi which is serving people for pleasant taxi experience. From operating offline to online, we can find the number of taxis available has increased now. The taxi fares in Sarathi goes as per the service rate of Government and is charged as per the digital meter. Read more about the app here.
Most of the aforementioned services are on the development phase. Most people aren’t accustomed to using online booking services nor the drivers are, but still, they come as a great relief when in need. There is still a lot of room for improvement; in the case of some, the app crashed frequently when trying to select the destination point. Still some apps are not well optimized but since they are in beta phase the stable release may get different. Well, since Uber isn’t coming to Nepal anytime soon, these apps are trying their best to fill the void.