If you’re wondering if there’s Lyft or Uber in Ireland, the answer is “not exactly, but more or less.” Lyft does not operate (yet) in Ireland and Uber can only be used to call a taxi or limo. That’s because private drivers in Ireland are not allowed to carry paying passengers. In order to charges fares, a driver must hold a taxi license and have taxi insurance. Despite this restriction, however, there is a popular Uber and Lyft alternative called MyTaxi. MyTaxi is virtually identical to Uber in Ireland and can be downloaded to your mobile device and used locally as well as in 8 other European countries.
MyTaxi coverage area
In Ireland, MyTaxi is available in the following cities:
Mytaxi.com has both an Android and iOS app as well as a web page for ordering a taxi. And it’s wildly popular in Ireland. According to the Irish Times newspaper, “By 2017, one-fifth of the Irish population had its app installed on their phones.” (“How Mytaxi killed Irish taxis and now owns the future,” May 15, 2019)
MyTaxi booking process
Like Uber and Lyft, it has a very intuitive workflow so you won’t have any trouble booking a taxi.
Once you enter your current location and destination, the route you’ll take appears on a map. Below it, you can choose the kind of taxi you want to take.
After tapping the Book Taxi button (or Prebook Taxi button if you’re booking in advance), a confirmation screen appears. Your current location, destination, pickup time, and taxi choice are listed on the screen for you to review.
Like Uber and Lyft, MyTaxi.com allows you to do any of the following:
- Preorder a taxi up to four days in advance
- Track your driver as you wait
- Rate the driver after the trip
- Add a tip to the fare
Unlike Uber, at the end of the journey you have the option of paying by cash rather than by debit, credit, or PayPal. This is specified during the booking process.
MyTaxi booking options
The following additional options, some of which add a significant cost to the fare, can be requested when booking a car:
- A five-star taxi
- A favorite driver (one that has driven you before)
- A high-end vehicle
- A taxi van (a larger than normal vehicle)
- An airport trip
- A vehicle that can accommodate pets
- A courier trip (if you need to send a package but don’t want to go with it)
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