Cab, Grab or Uber? The cheapest ride rates revealed (INFOGRAPHIC)

Deciding how to get somewhere in Bangkok will often be the hardest part of your night. Cab it? Use some kind of BTS and motosai combo? Use a ride app? You have to figure in costs, times, traffic and more.

One thing that Bangkokians often argue about is which is most cost-efficient: cab, Grab or Uber. Thankfully, price comparison company iprice just did the research for us and created a guide to how much you can expect to spend with each service in Thailand and across Southeast Asia.

This sponsor-free study was done to find the cheapest mode of car-hire transport.

In a country like Thailand, where traffic is pretty congested during daytime hours, people spend approximately 25 minutes to travel five kilometers in the city center. For these situations, it’s better to take Uber over Grab and taxi. The prices were: THB74, THB77 and THB103, respectively.

However, the best choice changes when traveling 20 kilometers from the city center to a suburb area. In these cases, people spend approximately 40 minutes in a car. Thus, Uber was still the cheapest choice for fare while the cab was the second choice and Grab came in as the most expensive. The fares for the longer ride were: THB159, THB210 and THB216, respectively.

Aside from the price, Thai people tend to like Grab and Uber since the services will pick you up at your door. Riders can review the drivers and, unlike taxi drivers, they don’t turn down fares once you are already at the car door.


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