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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Review: Grab and Uber X ride hailing, Ipoh

Both Grab and Uber ride sharing are available in Ipoh. Yesterday, I had to take the KTM ETS (Electric Train Service from KL Sentral to Ipoh Railway Station and eventually to Angeline Eye Specialist and Laser Center, 33 Laluan Tasik Timur, Pusat Dagangan Tasik Indah.

The ETS ride itself was very pleasant and fast, very satisfied, especially with the 50% discount for senior citizens. Tried to hail an Grab Car but had some difficulties for some forgotten reason. So opted for Uber X instead.

Uber X swiftly found me a driver and I promptly arrived at Angeline Eye Specialist Center. The fare, a reasonable RM9.70.

After consultation with Dr. Angeline, I needed a ride to Restoran Ipoh Kong Heng @ Old Town Ipoh, a short distance to the Ipoh Train Station.

This time, I decided to try hailing for a Grab car as I have never done it before. It took some time and when the software told me my Grab car has arrived, it was nowhere to be seen. After a brief conversation with the driver, the Grab car eventually arrived.

The trip was uneventful and I eventually arrived at Restoran Ipoh Kong Meng. The fare for the Grab car ride for a similar distance with the Uber car earlier? RM12. RM2.30 more than the Uber ride. That is 24% more, a very significant increase.

Conclusion? In this case it is Uber X beat Grab Car. I would probably stick to Uber the next time.

Location map: Angeline Eye Specialist and Laser Center



Location map: Ipoh Train Station



Car ride from Ipoh Railway Station to Angeline Eye Specialist Center


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