The Ultimate Guide to Taking Grab / Uber in M’sia

When you need a ride here, you know Uber and Grab have got you covered. All you need to do is put in a request, and you get a driver heading your way for a good chunk of money LESS than a cab.

But what about when you’re travelling on the other side – Malaysia? Here’s what you need to know about their leg of e-hailing services.


Yep, the Malaysian Government has finally cleared the grey area where Uber/Grab drivers sat in. Just last July, amendments were made to both the Land Public Transport Act 2010 and also the Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board Act 1987.

How It Works

Well, it’s pretty much almost the same, except for the change of currency. Pay THREE TIMES LESS to travel in a cab. So shiok when you take a ride for RM30 and it actually only costs us 10 dollars leh.

You can also check the ratings on your driver. There’s also a column for you to check the ratings GIVEN TO YOU by them!

And if you subscribe to Uber Malaysia, you’d be able to get promo codes on selected dates in the year. Some rides come with RM5 off the price tag. I’m definitely not gonna complain about that.

If you want to go cashless, just link your debit/credit card to the app and hitch a ride.

Grab allows you the same cashless option – just link your plastic cards to its GrabPay option. If you wanna get the latest updates, check Grab’s latest promos on its very app too.

The Kind of Rides

Uber gives you four different rides to select from. UberFLASH is the nearest car or taxi to you, while UberX is a low-cost Uber ride. At most, you’d be getting into a Perodua MyVi or Viva. UberBLACK is apparently the ORIGINAL Uber, while UberXL caters for large groups of peoples.

As for Grab, it comes in 3 varieties.

The first is MyTeksi, which is, duh, a taxi hailing service (online though). GrabCar is divided into Economy for your everyday ride and Premium, for all the high-end tai-tai rides. The base far for Economy is RM1 while premium is at RM4.

The final option is GrabShare, where you and another fella can share a ride and kind of split the bill (up to 30%). The fees are lower, but you need to wait for a detour while your passenger buddy is being picked up (UNLESS you’re the one picked up first, but then still must go and pick up the other guy. Back to square one).

Right now, GrabShare is available only at Klang Valley.

Where, where, where?

Unlike Singapore which is a single city, Malaysia has many cities, so not all of them might have drivers, although technically you can use it everywhere there. But I’m pretty sure no sane driver would drive 100 km just to pick you up.

Here are the cities that Uber operate:

  • Batu Pahat
  • Ipoh
  • Johor Bahru
  • Kota Kinabalu
  • Kuala Lumpur
  • Kuala Terengganu
  • Kuantan
  • Kuching
  • Melaka
  • Penang
  • Sandakan

Take a look at #3. Yeah, that’s all it matters to Singaporeans, right?

For Grab, it’s a little more complicated as they have many services, but it’s pretty safe to say that they’re in all parts of Malaysia. After all, do you know that Grab is started from Malaysia?

So, if you’re in Malaysia, just use Uber / Grab like how you use them in Singapore. It’s exactly the same minus the high cost. However, do note that although you need not a line, you need mobile data, in which even the calls (if needed) are made through data.

And you get to sit in all kinds of Proton, instead of the usual Honda Vezels / Mazda 2 / Toyota Prius or Mitsubishi Attrage.

Oh, did I say that it’s now fully legal (so that you can forget about those strikes you’ve been hearing)?

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Annette Anthony

Annette Anthony

Lena's constantly juggling between the cross-trainer and her love for food. She dreams off flying to far off places and trying out new things. In the meantime, she's stuck at home with two cheeky minions and a sloppy Retriever.
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