New App Compares Prices of 3 Ride-Hailing Apps Before Booking With One Click

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If there’s one thing Singaporeans enjoy, it’s saving money.

From scouring the web for the best deals, to walking an additional 20 kilometres for a jumbo packet of Milo that costs 20 cents less, Singaporeans are willing to do whatever it takes to save a few extra bucks.

As the Covid-19 pandemic has shown, it’s certainly prudent to save for a rainy day.

One way to save money would be to cut down on our intake of bubble tea, which would save the average Singaporean $76 dollars a day.

But if that’s too hard to do, you could try saving a few bucks every time you book a cab.

New App Compares Prices of 3 Ride-Hailing Apps Before Booking With One Click

Thanks to a new app created by a local start-up, you can now compare the prices of ride-hailing apps before you book your ride.

The app, Spur, pulls and lists fare ranges from the three main providers here: ComfortDelGro, Grab, and Gojek.

Co-founder and chief executive Mark Lim said the app was devised during Covid-19, “during a time when we felt we could help commuters save money”.

As Lim rightly pointed out, saving $2 to $3 on each ride can add up to a substantial amount over time.

If you happened to book a ride three times a week, and managed to save $3 on every ride, that would add up to more than $460 over a year.

Think of all the 4D tickets you can waste that $460 on afterwards.

Checks by The Straits Times shows there can indeed be a significant difference between the rates offered by the three ride-hailing providers at certain times.

The same 4.6km trip at 11.30am in the suburbs cost $5 to $7 for Grab, $7.33-$9.33 for Comfort, and $7.88-$9.88 for Gojek.

However, when I checked the app for a trip from Toa Payoh to VivoCity, the prices for all three apps were around $13 to $15.

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ComfortDelGro Increased its Fares

Though the prices are similar here, Lim said he has seen signs of a “price war”, as well as a change in rates.

After ComfortDelGro reported its first loss in August, for instance, it has increased its ride-hailing fares by 30%, Lim said.

Lim added that the majority of Spur users had been using Comfort before, but noticed a “shift” after they upped their prices.

Plans To Include More Ride-Hailing Providers

Co-founder and chief technical officer Timothy Khor said Spur will be approaching other ride-hailing companies to include in their app, including SMRT and Tada.

To increase its revenue, Khor said Spur is “exploring referral arrangements” with ride-hailing firms where they could target commuters and persuade them to use an app they don’t usually use.

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“But even if we have such an arrangement, the app will continue to be independent”, Lim said.

“…we are not linked to any company, we are agnostic and honest”.


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According to Lim, Spur has about 150 active users on a weekday, and “the number is growing”.

Considering the economic climate, this app will surely grow in popularity, as saving money is more important than ever.

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