Use GrabBike to Get Around Vietnam’s Cities Cheaply
My first thought on arrival in Vietnam is “Vietnam has a great motorbike culture”. You can’t argue with a population of 92 million people and 45 million registered motorbikes as the most popular means of transportation in Vietnam.
My first encounter with the kingdom of motorbikes was in Hanoi. I was right to think that there are as many motorbikes as there are human in the city. Hanoi is a city of more than 10 million people with more than 5 million motorbikes!
According to the Vietnam Auto, Motorcycle and Bicycle Association (VAMM), 3.2 million motorcycles were sold in 2017.
Motorbikes remain the most popular means of transportation in Vietnam, which has a population of around 92 million people and 45 million registered motorbikes, according to the Ministry of Transport. Traffic congestion has become a real headache in Vietnam’s city in recent years. This is why most Vietnamese now Use GrabBike to get around Vietnam’s cities cheaply with useride-hailing apps like Uber and Grab. Grab help provide cheaper safer motorbike taxis. young and tech-savvy Vietnamese and tourist increase to use this mode of transportation. With the expansion of the useride-hailing apps. Vietnamese now make a decent living shuttling customers around town on their motorcycle.
Taking a GrabBike is like getting on my first Uber ride. The only difference is the vehicle is a motorbike. Taking a GrabBike is MUCH cheaper and speedier than a taxi.
GrabBike has fixed upfront prices are based on demand/supply in the area. Dynamic pricing will be applied to the basic fare during peak hours.
The best way to roam around the city is sitting on a motorbike as the traffic congestion is quite horrendous. Once you arrived at your destination, you pay cash. GrabBike provides fixed fares through the app. There is no more bargaining or haggling.
What is Xe Om?
Before GrabBike, Vietnamese are used to zoom around in the locally grown motor taxi “Xe Om” (pronounced “say ohm”). Xe om drivers are regarded as live maps who seem to know every single corner, every shortcut in the city they live in. Travelers even ask Xe om drivers for direction and help when they are lost and having no idea where they are.
What is the Fare?
First 2km fare – 12.000 VND
Basic fare / km (after the first 2km) – 3.800 VND/km
Where is GrabBike available?
HCM, Ha Noi, Nha Trang, Can Tho, Vung Tau, Bac Ninh, Hai Phong, Da Nang, Buon Ma Thuot, Phan Thiet, Quy Nhon, Da Lat, Vinh Phuc, Quang Ninh, Hue, Hoi An, Ben Tre, Vinh Long, Rach Gia. This is a way to use GrabBike to get around Vietnam’s cities cheaply!
How to use GrabBike?
Choose GrabBike icon in Grab app
- Book in just 2 Taps
Key in your pick-up and drop-off locations to get your estimated fare.
- Get a Driver
GrabBike will find the nearest available driver for you.
- Track Your Driver
Know your driver’s location and ETA in real-time.
- Arrive Safely
Safety Tip: Share your trip details with loved ones for added safety or even just to let them know you’re on your way.
The credibility of Drivers?
Amazing Things in Vietnam post this on their FB Page a testimonial from Albany Owens who was very touched when the GrabBike drivers went the extra mile to retrieve her Vietnamese bank card which fell into a drain.
Use GrabBike to Get Around Vietnam’s Cities Cheaply – They are safe and reliable!
“Reasons to love Vietnamese people: I was just getting off my Grab bike. I dropped my purse and all my money and bank cards came out. My Vietnamese bank card went down the very deep and dirty drain and I was gutted. I told the guys not to bother getting it for their own safety and it was only a card. 2 mins later I heard them shout HELLO. My driver and his mate had opened the grid and my driver decided to fully get in the grim hole and fish out my card. He even tried to give me my taxi fare back. I gave him what was left in my purse and a big hug 😂” ~ Albany Owens
I will definitely give this a try when I’m in Ho Chi Minh City tomorrow.
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