India’s favorite beach destination is one of those rare places in the country that remains packed with tourists all year round. While earlier travelers would pick the best reason or the season to visit this Konkan state, it is not the same anymore. With metro lives becoming more cutthroat, the need for quick escapades has escalated, making more people find respite in the idyllic beaches and vibrant towns of Goa. Also, as India continues to open up to international tourism, it boosts the daily number of tourists to major Indian destinations including Goa, thus leading to better infrastructure, more developed transportation systems and smarter planning, than what it was a decade ago.
Simultaneously, the state has also been experiencing a major cultural shift, albeit brought about by tourists, temporary residents, and the millennial Goans who want to explore the state in their own unique way and seek experience in everything and don’t want to be confined by conventions. Whether it is a hotel, resort, or a taxi service, the best fares or the best vehicle are not enough anymore. To successfully cater to this population, private companies, as well as the state government, have worked hard towards developing the best services that people can avail for seamless and hassle-free Goa taxi booking.
However, there is a major difference in the car rental culture of Goa versus other major states and cities. While the rest of the country has geared up to the rising culture of radio taxis, this western state has adopted the practice much later. Although there are a host of local car companies and taxi rentals serving tourists and locals through online and offline booking, leading players like Uber, Ola, Meru, or Mega Cabs are still far from entering the rental landscape of Goa.
Here are some of the recognized car rentals operating in Goa.
A leading name in the car rental business, TraveloCar is a 30-year old company based in Goa but operates across the country. With a dense network of drivers, affiliates, and branches across different cities, this car rental company has grown to be a name in the rental landscape. From budget cars to luxury sedans, SUVs, and more, Travelocar is well-equipped to handle all kinds of travel services across local Goa tours, outstation/long-distance travel, airport transfers, and special occasions. Their highly-trained chauffeurs and prompt services have earned them a name in Goa’s car rental market. The highlight of this brand, however, is that they also offer travel and tour packages across Goa and nearby regions when passengers avail their cars.
Savaari Car Rental
One of the most high-rated cab services ranked by Google, Savaari Car Rental has been running operations, not only in Goa but across 98 cities in India. Driving travelers for more than 12 years around the country and managed to cover more than 6500 destinations. With an innovative approach to traveling and a wide range of services, they are right in sync with the changing approach to traveling catering new generation of tourists. You can choose across vehicles from hatchbacks to sedans, SUVs, and other premium cars. With a huge fleet of cars and a wide network of drivers and affiliates, Savaari offers intracity tours, intercity/outstation travels, luxury rides, airport transfers, and more. For instance, you can book a cab with Savaari for your daily commute within Panjim or book an AC cab from Goa to Mumbai. One of the highlights of this company is that all their chauffeurs are proficient in local languages, English, as well as the language their passengers prefer to communicate in. From competitive rates to hassle-free on-road experience, Savaari makes for a great choice of rental cars in Goa.
Goa Taxi Service
This family-r car rental company specifically caters to travelers in North Goa. To ensure seamless rental and travel experience, Goa Taxi Service always offers pre-booking with a fixed fare based on your destination and travel duration. So, you can sit back and enjoy the ride and your travel time, instead of worrying about the costs. All their vehicles are approved by the Goa Tourist Board and the drivers are professionally trained, reliable, properly licensed, and highly proficient in English in order to cater to all national and foreign travelers.
A vehicle service introduced by Goa’s Chandan Group of companies, TaxiGo offers a wide range of vehicles and travel services. With comfortable cars from budget to luxury and reliable drivers, you can enjoy the services of this premier cab company when traveling in Goa.
Women Taxi by GTDC
Started in 2014, this innovative service was introduced by the state tourism department to cater to female travelers and families traveling to Goa. These vehicles are driven by female chauffeurs who are professionally trained in driving, etiquettes, self-defense, road safety etc. All drivers are certified by the Government of India’s National Skill Development program and the Automotive Skill Development Program. As far as the fares are concerned, these taxis run on meters and charge passengers according to the fee structure stipulated by the GTDC and Directorate of Transport.