There are a lot of taxi apps available following the success of Uber and one of the most popular apps in Russia is Yandex Taxi. Yandex is basically the Russian Google. They are a behemoth of a tech company that have their fingers in many pies. Their taxi app is widely used by Russians and it is easy to see why.
As far as the app itself goes, there are very few negative points to mention. It has a very intuitive design and all of the options within the app can be presented in English language. From the point of downloading the application, you can generally have a taxi in less than 5 minutes. Whenever I have used the app, the cars that responded have been clean, the drivers polite and the ride has been competitively priced compared to other apps, such as ‘Gett Taxi’.
The only problem you will encounter (and it can be a major one) is the language barrier. While the app itself is in English, it is rare to find a driver that can understand you. Although you can set the destination within the app, it is usual for a driver to verbally confirm and this can be tough to deal with when you have limited Russian language skills. This problem is not as pronounced with other taxi apps, specifically Gett Taxi, which has an option to request an English speaking driver.
If you do want to take advantage of the low price and quick response times of Yandex Taxi, don’t be put off by a lack of Russian. Just practice how to say your address, or get it written down for you first!
You can get both Yandex Taxi and Gett taxi applications on the iTunes or Google Play app stores.