Using Uber internationally (Hint: It’s often cheaper than public transportation) 1


Posted by Beth | May 20, 2016

We’ve been fans of Uber for a long time. We used it frequently in Denver when we didn’t want to hassle with parking or needed a designated driver or ride home from the airport. Once Uber even brought us free ice cream!

You’ve probably heard of Uber and maybe you have tried it yourself or even use it regularly. But what you may not know is that Uber is available in 60 countries and 404 cities worldwide and can often be cheaper, and much more convenient, than taking public transportation when traveling internationally.

We used Uber in Bangkok to switch hotels and it was only $1.50, less than a tuk tuk would even be.

We used Uber in Bangkok to switch hotels and it was only $1.50, less than a tuk tuk would even be.

So far on our trip we’ve used Uber in Brussels, Melbourne, Sydney, Bali, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok. Even without having phone service we are able to run the Uber app off our phones when we are connected to wifi. The only tricky thing of course is you do have to be connected to a network to be able to call an Uber, and there is sometimes confusion because the drivers are unable to call our phones should they need to reach us.

We’ve found Uber to be most convenient way to get to and from international airports; where figuring out public transportation can be a hassle, takes longer, typically includes extra walking with our packs and we often don’t have local currency yet. With Uber we can have a private driver waiting for us at the baggage claim to drop us off right our hotel door and our credit card is charged automatically without having to haggle about a price or calculate a tip. The best part is in our experience Uber is almost always around the same price as public transportation, if not cheaper, and will definitely be cheaper than a local cab company.

You can try Uber for free on your next trip. If you use our link to sign up for your free ride, we’ll get a free ride as well. Thanks for helping us out!


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