Have any Insiders used Uber in Europe? What was the experience like and what cities? Thanks.
Yes and it was WONDERFUL!
I used it in London, Munich and Paris. Some places like the smaller towns don't have it. I really wish Florence had it.
It was so much less than a taxi! No need to get out cash or credit cards in a taxi.
London you really don't NEED to unless you are in heels (heh) or the bus rerouted. That happened a few times to me and the bus brought me somewhere off the mark.
Glad to hear this. Did you use Uber during rush hour periods? I'm trying to determine if the Tube is better during morning drive. Thanks.
It is kind of a gamble.... I would stay that at rush hour... EVERYTHING is packed. Even the tube. In the early morning, I found traffic decently flowing. Uber would be ok.
If you can get into the tube, it will be faster. I only took the tube once when it was INSANE. I had never seen so many people crammed into the car. I thought their heads would be taken off when the doors closed. But it at least moved, unlike the traffic above. if you google X to Y and click the public transport button on google maps, it will tell you the time it takes. You can even put in a certain time to leave or to arrive at your destination. It told me all the delays too. Google maps WAS A LIFE SAVER. It's all right there in your hand. And yes, even uber is shown on google.
I used Uber for the first time ever yesterday to get from Warsaw airport to the Sheraton hotel in Warsaw.
It was fine. The app said a car would arrive in 9 minutes and it arrived a bit quicker than that. The fare ended up being only half what the airport website said a taxi should cost to get to the town centre.
The only disappointment was the car. The app said it would be a BMW 5 series, so I was looking forward to something very nice. What the app didn't tell me was that it was a very old car with very worn seats. For a 15 - 20 minutes journey it was OK though.
I've used Uber in Rome and London and love it especially overseas. Saves all the awkwardness when the taxi driver's credit card machine that is held together by tape "breaks" or "won't connect to the internet." Would recommend in any city that is available.
taxi driver's credit card machine that is held together by tape "breaks" or "won't connect to the internet.
Presumably, it also avoids the problem of the taxi driver taking the "scenic route" to bump up the fare. That's happened to me in Rome.
I live in Europe and would say you'll find Uber an easy and plentiful choice in the major cities and some of the smaller capitals, such as Brussels too.
For a much cheaper ride into London from LHR get one of the free buses that runs down the Bath Road hotels (140 & 125 - there are others too) and get off near one of the hotels. It's no more than a 3 minute bus ride. Drop your pin and you'll have a far cheaper-than-a-taxi-Uber in minutes to take you into the city. You'll easily save £20-£30, probably more!
Once in London city, you'll find lots of Uber's, in fact I bet half the Prius's you see will be Uber's - and you'll see lots! However Londons traffic gridlocks at rush hour so gridlocked you'll then find the tube your best bet.
Outside London, other major English cities have a good Uber service but the only small city I've tried Uber in is Stockport and there they were thin on the ground. In my home town of Altrincham it's very patchy, there may be none at all if you're unlucky.
By far the cheapest way to get from Heathrow to central London is to use the underground - £3.10 off peak times or £5.10 peak times with an Oyster card (£6 any time without an Oyster card). You can buy an Oyster card at the underground ticket office for £5, and you should be able to return it at the end of your trip and get a refund of the £5 and any unused credit on it (provided there's no more than £10 of credit on it).
You might also be able to use a contactless payment card (credit or debit) instead of an Oyster card, at the same prices as an Oyster card. Transport for London says most foreign cards will work, but suggests you check for any overseas transaction charges that the card issuer applies first.
I LOVED the oyster card when I was there. Saved so much money taking the buses and tube!
I was responding to the Uber question, but yes, I agree. Piccadilly line tube to and from LHR, don't get no cheaper, and of course no traffic delays.
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