If you are an Uber fanatic and use their service frequently you are probably aware of the latest news circulating the net. If you are not aware of the latest news by Uber car service, on Today’s blog post I will share with you all the news as well as my thoughts on this magnificent add on to their program and system.
Uber is now available in Hong Kong!!!
When I first heard the news, I was extremely excited for this feature being available because it was something I wanted to use during my trip to Hong Kong last month but it was not in service then – The way I found out about this news was by Uber sending an email last night letting their users know about this new integration, where they share how exactly Uber was first introduced in Hong Kong and it was used at the Rugby Sevens, the team at Uber also stated that they couldn’t wait to return and by that they mean that the secret is out and Uber is now active and providing service in Hong Kong.
I will be returning back to Hong Kong during the month of July – so I am looking forward to sharing my experience and the service they provide and how is it different from any other Uber service I have taken in the past.
“In this city full of transportation choices, Uber brings a reliable, comfortable, seamless option to the mix. Whether you’re heading home from a long day’s work in Central, treating a special someone to a night at a gourmet private kitchen in Sai Ying Pun, or shopping in Causeway Bay, Uber is here for you.”
The number one thing that caught my attention from their statement is the last sentence where they mention Causeway Bay because thats exactly where I stayed during my visit to Hong Kong and it was one of those areas where the amount of public transportation, taxis, trolleys was extremely overwhelming. The long wait for the buses and hailing the right taxi to take me around town was a mission to achieve. I gave up on that and really just walked all around town to get where I wanted to go – with the help of my GPS & local Hong Kong map, of course 😉
They are a few things that come to mind with now Uber providing service in Hong Kong & how will that affect Taxi service in the City
- Will they be available at the airport upon arrival?
- Will they try and block their service from the airport?
- Hong Kong International airport provides two lanes for taxi drivers upon arrival (green and red). So I am sure they will keep that.
- Will Taxi drivers protest with this service now being offered? Decreasing them job opportunities?
Those are just a few facts to keep in mind – I don’t see it being a major problem or a problem at all, intact this is a tremendous addition in my opinion because it will facilitate the locals and the tourist to get around town easier. Rather than waiting for the buss for a certain period of time, which sometimes it tends to be a long and tedious wait – now the waiting game has ended by simply opening the app, requesting a pick up and be at comfort until you reach your final destination. Being that it just recently launched, its hard to tell the impact that this new service will bring into the City but as I mentioned above, I am excited to see the service they provide when I return to Hong Kong next month.
Available choices in Hong Kong, Fares, Cancellation Fee
If you are traveling to Hong Kong in the near future – this crucial info might come in handy for you to keep in mind so you are aware of what to expect and the service they provide before using it. There is nothing more uncomfortable than struggling with transportation and not knowing what are the chargers for the service, so I will share with you all the fees provided by Uber and what kind of vehicle they currently have in service. I also highly recommend that you use the “Fare Quote” system before you request your car, as that will give you access to put your destination and how much will the fare be, just incase you are curious on how much you will be spending.
- UberBLACK – The original Uber. (May vary from Mercedes, BMW’s)
- The Base fare will be $35.
- The Minimum fare will be $50.
- There is a cancellation fee of $30.
- $2.00 per minute & $9.32 per kilometer.
If you are not wanting to use the Uber service in Hong Kong – There is nothing to worry about, there is a lot of ways to get around town and they are all very convenient and cheap. I recently discussed my Taxi Experience in Hong Kong but I will share with you all a brief description of what to expect if you decide to use a Taxi in Hong Kong.
- The drivers are extremely friendly.
- The fares can be cheap or expensive, it depends where you are going.
- The drivers barely speak any english, but they will try to help you in anyway they can.
- They are 3 taxis colors in Hong Kong: Blue, Red and Green. The red one will pretty much take you anywhere.
- The drivers normally request a tip if you are paying them on a higher amount from what the meter says. (Tip them, but not a lot).
Bottom line, I will have more info about this service and sharing my experience with it next month. I thought it was worth sharing the latest progress added by Uber. They are also, now on Twitter so if you are wanting to reach out to them directly, connect with them through: Uber_HK.
What are your thoughts about this? Where else would you like to see Uber being added?