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#154497 30-Oct-2014 08:26
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I guess everyone saw the various news pieces New Zealand's expensive taxi rides.

http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/christchurch-airport-taxi-ride-world-s-dearest-survey-6023400

According to this, a 18 KM taxi ride from my home to Wellington airport is $65, and Uber is $25

http://www.taxiautofare.com/nz

Anyone tried Uber? (I have no assocation with Uber, or any taxi service)

https://www.uber.com/cities/wellington


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  #1164796 30-Oct-2014 08:32
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See Biddles blog post

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  #1164798 30-Oct-2014 08:40
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I've used Uber many times in the US and Auckland but I've never yet used it in Wellington (but did go to the official media launch a couple of weeks ago). I love it as a product, but many don't - in part due to the ideological concept of their business model.

I'd be really surprised if Uber was that much cheaper than a normal taxi in Wellington, where do you live? I know they have $25 capped rates from anywhere in the CBD to the Airport, but quite a few taxi companies have that now.


 
 
 
 


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  #1164807 30-Oct-2014 09:01
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I just got a quote from my place to Wellington city. Regular taxis are around $40, Uber quotes $28. That's a small saving.

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  #1164809 30-Oct-2014 09:04
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timmmay: I just got a quote from my place to Wellington city. Regular taxis are around $40, Uber quotes $28. That's a small saving.


Their rates are cheaper but by how much depends on what taxi company you use. Rates in Wellington vary from about $2.60ish per km up to about $3.80ish per km depending on the company you use (with many of the smaller ones charging the most)

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  #1164810 30-Oct-2014 09:05
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Small ? Its over 25% assuming $40 was the regular rate.
I;d be happy with that...





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  #1164812 30-Oct-2014 09:06
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sbiddle:
timmmay: I just got a quote from my place to Wellington city. Regular taxis are around $40, Uber quotes $28. That's a small saving.


Their rates are cheaper but by how much depends on what taxi company you use. Rates in Wellington vary from about $2.60ish per km up to about $3.80ish per km depending on the company you use (with many of the smaller ones charging the most)


I use Wellington Combined, unsure of how their rates compare (taxi companies don't seem to publish them online) but at least they're generally considered trustworthy.

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  #1164813 30-Oct-2014 09:10
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timmmay:
sbiddle:
timmmay: I just got a quote from my place to Wellington city. Regular taxis are around $40, Uber quotes $28. That's a small saving.


Their rates are cheaper but by how much depends on what taxi company you use. Rates in Wellington vary from about $2.60ish per km up to about $3.80ish per km depending on the company you use (with many of the smaller ones charging the most)


I use Wellington Combined, unsure of how their rates compare (taxi companies don't seem to publish them online) but at least they're generally considered trustworthy.


They're at the cheaper end of the market.


 
 
 
 


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  #1164834 30-Oct-2014 09:48
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Used them/the service the other day, was about half the price compared to what Auckland coop taxi's charge. Driver was a bit of a douche though, got all upset when another passenger asked him how he found driving under Uber.

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  #1164839 30-Oct-2014 09:52
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Interesting, as all Uber rides I had so far were very friendly.

Most seem to be taxi drivers using their cars when they are free. I did catch a private Mercedes in Wellington though - the driver was very good and he even uses Geekzone...






 

 

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  #1164844 30-Oct-2014 09:59
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Well that was exactly it, he was a taxi driver too, using what otherwise looked like another taxi and kitted out appropriately. We weren't obnoxious or drunk either so not sure who pissed in his cornflakes that day.

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  #1164901 30-Oct-2014 11:12
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I have used Uber here and overseas.

On price alone it seems to be cheaper, on top of that its far more convenient.

When I used it in Sydney I was getting "private motor cars" - which were HEAPS better than Taxis. I got a late model Volvo and a 7 Series BMW.

Traditional taxis suck.

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  #1164925 30-Oct-2014 11:34
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Enjoyed my uber ride the other day. Definitely cheaper!

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  #1164936 30-Oct-2014 11:45
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I've used Uber a number of times in Auckland and Melbourne and I FAR prefer them to Taxis now, not only on price but on service, friendliness etc.

Their model isn't prefect, and in particular surge pricing can make them an order of magnitude more expensive than a taxi during busy times - but that's supply and demand really.




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  #1164941 30-Oct-2014 11:53
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The Auckland fixed fare to the Airport is $70 - but Surge Pricing at busy times can make it go up three times that. I was told it would be 2.5 time the normal price. After waiting five minutes it came back down to $70 and I booked my trip then.






 

 

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  #1164962 30-Oct-2014 12:29
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freitasm: The Auckland fixed fare to the Airport is $70 - but Surge Pricing at busy times can make it go up three times that. I was told it would be 2.5 time the normal price. After waiting five minutes it came back down to $70 and I booked my trip then.




$70 is incredibly expensive when Zoomy are now only $39 fixed price and you can hire a rental car for a day for $59 incl all charges and insurance!


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