We chose to try Uber for the first time. The booking app has sat unused for a long time on my phone. Our flight was to depart at 10.00am and so the evening before I ordered an Uber car using the app. R said, the indicated price does not sound much cheaper than a cab. The indicated price was $45 to $60. I thought the taxi fare might be $65.
We were given a window of 15 minutes for when our Uber car would turn up. Of course we were down there early to be ready for our trip with a pick up time 8.25 to 8.40. I think the Uber came at 8.32. Five minutes before we were picked up an sms arrived informing us the cost might be greater than indicated. In the meantime, two people standing on the street with suitcases received many flashing lights from passing taxis who were hoping for an airport fare.
Our driver was Mustafa from Afghanistan. I am not sure why Uber needed to inform us of the country of his birth. Mustafa did not jump out of his car to help us with our cases, but was a perfectly satisfactory driver in his modest car. I like my hairdressers and cab drivers to not chat to me, but Mustafa wanted to chat and I saw that you can score conversation with the driver on the Uber app. He was a nice enough bloke and had been Ubering for ten months. I gave him the highest score on the app.
|Thanks for choosing Uber, Andrew|
|October 30, 2017 | uberX | Surge x2.2|
|Citylink: NW Kings Way - Tullamarine Fwy Toll (?)||7.86|
|Booking Fee (?)||0.55|
I estimate we paid about $35 more than we would have in a taxi, given the slow traffic into the airport on the Monday morning. Mustafa told us there were over 100 Uber drivers at the airport waiting for a fare, so he would not wait there. So, 100 idle Uber drivers at the airport yet we pay surge pricing to get to the airport. I do not understand this.
Upon our return from Sydney R almost succumbed to a taxi tout within the airport with a cheap price of $65 to the city. We are a bit further on from the airport than the city by a kilometre or two. It was his official and expensive appearance, R said. Yes, the tout was wearing a very nice suit. That is what they do to convince tourists. I was cross with R for even responding to the tout and then I had to yell at R about the direction to walk to get a taxi. He was a bit frazzled.
There was a taxi organiser person at the rank and told us which bay to stand in. Within a couple of minutes a taxi pulled up. The driver was not at all chatty, which suited us. He received a $2 tip from me as I rather liked that he drove a little over the speed limit and got us back home quickly. I never speed, but I don't mind other people doing so moderately if I am their passenger.
The taxi fare, $60.90, as against the Uber fare in the other direction of $101. Uber is not for us. FU Uber.