Beat the tube strike! – a quick reminder of our taxi sign-up codes

(EDIT  September 2016 – the codes in this article, except for Hailo, still work OK so feel free to use them)

If the tube strike is going to leave you stranded on Wednesday and Thursday, you may want to give one of the app based cab services a go.

Let’s be frank – your chance of getting a ride is not going to be huge!  (EDIT: Untrue!  Uber is not running any surge pricing and has plenty of cars here in West London.  Business as usual.)

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These codes are all HFP ‘refer a friend’ codes except for Hailo:

Uber – £15 off your first ride with code headforpoints – download here

Hailo – £10 off your first ride with code STANDARD10 (expired 31 Aug) – download here

Gett (ex GetTaxi) – £10 off your first ride with code GTVVSHR – download here

Kabbee (pre booked minicabs) – £5 off your first ride when spending £10.01 or more with code [deleted as now expired] – download here

Uber will presumably be running surge pricing for much of the day.  This means that you will pay a multiple of the standard rate.  The rate generally increases to match supply and demand which means, if you are prepared to pay the price, you have a fair chance of being able to find a car.

That said, Uber was strangely quiet during the last tube strike – I had no problems getting a car at the standard price in Chelsea and South Kensington on two occasions, albeit both outside rush hour.

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  1. You can also use Addison Lee’s app. Their pricing does not have a ‘surge’ feature, so it is possible that Addison Lee will be cheaper than Uber at certain times during the Tube strike.

    You might also be able to use the following codes for a £10 discount each:


  2. bob mcbob says:

    Roads will be jammed. It will be quicker to walk or cycle

  3. Jonathan says:

    Used Uber for the first time on Sunday (with the HFP signup code) – it was brilliant! :)

  4. RIccati says:

    I hope people will adopt the right strategy and stay away from the central London.

  5. Roads will be chocker, i’d use Hailo, black cabs can use bus lanes.

    Pity you can’t reject ‘Hailo Exec’ which i personally see as a ‘free downgrade’

    • My wife took an Uber at 6.45, standard price and here in 7 mins.

      Just checked (7.30) and no surge pricing at all on ANY class of car.

    • I’m an HailoExec driver. A Hailo Exec car will turn up, if there are no black cabs nearby.

      Your ride be requested to black cab drivers first (unless you specifically choose a Hailo Exec), and will then go to Hailo Exec drivers if there are none available.

      On the app you can turn off this feature, so only black cabs will accept your ride, or if you see a HailoExec accept your ride request, you can always cancel it (though do so in a couple of minutes, or you’ll be charged a cancellation fee!).

  6. It is 9am in West London and still no Uber surge pricing – business as usual. Either everyone is working from home or they have flooded the city with drivers.

    • gnarlyoldgoatdude says:

      I’m the only one in my office (out of 6).

      St Pancras was much quieter than usual.
      The taxi rank was fuller than usual.

      Doesn’t affect me as I take the High Speed train from Kent and then walk.

      • RIccati says:

        Afternoon. Bus stops are busier than usual but manageable to get in.

        Full availability on Uber, no surge pricing and a lot of available cars.

        Heathrow T5 is quieter than usual!! First time in my life had near empty Fast Track and a lot of unpopulated space in the Galleries (maybe people don’t have as much time).

        It looks like there is an economic externality — if tube is functioning, people are in the offices and more likely to catch an occasional Uber to meeting/return by tube.

        What the strike has done is opened the convenience of HEx for me, which I will try to take when there is a suitable discount. It is enough for them to offer £10 fares and a lot of people would flip to HEx.

    • A couple of things to compare with the last tube strike:

      a) It’s the summer holidays. London is quieter than usual.

      b) The last strike occurred during Ramadan, where there were a lot less drivers on the road.