Uber is a driving service which – as of March 2015 – operates in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds and, slightly oddly, Wakefield. It is rolling out strongly, globally as well as in the UK, and if it hasn’t reached you yet then it will soon.
In London and Manchester, the company has just added a new car to its range. With immediate effect, the existing four car bands of UberX (Toyota Prius), UberExec (Mercedes E Class), UberLux (Mercedes S Class) and UberTaxi have been joined by UberXL.
UberXL is designed as a cost effective way for larger groups to get around. You will be sent a Mercedes-Benz Viano, Ford Galaxy or similar. In London it will seat six people, in Manchester it is guaranteed to seat eight.
In terms of pricing, it will sit roughly 30% above UberX. This should still be lower than a typical black cab in London. Typical fares are quoted at £52 for a trip from the West End to Heathrow compared to £37 with UberX. Mayfair to the City is estimated at £12 compared to £7 with UberX.
If you haven’t joined Uber yet, you can still get £15 of free credit by signing up using our referral link. If you might need a taxi this weekend, give it a go.
Go to this website and sign up – you can then download the relevant version of the app and sign in. Alternatively, download the app first and use promo code ‘headforpoints’ when registering.
PS. One of the cool things about Uber is that the same app works everywhere. We are down in Dubai this week and I can summon a car in the same way I do in London, and as I could in Doha the previous week. Your £15 sign-up credit is only valid on a ride in the UK, however.