Airport transportation analyzed in 85 cities: Uber, Taxi or car rental is best?

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Uber vs Rental Cars vs Taxi – a key question for today’s traveller whether it’s for work or leisure. If you’re traveling to a new city for the first time, then it’s always good to know the cheapest, safest and best way to get from the Airport to the City Centre.

A New Zealand based Car Rental company analyzed 85 cities around the world from Adelaide to Zurich and everywhere in between to work out whether it’s cheaper to rent a car, get an Uber or jump in a taxi to the City Centre from the Airport.

eTN Chatroom: Discuss with readers from around the world:


The answer is…it depends on the city!

City
Country
KM to City Centre
Taxi Cost
Cost per KM
Uber Cost
1 Day Rental
Difference between
Taxis
& Uber
Difference between
Taxis
& Car Rentals
Milan Italy 47 $83.87 $1.78 $97.44 $28.07 -14% 498%
Auckland New Zealand 27 $61.99 $2.27 $33.38 $25.49 86% 386%
Madrid Spain 20 $36.21 $1.78 $37.96 $15.12 -5% 379%
Athens Greece 44 $59.47 $1.36 $59.47 $33.04 0% 260%
Rome Italy 31 $52.21 $1.67 $61.27 $29.73 -15% 251%
Barcelona Spain 25 $45.91 $1.81 no uber $26.78 no uber 243%
London United Kingdom 27 $85.07 $3.14 $39.37 $51.34 116% 231%
Lyon France 39 $72.00 $1.87 $62.94 $44.81 14% 221%
Los Angeles United States 30 $60.46 $1.98 $26.03 $38.83 132% 211%
Marseille France 26 $57.81 $2.23 $53.16 $38.74 9% 198%
Birmingham United Kingdom 22 $53.95 $2.48 $20.50 $36.38 163% 197%
Christchurch New Zealand 10 $37.20 $3.61 $17.62 $25.49 111% 192%
Melbourne Australia 24 $43.55 $1.85 $27.40 $30.05 59% 190%
Sydney Australia 17 $42.03 $2.46 $30.10 $29.82 40% 182%
Munich Germany 37 $61.18 $1.64 $51.27 $46.35 19% 164%
Brisbane Australia 18 $37.79 $2.07 $20.70 $29.71 83% 154%
Te Aviv Israel 23 $38.30 $1.66 no uber $32.51 no uber 136%
San Francisco United States 22 $45.70 $2.10 $24.35 $38.83 88% 135%
Las Vegas United States 13 $43.46 $3.29 $19.43 $37.34 124% 133%
Paris France 27 $51.16 $1.87 $46.62 $44.81 10% 128%
Tokyo Japan 21 $61.93 $2.96 $62.61 $54.99 -1% 125%
Helsinki Finland 25 $63.01 $2.57 $74.81 $58.27 -16% 116%
Dublin Ireland 15 $28.83 $1.98 $45.34 $26.87 -36% 115%
Chicago United States 30 $47.72 $1.59 $26.21 $44.69 82% 114%
Manchester United Kingdom 17 $43.41 $2.60 $21.23 $40.78 104% 113%
Edinburgh United Kingdom 15 $43.51 $2.90 $21.49 $40.93 103% 113%
Prague Czech Republic 20 $29.60 $1.51 $13.50 $28.13 119% 110%
Frankfurt Germany 17 $46.54 $2.71 no uber $45.18 no uber 106%
Budapest Hungary 22 $26.81 $1.21 no uber $27.23 no uber 97%
Stockholm Sweden 43 $64.68 $1.52 $63.68 $66.49 2% 95%
Toronto Canada 29 $44.18 $1.52 $25.12 $46.11 76% 92%
Queenstown New Zealand 7.7 $25.49 $3.31 no uber $26.87 no uber 90%
Bordeaux France 11 $40.05 $3.67 $26.06 $42.76 54% 87%
Sao Paulo Brazil 25 $21.87 $0.88 $13.17 $24.66 66% 77%
Hamburg Germany 18 $40.58 $2.25 no uber $46.19 no uber 76%
Miami United States 20 $39.17 $1.98 $18.43 $44.68 113% 75%
Glasgow United Kingdom 16 $37.71 $2.34 $17.59 $43.19 114% 75%
Wellington New Zealand 7.3 $21.36 $2.93 $12.59 $25.49 70% 68%
Brussels Belgium 15 $48.15 $3.28 $27.64 $57.74 74% 67%
Lisbon Portugal 6.9 $15.52 $2.25 $8.19 $19.08 89% 63%
New York City United States 31 $60.17 $1.96 $52.69 $74.66 14% 61%
Shanghai China 46 $22.90 $0.50 no uber $28.53 no uber 61%
Amsterdam Netherlands 23 $58.36 $2.56 $36.78 $73.67 59% 58%
Oslo Norway 49 $81.17 $1.67 $75.92 $104.53 7% 55%
Cape Town South Africa 19 $18.12 $0.98 $10.46 $23.38 73% 55%
Cologne Germany 17 $32.58 $1.95 no uber $42.25 no uber 54%
Toulouse France 11 $33.46 $3.13 $23.24 $44.81 44% 49%
Perth Australia 16 $36.75 $2.34 $20.59 $49.50 78% 48%
Stuttgart Germany 14 $31.64 $2.26 no uber $42.95 no uber 47%
Nice France 7.2 $30.43 $4.22 $18.40 $42.76 65% 42%
Bucharest Romania 20 $8.34 $0.41 $8.34 $13.02 0% 28%
Adelaide Australia 7.2 $18.40 $2.56 $13.72 $29.71 34% 24%
Vancouver Canada 14 $28.13 $2.00 no uber $46.11 no uber 22%
Zurich Switzerland 11 $56.74 $5.06 $27.82 $96.40 104% 18%
Dubai UAE 20 $13.98 $0.69 $17.08 $24.45 -18% 14%
Gothenburg Sweden 26 $49.14 $1.92 $39.73 $86.95 24% 13%
Moscow Russia 46 $19.36 $0.42 $15.70 $35.15 23% 10%
Phuket Thailand 32 $14.48 $0.45 no uber $26.38 no uber 10%
Geneva Switzerland 8.9 $50.19 $5.64 $25.63 $91.94 96% 9%
Vienna Austria 20 $32.68 $1.64 $21.85 $62.63 50% 4%
Beijing China 31 $14.24 $0.47 no uber $28.53 no uber 0%
Copenhagen Denmark 8.6 $37.86 $4.40 no uber $81.38 no uber -7%
Berlin Germany 11 $23.28 $2.04 $23.28 $50.13 0% -7%
Buenos Aires Argentina 32 $18.55 $0.59 $14.68 $40.75 26% -9%
Kuala Lumpur Malaysia 70 $13.83 $0.20 $12.72 $31.43 9% -12%
Medellin Columbia 45 $15.33 $0.34 $10.65 $35.82 44% -14%
Istanbul Turkey 23 $13.66 $0.59 $13.66 $31.97 0% -15%
Santiago Chile 26 $21.36 $0.81 $11.23 $50.91 90% -16%
Bangkok Thailand 35 $9.69 $0.28 $7.76 $26.38 25% -27%
Antwerp Belgium 6.6 $23.22 $3.52 $16.15 $64.93 44% -28%
Warsaw Poland 8.2 $8.38 $1.02 $5.04 $26.63 66% -37%
Sofia Bulgaria 12 $6.08 $0.51 no uber $20.29 no uber -40%
Riga Latvia 9.8 $7.06 $0.72 no uber $25.12 no uber -44%
Singapore Singapore 23 $17.81 $0.78 $15.91 $71.30 12% -50%
Hong Kong Hong Kong 39 $34.60 $0.89 $26.70 $138.77 30% -50%
Rotterdam Netherlands 6.2 $17.66 $2.85 $16.63 $78.22 6% -55%
Tallinn Estonia 6.2 $8.23 $1.33 $5.08 $40.47 62% -59%
Bangalore India 36 $8.04 $0.22 $6.58 $51.09 22% -69%
Mexico City Mexico 8.7 $3.62 $0.41 $4.37 $26.83 -17% -73%
Jakarta Indonesia 37 $10.51 $0.28 $8.66 $89.71 21% -77%
Bogota Columbia 13 $3.30 $0.26 $3.71 $35.82 -11% -82%
Mumbai India 10 $2.80 $0.27 $3.40 $51.09 -18% -89%
Cairo Egypt 21 $1.83 $0.08 $2.81 $42.53 -35% -91%
Lagos Nigeria 15 $4.06 $0.28 $3.00 no car rentals 35% no car rentals
Hanoi Vietnam 28 $10.62 $0.38 $9.17 no car rentals 16% no car rentals
Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1979), beginning as a travel agent up through today as a publisher of eTurboNews (eTN), one of the world’s most influential and most-read travel and tourism publications. He is also Chairman of ICTP. His experiences include working and collaborating with various national tourism offices and non-governmental organizations, as well as private and non-profit organizations, and in planning, implementing, and quality control of a range of travel and tourism-related activities and programs, including tourism policies and legislation. His major strengths include a vast knowledge of travel and tourism from the point of view of a successful private enterprise owner, superb networking skills, strong leadership, excellent communication skills, strong team player, attention to detail, dutiful respect for compliance in all regulated environments, and advisory skills in both political and non-political arenas with respect to tourism programs, policies, and legislation. He has a thorough knowledge of current industry practices and trends and is a computer and Internet junkie.