#Asia Who cares about Uber’s rivals? My ride in Hong Kong just got cheaper


Foursome gruesome whatever: UberX launches in Hong Kong with a base charge of  HK$10 (US$1.29)

Image Credit: Uber

Image Credit: Uber

It hasn’t been a good day for Uber in the media, but it is a good day for Uber users in Hong Kong.

By now news of Uber’s regional rivals banding together has been gleefully circulated, but the Hong Kong market is relatively nonplussed, as today saw the launch of uberX, a cheaper option previously unavailable.

Also Read: Didi Kuaidi, Ola, Lyft and GrabTaxi form global ride-share partnership

UberX features smaller car models like the Toyota Prius and Honda Jazz at a more affordable rate compared to UberBLACK, the latter consisting of higher-end vehicles for those in need of a swanky ride.

“We’re extremely excited about the future prospects of ride-sharing in Hong Kong and the benefits it can bring to the city. Riders and drivers alike have embraced Uber as an additional transportation option, and the extremely positive feedback we’ve gotten today on the launch of uberX further establishes that. We’re going to continue to work hard on ensuring Hongkongers have access to safe, reliable, affordable transportation,” Uber spokesperson Harold Li told e27. 

The base charge will be HK$10 (US$1.29), with an additional fee of HK$6 (US$0.77) for each kilometre travelled. The minimum fare is  HK$30 (US$3.88). In comparison, normal taxi fare in Hong Kong is HK$22 (US$2.84) for the first two kilometres, with an additional fee of  HK$1.6 (US$0.21) for each 200 metres travelled.  Below are the adjusted fares and new pricing scale.

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Image Credit: Uber

Hopefully, things will be more smooth sailing for Uber here on out. Just a few months ago, Uber’s offices were raided by police during a crackdown on unlicensed services.

Also Read: Didi Kuaidi continues to dominate China’s private car-hailing market

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