November 17, 2017 at 11:25 am NZDT #3695
FYI – for anyone flying into MEL, you can now book Uber X pickups directly at the airport. The Uber app will direct you to the shared pick up lanes between the T1-3 building and the Park Royal hotel.
Great to see more airports finally supporting rideshare options.November 23, 2017 at 6:00 pm NZDT #3740
I have to admit I use the skybus as it’s so frequent and direct into town (and there was a VA deal previously), the part I hate is waiting for the onward hotel bus if you’re not within walking distance from there.
Taxi’s to town were $$$
I’m debating using Uber next time to the hotel and back to the station as I get a little impatient and I also dislike getting up really early to catch shuttles so you can go and pick up everyone else as well.
I was in WA mid-year and saw advertising for Uber in Perth also.November 23, 2017 at 6:17 pm NZDT #3741
I live quite close to MEL (about 12 mins away in low traffic), and if I am not in a hurry I’ll usually use an Uber to the airport, and probably will from the airport to home now too. If I have a very early flight or I am short on time I use a limo service. It’s about 3x the price of an Uber, but I know that they will move heaven and earth to make sure there is a car waiting for me at the agreed time.March 6, 2018 at 6:29 pm NZDT #4219
Last year I noticed you could actually book Uber for a set time. Are you using this in place of the limo if its cheaper? Not sure if that feature is in the Qantas app but I’ve been using Qantas for Uber since the split with SPG 🙁March 6, 2018 at 8:40 pm NZDT #4222
My experience with Uber at MEL has been pretty poor. Last time I think I waited nearly 40 minutes for a car – along with hundreds of others. The taxi rank can be pretty slow at times, but if I am not in a hurry I will just use that over Uber. If I’m in a hurry, or I know traffic will be a nightmare I’ll still book a car – they are a fixed rate, and last time it took 40 mins in crawling traffic to get home – which would have cost me more in a taxi or Uber, and I would have had to wait.March 8, 2018 at 5:26 pm NZDT #4225
40 mins sounds awful. Maybe I’ll just get Uber from Southern Cross. Earn a few VA points with Skybus on the way in.March 11, 2018 at 3:16 pm NZDT #4237
Skybus isn’t a bad option if you’re heading to the city (But a train would be 1000x better). Not really an option for me as a local given I don’t live or work in the CBD. It is really good to have a competitor to taxi’s at Melbourne – they really have been pretty awful in the past. I’ve lot a bit of interest in Uber specifically lately (Ethics, service slipping), but support the idea of competition whether it’s Uber or something else.
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