How to Get Around London Without Uber

By Accura News on 26 November 2019
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Unless reversed on appeal, Uber will lose its license to operate its ride-hailing service in London after Transport for London said it had decided not to renew the company’s license, citing “patterns of failures” including 14,000 instances where unauthorized drivers were allowed to pick up Uber customers.

The move will leave millions of Londoners and tourists without their customary rides home, so Frequent Business Traveler has prepared a list of alternatives.

Before listing the various ride-hailing services that continue to operate in London, it behooves us to mention the London Underground, aka “The Tube.” The city’s metro service is an environmentally friendly alternative to ride-hailing services and taxis and is usually quite fast and efficient (except when it’s not).

To access the Tube, purchase an Oyster card at a kiosk or simply enter using Apple Pay or a contactless debit or credit card.  The cost starts at from £2.40 ($3.10) and longer rides cost a bit more.

Here are Uber alternatives you may like.  Frequent Business Traveler has not reviewed these services and is providing the list solely for the sake of comparison.

ADDISON LEE

Minicab operator Addison Lee has been around since 1975 and now offers an app-based ride-hailing experience similar to the competition.  The company says it has “the largest fleet in London” and offers complimentary Wi-Fi and device charging in all vehicles.  The app discloses the cost of the journey before you book.

BOLT

Newcomer Estonia-based Bolt launched this year in London and maintains it takes less of a commission from drivers compared to its rivals.  Rides start at a £2.50, and thereupon £1.25 per mile and £0.15 per minute.

GETT

Israeli-owned Gett, which just shuttered ride-hailing service Juno in New York City, has been operating in London since 2011, connects riders to traditional London taxis. Riders pay the driver the fare shown on the taxicab’s meter by card or cash.

KAPTEN

French ride-hailing company Kapten, owned by BMW and Daimler, began operations in London in 2019.  Rides start at a £5 and the company offers a loyalty program with points that can be redeemed for free rides.

VIAVAN

ViaVan, owned by Via and Daimler, offers shared transit by pairing riders headed in the same direction in a Mercedes-Benz minivan.  The service also operates in Amsterdam and Berlin.  The app will confirm the cost of a ride before it is booked.

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