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How Much an Airport Uber, Taxi, or Rental Car Costs Around the Globe

Whether you’re arriving at an airport for the first time or at one that’s familiar, you may not know the lowest-cost way to get to your in-town destination. Even if you thought you knew, developments in ride-sharing regulations can change your best airport transportation options quickly, and without announcement.

Travel website eTurboNews just released a report on comparative costs for 85 major air hubs around the world for an airport Uber, taxi, and one-day rental car. Here are the rates and biggest rate differences in airport Uber rides and your other private transit options.

15 Cities Where an Airport Uber Beats a Taxi by $20

Where it’s available, an airport Uber beats a taxi for a trip to town at most of the cities included in the study. And In 15 cases, the difference is at least $20.

City Taxi Cost Uber Cost Difference
London $85.07 $39.37 $45.70
Los Angeles $60.46 $26.03 $34.43
Birmingham $53.95 $20.50 $33.45
Zurich $56.74 $27.82 $28.92
Auckland $61.99 $33.38 $28.61
Geneva $50.19 $25.63 $24.56
Las Vegas $43.46 $19.43 $24.03
Manchester $43.41 $21.23 $22.18
Edinburgh $43.51 $21.49 $22.02
Amsterdam $58.36 $36.78 $21.58
Chicago $47.72 $26.21 $21.51
San Francisco $45.70 $24.35 $21.35
Miami $39.17 $18.43 $20.74
Brussels $48.15 $27.64 $20.51
Glasgow $37.71 $17.59 $20.12

An airport Uber also beats a taxi in a majority of other cities where it operates, but by less than $20 per trip. It’s important to note, however, that these findings don’t account for peak-time surge pricing that can be far higher than usual rates.

11 Cities Where a Taxi Beats an Airport Uber Ride

At several airports, taxi fares are less than airport Uber rates. But, the difference is substantial in only four of them:

City Taxi Cost Uber Cost Difference
Dublin $28.83 $45.34 $16.51
Milan $83.87 $97.44 $13.57
Helsinki $63.01 $74.81 $11.80
Rome $52.21 $61.27 $9.06
Dubai $13.98 $17.08 $3.10
Madrid $36.21 $37.96 $1.75
Cairo $1.83 $2.81 $0.98
Mexico City $3.62 $4.37 $0.75
Tokyo $61.93 $62.61 $0.68
Mumbai $2.80 $3.40 $0.60
Bogota $3.30 $3.71 $0.41

Where Rental Cars Might Beat an Airport Uber and Taxi Ride

There are some airports where a one-day rental car costs less than an airport Uber or a taxi. At some of the study’s airports, you can get a one-day rental for up to $69 less than you’d pay for a single airport Uber or taxi trip. But, the study didn’t figure in any parking charges when you get to a downtown destination—which could easily eat up these advantages:

City Taxi Cost Uber Cost 1 Day Rental Beats Uber by Beats Taxi by
Milan 83.87 97.44 28.07 69.37 55.8
Rome 52.21 61.27 29.73 31.54 22.48
Athens 59.47 59.47 33.04 26.43 26.43
Madrid 36.21 37.96 15.12 22.84 21.09
Dublin 28.83 45.34 26.87 18.47 1.96
Lyon 72 62.94 44.81 18.13 27.19
Helsinki 63.01 74.81 58.27 16.54 4.74
Marseille 57.81 53.16 38.74 14.42 19.07
Auckland 61.99 33.38 25.49 7.89 36.5
Tokyo 61.93 62.61 54.99 7.62 6.94
Munich 61.18 51.27 46.35 4.92 14.83
Paris 51.16 46.62 44.81 1.81 6.35
Sydney 42.03 30.1 29.82 0.28 12.21
Melbourne 43.55 27.4 30.05 13.5
Christchurch 37.2 17.62 25.49 11.71
Brisbane 37.79 20.7 29.71 8.08
London 85.07 39.37 51.34 33.73
Los Angeles 60.46 26.03 38.83 21.63
San Francisco 45.7 24.35 38.83 6.87
Prague 29.6 13.5 28.13 1.47
Birmingham 53.95 20.5 36.38 17.57
Las Vegas 43.46 19.43 37.34 6.12
Chicago 47.72 26.21 44.69 3.03
Edinburgh 43.51 21.49 40.93 2.58
Manchester 43.41 21.23 40.78 2.63
Barcelona 45.91 26.78 19.13
Te Aviv 38.3 32.51 5.79
Frankfurt 46.54 45.18 1.36

Note that this study didn’t include airport shared-ride shuttles or public transit rail links, which are both usually a cheaper bet than airport Uber or taxi rides. Still—if public transit is out, now you know what’s worth paying for.

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Consumer advocate Ed Perkins has been writing about travel for more than three decades. The founding editor of the Consumer Reports Travel Letter, he continues to inform travelers and fight consumer abuse every day at SmarterTravel.

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