How to catch a ride in Cape Town with Uber — your personal driver

No car? No problem — we help you get signed up with Uber, the quick and inexpensive transportation network that criss-crosses Cape Town.

Getting around Cape Town has never been easier, thanks to Uber — an affordable and reliable app for safe door-to-door transport.

Whether you need a pickup from the airport or a ride home from the bar late at night, Uber is generally less expensive and faster than a traditional taxi.

The app will never leave you guessing — you can track a driver’s estimated arrival time via GPS and pay using your credit card or VCPay.

Rates are based on time and distance, and it works like this: if you’re in gridlock traffic and travelling slower than 18 kilometres per hour, you will be charged by the minute, while speedy trips will be billed by the kilometre. The base fare is R5 and R0,70 per minute or R7 per kilometre thereafter. Not going far? You’ll still pay a flat fee of R20 to use the service.

First-time Uber users can use the promo code ALLABOUTCT to get R150 off their first ride.

Once you’ve arrived, Uber’s cashless system emails your trip receipt straight to your email inbox, and drivers don’t expect tips — though they’re appreciated and you can set up your card to tip automatically.

You can also split your journey among more than one carpooler. Plus you can choose what type of ride suits your budget: bones uberX, premium UberBLACK or UberXL vehicles for larger groups up to 6 people. Uber says it screens drivers and they’re subject to feedback from commuters like you, so choose drivers with positive reviews for the best peace of mind.

And remember these drivers don’t work specifically for Uber, but pay a percentage to get listed.

Sold but not sure how to get started? Click here to learn how to sign up and get “Uber-ing” around town.

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