Does Uber Works in Istanbul? April 2022
Uber is one of the most popular apps around the world in which you can easily call for a taxi. It really works very well in most major capitals, so it is just common sense that the first thing that tourists wonder about Turkey is if Uber works properly in Turkey.
Is Uber available in Istanbul?
The app was first introduced in Turkey in 2014. Not only tourists but also citizens of Turkey were using it, people started to prefer Uber vehicles than cabs, and it caused some tension among the local taxi drivers and taxi companies.
Consequently, in March 2019, Turkey’s United Taxi Drivers Association opened a lawsuit against Uber, and finally, on October 15, 2019, the Turkish court determined to block access to Uber’s application to offer transportation services.
The founders of the application called on the Court of Appeals, claiming that from now on the app wants to continue operations with the yellow and turquoise taxis of Istanbul.
Finally, the Court of Appeals in Turkey decided that Uber’s application could indeed resume operations only with regular taxis. Uber has re-launched its services in Turkey in 2021, but just with regular taxis and has announced that large vehicles will restarts service on Turkey.
In the previous weeks, Uber Turkey announced that large vehicles have started to serve again by the name of Black Taxi. In this way the passengers up to 8 people will be able to hail them and transport easily.
How to Pay on Uber Application? Does Uber in Turkey Accept Credit cards?
Uber app charges payment for the trip you will take. Before requesting a ride, you’ll be asked to add a payment method of your choice to your account, thus, when a trip ends, your preferred payment method will be charged. You can pay with credit card or in cash according to your preference.
Furthermore, the application is not directly connected to the taximeter, and therefore the driver manually enters the price of the ride, even though it is not common for the driver to increase the value and try to deceive passengers, still advised to leave the taxi only when the driver enters the value in the app.
Does Turkey Have Other Transportation Apps?
Uber is not the only mobile application that you can call for a cab or vehicle, there are also Uber alternative applications in Istanbul such as Bitaksi and Itaksi, which are the applications mostly used by locals in need of a yellow taxi.
What is the Best Way to Get Around in Istanbul?
Although there are so many options of transportation in Turkey, due to the safety problems and lack of taxis or Ubers, we recommend here our private van service which is the safer and hassle-free way to get around in Istanbul for sure which will make your visit more relaxed.
We, as Guided Istanbul Tours, do not offer our tours with private van service beforehand as you may also walk to the desired sites depending on your hotel’s location. Still, you will definitely need a vehicle which will be used for transportation facilities for certain routes.
We strongly suggest booking our private van service for your tours which will ease your tours, make them more comfortable and flexible as well. Particularly for larger groups, it will be much more reasonable as we have different sizes of vans and buses, which are all nonsmoking and air-conditioned. You may also get in touch with us regarding any of your transportation needs, including Istanbul airport and intercity transfers.
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