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Uber vs Rentals Cars vs Taxi - what's the cheapest?

Uber vs Rental Cars vs Taxi – a key question for today’s traveller whether it’s for work or leisure. If you’re travelling to a new city for the first time, then it’s always good to know the cheapest, safest and best way to get from the Airport to the City Centre.

We have analysed 85 cities around the world from Adelaide to Zurich and everywhere in between to work out whether it’s cheaper to rent a car, get an Uber or jump in a taxi to the City Centre from the Airport.

The answer is…it depends on the city!

Milan is the best place to rent a car as a return taxi ride will set you back $243.50 (€151.32) compared to a rental car which costs $40.74* (€25.31.) Auckland here in New Zealand is ranked 2nd in this list, $179.96 compared with $37.00 – even more expensive than when we conducted the research 3 years ago.

Uber vs Taxi

Then there’s Uber to throw into the mix. Uber is significantly cheaper than taxis in most cities around the world. It’s 163% more expensive to take a taxi in Birmingham in the UK than it is to take an Uber ($78.31 in a taxi vs $29.76 in an Uber, one way). In a battle of Uber vs Rental Cars, it’s often much cheaper to hire a rental car for the day.

Check out our handy table below and see where your nearest city ranks when it comes to the cost of getting from the Airport to the City Centre. You can filter the table as well as updating the currency.

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CityCountryKM to City CentreTaxi CostCost per KMUber Cost1 Day RentalDifference between
Taxis
& Uber
Difference between
Taxis
& Car Rentals
LagosNigeria15$5.90$0.41$4.36no car rentals35%no car rentals
HanoiVietnam28$15.41$0.55$13.31no car rentals16%no car rentals
MilanItaly47$121.75$2.59$141.45$40.74-14%498%
MadridSpain20$52.56$2.59$55.10$21.95-5%379%
AucklandNew Zealand27$89.98$3.30$48.45$37.0086%386%
AthensGreece44$86.32$1.98$86.32$47.960%260%
RomeItaly31$75.79$2.43$88.94$43.15-15%251%
BarcelonaSpain25$66.64$2.63no uber$38.87no uber243%
LondonUnited Kingdom27$123.49$4.56$57.15$74.53116%231%
LyonFrance39$104.52$2.71$91.37$65.0514%221%
Los AngelesUnited States30$87.76$2.88$37.79$56.37132%211%
MarseilleFrance26$83.92$3.23$77.16$56.249%198%
BirminghamUnited Kingdom22$78.31$3.60$29.76$52.81163%197%
ChristchurchNew Zealand10$54.00$5.24$25.58$37.00111%192%
MelbourneAustralia24$63.21$2.69$39.78$43.6259%190%
SydneyAustralia17$61.01$3.57$43.70$43.2840%182%
MunichGermany37$88.81$2.38$74.42$67.2819%164%
Te AvivIsrael23$55.60$2.41no uber$47.19no uber136%
San FranciscoUnited States22$66.34$3.05$35.35$56.3788%135%
Las VegasUnited States13$63.08$4.78$28.21$54.20124%133%
ParisFrance27$74.26$2.72$67.68$65.0510%128%
TokyoJapan21$89.89$4.30$90.88$79.83-1%125%
HelsinkiFinland25$91.47$3.73$108.59$84.59-16%116%
DublinIreland15$41.85$2.87$65.82$39.00-36%115%
ChicagoUnited States30$69.27$2.31$38.04$64.8782%114%
ManchesterUnited Kingdom17$63.01$3.77$30.82$59.20104%113%
EdinburghUnited Kingdom15$63.16$4.21$31.19$59.41103%113%
PragueCzech Republic20$42.97$2.19$19.60$40.84119%110%
FrankfurtGermany17$67.55$3.93no uber$65.59no uber106%
BudapestHungary22$38.91$1.76no uber$39.52no uber97%
StockholmSweden43$93.89$2.20$92.43$96.512%95%
TorontoCanada29$64.13$2.21$36.47$66.9376%92%
QueenstownNew Zealand7.7$37.00$4.81no uber$39.00no uber90%
BordeauxFrance11$58.14$5.33$37.83$62.0754%87%
Sao PauloBrazil25$31.75$1.28$19.12$35.8066%77%
HamburgGermany18$58.90$3.27no uber$67.05no uber76%
MiamiUnited States20$56.86$2.87$26.76$64.86113%75%
GlasgowUnited Kingdom16$54.74$3.40$25.54$62.69114%75%
WellingtonNew Zealand7.3$31.00$4.25$18.28$37.0070%68%
BrusselsBelgium15$69.90$4.76$40.12$83.8174%67%
LisbonPortugal6.9$22.53$3.27$11.89$27.7089%63%
New York CityUnited States31$87.34$2.84$76.49$108.3814%61%
ShanghaiChina46$33.24$0.72no uber$41.41no uber61%
AmsterdamNetherlands23$84.72$3.72$53.39$106.9459%58%
OsloNorway49$117.82$2.42$110.20$151.737%55%
Cape TownSouth Africa19$26.31$1.42$15.18$33.9473%55%
CologneGermany17$47.29$2.83no uber$61.33no uber54%
ToulouseFrance11$48.57$4.54$33.74$65.0544%49%
StuttgartGermany14$45.93$3.28no uber$62.34no uber47%
NiceFrance7.2$44.17$6.13$26.71$62.0765%42%
BucharestRomania20$12.10$0.60$12.10$18.900%28%
VancouverCanada14$40.84$2.90no uber$66.93no uber22%
ZurichSwitzerland11$82.37$7.35$40.38$139.94104%18%
DubaiUAE20$20.30$1.00$24.79$35.49-18%14%
GothenburgSweden26$71.33$2.78$57.67$126.2224%13%
MoscowRussia46$28.10$0.61$22.79$51.0223%10%
PhuketThailand32$21.02$0.65no uber$38.29no uber10%
GenevaSwitzerland8.9$72.85$8.19$37.21$133.4696%9%
ViennaAustria20$47.44$2.38$31.72$90.9150%4%
BeijingChina31$20.67$0.68no uber$41.41no uber0%
CopenhagenDenmark8.6$54.96$6.39no uber$118.13no uber-7%
BerlinGermany11$33.79$2.96$33.79$72.770%-7%
Buenos AiresArgentina32$26.93$0.85$21.31$59.1526%-9%
Kuala LumpurMalaysia70$20.07$0.29$18.46$45.629%-12%
MedellinColumbia45$22.26$0.50$15.46$52.0044%-14%
IstanbulTurkey23$19.83$0.85$19.83$46.410%-15%
SantiagoChile26$31.00$1.18$16.30$73.9090%-16%
BangkokThailand35$14.06$0.41$11.26$38.2925%-27%
AntwerpBelgium6.6$33.71$5.11$23.45$94.2544%-28%
WarsawPoland8.2$12.16$1.48$7.32$38.6666%-37%
SofiaBulgaria12$8.83$0.74no uber$29.46no uber-40%
RigaLatvia9.8$10.25$1.05no uber$36.46no uber-44%
SingaporeSingapore23$25.85$1.13$23.09$103.5012%-50%
Hong KongHong Kong39$50.22$1.29$38.76$201.4330%-50%
RotterdamNetherlands6.2$25.63$4.13$24.14$113.546%-55%
TallinnEstonia6.2$11.94$1.93$7.37$58.7462%-59%
BangaloreIndia36$11.67$0.32$9.55$74.1622%-69%
Mexico CityMexico8.7$5.25$0.60$6.35$38.95-17%-73%
JakartaIndonesia37$15.26$0.41$12.57$130.2221%-77%
BogotaColumbia13$4.79$0.38$5.38$52.00-11%-82%
MumbaiIndia10$4.07$0.39$4.94$74.16-18%-89%
CairoEgypt21$2.65$0.12$4.08$61.74-35%-91%
BrisbaneAustralia18$54.86$3.01$30.05$43.1383%154%
PerthAustralia16$53.34$3.40$29.89$71.8578%48%
AdelaideAustralia7.2$26.71$3.71$19.92$43.1334%24%

*Our data doesn’t include additional fees such as petrol, insurance and parking as this can vary by rental firm used, the city hired in, location within the city and even car hired for in terms of economy rates. We acknowledge that there will be additional costs with hiring a car, however, this table presents the most consistent data available for the countries analysed.

**The data in this table refreshes daily with up-to-date currency exchange rates. 


Uber vs Rental Cars vs Taxis from the Airport

It’s 182% more expensive in New Zealand to take a return taxi from the Airport to the City Centre than it is to rent a car. The total cost would be $424 to take return taxis in all 4 cities with international airports compared to $150 to hire a car for the day (9am to 5pm) from these airports.

In Auckland and Christchurch,  where the distance from the Airport to the City Centre is 27.3km and 10.3km respectively the difference in cost is substantial. In Queenstown and Wellington, the cost differences aren’t as high (90% more expensive in Queenstown and 68% more expensive in Wellington) as the distance is less than 8km in both cases.

Uber vs Rental Cars in New Zealand

It’s far cheaper to hire a car from GO Rentals for a day than it is to get a taxi – get a rental car with GO today and avoid paying these ridiculous taxi fares here in New Zealand!

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