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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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City Country KM to City Centre Taxi Cost Cost per KM Uber Cost 1 Day Rental Difference between
Taxis
& Uber
Difference between
Taxis
& Car Rentals
Lagos Nigeria 15 $5.90 $0.41 $4.36 no car rentals 35% no car rentals
Hanoi Vietnam 28 $15.41 $0.55 $13.31 no car rentals 16% no car rentals
Milan Italy 47 $121.75 $2.59 $141.45 $40.74 -14% 498%
Madrid Spain 20 $52.56 $2.59 $55.10 $21.95 -5% 379%
Auckland New Zealand 27 $89.98 $3.30 $48.45 $37.00 86% 386%
Athens Greece 44 $86.32 $1.98 $86.32 $47.96 0% 260%
Rome Italy 31 $75.79 $2.43 $88.94 $43.15 -15% 251%
Barcelona Spain 25 $66.64 $2.63 no uber $38.87 no uber 243%
London United Kingdom 27 $123.49 $4.56 $57.15 $74.53 116% 231%
Lyon France 39 $104.52 $2.71 $91.37 $65.05 14% 221%
Los Angeles United States 30 $87.76 $2.88 $37.79 $56.37 132% 211%
Marseille France 26 $83.92 $3.23 $77.16 $56.24 9% 198%
Birmingham United Kingdom 22 $78.31 $3.60 $29.76 $52.81 163% 197%
Christchurch New Zealand 10 $54.00 $5.24 $25.58 $37.00 111% 192%
Melbourne Australia 24 $63.21 $2.69 $39.78 $43.62 59% 190%
Sydney Australia 17 $61.01 $3.57 $43.70 $43.28 40% 182%
Munich Germany 37 $88.81 $2.38 $74.42 $67.28 19% 164%
Te Aviv Israel 23 $55.60 $2.41 no uber $47.19 no uber 136%
San Francisco United States 22 $66.34 $3.05 $35.35 $56.37 88% 135%
Las Vegas United States 13 $63.08 $4.78 $28.21 $54.20 124% 133%
Paris France 27 $74.26 $2.72 $67.68 $65.05 10% 128%
Tokyo Japan 21 $89.89 $4.30 $90.88 $79.83 -1% 125%
Helsinki Finland 25 $91.47 $3.73 $108.59 $84.59 -16% 116%
Dublin Ireland 15 $41.85 $2.87 $65.82 $39.00 -36% 115%
Chicago United States 30 $69.27 $2.31 $38.04 $64.87 82% 114%
Manchester United Kingdom 17 $63.01 $3.77 $30.82 $59.20 104% 113%
Edinburgh United Kingdom 15 $63.16 $4.21 $31.19 $59.41 103% 113%
Prague Czech Republic 20 $42.97 $2.19 $19.60 $40.84 119% 110%
Frankfurt Germany 17 $67.55 $3.93 no uber $65.59 no uber 106%
Budapest Hungary 22 $38.91 $1.76 no uber $39.52 no uber 97%
Stockholm Sweden 43 $93.89 $2.20 $92.43 $96.51 2% 95%
Toronto Canada 29 $64.13 $2.21 $36.47 $66.93 76% 92%
Queenstown New Zealand 7.7 $37.00 $4.81 no uber $39.00 no uber 90%
Bordeaux France 11 $58.14 $5.33 $37.83 $62.07 54% 87%
Sao Paulo Brazil 25 $31.75 $1.28 $19.12 $35.80 66% 77%
Hamburg Germany 18 $58.90 $3.27 no uber $67.05 no uber 76%
Miami United States 20 $56.86 $2.87 $26.76 $64.86 113% 75%
Glasgow United Kingdom 16 $54.74 $3.40 $25.54 $62.69 114% 75%
Wellington New Zealand 7.3 $31.00 $4.25 $18.28 $37.00 70% 68%
Brussels Belgium 15 $69.90 $4.76 $40.12 $83.81 74% 67%
Lisbon Portugal 6.9 $22.53 $3.27 $11.89 $27.70 89% 63%
New York City United States 31 $87.34 $2.84 $76.49 $108.38 14% 61%
Shanghai China 46 $33.24 $0.72 no uber $41.41 no uber 61%
Amsterdam Netherlands 23 $84.72 $3.72 $53.39 $106.94 59% 58%
Oslo Norway 49 $117.82 $2.42 $110.20 $151.73 7% 55%
Cape Town South Africa 19 $26.31 $1.42 $15.18 $33.94 73% 55%
Cologne Germany 17 $47.29 $2.83 no uber $61.33 no uber 54%
Toulouse France 11 $48.57 $4.54 $33.74 $65.05 44% 49%
Stuttgart Germany 14 $45.93 $3.28 no uber $62.34 no uber 47%
Nice France 7.2 $44.17 $6.13 $26.71 $62.07 65% 42%
Bucharest Romania 20 $12.10 $0.60 $12.10 $18.90 0% 28%
Vancouver Canada 14 $40.84 $2.90 no uber $66.93 no uber 22%
Zurich Switzerland 11 $82.37 $7.35 $40.38 $139.94 104% 18%
Dubai UAE 20 $20.30 $1.00 $24.79 $35.49 -18% 14%
Gothenburg Sweden 26 $71.33 $2.78 $57.67 $126.22 24% 13%
Moscow Russia 46 $28.10 $0.61 $22.79 $51.02 23% 10%
Phuket Thailand 32 $21.02 $0.65 no uber $38.29 no uber 10%
Geneva Switzerland 8.9 $72.85 $8.19 $37.21 $133.46 96% 9%
Vienna Austria 20 $47.44 $2.38 $31.72 $90.91 50% 4%
Beijing China 31 $20.67 $0.68 no uber $41.41 no uber 0%
Copenhagen Denmark 8.6 $54.96 $6.39 no uber $118.13 no uber -7%
Berlin Germany 11 $33.79 $2.96 $33.79 $72.77 0% -7%
Buenos Aires Argentina 32 $26.93 $0.85 $21.31 $59.15 26% -9%
Kuala Lumpur Malaysia 70 $20.07 $0.29 $18.46 $45.62 9% -12%
Medellin Columbia 45 $22.26 $0.50 $15.46 $52.00 44% -14%
Istanbul Turkey 23 $19.83 $0.85 $19.83 $46.41 0% -15%
Santiago Chile 26 $31.00 $1.18 $16.30 $73.90 90% -16%
Bangkok Thailand 35 $14.06 $0.41 $11.26 $38.29 25% -27%
Antwerp Belgium 6.6 $33.71 $5.11 $23.45 $94.25 44% -28%
Warsaw Poland 8.2 $12.16 $1.48 $7.32 $38.66 66% -37%
Sofia Bulgaria 12 $8.83 $0.74 no uber $29.46 no uber -40%
Riga Latvia 9.8 $10.25 $1.05 no uber $36.46 no uber -44%
Singapore Singapore 23 $25.85 $1.13 $23.09 $103.50 12% -50%
Hong Kong Hong Kong 39 $50.22 $1.29 $38.76 $201.43 30% -50%
Rotterdam Netherlands 6.2 $25.63 $4.13 $24.14 $113.54 6% -55%
Tallinn Estonia 6.2 $11.94 $1.93 $7.37 $58.74 62% -59%
Bangalore India 36 $11.67 $0.32 $9.55 $74.16 22% -69%
Mexico City Mexico 8.7 $5.25 $0.60 $6.35 $38.95 -17% -73%
Jakarta Indonesia 37 $15.26 $0.41 $12.57 $130.22 21% -77%
Bogota Columbia 13 $4.79 $0.38 $5.38 $52.00 -11% -82%
Mumbai India 10 $4.07 $0.39 $4.94 $74.16 -18% -89%
Cairo Egypt 21 $2.65 $0.12 $4.08 $61.74 -35% -91%
Brisbane Australia 18 $54.86 $3.01 $30.05 $43.13 83% 154%
Perth Australia 16 $53.34 $3.40 $29.89 $71.85 78% 48%
Adelaide Australia 7.2 $26.71 $3.71 $19.92 $43.13 34% 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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