Damn it! No luxury sedans available.
It does happen from time to time during busy periods – like the school run and Saturday/Sunday afternoon shopping.
It's Sunday and I want to take my daughter to Central World, and I don't want to risk taking a public taxi.
Luckily, Uber have launched UberX in Bangkok and, since I first penned this post, there is Uber in Chiang Mai and Phuket.
So what the heck, let's Uberx it!
What is UberX?
I'll be honest here: I've gotten so used to being picked up in spanking new Camrys, Accords, Mercedes, and BMWs with UberBlack, that I have been reluctant to step down to the cheaper service.
In fact, I can't remember the last time I got in a public taxi – what a snob, eh?
Uberx can be found under a tab in the bottom-left-hand-side of your app. Basically, you get whatever car is available, but not the slick, brand new sedans you get with the Uber Black service.
This is why it's half the price of the premium service, and not much more than a public taxi.
The big difference between this and a public taxi though, is the added luxury of being picked up on your doorstep by someone who actually has a driving licence, and seat belts!
What Cars Do You Get With UberX?
I was a little apprehensive, imagining a clapped out old banger pulling up outside. But when my driver popped up on the screen and I read the words “Toyota Commuter”, I was perplexed. I thought that was a model of mini van?
The sprog, wife and I were picked up in a 9-seater. For the same price as a standard taxi (there was a promotion on).
My first thought was, this guy won't even cover his petrol at that price!
My second thought was, this is way better than expected!
The Commuter wasn't brand new; probably around 4-5 years old. But it was clean, comfortable and well driven by a friendly driver.
And so I put my feet up, began penning this post and enjoyed the ride.
That wasn't a regular ride though. The usual cars on UberX are smaller than UberBlack.
Usually you get the smaller Honda and Toyota models, and not usually as new as the UberBlack cars. That said, I've had new Civics, Almeras, Suzuki Swifts, Accords and all sorts. It can be a bit of a lottery but the drivers are 9 times out of 10 very good.
If you have a lot of bags, a buggy maybe, or a couple of kids in tow, it might be worth going for UberBlack to ensure you have boot space and space in the back.
How Does UberX Pricing Stack Up Against UberBlack?
I took a luxury sedan (Uber Black) back from Central World, and here's how the pricing compared with the UberX I took to get there.
As you can see, the difference is approximately 72 Baht when using the UberX service, and I traveled a couple more kilometers on the outbound journey too.
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UberX – Key Benefits:
Undoubtedly I'll still mainly use the standard Uber Black, but UberX is a great side service for the following reasons:
- When Uber Black is giving you the annoying “No Cars Available” message.
- Short rides to places you aren't fussed about showing up to in a classy ride
- For trips to and from the airport – UberX is 5oo Baht cheaper than the Uber Black standard fare of 1ooo Baht.
- For those on a budget who want an ultra-convenient, better than a normal taxi service for pennies on the dollar.
I don't tip usually tip in Uber Black; in fact, Uber tell you that there is no tipping culture within the company, but I did give my Uberx driver a 50 Baht tip this time. I guess I felt a little bad that such an excellent service, and a pretty long ride, cost me just over 2 pounds!
How to Start Using UberX in Thailand
If you haven't already signed up for an Uber account, you need to do that by clicking here.
- Make sure you enter the promo code TTLUBER2017 to get 150 Baht FREE credit.
- Download the app to your phone or tablet
- To order a car, select UberX or Uber Black from inside your app.
- Start being chauffeur driven all over time and enjoy feeling awesome in luxury 🙂
Leave your UberX experience below in the comments section. I'd love to know what kind of cars you get picked up in and what your thoughts on this service vs. the black service.