A user took to Twitter to slam the extremely high prices of a Uber cab ride from his home to the airport. The prices are equal to the lowest available fares for flights from Bengaluru to Mumbai, the viral post sparked debate.
Exorbitant Prices On Uber
Traveling is much more comfortable these days with cabs available at your doorsteps. But what if the price of a particular ride costs equal to a flight charge? This is what seems to have happened to a customer who took to Twitter to criticize the extremely high prices of a popular ride-hailing company from his home to the Bengaluru airport.
CEO of The Ken Web, Rohin Dharmakumar shared two different screenshots, the first image of the two showed the prices of Bengaluru to Mumbai flights, starting at Rs. 2,058. Meanwhile, the second screenshot showed an Uber cab ride from Dharmakumar’s home to the Kempegowda International Airport.
In the screenshot, while the Uber Premier was priced at Rs 1,713, Uber XL was charging Rs 2,638 for the same distance. Sharing the screenshots, Rohin wrote, “A ~1 hour Uber to Bengaluru airport costs 60-130% the price of a ~1.5-hour flight to Mumbai”.
A ~1 hour Uber to Bengaluru airport costs 60-130% the price of a ~1.5 hour flight to Mumbai 😐 pic.twitter.com/zl5kFaCuNa
— Rohin Dharmakumar (@r0h1n) September 12, 2022
Several netizens on Mr. Dharmakumar’s post agreed that being an hour and a half from the city’s center was a struggle. Others, however, suggested less expensive options.
You can reach city from the airport for just ₹10 (Rupees TEN only).
Whatever you are paying for the taxi is the convenience charge.
Second best option is BMTC Vayu Vajra Volvo buses. https://t.co/XWaJudgRtw
— Digant Rai 🇮🇳 (@DigantRai) September 13, 2022
Bangalore needs an airport metro and Gurgaon needs Bangalore weather!
— Bhavesh (@BhaveshShriv) September 12, 2022
I had the posted the same looting from both ola & Uber auto services as well, where they promise to coat around 30 INR for 2 kms, but it's a joke in Bengaluru.https://t.co/TggDSc2Xyk
— Abhishek🚩🇮🇳 (@abhishek_r_h) September 16, 2022
Bengaluru is expensive city no doubt but cab aggregators are not the only option people have.
1.Cheapest, Use Indian railways airport link train&shuttle bus
2.Use BMTC&KSRTC airport bus&fly bus
Time taken& comfort will not be compromised
These two are best options other than cabs pic.twitter.com/K2R2ODLb7O
— ಕ್ರುಶಿಕ ಎವಿ/Krushika AV (@KrishKrushik) September 13, 2022
This seems to be an abnormally low fare for the air ticket. Normally Bangalore Mumbai should be touching 5000.
— Roshan D'Silva (@roshandsilva) September 12, 2022
One hour to reach Bangalore airport? Are we talking about the same city?
It once took me 4 hours to reach Bangalore airport from Koramangala on a Friday evening to catch a 1 hour flight to Pune. @Uber cancelled 4 times that day and costed around 70% of my flight ticket.
— Vishal Prasad (@VishalPrasadIN) September 17, 2022
Later, a report by The Hindu said the transport department has slapped 292 cases on ride-hailing apps including Ola and Uber based on these complaints by citizens. Commuters have also sent complaints via email to the chief minister himself, among other top government officials in this matter.