My friend broke my mind the other day when she asked if I had yet used Uber since coming to Moscow. "It's a cheap and convenient service," she kindly inputted. Well YEAH, but it hadn't occurred to me that Uber had made its way all the way to Moscow! I opened the app on my phone and sure enough, there were as many black cars floating around my screen as students roaming around on the Maurader's map. Gone are the days when hopeless foreigners have to struggle in broken Russian to communicate their destination needs and haggle over taxi fares.
This is an international travel game-changer! From the moment you step off the plane, a car can be waiting for you that knows where your hotel is and will take you there without the "gullible foreigner" mark-up...
And we all know the most common use for Uber in the states- a sure way home after a night of drinking. As a girl in living in an unfamiliar new city, it's a relief to not have to think of roaming around at night looking for a taxi, especially if lost or tipsy or both. Don't think that the service can be misused for reckless drinking, however. Just like you can rate Uber drivers, Uber drivers can rate you. One co-worker girlfriend divulged that she has been "red-flagged" by the service after a particularly rowdy night out!
For those of you who partake in the "Uber" versus "Taxi" debate in America, you can continue it in Moscow! Russian cabbies have already started to protest Uber presence.
Have you ever used Uber abroad? How was your experience? Comment or PM your replies ;)