Uber and PickMe in Sri Lanka
Recently in Sri Lanka began to work Uber. Using this app tourists can save money on taxi rides around the country, as the prices through the application competitive and more "fair" than those which are usually offered to tourists by taxi drivers and tuk-tuk drivers on the street. In our experience (the authors website) the price of the ride using Uber can be even two times lower. For example, the trip from Bandaranaike airport to Colombo local taxi drivers asking for 2800 rupees (1142.27 RUB, refer to the currency of Sri Lanka, the exchange rate), whereas with Uber you can drive for 1500 (611.93 RUB).
But in addition to Uber in Sri Lanka there is another application – the local version of the PickMe. And it's even better than Uber, because it presented not only cars, but also cheaper option of transportation, tuk-tuks, and sometimes you can even call a motorcycle taxi, which is even more economical. Like tuk-tuks are not much cheaper than regular car taxis, but you can save a little. For example, the same trip from the airport to Colombo will cost the tuk-tuk already in 1200 rupees (489.55 RUB), but not in 1500. Another good "trick" PickMe – the opportunity to book a trip at a certain time.
PickMe works just like Uber, the interface is very similar. In addition to taxi through it, you can still order delivery of food, rent, transport, and even hire the truck to transport goods. To pay for the trip in cash at the end of the trip, you can tie the card in the application for cashless payment. And in the application, accumulative system of bonuses, which you can also pay for the trip.
Problems when using Uber and PickMe
Despite all the advantages of the applications, you should be ready for some features:
- First of all, for their work need Internet. For this, you can either buy a local SIM card (see mobile Internet in Sri Lanka), or to use free WiFi in hotels, cafes, airport. In fact, the Internet is only needed at the time of booking and the trip itself you will not need.
- Another problem is that it is not a very good coating services in the country. To actually use the app while you can only at major resorts on the West coast, Colombo and at the airport. But in the center of the country and in the East it is useless.
- Well, the most important night of the trip. Unfortunately, the night to find a car with applications only at the airport Bandaranaike and even then not always. So be careful when planning a trip at night to the airport or other critical time in a place, otherwise relying on the application to remain no transport is available at night tuk-tuk or a car on the street is not everywhere. Therefore, for such night journeys, it is better to book the trip, negotiating with the drivers on the street, or take the help of hotel staff.
Also to travel at night you can pre-order the tourist Shuttle service from the service Kiwitaxi. This is an analogue of a taxi, but more comfortable and with expanded services. The driver ordered car will meet you at the airport with a sign and deliver to the right place. Also, it is available to move between the resorts and travel from the hotel to the airport