Uber and PickMe in Sri Lanka

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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.

Приложение PickMe

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

How does a transfer bookingDetails >
Поиск трансфераFind the right route
Бронирование онлайнBooking a transfer online
Встреча водителемThe driver meets you at the airport or at the station
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admin 10 November, 2019

What is the link? ...
Светлана123456 15 January, 2020
The most important thing is not specified in the description - distance from the airport. ...
admin 15 January, 2020

Hello Svetlana! Thanks for the comment, but it is not quite clear what the distance, if you update, be sure to add. ...
mextto 28 January, 2020
Good afternoon. Going in February to Kalpitiya in the hotel's LAGOON CHALETS DEV SETH. Do you have any info on this hotel. Unfortunately couldn't find anything in Russian. Want to hear the opinion of our countrymen. Thank you ...
admin 28 January, 2020

Well on booking this hotel the reviews are very well quoted, so all is good. Only place there is a real wilderness in the square. ...
Владимир123344545 February 2, 2020

need an international driver's license. if the mind, somewhere else, must assure. I rented a car, stopped, showed the right and had no problems. a moped with no problems, if chase had just called around. if not And prepare a money. If stopped by a cute smile, don't be rude, pretend you don't understand. Rights without categories And it is better not to show at all. Agree on the fine on the spot, the size of which depends on your abania and the greed of the COP. And generally be careful on the roads, Beware of the BUSES!!!! ...
admin 3 February, 2020
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Polynkin 8 February, 2020

We are currently staying here and your hotel next to us! The hotel is great! Better than our 10 times) with the house on the lagoon for kiters, you can walk on the ocean-about 300 meters)) ...
Alexey Kiev 8 February, 2020
My wife was in Ceylon about the year 2012... in Kalutara.
Four stars - with Breakfast-dinner, beautiful kitchen and even a piano-pianist. From wandering through the territory of the lizards and chipmunks in the bushes. NO MONKEYS!!!
The tour was taken at the reception - minibus with air-condition, four (together with us) tourists 10 seats in the cabin. Visit tea plantations, stone Siguiri, different monasteries, overnight in Kandy, the Royal Palace, Botanical garden, elephant trekking and extreme return in the night in a hotel during a tropical storm and flooding!!! The guide was our driver.
Amazing culture, tragic history of the Royal dynasty, charming nature, unique Souvenirs from craftsmen, gold people, almost understandable for Ukrainians Sanskrit.
Of the shortcomings - a problem with alcohol... not even beer to buy hard liquor only in the supermarket and very expensive, local landmark, home purchased in Duty - Red Rum - muck rare!!! ...
admin 9 February, 2020

Alex, I disagree about the beer and alcohol. No problem everything can be found, you just need the right look, there are restrictions of course. All about alcohol I wrote in a separate article, be sure to read all tourists before the trip on SHL - https://nashaplaneta.net/asia/srilanka/art-shri-lanka-alkogol-i-cigarety. ...