A few days back, Uber announced that its Intercity service would now be available for all cities in Sri Lanka. So you can now take an Uber to Ella, Riverston, or the Great Western. However, Uber isn’t the first ride-hailing app to offer trips out of Colombo. So we decided to pit the new Uber Intercity against three other ride-hailing apps that we know of providing cabs for trips beyond Colombo: PickMe, and Taxiyak.
For these tests, we compared the four ride-hailing apps to see how much it would cost to go from the ReadMe office in Colombo to Galle, Kandy, Trincomalee, and Jaffna. Here are the results we found.
Kicking things off, let’s take a look at the latest entrant into the market. Uber Intercity was originally launched back in March. At the time, it was only a service that offered one-way trips between Colombo and Galle. This includes tourist hotspots in between such as Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, and Bentota. Since then, it’s now expanded to offer one-way trips to any city in Sri Lanka.
Currently, there are two variants of Uber Intercity. These variants are Intercity GO and Intercity Premier. Uber describes the vehicles you’ll get with these services as, “spacious sedans like Toyota Prius, Premio, or compact options like Suzuki WarongR with carefully selected top rated driver partners.” So how much does it cost?
|Uber Intercity GO (LKR)||Uber Intercity Premier (LKR)|
This isn’t something that’s spoken of on a regular basis. Most of PickMe’s offers are for Friday nights or weekends. But if you dig around their website, you’ll find that the company does offer package tours to visit a number of cities across Sri Lanka. These packages give you the choice of a mini, a car, or a van.
The duration of these tours ranges from 12 hours to 10 days. In other words, you’re paying for a vehicle that’s available for the entire duration of your trip. So how much would these trips cost?
|PickMe Mini (LKR)||PickMe Car (LKR)||PickMe Van (LKR)|
For testing purposes, we had taken two different quotes. The first was for a 12-hour tour for Kandy & Galle. The second was for an 18 hour for Trincomalee & Jaffna. These were the minimum durations and were selected to ensure that our comparison would be fair with prices closer to those of the Uber, Taxiyak, and Kangaroo Cabs.
Compared to the two veterans in the ride-hailing business, Taxiyak is a relatively young player. But they too offer rides to outstation cities as well. It too offers round tours for a maximum period of 7 days. During those 7 days, Taxiyak allows you to visit 7 different locations. The cost of the tour then depends on the duration of the tour, the location you’re traveling to, and the type of vehicle you select.
|Nano (LKR)||Mini (LKR)||WagonR (LKR)||Car (LKR)||Van (LKR)|
For these tests, we chose a simple 1-day tour from Colombo to these cities. Additionally, we had chosen the round tour option rather than the hourly package option for tours. This was because the round tour option is the only one that would give us an exact amount of how much Taxiyak would charge to visit these cities.
Having identified prices for these journeys from Colombo to these cities, we can begin comparing these ride-hailing apps. Surprisingly, we found Uber Intercity GO to be the cheapest option amongst all the other ride-hailing apps. As the graph below shows, it consistently offers the cheapest prices from Colombo to Galle, Kandy, Trincomalee, and Jaffna.
However, it should be noted once more that Uber Intercity only offers one-way trips. Taking this into account, one can argue that it is actually the PickMe Mini that offers the best value. This is because the PickMe tours all offer rides back to Colombo from these destinations.
So while you can only pay Uber to drop you off at Galle, you can pay PickMe to stay for the entire duration of your trip. Of course, the same can be said for Taxiyak. But as the graph shows, PickMe is a lot cheaper.
Of course, a simple bus ticket or train ticket is still leagues cheaper than any of these services. So unless you’re a fancy tourist with money to burn, public transportation will give you the best value per kilometer when traveling beyond Colombo.
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Startup Weekend is a 54-hour weekend event, during which groups of developers, business managers, startup enthusiasts, marketing gurus, graphic artists and more pitch ideas for new startup companies, form teams
Startup Weekend is a 54-hour weekend event, during which groups of developers, business managers, startup enthusiasts, marketing gurus, graphic artists and more pitch ideas for new startup companies, form teams around those ideas, and work to develop a working prototype, demo, or presentation by Sunday evening
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14 (Friday) 5:00 pm - 16 (Sunday) 8:00 pm
Mannar, Sri Lanka
Startup Weekend University Edition at the University of Rajarata will be unleashing the entrepreneurial skills in the students over the course of 54 hours!!
14 (Friday) 6:00 pm - 16 (Sunday) 6:00 pm
Venture Frontier Lanka is bringing experts in entrepreneurship from around the country to cities throughout Sri Lanka to train local entrepreneurs to think differently about the ventures they will start.
Venture Frontier Lanka is bringing experts in entrepreneurship from around the country to cities throughout Sri Lanka to train local entrepreneurs to think differently about the ventures they will start. A caravan stop consists of different sessions about creating unique ideas for startup ventures and strategies for financing those ideas.
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Karthik ( Associate Director, DTCC & Co-organiser of Hyperledger Chennai Meetup) will be here for the 2nd Hyperledger meetup. He will share his experience with Hyperledger and Business application of Blockchain
Karthik ( Associate Director, DTCC & Co-organiser of Hyperledger Chennai Meetup) will be here for the 2nd Hyperledger meetup.
He will share his experience with Hyperledger and Business application of Blockchain technologies.
1. Work with Hyperledger Fabric and Explorer.
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