Uber Comes to Bangkok and Offers a Free First Ride

March 4, 2014


Technology is making it easier for expats to live in foreign lands. Another good example of this is Uber, which is a cross between a taxi and a limousine company. If you want something a bit more luxurious than the average taxi, all you need to do is use your smartphone and the Uber app to call a ride. Don’t worry about hard pronouncing Thai addresses, the driver will be able to see where you are on his smartphone. At the same time, you will be see where your driver is on your own smartphone. They are still in the testing stage so it might take longer than normal for your ride to arrive.


A luxury ride doesn’t come cheap though. But it might be worth it if you are having difficulty finding a regular taxi late at night. Base fare is 45 Baht and then it is 2.5 Baht per minute and 9.2 Baht per kilometer. Minimum fare is 75 Baht. There are some fixed fares to the airport for 1,000 Baht and to Pattaya for 3,000 Baht. At the moment, they have a promo code that allows you to get your first ride for free (valued up to 300 baht).  Download the Uber app from the App Store or Google play and enter the code uxtb6. For more information, visit their website at www.uber.com or their Facebook page.


8 Responses to Uber Comes to Bangkok and Offers a Free First Ride

  1. Christian Vincent
    March 4, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    funny enough that a similar business that has emerged in Paris is causing the powerful taxi corporation to try and shutdown Paris 🙂

  2. stewart resmer
    March 4, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    funny enough too that uber is illegal almost every where because of that silly lil thing called NO commercial for hire livery insurance?

  3. John
    April 8, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    used it already twice in bkk. very happy with service

  4. logan
    April 8, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    If you sign up via a referral you get $20 free credit, and $20 goes to the referee. Not trying to advertise my own referral code, but this does give twice as much as the “ubersawasdee.” Thanks for so much useful Bangkok information Richard. Enter Promo Code: “ko1e9”

  5. Wonderar
    April 8, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    Do they have green plates and the proper insurance?

    • Richard Barrow
      April 9, 2014 at 7:32 am

      I will be riding one today and will let you know my experience.

  6. Ursula
    April 20, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    Wont sign up as I will not register my cc details online. Too much cc fraud going on. Why is cash payment not possible? Will either book a limo or use a taxi. Survived for 10 yrs without Uber. Will survive for another 10.

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