We arrived in Paris a few days ago after a ten-hour flight from China. We had actually planned to take the metro into the city from the airport, but once we were facing that feat in real-time, it didn’t seem like a good idea at all. We were exhausted, we had luggage, and we were traveling with our kids.
So we played the Uber card.
Since we hadn’t planned on using this option, we had no idea how much it would cost, where to meet the driver, or any other details. We just went for it.
It turned out to be totally worth it to us. The cost was 70 Euros (around $90), and it took about half an hour, door to door. Although we normally use public transportation to get around a city (or we walk!), this was a time when I am VERY happy that we splurged on an Uber car.
However, if you are planning to use Uber when you are out of the country, I do have some tips. These are things that we didn’t necessarily consider, but that could be useful to you.
1. Make sure you can connect to the internet.
This sounds like a big “duh!” moment, but believe me – when you stumble off an international flight at an ungodly hour, this might be more of a challenge than you think. In my case, I actually couldn’t connect, but luckily Josh could.
This is also something to consider if you’ve turned roaming off on your phone while you are traveling.
2. Be prepared to speak a foreign language on the phone.
Luckily, I speak French, so I was able to answer the phone when the Uber driver called to tell us where he would be meeting us. Our driver did not speak English, so this could have been a problem, especially because we had to go down a level in the airport (from arrivals to departures).
3. Know that any Uber credits you have may not transfer.
Our ride was on the pricey side, but I thought that it would be offset by a few referral credits that I have in my account. This was NOT the case. When I emailed Uber to ask why my credits had not been applied to the cost of the ride, they informed me that since my referrals were from the United States, they were in dollars – which meant that they “couldn’t” transfer them to Euros.
Uber did give me a 10 Euro credit as a courtesy, however, which was nice.
We ended up right in front of our hotel. The driver helped us unload our baggage, and then we were just…here.
Really, this was what we saw.
Have you used Uber in a foreign country? How did it go for you?