Good morning everyone, I hope you had a great weekend. This is my last post from Athens, Greece, before I head to the Radisson Blu Beach Resort in Milatos, Crete. If you missed my post yesterday, be sure to read Heading to Athens, Greece? Book the Small-Group Culinary Walking Tour. In today’s post, I will explain how Uber works in Athens (the only part of Greece that has Uber). If you are not an Uber rider, join for free (thanks for using my referral link).
Technically, Uber doesn’t exist in Greece, but you can request and pay for taxis with the Uber app (the taxi drivers use the Uber app like all other Uber drivers). The only thing that is strange is that you cannot see the total price of your Uber ride until after the ride is over. All the taxis have a set price schedule for rides, so your rides will always be priced right. Unfortunately, I could not use my Uber credits in Athens, so I paid for all my rides with my Chase Sapphire Reserve Credit Card (my referral link) since I earn 3x Chase Ultimate Rewards Points on Uber and it has no foreign transaction fees.
We used the Uber app to request a ride from the Athens International Airport (ATH) to our hotel, the InterContinental Athenaeum Athens. The Uber pickup was a bit tricky, since our ride was in a taxi and there were many taxis waiting at the airport. Our driver told us where to meet him, but it was still very difficult to find him (he ended up finding us). Our ride to the hotel took 45 minutes and cost 40.70 Euros ($47.43). As of June 25, the exchange rate is 1 Euro = 1.16 US Dollars and I will use that exchange rate throughout this post. In comparison, a shuttle van to/from the airport and the hotel would have cost 100 Euros ($116).
I used Uber a few more times in Athens to get back to the hotel. This trip was 5.85 km (3.63 miles), 19 minutes, and cost 7 Euros ($8.16).
This last trip was 3.51 km (2.18 miles), 11 minutes, and cost 4.4 Euros ($5.13).
Like most taxi rides, the fare price is a combination of distance traveled and time. There were plenty of taxis around Athens, but only a few taxis showed up on the Uber app when I was ready to request a ride. Most of the time, I had to wait around 10 minutes or so for the taxi to arrive (the city streets are often very busy with people and vehicles). Luckily, it doesn’t appear that there is surge pricing for Uber rides. So if you have plans in Athens and need to get around, I highly recommend using the Uber app to request taxis.
If you have any questions about taking Uber in Athens, Greece, please leave a comment below. Have a great day everyone!