“Hello? Yes. This is Mauro. Where? Yes. What? Wrong street? No. I’m on the correct street. I’m not?”
Regardless of a rather tricky address of mine, being on an alley that is not legally a street my first experience with Uber Helsinki was a success.
– Waiting time: About 6 minutes from pinning my pick-up.
– My trip of choice: From Eira to Vanhakaupunki on a Friday evening.
– Price: 16,89 €.
Dafuq is Uber?
Uber is “Everyone’s private driver”. An app on your phone. The basic idea is that registered Uber drivers (you can apply to be one) drive around town and you pinpoint your desired pickup location. Wait for a few minutes and you’ve got a ride waiting for you. Call it a personal taxi, but far nicer, since you register your credit card into the app and never ball around with money nor plastic money.
ONE CAR! Well, the service hasn’t been around too long in Helsinki just yet, but as a tourist and a heavy user, you will find a ride even here. Moreover it’s 23:30 on a Monday night. Maybe it’s Mauro?
See, the great part about Uber is that you get to rate your drivers on their behavior. For the drivers not to be enslaved by their customers, they get to rate you too. Order too many times with a no show? Be sure to hardly ever get a ride again.
I got my Uber virginity conquered by a great guy, Mauro. An architect from Italy, doing architecture during the day and meeting new people and studying the architecture and the intra of Helsinki by night. And making a buck while doing it. We had a bumpy start him not finding me at first, but because this is an app, it is connected to your phone which means you can message or call the driver for further instructions. Heavenly.
Although the conversation was mainly a one way street, Italy towards Finland, I got to know (apart from the architecture part) that Rome is not a place for ladies to walk on their own during the night, that spaghetti pomodoro is the greatest Italian dish available and that Finland is saturated with beautiful women. Si si!
When finally arriving to our destination I get a firm handshake, a thank you, I give a Buena Notte and Mauro drives off to find somebody else to drive around. I get a notification to my phone that my credit card has been charged and voilà! No hassle.
Now there’s always the discussion about whether this is legal in Finland and what not. Well, remember the time I went to Open Bar & Club in Helsinki? The booze buffet. Well. That was fun while it lasted. Uber is a third of the price of an ordinary taxi. Take advantage of it as long as you can here in Finland!
Download either for Apple freaks or Android nerds. In case you want a 10 € discount from your first ride, be sure to use the code fredk172. Tested that too. Works.
Now go in-joy!