Bengaluru Bound: Woman's flight costs Rs 3,500, Uber ride home sends her back for Rs 2,000!

Many advised her to take a bus operated by the Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) rather than a taxi to get home.

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Bhaskar Chakravorty
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Many advised her to take a bus operated by the Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) rather than a taxi to get home. Bengaluru has a notorious reputation for heavy traffic and hours-long bottlenecks. People are always talking about the terrible traffic situation and the lack of public transportation. As a result, a lot of people rely on cab aggregators like Ola and Uber and take private taxis. 

Taxing debarcle!

Recently, a woman shared on social media her taxi booking experience from the airport to the city of Bengaluru. Manasvi Sharma, the user, revealed that she paid merely ₹ 3,500 for her ticket from Pune to Bengaluru. However, she had to pay about ₹ 2,000 for transportation from Bengaluru Airport to the city.

She posted a screenshot showing how much Uber charged for several taxis to get from Kempegowda International Airport to the city, ranging from about ₹ 2,000 to ₹ 2,700. Since being shared, her post has amassed a lot of reactions on social media. "And the worst part is, Uber Go drivers won't even turn on the AC. They will say only Premier will have AC. Like kuch bhi," said a user.

Analyzing the Disparity

The stark contrast between the cost of the flight and the Uber ride raises questions about the underlying factors influencing ground transportation expenses. While air travel may offer competitive pricing due to factors such as airline promotions and route availability, ground transportation costs can vary significantly based on factors like distance, demand, and surge pricing.

Budget-Friendly Travel Strategies

In light of the disparity between airfare and ground transportation costs, travelers are encouraged to adopt budget-friendly travel strategies to optimize their travel expenses. This may include exploring alternative transportation options, leveraging public transit networks, or utilizing ride-sharing platforms strategically to minimize costs.