Is Uber Available in Turkey in 2019?
Posted by isturkeysafe
Monday, August 27, 2018
Last Update : Sunday, June 16, 2019
How does the quality of the Uber service in Turkey? What makes it 'Uber' is the competition between Uber drivers. If you want to attract passengers, you must be a kind, fast and strict driver. But in Turkey, since only vehicles having a valid passenger transport license can work for Uber, there is not so much competition between drivers as in other countries since the number of vehicles matching this rule is limited. This may also affects quality; when compared with the standard taxi service Uber is in excellent quality in Turkey. However when Uber service quality compared between countries, Turkey Uber quality can be found at average. Also since only
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5 November 2018 Update
Unfortunately, near the end of 2018, penalties against Uber vehicles in Istanbul have increased. Therefore, when you call a Uber vehicle in Istanbul, the driver can ask you where to go and sometimes cancel your request. The reason for this is that in some areas, especially around the airport entrances, the local authorities are penalizing Uber vehicles.
19 November 2018 Update
Unfortunately, it looks like Uber operations are hampered in Turkey because of penalties, although not completely banned. In recent days, many Uber vehicle calls have ended with the cancellation of the call by driver. Drivers say that this is because of the penalties. However, this affects the presence of Uber. One of the issues that Uber makes a difference is its solution speed. If you need to wait for half an hour for an Uber vehicle, Uber doesn't mean much. Therefore, we can say that use Uber in Turkey is decreasing day by day. So, is there any alternative to Uber in Turkey? Two different web applications are available in Turkey which can be assumed as an alternative to Uber; itaksi (available only in Istanbul) and bitaksi (available in Istanbul and Ankara). Of course, both applications are not a complete alternative, since both implementations ultimately serve only with official taxi cars. However, in both applications, there is less likelihood of a taxi scam because of the rating system.
28 January 2019 Update
According to a statement made by the Association of Licensed Carriers (association which generally Uber Drivers are members of), 30-40 Uber vehicles per day are banned from traffic. In this case, the driver is given legal assistance by Uber Turkey lawyers. Usually, these vehicles can return to traffic in a few days. However, this situation also worries Uber drivers. Many Uber calls are being canceled with the fear of being banned from traffic by police. Still, despite all efforts to prevent, Uber Turkey continues to pursue its activities. However, as mentioned above, the waiting times and the prices are increasing as the vehicle numbers decrease.
By the way, is Lyft available in Turkey? Lyft is rapidly growing its popularity and is a good alternative to Uber at many places; but not in Turkey. Unfortunately Lyft is not available in Turkey yet.
4 April 2019 Update
Uber Turkey announced that they will continue operations mainly focused on taxis; they will reduce UberXL operations in Turkey. This shows the decrease of Uber operations in Turkey in the near future. Even in this situation, instead of taking independent taxis, using Uber taxis may result getting better service from regular taxis thanks to the rating system.
31 May 2019 Update
At the end, the expected happened. Today, Uber Turkey officially announced that Uber has cancelled the UberXL service in Istanbul. From now on, Uber Turkey will only give service with taxis in Istanbul. For Marmaris, Bodrum and Cesme, the UberXL service still countinues for now.