With Uber‘s rapid worldwide expansion, more travelers are opting out of traditional methods of transportation in favor of the ease and convenience offered by Uber. Trips to and from the airport can be cheaper and more easily arranged than hailing a cab. While a number of airports prohibit Uber airport pickups, there have been numerous ways passengers and Uber drivers have gotten around it: Arranging pickups in nearby parking lots, the arrival area, having passengers sit in the front seat, etc. Still, I figured it would be helpful to have a list of cities that allowed Uber drivers to pick up passengers at the airport. In trying to figure this out, I realized there wasn’t a single list out there, so I decided to put one together.
An Uber representative directed me to the Uber cities page and explained that every city with a flat fare for airport pickups was a good indicator of which cities allowed it. On the other hand, if the city listed a flat fare from the city to the airport only, it meant Uber pickups were not allowed. So I spent hours going through every city page, as well as double checking the Uber blog to come up with a complete list. Of the 224 cities served by Uber, only 58 allow official Uber pickups at the airport.
Uber Pickup at North America Airports
Out of the 128 North American cities Uber operates in, just 19 of them allow airport pickup – that’s less than 15% of the cities on the list. This is far less than in any other region. The same goes for the number of cities for which Uber offers a flat fare for airport drop-off: There are just two that offer this.
While Denver doesn’t list a flat rate airport pick-up fee, according to this blog post, Uber began operating out of Denver International Airport in September 2014. The average fare between DIA and downtown Denver is $36-49.
Washington DC also doesn’t list flat fares for airport pickup, something that will change with the passing of the Vehicle-for-Hire Innovation Act. Until that happens, Uber can be requested at Reagan National Airport (DCA) from Terminal B and C. Uber drivers can pick up passengers on the second curb at the arrivals level.
At Washington Dulles International (IAD), drivers can pick up passengers in the hourly parking area. Baltimore Washington International (BWI) is the only airport in the area where passengers can be picked up directly in the arrivals area.
Aside from these exceptions, Uber drivers can pick up passengers at airports in the following cities:
- Las Vegas (UberX, UberXL, UberSELECT)
- Los Angeles International Airport
- New Jersey
- New Orleans
- San Francisco
- Washington, DC
Uber Flat fare to the airport only
- Mexico City
- New York City (Only to Newark Airport)
Central & South America
Uber serves just nine cities in Central and South America. Five of them offer airport pickup:
- Cali – Colombia
- Panama City
Europe, Middle East & Africa
In Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Uber offers airport pickup in 16 of 48 cities. This includes some of the busiest airports in Europe. The Middle East and Africa are way behind, with each region offering just 1-2 cities in which airport pickups are officially allowed.
- London (London Heathrow, Gatwick)
- Saint Petersburg
Uber flat fare to the airport only
In the Asia Pacific region, airport pickup is allowed in 18 of 39 cities. In addition, six cities offer flat fares for airport drop-off. While Bangalore doesn’t list any flat fares on its city page, this September blog post indicates that it does.
- Hong Kong
- Tokyo (Narita)
Flat fare to the airport only
- Jakarta Bangkok
- Johor Bahru
- Kuala Lumpur
This is what I was able to scrounge up with the information Uber gave me, along with my own research. I will be updating this list as more cities join the herd and begin allowing drivers to pick up passengers from the airport. If there is any city missing from this list, please share it in the comment section.
As a reminder, Uber is offering $30 off your first ride when you sign up by November 23, 2014. After that, it will drop to $20. If you use my referral link, we will both earn a free ride worth upwards of $30.
Be sure to also check out the list of airports where Lyft pickup is allowed.