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Austin takes spot on new ranking of most expensive places for Uber rides


If Uber is your ridesharing company of choice, Austin is one of the most expensive places to hail a ride.

According to a ranking by online lender NetCredit, the average cost of a ride in Austin is $23.92, which is the seventh-highest in the U.S. Meanwhile, if you find yourself a little further south in San Antonio, the average cost dips down to $13.45.

But Austin was still behind others like New York City, where the average cost is $34.74 and NetCredit referenced the time in 2019 when it was briefly cheaper to take an Uber helicopter ride to the JFK International Airport than a car.

Here are the top 10 U.S. cities and their average cost:

  • New York City, New York: $34.74
  • Nashville, Tennessee: $34.63
  • Denver, Colorado: $33.91
  • Seattle, Washington: $32.63
  • Baltimore, Maryland: $27.27
  • Portland, Oregon: $25.60
  • Austin, Texas: $23.92
  • Las Vegas, Nevada: $21.99
  • Washington, D.C.: $21.86
  • Boston, Massachusetts: $21.63

NetCredit used Uber’s price estimate tool to calculate 6.2 mile trips from the center of every world capital the company operates in and did the same in the 30 biggest cities in the U.S. and United Kingdom. Outside the U.S., the costliest place was Bern, Switzerland at a $42.80 average cost. Other places abroad on the ranking included Tokyo, Paris and London.

Of course, there are alternatives to Uber in Austin like Fetii or Earth. But if you stick with Uber, make sure you don’t forget your belongings. For two years in a row, Austin topped the list of cities where riders leave personal items behind.


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