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blueline7 Aug 1, 16 6:45 am

How to Get an Uber at Hong Kong Airport?
 
Can anybody advise the procedure for getting an Uber at HKIA? Is there a particular location for the pick-ups? I am assuming Uber is allowed to pick up at the airport, is that correct? To have a chance of getting a Tesla, does one pick UberBlack or UberX (I have heard that some Ubers are Teslas in HKG)?

greycap7 Aug 1, 16 8:06 am

I remember being able to get an uber from the airport. And yes Uberblack will get you a Tesla. I had the opportunity to ride in one twice using UberBlack.

Rami Tamimi Aug 1, 16 8:06 am

Emm,just like you would do anywhere else?

Uber now lets you pick a particular pick up location in most airports/railway stations.For HKIA it's a choice between Car Park 1 and Regal Hotel Car Park.

vh_bu98 Aug 1, 16 11:57 am

UberBlack can get you a Tesla, but it does not guarantee you one. I used it 3 times in Hong Kong. The first time was a Tesla Model S, the second time was a Toyota Alphard, and the third was a Toyota Estima.

garykung Aug 1, 16 4:28 pm


Originally Posted by blueline7 (Post 26997399)
I am assuming Uber is allowed to pick up at the airport, is that correct?

Uber is illegal in Hong Kong.

vh_bu98 Aug 1, 16 8:43 pm


Originally Posted by garykung (Post 27000018)
Uber is illegal in Hong Kong.

If Uber is illegal in Hong Kong, then why is it listed on their website?

https://www.uber.com/cities/

rkkwan Aug 1, 16 10:01 pm

Uber is not illegal per se in HK. Carrying paid passengers in a vehicle not licensed "for hire" is. Therefore there is a huge grey area. And a rider who uses Uber cannot generally tell if that vehicle is licensed for hire or not.

garykung Aug 2, 16 2:50 am


Originally Posted by vh_bu98 (Post 27001086)
If Uber is illegal in Hong Kong, then why is it listed on their website?

https://www.uber.com/cities/

Uber's website is no representation of any governmental position.


Originally Posted by rkkwan (Post 27001359)
Uber is not illegal per se in HK. Carrying paid passengers in a vehicle not licensed "for hire" is. Therefore there is a huge grey area. And a rider who uses Uber cannot generally tell if that vehicle is licensed for hire or not.

Uber is in fact illegal per se.

At the minimum, taxi fare is regulated by the HKSAR Government. When Uber makes up its own system, it is illegal.

blueline7 Aug 2, 16 5:05 am

Thanks so much for the info guys.:)

vh_bu98 Aug 2, 16 2:20 pm

The legality on Uber in Hong Kong is not going to affect the customer directly.

garykung Aug 2, 16 3:46 pm


Originally Posted by vh_bu98 (Post 27004700)
The legality on Uber in Hong Kong is not going to affect the customer directly.

This is what I call - you are arguing because you want to argue.

vh_bu98 Aug 2, 16 4:29 pm


Originally Posted by garykung (Post 27005213)
This is what I call - you are arguing because you want to argue.

I have no wish to argue with anyone, but I didn't see the reason behind the statement that Uber is illegal in a country. What was the intention of the statement? Was it to scare people away from using Uber? It comes off as if you are a passenger, that you would be in some kind of legal trouble for using it which is not the case. If this discussion was related to being an Uber driver, then there would be some merit in the statement. However, the OP was asking from a passenger's standpoint.

seawolf Aug 2, 16 7:20 pm


Originally Posted by vh_bu98 (Post 27001086)
If Uber is illegal in Hong Kong, then why is it listed on their website?

https://www.uber.com/cities/

Lots of cities where Uber is illegal/gray area.


Originally Posted by vh_bu98 (Post 26998707)
UberBlack can get you a Tesla, but it does not guarantee you one. I used it 3 times in Hong Kong. The first time was a Tesla Model S, the second time was a Toyota Alphard, and the third was a Toyota Estima.

Aren't Alphard and Estima mini vans? It's a shame Uber is classifying them as Black.

garykung Aug 2, 16 8:48 pm


Originally Posted by vh_bu98 (Post 27005429)
What was the intention of the statement? Was it to scare people away from using Uber?

For consumer protection.


Originally Posted by vh_bu98 (Post 27005429)
It comes off as if you are a passenger, that you would be in some kind of legal trouble for using it which is not the case.

Hong Kong does not penalize people for using Uber. However, as HKSAR Government is actively prosecuting Uber drivers and potentially Uber, a passenger may be commanded to testify in a court of law.

In the past, the same Government has once prosecuted a taxi driver because of HKD$0.50 (or 6 USD pennies). Even the case was dropped in the interest of justice (i.e. too costly to prosecute for $0.50), it shows how far the Government is willing to go.

vh_bu98 Aug 2, 16 11:41 pm


Originally Posted by seawolf (Post 27006110)
Aren't Alphard and Estima mini vans? It's a shame Uber is classifying them as Black.

Yes they are since they should be UberXL. I had never heard of an Alphard before so I was standing in front of the Landmark Mandarin Oriental looking for a nice car to show up and wondering where it was until the driver called me and he was right in front of me. It was definitely disappointing since I've used UberX before that were luxury cars.


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