In your home country, Uber is probably easy. You take out your phone, type in your destination and click “Find a ride”. Seconds later, you’ll see where your car is and how long it will take to get to you. In most places that will be under 10 minutes. This is because most countries will allow anyone to monetize their vehicle into a taxi or limousine. In Italy, it’s…a bit more difficult.
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Uber in Italy?
Yes, you can uber in Italy. However, it’s only available in Rome and Milan. Additionally, only Uber Black is available, meaning higher prices and nicer vehicles. If you don’t mind the slight price increase, then Uber is perfectly safe to use in Italy. In addition, if you want us to arrange your private transfers in Rome (and beyond!), contact us today.
Why the big deal?
In Italy, you need a license or permit to do pretty much anything. Want to hand out flyers on the street in front of your pizza place? Permit. Explain the Colosseum to friends? Tour guide license. Feel free to drink red wine or eat organic pasta without a permit, but the people producing those items will need to get one!
To drive customers around Rome or any other Italian city, you’ll need to be a registered NCC driver with a NCC medallion. It takes about six months to get it, an exam and a few hundred euros to get the drivers license. Once you get the license you’ll need to purchase an NCC medallion. This can cost from 20,000€ in a place like Calabria to 90,000€ in a place like Rome. Next, you’ll have to buy a nice car too and you’re set.
For this reason, only NCC drivers can sign up for Uber in Italy. Good news is you can use your Uber app in Italy now. The bad news is it might cost a little more than you are used to. However, for that extra cost, you’ll get a cleaner luxury vehicle and a well-dressed car. You also won’t have to breathe in cigarette smoke of a dirty taxi.
Uber or taxi?
If you are deciding between an Uber or taxi in Rome, taxi drivers will most likely tell you Uber is illegal and you may be facing a fine. This is not true. Taxi drivers in Italy have made a reputation for ripping off tourists, but the overall tourism community welcomes Uber with open arms!
In addition to helping you navigate the best sites in Italy on our guided tours, we’re also here to help you get from place to place. We noticed that many people don’t love having to wake up super early before their tour to make sure they will be able to get a taxi in time. Who wants to be that stressed out? With our private transfers, you can book transportation to your tour or really anywhere in the city and know that a reliable driver will be waiting outside for you at the exact time you requested. This service especially comes in handy for Vatican tours, where people will start arriving at the Museums as early as 6:45 a.m.
Transportation to Different Cities
Because you may be very comfortable with Uber, you may be wondering if you should use Uber to get from city to city in Italy. Our recommendation is to avoid this, since Uber is not allowed in many cities in Italy. To visit cities outside of Rome, we recommend doing day trips from Rome that have transportation included. This way, you can explore different cities without having to worry about coordinating your own transportation.
Other Transportation Apps
Mytaxi is by far the best taxi app in Rome. It is the same concept as UBER but with a taxi driver. It will probably cost less, but the interface is not as easy to use and it requires downloading a new app and signing up for the service.
Lyft has yet to arrive in Rome, but we will update this blog when and if that changes.
Feel free to pull out your smartphone and call a ride in Rome, Florence, Venice or pretty much any other Italian destination. It may cost a little more, but most taxis will find a way to rip you off anyway, so in the end we recommend you just take an Uber. Safe travels!
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