Uber Set to Launch Its Operations In Karachi

Uber, the world’s most popular ride hailing service, has been operating in Lahore for quite some time now. The $70-billion company came to Pakistan in March 2016, hoping to capture the red-hot Pakistani market in the process.

After testing the waters in the cultural capital of Pakistan, Uber is now all set to launch its operations in Karachi with-in next 10 days or so, we’ve confirmed with official sources.

Uber officials didn’t confirm us any date but said that launch in Karachi will happen with-in August, subject to some regulatory approvals.

Lending Weight to Its Claim

Uber had completed its hiring drive for the Karachi operations back in June this year, after advertising positions in the media for the same. With the hiring done, the company was in a good position to lay the groundwork of its operations in the metropolis.


Uber charges a base fare of Rs. 100 and an additional Rs 13.5 per km. This makes it a competitor to not only similar ride hailing services like Careem, but its also targeting the local taxis and rickshaws.

Compared to Uber, Careem does Rs. 17 per km with a base fare of Rs. 160.

Uber is planning to expand to other cities soon but for now, the service has set its sights on Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad.

Given how the 3G/4G revolution has empowered a new generation of smartphone users, services like Uber and others are ready to get their feet wet in the still-growing Pakistani market.

Standard Uber Pricing:

  • Base Fare: 100
  • Cancellation: 150
  • Minimum Fare: 150
  • Per KM: 13.7
  • Per minute: 3.7 PKR

So if you are planning to go from location A to location B with a road distance of 10 kilometers, then here’s how you will be charged:

  • Base Fare: Rs. 100
  • Per KM charge: Rs. 13.7 x 10 = Rs. 137
  • Per Minute Charge (supposing that ride took you 30 minutes): Rs. 3.7 x 30 = 111
  • Total Estimated Charge: Rs. 100 + Rs. 137 + Rs. 111 = Rs. 348

While we don’t have confirmations, sources suggest that Uber might charge marginally low in Karachi (mainly because of city size), as compared to Lahore.

Just like Careem, Uber may also not operate in certain parts of Karachi due to security reasons.

Free Rides

As for Lahore, Uber is likely to offer free first ride for customers in Karachi as well. We will keep you posted with any free promotions, when and if they are announced.

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  • What do you mean by Base fare and Minimum Fare? Because Base Fare means that we have to pay 100 must but what is Minimum pay?

  • Why Careem not rides in whole Karachi? They Claim NO GO AREA to these areas. while 60 % Karachi is not covered by Careem

  • Careem service has really deteriorated over the past 2 to 3 months. Uber will easily throw them out of business if they are coming with team of professionals and customer oriented attitude, which is missing in case of Careem. if anyone here has ever interacted with their customer support would be knowing how worst they are in responding to complains. I am talking specifically about Karachi, don know about other cities.

  • Another great work done this is a gift to Karachi People by PMLN.After Government hard work Uber,Careem agreed to enter Pakistan.From PIA Primer Airline to Uber,Careem and free laptops PM Nawaz Sharif is working day and night to fulfil his promise.That day is not far when Pakistan and Malaysia will be called Twin countries.

    • yar teri bhi kya zindagi hai. In one comment, you have brought together all achievements of a political party, and to top it off, in a completely unrelated matter. You should get a raise.

    • Are you on drugs? Sasta nasha krte ho?
      Uber coming to Karachi or EVEN Pakistan has nothing to do with corrupt and looters of PMLN.

  • So it means if I want to travel just 1km charges will be around Rs. 150 to 160. While Taxi Walay charged around Rs. 80-100 and Riksha waly around Rs. 50-60. Pricing is reasonable

  • Lol i seriously laugh on these services, i travel from super highway scheme 33 to clifton schon circle in rickshaw and that guy charges me 350 rupees then why should i travel in these expensive rides. Another thing is prius is the best option for a economy ride but people still prefer vitz and corolla which is very expensive when calculating for the fuel cost.

    • People will pay for the luxury.
      Rickshaw main jo haalat hoti hai woh aap ko pata hi hogi. Back-pain start ho jata hai agar rickshaw kay jumps sahi na houn.

    • Its all about comfort. People willing to get travel comfort travelling in an AC car.

    • comfort and luxury thats why you pay more .. You don’t want that stick to the way you currently commute.

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