UberX vs UberBLACK

We compare UberX and UberBLACK so you can see the differences in black and white.

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UberX is Uber's most economical ride, offering vehicles like Toyota Corollas while UberBLACK offers a more luxurious, and costly, ride in vehicles such as the Mercedes Benz E-Class.

That's the long and short of the differences. If you're still undecided about which one to ride with, we compare everything from car types and passenger capacities to fees to give you a better idea of each before you decide to ride away with it.

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What is UberX and what are its approved vehicles?

UberX is an on-demand, private ride service for one to four people and boasts the lowest fares of any private Uber ride service. It uses modern, comfortable sedan vehicles and drivers who are at least 21 years old and have passed a background check.

Expect vehicles like Toyota Corollas, Nissan Pulsars and Honda Civics. See a full breakdown of vehicles below.

What is UberBLACK and what are its approved vehicles?

UberBLACK is a private ride service with more than a touch of luxury. Drivers are professional and dress to impress. UberBLACK is the perfect transport option for business or a special occasion.

As the name suggests, all cars are black and must be from Uber’s short list of high-end, modern vehicles.

Expect vehicles like Cadillac Escalades, Mercedes Benz E-Classes and Teslas. See a full breakdown of vehicles below.

How much does each service cost?

Being Uber's most economical ride, UberX is much cheaper than UberBLACK. We compare prices based on services in Sydney so you can see just how much more UberBLACK costs. These fares vary city-by-city across Australia.

Fees UberX UberBLACK
Base fare $2.50 $10
Per minute $0.40 $1
Per kilometre $1.45 $2.90
Minimum fare $9 $25
Cancellation fee $10 $10

Where in Australia are UberX and UberBLACK available?

State UberX UberBLACK
NSW yes yes
VIC yes yes
ACT yes No
QLD yes No
WA yes yes
TAS yes No
NT No No
SA yes yes

UberX vs UberBLACK: Features compared

Feature UberX UberBLACK
Can it fit luggage? Yes Yes
Does it have baby car seats? No No
Can it take bikes? At the discretion of the driver At the discretion of the driver
Is it shared with other passengers? No No
How many passengers can it fit? Up to four At least four, depending on the vehicle

Are UberX and UberBLACK worth it?

UberX and UberBLACK are both reliable private ride options that typically out-compete their rivals such as taxi, shuttle and chauffeur companies.

If price is your main concern, UberX is your best option. The rates are low, your ride usually arrives sooner than if you had called a taxi and the experience is more pleasant, with many drivers throwing in extras such as free water or snacks.

UberBLACK ramps things up, offering an on-demand luxury experience at a very competitive price.

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