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Uber Launches UberBoat in Istanbul

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Ride-sharing app Uber has launched a new service in Istanbul: UberBOAT, which transport riders to their destinations by boat.

The new service will function the same way as a normal Uber ride — just stand by the coast, hail your ride using Uber’s app, and a boat with space for six to eight people should arrive promptly to bring you to your destination.


Captains will ferry passengers across the Bosphorus Strait in the city between Asia and Europe. Uber estimates the fares will cost anywhere from 50 Turkish Lira (approx. $20 USD) to 435 Lira (approx. $160 USD), depending on the destination and trip length.

These fares are pretty pricey — especially considering that there are plenty of other ways to get around the city. Travelers can already use bridges, tunnels and even a competing public ferry system, which is just a few dollars at most per trip — certainly a more cost-effective method of travel in Istanbul.

Public ferry prices in Istanbul.
Public ferry prices in Istanbul.

Last summer, the ride-sharing app offered a similar boat service in Boston to ferry people around the city between popular hotels, tourist attractions and even Logan International Airport.

If you haven’t signed up for Uber, you can join here and get your first ride free (up to $20).

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