Uber launches in Accra, offering free rides for four days


Popular taxi hailing service, Uber has continued its planned expansion in Africa by launching in Accra, making the city the first in Ghana to have Uber presence.

With the launch, the over 4 million people using the streets in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA) can now access Uber’s affordable, safe and reliable service.

Whether they’re headed to Kotoka International Airport, Marina Mall, Labadi Beach or anywhere in between, an UberX will be on hand to take them there if they simply request one through the app.

To request a ride:

  • Download the Uber App;
  • Register with your personal details, and
  • Choose your pick-up location, request a ride and track your car in real-time.

General Manager for Uber Sub-Saharan Africa, Alon Lits said, “Accra is bustling, connected city that Uber is proud to be launching in. It’s rapid growth and multiple ethnic communities make it an exciting place to introduce our service,”

He added, “At Uber, we bring the world closer together by connecting global citizens to transport in a growing number of cities. We see Accra as a natural fit, because its people are willing to embrace innovation and technology and love products that are cool, exclusive and offer a new experience. We are able to deliver just that, safely, reliably and affordably.”

Accra now joins 466 other cities across the world enjoying the benefits Uber offers. Unlike the public transport system in most part of Africa, there’s no street hails or waiting outside to find a ride with Uber. Riders gets to identify their driver and car coming to pick them up.

Riders also have the added luxury of sharing their ETA and location with friends or family for extra peace of mind.

To celebrate the launch, Uber will be giving out free rides for four days starting midday on June, 2016.

Accra is now the eight city in Africa to have Uber presence – Uber already operates in seven cities in South Africa, Nigeria, Uganda and Kenya. Uber will launch in Tanzania soon.

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