Uber is raising the stakes with plans to move racegoers to-and-from Flemington Racecourse in boats, choppers and cars during this year’s Melbourne Cup Carnival (4-11 November).
We’ll be on-site every race day with our three DrinkWise Uber Zones located around the track for easy pick-up and drop-off with uberX. And in 2017, we’re introducing some exciting new ways to arrive and depart the track in style.
For punters looking to mix it up at Derby or Stakes this year, we’re offering riders the chance to arrive in style with UberBOAT. Departing from the pontoon out the front of the Melbourne Convention Centre, UberBOAT will leave at 10:15am on both race days for a flat fare of $15. Spots are limited, so riders should arrive at the pontoon before 10am to give themselves the best shot of getting onboard.
After each race day, we’ll be offering three helicopter flights back to the city with UberCHOPPER. These helicopters will seat up to six passengers and can be booked on-demand within the Uber app for $1,000.
UberCHOPPER will get racegoers back to the helipad out the front of the Melbourne Exhibition Centre in around 10 minutes.
Punters awaiting a ride home with Uber can get a ride from one of the three DrinkWise Zones located around the track
We’ll offer free water and phone re-charging stations at all three zones to help punters stay hydrated and connected with friends and family. We’ll also have DJs on hand to keep the buzz going and hand out free thongs for those tired feet at the end of the day.
New and fun ways to lap up the carnival
Uber State Manager Victoria Lucas Groeneveld said he was pleased to once again partner with DrinkWise and VRC for the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
“We had great feedback from riders on the seamless pick-up and drop-off arrangements last year, and we’re excited to be going bigger and better with the addition of UberCHOPPER and UberBOAT in 2017,” Mr Groeneveld said.
“With more than 300,000 punters expected to flock to Flemington over the next week, we’ve pulled out all the stops to give Melburnians even more ways to get to-and-from the track.
“We know choppers won’t suit every budget, but we’re tipping a 10 minute flight back to the city will be a hit for those who have had a great day on the punt.”