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Ride in Style: different types of Uber rides in South Africa

If you’re reading this, we imagine you’ve already taken a ride with Uber in South Africa, but do you know what different types of Uber rides are available?

If you’re not sure what the difference between UberX and UberXL is, then don’t worry. We’ve put together this brief guide to help you get to know the different Uber car types available in SA a bit better.


It’s a ride that needs no introduction: our flagship service, uberX, offers easy everyday rides at everyday rates, transporting and advancing communities in cities across South Africa. Whether you’re coming home from work or heading out with friends, uberX cars are the go-to option for a quick, affordable ride across town. The cars on the uberX vehicle list are typically comfortable Toyota Corollas and seat up to four passengers – enough space for co-workers, friends or family.


There’s traveling and then there’s traveling in style. Of all the types of Uber ride available, UberBLACK journeys definitely fall into the second category. With high-end cars, Uber’s premium experience is perfect for those occasions when you want to make an entrance or when you’ve got someone to impress. There’s even space for up to four riders in an UberBLACK, so you can share the ride.

UberXL and UberVAN

When you’re in charge of getting everyone organized for a big trip, the last thing you want is for the ride to arrive without enough space for everyone’s luggage. That’s where our supersized options come in, with uberXL in Cape Town and uberVAN in Johannesburg. With a minimum of 6 seats and extra space in the boot, uberXL and uberVAN are a quality, low-cost option for big groups to travel together with ease. The more the merrier!


We’re making Cape Town and Johannesburg more accessible with UberASSIST, our specialised service for senior riders and riders with access needs. With UberASSIST, your driver-partner will be specifically trained to assist riders when getting into a ride, and can accommodate folding wheelchairs, walkers and service animals. Requesting a specialised type of Uber ride couldn’t be easier, just swipe up after you’ve put your destination into the app to select one a different ride. When you need assistance getting around these cities, we’re here to help.


If you’re heading to the beach in Port Elizabeth, UberGO is the best way to get their quickly and cheaply. UberGO cars provide short-haul rides in standard hatchbacks across city centres, making for a super low-cost service—even cheaper than UberX! It’s perfect for when you have a quick errand to run but don’t want to waste time walking across town, or even for the daily commute to the office.

Now you know the differences between Uber car types in South Africa, take a moment to weigh up your options next time you’re requesting a ride—whether you’re looking for a ride that’s large, affordable or stylish, there’s an Uber car in South Africa to suit your needs.