Overseas Uber trips show Indians are traveling abroad like never before

10/07/2024

Bangalore, July 10, 2024: Uber, the global ride hailing app, today shared travel data of India-registered users that give a peek into global travel trends of Indians.

Uber’s data reflects a sharp increase in the number of Indians using the ridesharing app abroad during 2023, with the number of overseas travelers being second only to Americans. During the ongoing summer travel season, Indians are expected to surpass records set in the previous years.

The number of Indians traveling abroad has seen a marked jump over the past two years, with almost a million of them using their trusted ridesharing app overseas during the year gone by.

As per the data, Indians traveled to close to 1,000 cities across 68 countries over the year. While the number of cities they explored increased significantly, most Uber-ed countries stayed the same – The United States, The United Kingdom, and Canada.

Summer holidays appear to be the most popular travel time for Indians to travel abroad as schools and colleges go into a break, giving families more time to spend together. The most popular month for overseas travel in 2023 was May, compared to June in 2022.

“Indians have been breaking all travel records over the past couple of years, and it’s heartwarming to see how Uber continues to be their trusted last-mile partner in these travels. Be it the familiarity when landing at an airport in a new city, or the safety when riding late at night, it’s a huge mark of trust for us to see Indians book an Uber for their overseas travels.”

Prabhjeet Singh, President, Uber India and South Asia

While overseas, Indians traveled 25% longer distances in Ubers on average compared to their trips in India, and tried as many as 21 different products across countries, including Comfort Electric which are premium EVs, Multimodal Transit – an option that includes mass-transit modes such as trains) and most ubiquitous UberX option among others.

A lot of the countries Indians traveled to operate peer-to-peer ridesharing, letting people use their personal vehicles to give Uber rides, supporting the gig economy in its truest form. That perhaps explains a range of luxury vehicle Uber rides for Indians while traveling abroad in 2023 including:

  • Porsche Cayenne     
  • Jaguar F PACE         
  • Range Rover Sport   
  • Mercedes S450        
  • BMW 740i M Sport   
  • Lincoln Navigator              

Apart from internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles, Indians also had some premium EVs show up when they booked Uber rides abroad. Some of them were:

  • Jaguar I PACE
  • Audi e-tron Sportback        
  • Mercedes EQE 500   
  • Ford F150 Lightning  

We rode into India in 2013 with a simple promise: press a button, get a ride. 10 years and over 3 billion trips later, we continue to build products to help people get where they need to be. Today, Uber is available across 125 cities in India and has become #IndiaKiRide where people can go where they have to on Moto, Auto, Cars and even Buses – designed for their various intracity and intercity travel needs. With just a swipe on the app we make mobility seamless for millions and have helped over 1,000,000 Indians earn a sustainable income by getting in the driver’s seat. We continue to reimagine the way the world moves for the better in ever expanding ways and as we mark our ten year milestone – we remain committed to keep India Moving Forward.

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