10 unusual places in the world that have ridesharing (but BC still doesn't)

Nov 23 2018, 12:09 am

Last week, the BC government finally announced legislation for ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft to enter the provincial market.

But that won’t be happening until 2019 and until then, Vancouver remains the largest city in North America without a ride-hailing service.

While Vancouverites still have a while to go until ridesharing arrives, other cities are ahead of the game.

Lyft is available to over 96% of the US population and Uber operates in hundreds of cities around the world — and many of them are MUCH smaller than Vancouver.

Here are 10 unusual, remote and far-flung places in the world that you probably didn’t know had ridesharing.

In the meantime, Vancouver is still waiting.

Awaji Island, Japan

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Awaji Island, Japan/ Shutterstock

This tiny Japanese island spans just 592.2 km² but still manages to have a rideshare system in place.

Dunedin, New Zealand 

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Dunedin, New Zealand

Yes, even one of the most southern cities in the world has Uber.

Petropolis, Brazil

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Petropolis Brazil / Shutterstock

Petrópolis is located about an hour away from Rio de Janeiro. The city is known for its historic theatres, museums, and palaces. So if you’re ever there — you can grab an Uber and explore without having to worry about hailing a taxi.

Nairobi, Kenya

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Nairobi, Kenya/ Shutterstock

Uber launched in Nairobi, Kenya, in 2015. The app has become increasingly popular over the years and has approximately 5,000 driver partners in the city.

Málaga, Spain

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Málaga, Spain/ YouTube

Uber recently announced that it was expanding to Málaga, Spain, earlier this year, making it convenient for tourists to get around the popular vacation spot.

Bellingham, Washington 

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Bellingham, Washington

Looking to grab an Uber a bit closer to home? Drive over the border to Bellingham, Washington, which is the closest place to Vancouver that has ridesharing.

Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

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Thiruvananthapuram, Indian (Shutterstock)

Never heard of Thiruvananthapuram? This tiny sea southern sea-town is the capital of the Indian city Kerala and even they have Uber.

Abuja, Nigeria

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Abuja, Nigeria (Shutterstock)

Headed to the capital of Nigeria? You’ll be happy to know you can skip the taxi line at the airport (unlike YVR) and grab an Uber.

Shymkent, Kazakhstan

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Shymkent. Kazakhstan (Shutterstock)

The home of Borat also has Uber. Who would have thought?

Perm, Russia 

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Perm, Russia (Shutterstock)

Nope — Perm isn’t just a hairstyle. It’s also a city in Russia, and they too have Uber.

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