But a quick calculation on the app reveals that a ride from Johannesburg to Durban would cost between R4 103-R5 471 on uber X or R7 119-R9 488 on Uber Black. Low-cost airlines Kulula and Mango respectively sell one-way tickets between Johannesburg and Durban from R648.52 and R455 each.
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Johannesburg - Internet ride-sharing app Uber has become synonymous with offering short-trips in cities across the globe, but some SA users have stretched the service’s limits.
Uber launched in South Africa in August 2013 and this week the service has marked 2.5 years in the country.
Last year, the traffic officials in Cape Town impounded over 200 Uber cars because the service’s drivers didn’t have the necessary metered taxi permits.
READ: Cape Town impounds over 200 Uber cars in 2015Uber then moved to resolve the issue by getting its drivers to apply for metered permits from the Western Cape transport department.
To mark its ride in South Africa thus far, the company has detailed a number of key statistics regarding its local operation.
And among these numbers, the ride-sharing service has detailed the longest trip that it has recorded in South Africa to date.
“The longest Uber trip took place from Johannesburg to Durban and lasted approximately 6 hours over a distance of 580km,” said Uber.
The company doesn’t detail whether this ride was taken on its low-cost option uber X or via Uber Black. This means that an Uber trip between Johannesburg and Durban can cost as much as ten times more than a one-way flight ticket between these two cities.