Careem, which was recently snatched up by Uber Technologies, has launched new operations in Jeddah.
Following the successful launch of Careem Bus in Egypt in December 2018, a bus service tailored to the millions of religious pilgrims flocking to the kingdom each year, the ride-hailing company will start bus operations in Jeddah city with a fleet of 20 buses.
In Jeddah, the price per trip is between SAR3 and SAR5 – depending on the route – and is 60-70 percent cheaper than the Careem car service. Busses will be available between 7am and 8pm.
Customers will be able to check the availability of the bus via the app, monitor its arrival and secure a seat. Walk-on passengers will also be accepted. The service is currently cash only, but soon passengers will be able to pay via several payment methods, such as the Careem wallet on the app, or by a registered credit card.
The buses are provided in partnership with vendors who employ the Captains, paying them a fixed monthly salary. Fares collected by the Careem Bus Captains go to Careem, while Careem pays the bus vendors a fixed daily amount, regardless of the number of trips they make.
The three Jeddah routes are Tahlia Street loop, Prince Sultan Road north-south-north and Hira Street east-west-east.
The service operates via a separate app from the ride hailing product and is available for download on iOS and Android.
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