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Uber counts 80,000 users in Budapest

Roughly 80,000 people use Uber in Budapest, eight times more than a year ago, the San Francisco-based ridesharing service told Hungarian news agency MTI today.

Most Uber passengers are local residents, but a large number of foreigners also use the service.

Uber celebrated the first anniversary of its operations in Budapest on November 12 of last year but its short presence in the capital has not been without protests from local taxi drivers and challenging legislation imposed by the Hungarian government. Uber, however has continued to serve local clients.

There were approximately 1,200 Uber drivers in Budapest at the end of last year, up from 200 at the start of the year. The average waiting time for an Uber car was reduced from about seven minutes to four minutes and 40 seconds during the period.