Content of the material
- There isn’t a limit for how far an Uber can take you, but there is a time limit
- Sample Uber Fare
- A Sample Uber Fare for Chicago
- A Sample Uber Fare for Dallas
- A sample Uber fare for Phoenix
- 4. What Is The Longest Uber Ride?
- 8. What About Lyft Long Distance Rides?
- What Are Uber Driver Requirements?
- How Are Uber Fares Calculated?
- Ride Fare Equation
- How is an Uber base fare calculated?
- Do the Pricing Components Above Vary by City?
- How Uber Commission and Fees Work
- More than 25%
- Latest News
- Breakdown of Uber fees
- Base Fare
- Long pick up fee
- Minimum fare
- Cost per mile
- Cost per minute
- Booking fee
- Per-minute wait time
- Surge charges
- Cancellation fees
- Final word
There isn’t a limit for how far an Uber can take you, but there is a time limit
Uber now limits the duration of any single trip to eight hours. Assuming you’re taking a highway trip with no traffic, that means your Uber could easily take you 400 miles before the time limit kicked in.
On the other hand, if you were trying to make it from, say, Cleveland to New York City, eight hours may not be enough time. But while Uber rides are limited to eight hours, once one ride finishes, you can always just request another ride.
If you’re planning on taking a long Uber ride, make sure to contact your driver as soon as you connect to ensure they’re okay with the long trip. Uber drivers pay for their own gas and maintenance, and if they can’t find a passenger for their return trip, your long ride may not be profitable for the person at the wheel.
Sample Uber Fare
In this section, we will use the Uber fare estimator to derive a sample of Uber fares for the three popular cities mentioned above – Chicago, Dallas, and Phoenix.
A Sample Uber Fare for Chicago
Let us assume we are in the Old Town Animal Care Centre in Chicago, and we want to go to the Veterinary Emergency Group using UberX.
Here is the sample fare for the journey:
A Sample Uber Fare for Dallas
Let us assume you are in Dallas at the Renaissance Dallas Addison Hotel, and you want to go to MATRIX Resources using Uber Black.
The table below shows the sample fare for the journey:
A sample Uber fare for Phoenix
Let us assume you are in the Phoenix Airport Centre and you want to go to Tempe using Uber Comfort.
Here is the sample fare of the journey:
4. What Is The Longest Uber Ride?
This is a curious world Guinness record. The longest Uber ride ever was made by Jimmy Donaldson, more commonly known as MrBeast. He is an american youtuber.
He literally made a cross country rideshare trip of 2,256 Miles in one Uber ride from North Carolina to California.
8. What About Lyft Long Distance Rides?
Here are some important information for you about Lyft long distance rides:
- Lyft doesn’t allow rides that exceed 100 miles
- Lyft does not support crossing international borders
- If you do not know how far is 100 miles from your location, verify with a GPS navigation software app
Summarizing: If you’re riding less than 100 miles but staying in the same country, you can ride with Lyft.
What Are Uber Driver Requirements?
As long as you can pass Uber’s background check, you shouldn’t find it difficult to become an Uber driver (unless your city imposes some difficult requirements of its own).
Install the Uber app on your smartphone and create an account on Uber, including the bank account into which your earnings will be paid.
When you’re ready to start picking up passengers, tell the Uber app that you’re going online. Then wait.
Before long, the app will notify you about a passenger requesting a ride and show you a map with the passenger’s GPS coordinates. You pick up the passenger and take the person to his or her destination. Aware that the passenger can rate you afterward, you do your best to make the passenger feel welcome, comfortable, and satisfied.
Make sure you understand clearly where your pick up location is to avoid late arrivals
You just keep repeating this process, being notified about passengers and taking them to their destinations, until you’re done for the day. Then you tell the Uber app that you’re going offline. You can rate your passengers on their behavior.
Uber will deposit the money that you’ve earned into your bank account.
How Are Uber Fares Calculated?
Now that we have gotten most of the background information out of the way, it is time for the juicy part of this article – learning how Uber fares are calculated.
Let us start by first discussing the Uber pricing components that affect the final price.
Ride Fare Equation
Once all the pricing components mentioned above are determined, the final charge for any ride is calculated using the following equation:
Final Uber Fare = ((base fare + rate of total time taken + rate of total distance covered) * surge multiplier) + tolls and other fees.
These fares will differ depending on which Uber vehicle option you select.
For example, an UberBLACK will cost much more than a simple UberX.
How is an Uber base fare calculated?
According to an answer on Quora, “Uber fares are primarily calculated based on distance and duration. There is a ‘Base Fare’ that is charged for every ride (essentially a fee to jump in the car).”
The Base Fare and the variable portion based on distance and duration both vary from city to city.
You will need to check your city at Uber’s City Listings.
Do the Pricing Components Above Vary by City?
Yes, the pricing components vary from one Uber city to another.
Because of this, the location also affects the final Uber rates.
The takeaway: The Uber base fare will depend on the service you’re using, and the city you’re in.
How Uber Commission and Fees Work
It’s not that difficult to understand the way Uber fees and commissions work.
For instance, when it comes to fees, the passengers are the ones who have to pay a booking fee, as well as per minute and mile fee for their ride. After the ride, you as a driver would be paid the majority of the fare you made. And you only get “the majority” and not all of it because Uber is going to get their cut, respectively the “Service Fee”.
More than 25%
The amount that Uber says it charges their drivers is 25%, but it actually takes a little more than that from their earnings. This is all due to the fact that some additional fees are taken by rideshare companies, resulting in a higher percentage for the cut.
In the past, Uber drivers had to drive around 2.36 miles to make $10 before fees, but nowadays, the prices were lowered by Uber. As a result, a driver will have to drive 4.71 miles to make the same amount of cash.
Also, there is the booking fee and a safe rides fee for every Uber ride, which is between $1 and $3. These fees vary by city, but the driver cannot actually see these in their bank account, as this goes directly to Uber.
So, the commission taken by Uber is higher if the ride fare is lower, meaning the rideshare drivers would make less. So, in the end, even if Uber claims to take 25% of its drivers, it will actually take up to 42.75%. If you are doing short rides, then it won’t be too profitable for you.
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Breakdown of Uber fees
The cost per mile is just one small fee when it comes to an Uber ride.
It helps to understand all of the different fees and charges that Uber will hit you with so that you will have a complete understanding of your Uber charges.
Here’s a list of the fees you can expect:
- Base fare
- Long pick up fee (If applicable)
- Minimum fare
- Cost per mile
- Cost per minute
- Fixed Booking fee
- Per-minute wait time
Let’s go through each of these individually so you can see what to expect for each one.
I will use a sample booking that I made within the Tucson, Arizona area to illustrate the prices.
The base fare is a flat fee charged at the beginning of every ride.
This is often a very small amount. For example, for a trip I pulled up in Tucson, Arizona it was only $1.30.
On other occasions, I have seen this fare below one dollar, so it is often pretty negligible.
Long pick up fee
If you have a long pick up schedule then you may be hit with per minute and per mile pick up fees.
For a sample booking I did, the per minute pick up fee was $.17 per minute and the per mile pick up fee was $.80 per mile.
(These may be the same rates as the rates during your trip while you are sitting in the car as a passenger.)
Minimum fare The minimum fare is a mandatory minimum amount that you must pay for your trip. It is only relevant if your fare total would be below the minimum amount. This fee is set in order to encourage Uber drivers to pick up individuals on short rides because otherwise such short rides would not be profitable enough to incentivize them to pick up passengers. For a 10 minute ride in Arizona, the minimum fare came out to $9.80 for an UberX ride.
Cost per mile
This is how much your trip is going to cost you per mile that you are riding as a passenger.
As stated above, this amount can change. For my Arizona trip, the cost per mile was $1.21.
If you have chosen a fare like UberXL, the cost per mile could be significantly higher.
For example, a simple price from Union Square to SFO in San Francisco shows a cost per mile at $2.47.
Note: If you are heading out on a very long ride that involves hours of riding then you may be charged a minimum fare of $50 per hour.
Cost per minute
In addition to getting charged per mile, you also get charged per minute. The charge per minute is generally very low and in my case it was at $.14.
This is something to keep your eye on when traveling with some Uber drivers because it could incentivize them to take a longer drive to get you somewhere.
Because the charge per minute is so low this is not a huge concern but there could be some shady actors out there who would try to take advantage of this.
The booking fee, which used to be called the “safe rides fee,” is a mandatory fee that you must pay for each trip that you take. It is presumably meant to help cover things like operating costs.
This fee changes depending on the type of fare that you book.
For a UberX ride, your booking fee will probably be a little over two dollars. For example, it might be $2.15 or $2.20.
For other type of rides, the fixed booking fee can actually be a decent amount higher. When I checked the fee for a Uber comfort, the fixed booking fee was $2.86.
For other services such as UberXL, the booking fee will probably be around $2.50.
In addition to the fixed booking fee, there will also be a per mile booking fee on some rides. This is usually a very small amount and I have seen it as low as five cents per mile.
Note: You may not see this booking fee if you are booking one of the more premium services such as UberBlack or UberSUV
Per-minute wait time
If your driver has to wait for you to arrive at the vehicle for a certain amount of time, such as over two minutes then you will likely be charged a wait time.
This wait time is charged per minute and the amount can vary. I’ve seen it range from something like $.25 to $.60 per minute.
The last charge that you need to think about is the tip. Tipping is optional but it is recommended to provide a little tip, typically at least 10% is good although some people like to tip more.
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If you are trying to get a ride during a very busy time, you will likely get hit with surge charges.
This amount is calculated by taking your total fare and then multiplying it by a set surge price multiplier. The multiplier will depend on the demand at the time but it could be something like two times or three times the amount of your fare.
The price is hiked in order to encourage other drivers to come into the area to meet up with the demand of passengers.
The highest surge charges that I have came across are usually directly after a large event ends. For example, if you are leaving a stadium after a football or baseball game, those surge prices can drastically increase.
Other instances that I’ve seen involve bad weather such as a bad rain storm that comes in quickly and leaves a lot of people without the ability to walk to their destination.
There are a variety of cancellation fees that you should be aware of.
The first is a rider no-show fee. Basically, if you never show up for the driver you can be hit with a $5 fee.
If you choose to cancel the ride then you may be hit with a standard cancellation fee of $5.
There may also be additional fees based on the per mile or per minute rates.
So whatever the per minute and per mile rates are for the trip or for the pick up, you may be responsible for covering those up to the point of canceling.
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The cost per mile on an Uber ride will change based on things like the type of fare you have booked and also your location. This amount can often be between 1 to 2 dollars.
It’s important to remember that the cost per mile is just one charge among a handful of other fees that go into pricing an Uber ride.Daniel Gillaspia
Daniel Gillaspia is the Founder of UponArriving.com and creator of the credit card app, WalletFlo. He is a former attorney turned full-time credit card rewards/travel expert and has earned and redeemed millions of miles to travel the globe. Since 2014, his content has been featured in major publications such as National Geographic, Smithsonian Magazine, Forbes, CNBC, US News, and Business Insider. Find his full bio here.