Pricing

How are prices determined?

Riders want a reliable and affordable way to get from A to B. Drivers want dependable earnings. Our pricing technology is designed to meet the needs of riders and drivers — so Uber can be the first choice for both.

Guided by principles

Rider price and driver fare

Rider price and driver fare

How much a rider pays for a trip is distinct from how much a driver earns for that trip. Here’s why:

Riders pay

In the United States, riders are offered an upfront price on every trip so they can make an informed choice.

icon-fare-estimateUpfront rider prices are based on the estimated length and duration of the trip. This estimate can vary as we predict real-world factors like traffic.

Rider payments may also include:

  • Base fares

    Base fares

  • Surge pricing

    Surge pricing

  • Tolls & surcharges

    Tolls & surcharges

  • Booking fee*1*

    Booking fee1

  • Tips

    Tips

  • Rider promotions and subscriptions

    Rider promotions and subscriptions

  • Pool discounts

    Pool discounts

  • Route-based adjustments

    Route-based adjustments

Drivers earn

Drivers' earnings are distinct from the price provided to riders at the beginning of the trip.

icon-fare-estimatesDriver fares are based on the actual time and distance of each trip, and are not affected by rider promotions or route-based adjustments.

Driver earnings can also include:

  • Base fares

    Base fares

  • Surge pricing

    Surge pricing

  • Surcharges & reimbursement for tolls*1*

    Surcharges & reimbursement for tolls1

  • Misc. fees*2*

    Misc. fees2

  • Tips

    Tips

  • Driver promotions

    Driver promotions

  • Long pickup / wait time / Pool pickup fees

    Long pickup / wait time / Pool pickup fees

Uber service fee

Uber's service fee is the difference between what the rider pays and what the driver earns.* It can vary from trip to trip, and it helps fund our platform's operations, driver promotions and supports innovation that enables us to serve more riders and drivers.

*Excluding tolls, taxes, surcharges, fees, tips, and driver promotions.

Learn more about pricing

Take a closer look at the elements that contribute to Uber’s pricing.

Surge pricing is designed to balance the market during our busiest times so that a reliable ride is always within reach.

Upfront pricing gives riders the information they need to choose the ride that best meets their needs and budget.

The price of a ride can vary by route and time of day, which helps make transportation more affordable to more riders at more times in more places.

Promotions encourage drivers to meet rider demand at the busiest times and places.

Uber's service fee helps fund our platform's operations, driver promotions, and supports innovation that enables us to serve more riders and drivers.

All information on this site pertains to US markets. Many of the features described here do not apply or are not available in markets outside of the US.