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Driver guide

Learn more about the ins and outs of driving with Uber in Cairns- what’s on, what’s new and how to make the most of your time on the road.

Become a rideshare driver in your city

Your city needs drivers like you to keep everyone moving forward. Thousands of riders request rides with Uber every day. You can use your vehicle to get paid to drive in your city while getting riders where they need to go.

Uber also connects you to these ways to earn:

Deliver with Uber Eats

Try food delivery using your 4-wheel or 2-wheel vehicle. With Uber Eats, you can connect people with the food they love from local restaurants.

Refer drivers

Invite friends and family to join the Uber community. Use your promo code when referring others, and you’ll earn a reward after they complete a certain number of trips.

Popular ride locations

Find out where riders are requesting trips, so you can maximise your earnings.

Busiest locations

The Uber app works right across Cairns and the surrounding areas, stretching to Port Douglas in the north, Innisfail in the south and inland to Atherton. You can check the full service area here.

You are welcome to go online anywhere within the service area, however, there are some areas that are typically busier than others. To increase your chance of receiving regular trip requests we suggest that you go online in the busier areas.

In and around the CBD and The Esplanade is generally the best area to situate yourself to increase your chance of receiving trip requests. We recommend heading to where locals and tourists are often located; around the Esplanade, Ferry Terminal, JCU campus, shopping centers, restaurants, bars and the Airport.

Driver-partners based in Cairns are also able to drive in any other Queensland city where Uber operates; including Townsville, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba, Brisbane and the Gold Coast. You can simply go online as you normally would in your home city.

Busiest times

Driver-partners are able to go online 24/7 however, most driver-partners can increase their fares by driving during busier times, particularly during peak hours and on weekends.

In Cairns, trips request occur right across the week, however, the busiest times are typically on the weekends. In particular between 5 pm - 2 am on Friday and Saturday nights.

We recommend keeping up to date with local events as often when there are locals and tourists heading to or from an event ride requests will be in high demand. Some major events will be communicated through your Driver App or in newsletters, so be sure to keep an eye out!

Airport information

Riders can request Uber to or from Cairns Airport. Learn more about picking up and dropping off at Cairns Airport.

Get support at every turn

We want every trip with Uber to be easy as. That’s why we’re here to help you whenever you need it. You can contact our online support team 24/7.

Refer other drivers, earn incentives

You can invite friends and family from across the country to join the Uber driver-partner community. Use your unique promo code when referring new driver-partners to receive incentives (after they complete a certain number of trips).

Frequently asked questions

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  • We make it as easy as possible for you to track your earnings from riders. A monetary amount at the top of your screen will show how much you’re getting paid to drive in your city. Look for helpful tools in the app to give you more details and show you your totals in real time.

  • When you become a driver in your city with Uber, you need to be at least the minimum age to drive there, have an eligible form of transportation, and submit required documents, such as a valid driver’s license. You must also pass a background screening and have at least one year of driving experience with a license.

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