October 15, 2015 / Washington, DC

What is uberPOOL? uberPOOL is a carpool option that lets you share your ride—and share the cost—with someone else nearby. We’ll match you with another rider taking a similar route and you’ll each pay only for your portion of the trip. That means you still get the convenience and reliability you’re used to with Uber, but at the lowest price possible.

What is uberPOOL?

uberPOOL works like our other Uber options, with a few differences that help make it a cheaper option:

  • Like all Uber rides, you need to enter your destination when you request your trip
  • Each rider can have only one destination and you can’t change your pickup location or destination after you request
  • Since we want to be courteous to both riders, your driver will only wait 2 minutes at each pickup location

Once you’ve been matched with a co-rider, you’ll receive a notification with that rider’s name and who’s being picked up first. To ensure there’s room for everyone, right now we can only have two riders per pickup, and no pets (except service animals, of course). BACK TO TOP

How much does uberPOOL cost?

uberPOOL is currently up to 70% cheaper than uberX. Fares are quoted in the app before you request, so you always know exactly what you’ll pay. BACK TO TOP

Does surge pricing apply to uberPOOL?

Like uberX, surge pricing applies to uberPOOL trips. Even when surge pricing is in effect, you’ll receive a guaranteed fare before requesting, so you always know exactly what you’ll pay. BACK TO TOP

What if I don’t match with another rider?

If there is no rider near you with a similar route, you’ll get a solo ride, just like taking uberX. BACK TO TOP

Can I bring other people?

uberPOOL has a max of 2 passengers per request, so feel free to bring a friend! Keep in mind, the second passenger added to your request will add 25% to your fare. BACK TO TOP

How is my co-rider chosen?

Co-riders are matched according to similar pickup locations and destinations. As always, we’re always aiming to take you on the most efficient route based on your request. Once you start your uberPOOL trip, you can’t ask the driver to cancel on the other rider. BACK TO TOP

What type of car will I get?

You’ll share one of the vehicles that’s otherwise available on uberX. BACK TO TOP

How long will it take? Will I go out of my way?

We match riders in a way that does not significantly increase total trip time. If there is no rider near you with a similar route, you’ll get a solo ride, just like taking uberX. On average, riders who were paired with other riders on their uberPOOL trips only added an average of 4-5 minutes to their total trip time and have saved an average of $4 per trip in the process. BACK TO TOP

How long will the driver wait?

Please be prepared to meet your driver as soon as the car arrives. As a courtesy to your co-rider, your driver will only wait 2 minutes. BACK TO TOP

I was picked up first—why was I dropped off second?

We map the route to be the most efficient possible. That means that sometimes you will be picked up first and dropped off second, but your total trip time will be minimized. BACK TO TOP

Can I bring luggage?

Yes, you can. Taking uberPOOL is one of the most cost-efficient ways to go to the airport. But remember there will need to be room for another person and their belongings in the car. BACK TO TOP

What happens if I cancel?

When you request uberPOOL, you’re making a commitment to both your co-rider and the driver. Cancellations damage both of their experiences, so please don’t leave them hanging!If you cancel 2 minutes after being paired with your driver, you’ll be charged a cancellation fee. BACK TO TOP

Can I change my destination or pickup location?

Because we use your pickup location and destination when matching you with another rider, you cannot change either once you’ve requested the trip. BACK TO TOP

Where is uberPOOL available?

uberPOOL is available for request anywhere within the Uber DC Coverage area. BACK TO TOP

How do I report issues?

Contact us at With any new product it takes a bit of time from introduction to full scale operations. We look to our riders and driver-partners to help us test this innovative new product, and provide us with any feedback that can help make the experience — from trip routes to match rates to pick-up times — as seamless as possible. The more riders who use the product, the better the experience will be.  

*Estimated fares. Actual fares vary based on time of day, pickup location and drop-off location. Fares may vary due to traffic, weather, and other factors. Estimate does not include discounts or promotions.