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All you need to know about Uber payment methods

Never requested a ride with Uber before, or just want to know how everything works with payments in the app? No worries – here’s a quick explainer on how the payments system works with your account.

How does Uber work?

First things first, you need your account to be setup properly before you can order and pay for a ride. Assuming you’ve downloaded the app, you need to create an account or log-in, which the app will guide you through. Before doing anything else, make sure your account is fully up-to-date with your email address, phone number and card details. Your driver-partner may need to use this to contact you, and your card will be needed to process the payment afterward.

How much does Uber cost?

Whilst you can always use the fare estimator, if you apply for a ride in a city where the fare is available, you will always receive the fare in advance through the app. That way you know exactly where you stand, and you’ll also get to see if the costs are higher than normal. This is because ride prices use a dynamic pricing system, where price may change based on the number of driver-partners on the road, riders requesting trips, traffic etc.

How do you pay for the ride?

Arrived at your destination? No need to reach for your wallet – payments with Uber are automatic, so you can travel all over Dubai without a single note leaving your pocket. If you are traveling in a group, you can easily split the fare. In the app, swipe from the bottom to the top, tap the selected payment method and then click on ‘Share Ride’. After you have entered all the details, the fare will be divided equally between you and your friends – no messy coin swapping here!

Other payment methods?

If you’d rather not use your card details, then there are other options available too. In Dubai, you can also pay for Uber with Google Pay. Just go into the “Payments” section, tap on “Add Payment Method” and select the service you would like to add. From there, you will have to go through some extra verification, but once set up, payments will be processed after a ride just as if you were using your card. If you don’t like using online payment services either, you also have the ability to pay with cash in Dubai. When you go to request a ride in the Uber app, you can switch between cash or credit card payments – in fact, you don’t even need to have a credit card connected to use the service if you’re using cash payments.

Can I give a tip?

If your driver has gone the extra mile to provide a quality ride, or you’re just feeling generous, you can tip them easily through the app. After you have rated the ride, you will immediately be given the option to tip. You can also add a tip from the ride history or proof of payment menus in the app.

As you can see, riding with Uber and paying for your ride is as easy as sending a text message. If you’re still unsure or would like to know more about how the Uber app or the business itself works, then check out the website for more details.