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The best times to drive in Manchester

December 31, 2019 / United Kingdom

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When and where you drive is entirely up to you. Uber will never tell you to get behind the wheel, but we do try and help you make choices that work for you. Knowing when and where to drive is definitely something you’ll pick up over time. But getting to know the busiest times and places in your area is a great start.

Best days and areas to drive

Weekends are always good times to drive in Manchester. Driving on Saturday generally means you make about 20% more than driving Monday-Thursday. If you want to boost your earnings, make the most of the weekend crowds.
The best areas to drive in change depending on the day of the week and the time of day.
Below you’ll find information on some great places to drive if you’re looking to make great earnings. We’ve also highlighted the best times to drive, depending on what day and what time it is.

Monday to Thursday

What areas are best between 5am and 9am?

  • Piccadilly Basin
  • The Gay Village
  • Castlefield
  • Northern Quarter
  • Chapel Street
  • Manchester Airport

What time is best?
Weekdays are generally quieter. Yet starting earlier in the day can make all the difference. If you drive between 5am-9am, you generally can earn around 36% more than the later morning slot (9am-1pm). So if you can get up early, it’s worth it.


What areas are best between 1am and 4am?

  • Deansgate
  • Lever Street
  • Portland Street
  • Dale Street
  • Spinningfields
  • Oxford Road

What time is best?
The end of the week is usually busy as people start their weekend. If you drive between 1am-4am on Friday night, you can earn up to 37% more on average (compared with driving between 5pm-9pm).


What areas are best between 1am and 4am?

  • Deansgate
  • Lever Street
  • Portland Street
  • Dale Street
  • Newton Street
  • Spinningfields [Bridge Street]

What time is best?
It’s not surprising that the weekends are a great time to make money. Manchester is full of diners, pub-goers and people partying late into the night. If you drive between 1am-4am on Saturday nights, you can earn up to 57% more on average (compared with driving between 4pm-8pm).


What areas are best to drive in between 9am-1pm and 9pm-5am?

  • Manchester Piccadilly
  • Deansgate
  • Gay Village
  • Chinatown

What times are best?
Mornings and evenings are great times to drive on Sundays. Try heading out from 5am-9am as you can generally earn 18% more than later in the morning.

9pm-5am is another great time to drive. Plenty of people are returning to the city via train stations after weekends away.