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The best times to drive in Cambridge

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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 Cambridge. Driving on Saturday generally means you make about 35% more than driving Monday-Thursday and driving on Sunday generally means you make about 51% more than on the weekdays. 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 time is best to drive?

Weekdays are generally quieter. Yet starting earlier in the day can make all the difference. If you drive between 7am-11am, you generally can earn around 57% more than later in the day (11am-3pm). So if you can get up early, it’s worth it.

What areas are best between 7am and 11am?

  • Cambridge Train station (Station road)
  • Business/ Science park (Milton Road)
  • Vision park (Chivers way)
  • Cambridge Colleges
  • Addenbrooke's Hospital
  • Orchard Park (Travelodge, Premier Inn and Holiday Inn) *Double tree hilton (Granta Place, Mill Lane)
  • Hilton Cambridge City Centre, (20 Downing St)
  • Tamburlaine Hotel, (Station Rd)
  • Hotel du Vin & Bistro (Trumpington St)
  • The Varsity Hotel (Thompsons Ln)

Friday

What time is best to drive?

The end of the week is usually busy as people start their weekend. If you drive between 10pm-2am on Friday night, you can earn up to 58% more on average (compared with driving between 6pm-10pm).

What areas are best between 10pm and 2am?

  • Lola lo (Guildhall Place)
  • kuda (Sidney Street)
  • Fez club (Market Passage)
  • Hiddens rooms (Jesus Lane)
  • Ballare (Heidelburg Gardens)
  • Revolution Cambridge (Downing Street)
  • Cambridge leisure park (Clifton Way)
  • Vue Cinema (East Road)
  • Train Station (North and Station Road)
  • Addenbrooke's Hospital
  • Orchard Park (Travelodge, Premier Inn and Holiday Inn)
  • Mill Road (Pubs, Bars and Restaurants)
  • Cherry hinton (Student Housing)
  • Bridge Street (Pubs, Bar and Restaurants)
  • Hills Road (Pubs, Bars and Restaurants)
  • Corn Exchange (Pubs, Bars and Restaurants)

Saturday

What time is best o drive?

It’s not surprising that the weekends are a great time to make money. Cambridge is full of diners, pub-goers and people partying late into the night. If you drive between 9pm - 1am on Saturday nights, you can earn up to 9% more on average (compared with driving between 3pm-7pm). However, Saturday mornings are also really busy, where you can earn up to 54% more starting at 7am than if you started later in the afternoon.

What areas are best between 7am - 11am and 9pm - 1am?

  • King college (Queens Road and trumpington street)
  • Grand Arcade (Shopping Center) (St Andrew's St)
  • Grafton Center (Shopping Center)
  • Lion yard (Shopping Center) (Saint Tibb's Row)
  • Vue Cinema (east road)
  • Cambridge leisure Park (Clifton Way)
  • Cambridge Retail park (Newmarket Rd)
  • Cambridge train station (North and Central)
  • Mill Road (Pubs, Bars and Restaurants)
  • Hills Road (Pubs, Bars and Restaurants)
  • Bridge Street (Pubs, Bars and Restaurants)
  • Cherry hinton (Student Housing)
  • Corn Exchange (Pubs, Bars and Restaurants)
  • Market square
  • The Varsity Hotel (Thompsons Ln)
  • The Fitzwilliam Museum (Trumpington St)

Sunday

What time is best to drive?

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 afternoon.

9pm-1am is another great time to drive. Plenty of people are returning to the city via train stations after weekends away. On average, you can make 22% more than if you started driving at 1am.

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

  • Leisure Park
  • Retail Park
  • Town center
  • Cambridge Train Station (Both North and Central)

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