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What is Uber’s fare estimator and how does it work?

June 4, 2019 / Ghana

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Organizing travel is always a big job, whether you take lots of trips to the airport or seem to always end up planning every evening out with friends. If you’re the type of person who likes to think ahead and know what to expect, Uber has just the tool for you. There are no surprises with the fare estimator, which allows you to compare prices of trips long before you even request your ride.

How does it work?

Open the Uber app, type the pickup location and the destination and your estimated price will appear at the bottom of the screen. This price is based on the traffic and the hour at which you check the estimator, meaning it is subject to change depending on the availability of drivers. You can also check online to get a price estimate for a trip in any city in the world where Uber operates.

The dynamic pricing model is used by Uber when traffic is heavy and the demand for rides exceeds the number of drivers available. You’ll be notified in big bold letters when there is a price increase, and you can always choose to wait a while before leaving. You can also request to be alerted as soon as fares go back down to normal, as soon as more drivers become available.

Why use it?

The Uber fare estimate features mean you always know where you stand on travel costs. If you’re planning a weekend away with friends for example, you can compare the splitting the fare of your Uber ride to the price of petrol, renting a car, and public transport. You can budget your trip in advance with the fare estimator and your buddies will be happy to know exactly how much they’ll have left to spend on good food and drinks.

Preparation is half the work

The secret to success, according to many successful people, is preparation. The same goes for planning your transport. Arriving on time for a job interview or doctor’s appointment is non-negotiable. Planning an evening of partying also requires preparation, which is why Uber’s fare estimator is your best friend when it comes to organising travel plans.