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How Uber works

A guide for new riders

The Uber app matches you with a nearby driver to take you wherever you want to go.

Sign up to ride


Requesting a ride



Get the free Uber app from the App Store or Google Play on your smartphone. Open the app to create your account.



Enter your destination and choose a ride option. You’ll always see the price up front.



You'll see your driver's picture and vehicle details, and can track their arrival on the map.

Requests made easy

Get a fast, convenient ride wherever you want to go.

Saved Places

Request for a Guest

Seamless payments

Know the cost before you ride, and pay the way you want.

uberPOOL commuter benefits

Family Profiles

Split Fare

Upfront pricing

Quick pickups

Find your driver faster, so you can get where you need to go.

Adjust your location

Driver Profiles


Pickup Messages

Plan your trip

Get a ride that fits your schedule, not the other way around.

Extra stops

Schedule a ride

Calendar sync

Enjoy the ride

Make the most of your time in the back seat.

Share your status

Visa Local Offers

American Express

Rate your ride

Ratings help keep Uber safe, reliable, and enjoyable for everyone. You can even add a tip for your driver.

Driver ratings

Driver compliments

In-app tipping

Lost items


Common questions about Uber

  • When and where is Uber available in my city?

    Uber is available in 600+ cities worldwide. You can request a ride 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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  • How do I create an Uber account?

    Download the free Uber app from the App Store or Google Play, then sign in with a valid email address and phone number.

    Learn more >

  • How are fares calculated?

    Fares are calculated based on time and distance, including a booking fee and any tolls.

    Learn more >

  • More FAQs

    Read more FAQs in our Help Center.

Create your account

Download the app so you’re ready the next time you need a ride.

Sign up to ride

Share with friends

Refer your friends to Uber and they’ll get $15 off their first ride.