Rider price and driver fare
How much a rider pays for a trip is distinct from how much a driver earns for that trip. Here’s why.
In the United States, riders are offered an upfront price on every trip so they can make an informed choice. Upfront rider prices are based on the estimated length and duration of the trip. This estimate can vary as we predict real-world factors like traffic.
Rider payments may also include:
Tolls and surcharges
Rider promotions and subscriptions
Drivers' earnings are distinct from the price provided to riders at the beginning of the trip. Driver fares are based on the actual time and distance of each trip and are not affected by rider promotions or route-based adjustments.
Driver earnings can also include:
Surcharges and reimbursement for tolls¹
Long pickup/wait time/Pool pickup fees
Uber service fee
Uber's service fee is the difference between what the rider pays and what the driver earns.* It can vary from trip to trip, and it helps fund our platform's operations and driver promotions. It also supports innovation that enables us to serve more riders and drivers.
*Excluding tolls, taxes, surcharges, fees, tips, and driver promotions.
The history of pricing
From the start, pricing innovations have evolved to make mobility more reliable and affordable for everyone
2010: The beginning
Uber Black enables high-end rides with professional drivers on demand. Riders paid premium prices, and drivers paid a fixed percentage service fee.
2011: Surge pricing
Surge pricing launches to balance supply and demand. It encourages riders to wait a bit before requesting and encourages drivers to travel to areas of high demand, making Uber more reliable during busy times.
2012: Lower-cost option
UberX launches, offering more riders access to affordable transportation, which also creates more opportunities for drivers to earn.
2014: Shared rides
UberPool launches, enabling 2 or more riders going in the same direction at the same time to share the cost, making transportation more affordable. Upfront pricing launches to give riders certainty over the low prices that sharing made possible for them.
2014: Upfront pricing on UberX
Upfront pricing launches on UberX and other products, as its success on Uber Pool shows that riders value the certainty of knowing the price of a trip in advance.
2017: Route-based pricing
Route and time of day become factors in the UberX and Uber Pool prices, as we expand access to affordable transportation for more riders at more times in more places.
Learn more about pricing
Take a closer look at the elements that contribute to Uber’s pricing.
Surge pricing is designed to balance the market during our busiest times so that a reliable ride is always within reach.
Upfront pricing gives riders the information they need to choose the ride that best meets their needs and budget.
The price of a ride can vary by route and time of day, which helps make transportation more affordable to more riders at more times in more places.
Promotions encourage drivers to meet rider demand at the busiest times and places.
Some of the features described on this page do not apply or are not available in California and in markets outside of the US. As we work to improve the marketplace, we may test functionality and pricing in ways not described on this page.