Do you want to find out how much your Uber will cost before you request it? You might hesitate to request an Uber ride because you have no idea what the Uber rates are, so you have no idea if your ride will be $10 or $50.
Luckily, the Uber app has a feature inside the app that give very accurate estimates. To get your estimate, download the Uber app, input your destination and you’ll see a fare estimate. The app will calculate a cost estimate. (Related: How to change your Uber payment option) How does Uber come up with the fare estimates? I explain below.
How much does Uber cost?
Your Uber fare is calculated on 4 criteria:
- Base fare – A flat fee charged at the beginning of the ride
- Cost per minute – How much you’re charged for each minute you’re inside the ride
- Cost per mile – How much you’re charged for each mile of the ride
- Booking Fee (Formerly known as the ‘Safe Rides Fee’) – A flat fee to cover ‘operational costs’ (Not included for UberBlack and UberSUV)
Here’s how Uber calculates your fare:
Base Fare + (Cost per minute * time in ride) + (Cost per mile * ride distance) + Booking Fee = Your Fare
Uber minimum fare: The lowest cost ride possible
Uber sets a minimum fare for each service to help fairly reimburse drivers for short rides. If the sum of the equation above is lower than the minimum fare, you’ll still be charged the minimum fare.
For example: You take an UberX two blocks down the street. After you added up the four different variables, you calculated that your fare would only be $2.78. But in your area, the minimum fare for UberX is $4, so you will be charged $4 instead of $2.78.
How to get an Uber fare estimate before you request your ride
Using the Uber fare estimator isn’t the most intuitive process, but once you learn the steps and practice them a few times it’ll become easy to find out how much your Uber’s will cost.
Open the Uber app and follow these steps to see your fare estimate
- Tap ‘Set Pickup Location’ – Don’t worry, this won’t request a ride
- Input your destination
- Your fare estimate will appear on the next screen
Uber fare rates depend on the city you’re in and the Uber service you use
The base fare, cost per minute, and cost per mile vary city-by-city, and Uber service. Uber rates are different for UberX, XL, UberSelect, Black Car,and SUV. Read more about the differences between UberX, XL, Select, and Black Car.
Head over to the Uber Cities page to see fare costs for each city and service. They don’t vary by much, but you’ll find that some cities are more expensive than others. In the end, Uber is almost always cheaper than a cab.
To give you a feel for the range of Uber fare costs, here’s a look at the fare costs in Los Angeles. LA features almost every Uber service and the prices aren’t much higher or much lower than other American Uber markets.
For example: Los Angeles Uber costs
(Updated August 2016)
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