“Let’s Uber to the restaurant, and then get an Uber to the concert!” By now, “Uber” has become a verb meaning, “to request a ride from Uber,” and “get an Uber” is understood to mean the same thing. You already know that Uber is an on-demand ride sharing service, but you might not know that there are several types of “Ubers” that you can request.
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The four levels of Uber service are: UberX, UberSelect, and Black Car. Each is a different type level service for different types of customers, so make sure you know what you’re getting before you “uber” over to your destination.
- UberX: The least expensive Uber service. Seats 4 riders. Drivers use sedans like Toyota Prius, Honda Accord. Known as UberPop in Europe.
- UberXL: Seats at least 6 passengers. An UberXL car will be an SUV or a Minivan. Higher fare price than UberX
- UberSelect: A luxury sedan that seats up to 4 riders. Expect a BMW, Mercededs, Audi, etc with a leather interior. Formerly known at UberPlus in some markets.
- UberPOOL: Share your ride with another person and split the cost. Only available in LA, SF, NYC, and Paris. Read more about POOL.
- UberBLACK (Black Car): Uber’s ‘executive’ luxury service. Commercially registered and insured livery vehicles, typically a black SUV or luxury sedan. Highest fare price
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How much will your Uber cost?
Whether you decide to use Uberx, XL, Select, Black, SUV, or Lux, you can find out how much your ride will cost before you request it by getting an Uber fare estimate.
More about UberX
UberX is the “ride sharing” service that matches riders with independent drivers who use their own personal vehicle. UberX drivers are not professional livery drivers and a commercial license is not required, although some UberX drivers might have one. UberX drivers must be 21 or older with a clean driving record.
UberX cars must be model year 2006 or newer and pass an independent vehicle inspection. When you request an UberX, you’ll probably be picked up in a Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Mazda3, Ford Escape, Ford Escort, etc. UberX drivers drive “regular” cars that typically aren’t luxury sedans or SUVs.
UberX prices are the lowest of all three services. Check Uber.com to see the fare prices in your area. You’ll find that they are much cheaper than cab fare, and very similar in price to Lyft.
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More about UberXL
UberXL is very similar to UberX, but the vehicles are larger and the fare price is higher. An UberXL car can hold 6 passengers. The driver requirements are the same as UberX, and the vehicles are ordinary minivans and SUV’s. If you request an UberXL, you’ll likely be picked up in a Honda Pilot, Dodge Caravan, GMC Acadia, etc. If you’re looking for the cheapest Uber option for a large group, UberXL is the right choice.
More about UberSelect
UberSelect (Formerly known as UberPlus in some markets) is similar to UberX — the vehicles seat up to 4 passengers. The vehicle standards are higher for UberSelect, so expect a ride in a luxury car like a Mercedes Benz, BMW, or an Audi. UberSelect is a good option when you want a nicer car, but you don’t want to pay for Black Car service.
More about Uber Black Car
Black car is the professional livery service that has given Uber a high-end reputation in the business world. The vehicle standards and driver standards are much higher for Black Car: Your Black Car driver will have a commercial license, commercial insurance, and their vehicle will be a high-end luxury sedan or SUV.
There are two options in the Black Car service: Choose a Black Car luxury sedan that seats for, or an SUV that seats 6 or more.
Naturally, the fare for Black Car is higher than UberX and Uber Select. It caters to wealthier users, business people, celebrities, and Uber users who are willing to spend a little extra for a special occasion.
Related: UberBLACK car driver requirements
More about UberPOOL
UberPOOL is similar to a carpool service: You share your ride with a stranger who is headed in a similar direction as you. You split the cost with the other rider. The only catch is that you might not be picked up first or dropped off first. A great, cheap option as long as you don’t mind sharing your ride.
Other Uber services
- UberTaxi: Use the Uber app to hail and pay for a licensed taxi cab. Only available in a few US cities.
- UberLux: Get a ride in a full-size luxury sedan. Only available in Los Angeles
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