“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 lowest-cost Uber service that matches you with drivers who use their own personal vehicle to give you a ride. 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.
More about UberXL
UberXL is the Uber service for groups of up to 6 passengers. UberXL vehicles are vans and SUVs, and the fare price is higher than UberX. The driver requirements for XL are the same as UberX, and the vehicles are ordinary non-luxury minivans and SUV’s. If you request an UberXL, you’ll likely be picked up in a Honda Pilot, Dodge Caravan, GMC Acadia, etc. Uber is the right option for a large group of people who want the most affordable ride for 5 or more passengers.
More about UberSelect
UberSelect is a higher-end service that will send a luxury vehicle to you that can seat 4 passengers. It’s similar to UberX, but the vehicle standards are for UberSelect are much higher, so expect a ride in a newer 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 the top-end Black service. UberSelect is not available in all markets, so check your Uber passenger app to see if you can request a Select in your area.
More about Uber Black and SUV
Uber Black is the professional livery service that has given Uber a high-end reputation in the business world. In some markets, there are two levels within the Black Car service: Black, a luxury sedan that seats for, or SUV, a luxury SUV that seats 5 or more.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.
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 the Uber carpool service that puts you in a shared UberX with another passenger who is headed in a similar direction as you, and it costs less than UberX. Your driver may pick you up first, or they may pick up your companion first. The same goes for drop-offs: The Uber app will tell your POOL driver to drop off passengers according to the most efficient route. A great, cheap option as long as you don’t mind sharing your ride with a stranger.
The other Uber services
There are many other Uber services that are only available in a few markets: UberTaxi, For Hire, T, Cab, Español, Wav, Access, Assist, Pedal, Bike, Rush, Hop, and Lux. I cover all those in this article:
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