Up until a recent app update, figuring out how to manage multiple stops and round trips on Uber rides was not easy. You either had to manually navigate your driver to a stop, update your destination mid ride, or come up with some other solution for something as simple as picking up another person or dropping them off. Lyft had a multiple stops feature way before Uber did, so this was an area where Uber was seriously behind.
Uber now has a multiple stops feature that allows you to add up to 2 additional stops, for a total of 3 stops. The multiple destinations feature will make it much easier to pick up and drop off friends, or do a round trip. Uber drivers will wait up to 3 minutes at each stop.
There are a few tricks to using the multiple stops feature, so read on to learn the ins-and-outs of using multiple stops like an Uber veteran. If you use this feature right, your Ubers will be cheaper and you’ll finally be able to do a round trip using only one Uber ride.
How to add multiple stops to your Uber trip
To add more than one stop to your Uber trip, start on the Home screen and tap the “Where to?” box, then tap the plus (+) sign next to the text entry box. You can add up to 2 additional stops, for a total of 3 stops. If you make a mistake, tap the X next to a stop to remove that stop.
How to add another stop after your trip has started
You can’t always mastermind your ride from beginning to end, so you may need to add another stop mid trip if something comes up. During your trip, tap on the driver’s info box at the bottom of the screen, then in the ‘Your current trip’ area tap “Add or Change” to add another stop or change your destination. The cost of your ride may change if your additional stop adds significant mileage or time.
Add multiple stops to do a round trip
Before the multiple destinations feature was added to the Uber app you’d have to request two Ubers to do a round trip, one there and one back. Not ideal. You could try asking your driver to wait, but most of the time your driver wouldn’t wait for you if your stop was longer than a few minutes. Another complication was that the driver would be forced to accept another request as you got close to your destination, so you couldn’t even ask the driver to wait if you wanted to.
Now, the multiple stops feature allows you to run a round-trip errand. Just remember that your driver will not wait for you if your stop takes more than 3 minutes. If it does, they are allowed to end the ride and move on.
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How to take a round trip in an Uber
The multiple destinations feature makes it possible to do a round trip in an Uber.
- On the Home screen, tap the ‘Where To?’ text box
- Enter the location of the errand in the second row
- Tap the + sign next to the second row and add your home as the final stop
With this method, you’ll be able to do a round-trip without losing your driver to another ride request. Just make sure the stop takes less than 3 minutes. If your driver ends the trip because you took longer than 3 minutes, request a second Uber and understand that it’s not the driver’s fault.
Why use this method? If you only add one stop — the location of your errand — there’s a high chance that the driver will get another request and end the ride right as you’re getting close to the stop, which would force you to request a second ride. Two rides is almost always more expensive than one.
Use the multiple stops feature to do this
- Pick up or drop off a friend
- Drop off a pre-paid letter or package at a mailbox or shipping store
- Quickly visit a store to pick up one or two items
- Do a quick round trip
Don’t use Uber’s multiple stops feature to do this
- A grocery store trip to stock up on a few days of supplies
- Order food at a long drive-thru line
- Any bank errand other than using the ATM
- Any errand that takes longer than 3 minutes
You can’t use the multiple stops feature if you request an UberPOOL
UberPOOL trips won’t allow you to add multiple stops, so if you need multiple stops you’ll need to request an UberX, or another Uber service.
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