If Uber has ever charged you a fee, you might wonder how you got the fee and how to get a refund.
Read on to learn all the fees that Uber charges, how to avoid them, and how to get a refund on unjustified fees.
List of current Uber fees
- Cancellation fee: Approximately $5 if you cancel 2 minutes after requesting a ride or if you take longer than 5 (or 7) minutes to come out to your driver
- Wait time: Around $0.30 per minute if you take longer than a few minutes to reach the driver’s vehicle
- Booking fee/marketplace fee: A variable fee charged on economy rides that scales with the ride distance
- Cleaning fee: $20–$150 fee for causing a mess in a driver’s car
- Lost item fee: $20 if your driver returns a lost item. Full fee goes to the driver
- Airport surcharge: For getting picked up or dropped off at an airport
- Toll charges: Passengers pay for tolls. Toll costs are typically included in the fare you pay to Uber
- California fees: California riders pay the Access for All Fee and CA Driver Benefits
How to dispute a fee
Inside the Uber app, tap Account > Trips, then select the trip in question. Scroll to Get Trip Help and find the menu item about your fee. Or, select More options > Review my fare or fees
To dispute a fee, go to Account > Trips, then select the trip in question. Scroll to Get Trip Help
More tips for Uber users
The Uber cancellation fee
Uber may charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your ride under certain circumstances.
The fee for canceling a ride is approximately $5, but the exact fee amount depends on your location and the ride type.
Cancel fee for regular Uber rides
You will be charged a cancellation fee if you cancel more than 2 minutes after a driver accepts your ride request and if your driver cancels your ride after waiting more than 5 minutes at your pickup location.
In some markets, your driver may wait up to 7 minutes before the cancel fee applies.
Shared Uber rides
You will be charged a cancellation fee on shared rides (UberX Share) if you cancel more than 2 minutes after a driver accepts your ride request, and if your driver cancels after waiting more than 2 minutes at your pickup location.
The cancellation fee for shared Uber rides is around $5.
Premium Uber rides (Uber Black, Black SUV, Lux)
You will be charged a $10 cancellation fee if you cancel more than 5 minutes after a driver accepts your ride request, or if your driver cancels your ride after waiting more than 15 minutes at your pickup location.
How to avoid cancellation fees
The best way to avoid cancellation fees is to be sure you want to request a ride and be ready to go out to the driver as soon as they arrive.
You can also avoid cancellation fees with Uber One, a $9.99/month subscription that offers discounts on rides and flexible cancellations.
You won’t be charged a cancellation fee when you have Uber One.
Can you get a refund for the cancellation fee?
Yes, but not always. Uber will typically reverse your first cancellation fee as a courtesy. But don’t always expect Uber to refund the fee if you cancelled after two minutes or if your driver had to wait longer than the allotted wait time.
Uber may also be more likely to refund your fee if you successfully requested another ride shortly after cancelling.
Wait time fees
The wait time fee applies to your ride if a driver has to wait more than a few minutes for you to arrive at their vehicle.
Uber begins to charge a per-minute wait time fee if you don’t board the driver’s vehicle within 2 minutes—or 5 minutes on premium rides Uber Black.
Wait time usually costs around $0.30 per minute.
If a driver cancels your ride as a no-show after 5 minutes of waiting (or 15 minutes for Uber Black), you will only be charged the no-show cancellation fee. Any accumulated wait time fees won’t be added on top of the cancellation fee.
The wait time fee does not apply to airport and UberX Share trips because your driver can cancel after only 2 minutes after arriving at your location.
The booking fee & marketplace fee
The booking fee is a variable fee added to every economy Uber trip. The fee scales with the trip distance, so a longer ride will have a higher booking fee.
Uber says the fee covers ‘regulatory, safety, and operational costs.’
The booking fee doesn’t apply to premium services like Uber Black, SUV, and Lux. And some states—like California—use the marketplace fee instead.
The marketplace fee is a variable fee that scales with the trip distance. It is included in the upfront fare estimate when you first request the trip.
No refunds for the Booking or Marketplace fees!
Booking and Marketplace fees are nonrefundable fees that cover Uber operational costs. You will only get a refund on these fees if the entire trip is refunded.
The cleaning & damage fee
Uber may charge a cleaning fee if you make a mess in your driver’s car. Your driver receives all of the fee.
The cleaning fee is usually between $20 and $150, depending on the mess or damage.
Cleaning fee schedule
|Small interior mess that requires simple cleaning or vacuuming||$20–$50|
|Minor vomit or spills on the exterior||$40|
|Moderate interior mess, such as vomit, large food/beverage spill||$80|
|Major bodily fluid mess, incident that requires cleaning inside of doors or air vents||$150|
If your driver claims that you left a mess in their car, you’ll receive an email explaining that a cleaning fee is being applied to your ride.
The most common cause of the cleaning fee is food stains, fluid stains, vomit, animal hair, sand, and dirt.
Cleaning fee fraud from drivers?
But wait! Can’t a driver say that you left a mess in their car just to collect an easy fee? Yes, but it’s not that simple.
Drivers must send photographic proof of the damage to Uber before they can collect a cleaning fee.
Drivers are deactivated for taking advantage of the cleaning fee, or could be restricted from receiving cleaning fees if they request them too often.
If you receive a cleaning fee in error, contact Uber. There’s a chance that they will refund the fee, especially if the driver frequently tries to claim fees.
Can you get a refund for the cleaning fee? Yes, but only if you didn’t leave a mess or if the mess wasn’t as serious as the driver reported.
How to dispute a cleaning fee from Uber: Open the trip receipt in the Uber app or visit riders.uber.com. Scroll to find Get trip help and find the item that says, “I was charged a cleaning fee.”
A text box will allow you to share details and dispute the charge.
The fee for returning lost items
Uber charges a $20 fee when a driver returns your lost item. The entire fee goes to the driver.
Uber drivers aren’t responsible for lost items, so drivers are not liable if you lose an item in their car. Returning the item to you is a courtesy.
To report a lost item, open the Uber app and tap Account > Trips. Find the trip where you lost the item and scroll to Find Lost Item.
Your driver will then contact you to arrange a time and place to retrieve your item. If you lose your phone, report it at riders.uber.com and use a friend or family member’s phone number as your contact number.
Airport fees & surcharges
Most airports charge a pickup fee for Uber rides. Typically, Uber will detect that your pickup is at an airport and include fee in the upfront price estimate.
You can view the full airport fee in your ride receipt after the trip is over.
Airport fees are nonrefundable. Airports charge Uber airport trips, and Uber passes that cost to you.
Uber passengers are responsible for toll charges, but you won’t have to hand cash to your driver.
The Uber app knows when your route includes a toll, so the cost of the toll is included in the up-front price you see when you first request the trip.
If your driver asks you to pay for a toll and you cover it, you can let Uber know after the trip is over by visiting your ride receipt in Trips section of the app.
Can you get a refund for a toll charge? You can only get a refund for a toll if you paid the driver in cash or the driver never used a toll road.
Temporary authorization charges
Uber may make a temporary authorization charge to verify that a new payment method is active.
Typically an authorization charge is around $5, which will disappear after a few business days.
Uber riders in California pay several fees unique to the state.
CA Driver Benefits is a $0.75 fee to cover the driver benefits that California voters approved in Proposition 22.
The Access For All fee is a $0.10 that generates funds to expand the availability of ride options for riders who require a wheelchair-accessible vehicle.
How to dispute fees, and how to contact Uber
You can dispute fees in the Uber app at help.uber.com, or riders.uber.com.
Inside the Uber app, select Account > Trips and find the ride with the fee you want to dispute.
Scroll to Get Trip Help and select the option that mentions the fee that you paid. Follow steps to request a review.
If you can’t find an option that mentions your fee, go to Trip Help > More options to find an option called Review my fare or fees.
At help.uber.com or riders.uber.com, log in and select the ride. Scroll to find Get Help, where you will find options to dispute a fee or request a fare review.
Uber typically stands behind their fees and surcharges, but you can get your money back if the fee was in error or if you can convincingly make your case.
Timothy Beaudoin says
I tried to cancel by calling the driver but he still showed up.. I told him that I didn’t want any ride, and he was very rude and disrespectful towards me! You should have drivers take a politeness test before you hire them.
Doug H says
It’s not great that the driver was rude to you, but it’s up to you to cancel if you decide you no longer want a ride.
Pete aldrete says
I tried to get two Uber’s but no cars were available so I cancelled them. I hope that my account will not be charged for any of these fees.. but it looks like I have been so let’s figure this out please
Also if you don’t want a cancellation fee then BE READY when we get there. I used to wait over the 4 minutes but many people will try and take advantage and act like our time doesn’t matter. Now I will send a text at 2 mins and if no reply then at 4mins I am gone with app of for a few so I don’t get matched with the person I just cancelled on. Today my first ride on the day at 7am I drove 25mins to pick them up, I was in the driveway and they never responded, $11 fee and I don’t feel bad one bit as they had plenty of time to be ready.
What happens if you order a ride in advance ( the day before) but when it’s time to ride there are no drivers available? Are you still charged a cancellation fee?