Uber changed the way we commute around towns and cities. Without having a car you can still cruise around your town like a boss in a car. But have you ever wondered how Uber fares are calculated? This is a mystery since, it varies depending on a multitude of factors.
However, there’s a specific set of guidelines that Uber uses to price fares in different places. Let’s show you how.
First things first, you should know that depending on the city where you ride with Uber, trip fares may be calculated upfront or immediately after rides end. Depending on where you live, you may see both or only the post-trip fare option.
This is the fare that Uber presents to you before ordering a ride. The fare includes, but is not limited to, a base rate, rates for estimated time and distance of the route, and the current demand for rides in the area. Uber also includes a booking fee and any applicable surcharges, fees, and tolls beforehand.
If the upfront fees is not honored, Uber will charge you a minimum fee which includes a fare based on the measured time and distance for your trip. Which, by the way, includes “any base fare”, booking fee, surcharges, tolls, and what the company terms as “other relevant factors” such as a dynamic pricing charge.
For cities that doesn’t have upfront fare estimations, you are charged either a minimum fare or a fare based on the time and distance for your trip’s route including factors mentioned above i.e. a base fare, booking fee, surcharges, and etc.
Fares are also influenced by location, and the vehicle option selected, plus “other factors.”
To cut the long story short, you can use Uber’s fare estimate tool to see the pricing in your area. You’ll have to enter the pickup location and the drop off destination.