Uber 101: Upfront Fares

Imagine buying an airline ticket without knowing the full fare until reaching your destination. Or booking a hotel room online and being told that the rate would be 1.3 times higher than normal. Yes, that may seem odd—but that’s the way Uber trips used to be.

In 2016, we introduced upfront fares. Upfront fares are calculated using the expected time and distance of the trip and local traffic, as well as how many riders and nearby drivers are using Uber at that moment. Now, when fares go up due to increased demand, riders are given the actual fare before they request their ride.

With upfront fares, there’s no complicated math and no surprises—you can decide what’s best for you and your budget. Read below for pro tips on avoiding higher fares.

Ride like a pro


Know before you go

If fares are higher than normal, you’ll see a note that says “Fares are higher due to increased demand” before you request.

Wait it out

If the fare is higher than usual and you’re not in a rush, wait a few minutes until demand slows down. Fares are updated in real time.

Fare split

Save money by sharing the cost with a friend by accessing the in-app fare split tool while you’re on a trip.

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