Inauguration 2013


Every four years, bright-eyed hopefuls and experienced politicos alike gather together in our nation’s capital to celebrate the presidential inauguration. Whether rain or shine (or a repeat of the tundra-like conditions in 2009), residents and guests of the District will be out in force needing stylish rides to the balls, the parade, or to escape the crowds as quickly as possible!

As always, Uber is here to offer a convenient and reliable ride. With lots of roads closed on Monday and plenty of parties to attend, please read on for some tips on ensuring the best possible Uber experience this weekend!

Be a Savvy Requester

  • Plan ahead. We have adjusted our estimated arrival times to keep them accurate, but with road closures and heavy traffic, traveling may take a little longer than usual.
  • Request outside of road closures (Monday only) to make sure your driver can get to you. While we’d love to fly you out with a Secret Service-style #UberChopper, we don’t have those quite yet! 😉
  • Don’t hesitate to call your driver. Give your driver a ring if you have trouble finding them, and be sure their name and vehicle matches the details provided in the app.

Request outside the closed and restricted areas to ensure your driver can reach you!


No Sticker Shock

Increased traffic and road closures may mean slightly longer trips and slightly higher prices than usual. Use the fare estimator in the Uber iPhone app to get an idea of what your trip should cost, but please keep in mind traffic delays could impact your fare.

While we will definitely have a record number of drivers on the road, we do expect this weekend to be one of our busiest ever! For black car requests, surge pricing may be active during peak times to ensure you have a reliable ride when you need one. You will always be notified in advance of booking your ride, so please pay close attention to those notification screens and use the fare estimator in the iPhone app to see how much your ride might cost.


Stay Warm!

A few lucky riders will receive exclusive Uber warming kits, complete with Uber-branded scarves and gloves for their inauguration-day rides. We’re also stocking as many Uber black cars as possible with hand warmers to get you through the chilly weather on Monday!

And as always, keep an eye on the @Uber_DC Twitter account for last-minute details, and don’t hesitate to give us a shout online or at with any questions or concerns.

Enjoy the Inauguration!

– Team Uber DC