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Does Uber charge per person?

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While Uber is a popular choice amongst people globally when they think of booking a cab to travel from one location to the next, one can change their mind if the price of a ride is too high. This might lead to their potential customer heading to a rival ride-sharing app and leading to an overall loss to the company in both popularity and finances.

Hence, in this article, we will be figuring out whether Uber charges per capita in one cab and what constitutes the calculation of the fare price of a ride.

Also read: Is Uber One worth it?

Uber’s policy

It is not as corporate or complicated in any manner. Uber has a clear and convenient upfront pricing policy that involves calculating the estimated fare, which might vary depending on a few factors, and presenting it to the customer before they book the ride. Depending on this policy, Uber has no way of knowing how many people you are booking the mode of transportation using the Uber app.

So if Uber is presenting you with an estimated sum even before you tap on Book Ride, Uber, being very transparent, is not charging you according to the number of people who will be present during the ride. Uber is charging you according on a per-ride basis. However, they do have certain guidelines regarding every mode of transportation, which are as follows:

Type of Uber rideMaximum number of people
Uber Moto1
Uber Auto2
Uber Go4
Uber Premier4
Uber X4
Uber Pool4 (One person is allowed only two seats in a shared service)
Uber Black4
Uber Select4
Uber SUV6

Uber Pool is a carpool service, thus here Uber will charge according to every person. You will have to pay your own fare if you are traveling as a single person occupying one seat. However, since you can request up to one extra seat, you will have to pay an additional fee for the second seat.

How Uber estimates fare?

If you are wondering how Uber calculates the total upfront estimated fee, then you can figure out your expenses through the following parameters:

  • The base fare
  • Expected time of arrival
  • Distance from the origin to the destination
  • Traffic patterns
  • Sudden surges due to high demand
  • Expected tolls
  • Any applicable taxes
  • Wait time fees if any

If there is a roadblock or a change in the drop-off point that can extend the duration of your journey, Uber might change the estimated fare according to the time spent per minute on the ride and the distance covered.

Also read: What is UberX? How is it different?

Sania Usmani

Sania Usmani

Always curious, calm, and a little crazy, you can find me daydreaming or studying. An avid reader, traveler, and graduate of Aviation Science, I love gaining new experiences in life and star gazing. You can contact her here: