Just How Far Is Your Uber Driver Willing To Take You?

There isnt a limit for how far an Uber can take you, but there is a time limit

Uber now limits the duration of any single trip to eight hours. Assuming you're taking a highway trip with no traffic, that means your Uber could easily take you 400 miles before the time limit kicked in.

How far you can get in that eight-hour limit will depend on the time of day and traffic. Grace Eliza Goodwin/Business Insider

On the other hand, if you were trying to make it from, say, Cleveland to New York City, eight hours may not be enough time. But while Uber rides are limited to eight hours, once one ride finishes, you can always just request another ride.

If you're planning on taking a long Uber ride, make sure to contact your driver as soon as you connect to ensure they're okay with the long trip. Uber drivers pay for their own gas and maintenance, and if they can't find a passenger for their return trip, your long ride may not be profitable for the person at the wheel.

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5. How Long Does Uber Let You Drive?

If you are an Uber driver, you know that the best way to earn more money is to drive during the peak hours. According to an Uber press release, for safety reasons, you can stay online and drive for a maximum of 12 hours.

How Much Do Long Distance Uber Rides Cost?

You’re probably already aware that Uber will give you a live estimate of how much an Uber ride costs.

This takes into account how busy Uber is and its distance.

A similar idea applies to long distance Uber rides.

Is A Taxi Cheaper Than Uber For Long Distances? The more expensive the ride, the better value an Uber is. So, if you’re in a congested area and taking a quick ride, Uber and a taxi driver will cost roughly the same (although Uber is much more convenient). Generally, Uber is a cheaper option for rides more than $35 overall.

Pro Tip: Use An Uber Long Distance Calculator To Find Price

Did you know that Uber offers a fare calculator on its website?

That allows you to put in your desired start and end destinations.

Uber will give you an estimate down to the penny.

Due to various factors, those prices may fluctuate some, but you’ll at least have a good picture of how much your long distance Uber is likely to cost.

A calculator is also an excellent tool when you’re trying to compare services and plan your trip.

Long Distance Fares on UberX and UberGO

UberX is Uber’s basic level of service, so no need to worry about extra fees on UberX!

The standard calculator will cover your needs perfectly.

UberGO is Uber’s short trip service, providing riders rides around cities.

These cars are hatchbacks and are limited in carrying and seating space.

For cities like New York City, San Diego, and San Francisco, UberGO is great but it is not an option for long distance Uber and won’t even appear as an option when you try to book your trip.

Tipping Your Driver On Long Distance Rides

For a long time, tipping Uber drivers was a bit of a touchy topic.

Now, though, tips are encouraged, and you can apply them directly within the app.

All tips go to the driver.

Why Should You Tip On Long Distance Uber Rides?

Tipping on Uber isn’t necessary, but it’s absolutely something your driver appreciates.

Driver pay from Uber isn’t all that high, so any tips a passenger can provide for good service are very welcomed.

This applies even more so for long distance rides.

Uber drivers are responsible for their own gas and maintenance, so they’re paying for all the gas to drive you to your location.

You might also be an excellent traveling partner, but if you book an eight-hour Uber, that’s a lot of time for someone to be driving!

How Much Should You Tip?

How much you tip is entirely up to you, but the standard amount is between 10 and 20% of your total fare.

For a long distance trip, the kindest thing to do for your Uber driver is a tip on the 20% end of the scale.

But, again, consider the amount of time they’re working and the gas.

Tipping is never compulsory, but it’s definitely the right thing to do during a long distance Uber.

Book Today Your First Long Distance Uber Ride!

The rideshare company is the popular choice for many travelers. Uber rideshare long trips are really advantageous over other popular modes of transportation. They are affordable, convenient, and safe. When using Uber you can rest assured that you will be in good hands.

Can Uber/Lyft Drivers Determine Where They Drive?

While Uber and Lyft drivers still influence where drivers can go, recent changes have given drivers full control over where they drive.


The Lyft app has a feature called “Destination Mode” which grants you control of your itinerary at all times. You can set a preferred destination e.g. your home area, and you will only get rides that will take you closer to your preset destination.

It will remove ride requests to locations, not on the route. This limits the chances that the app will match you with those long trips where there is a higher chance that you will not get any ride requests on the way back.

How Does The Destination Mode Work?

Lyft’s Destination Mode is designed is to let you control the rides you get. It has two filters that help you do this:

  1. Arrival On Time: This feature allows you to input the time you want to reach your destination. You may get rides in any direction, even those that take you further away from your preset destination. However, once the app detects that you are nearing the time you set, it will start matching you with rides with the same route as your desired destination.

Once the arrival time you set is approaching, you will get a notification from the Lyft app reminding you to head to your preset destination.

  1. Head To Destination: The Head To destination feature guarantees that you will only be matched with ride requests that move you closer to your final destination. It will not match you with rides that require you to deviate from the route to your final destination.

How To Use Lyft Destination Mode

  1. Open the Lyft app and click on the filter icon in the top-right corner.
  2. Select either the “Arrival on Time” filter option or the “Head To Destination” filter options.
  3. Input your desired destination or choose from any saved addresses – you can save up to six destinations which you can select from in the future. For example, you can save your home address, work address, church address, etc. and select any of them based on your desired destination.
  4. In case you use the “Arrive on Time” feature, enter the time you want to be at your destination.

You can always change your arrival time or final destination by clicking on the pencil icon.


Uber has its own destination filter feature called “Driver Destination”. Like Lyft’s Destination Mode, this will ensure you are matched with rides that allow you to move toward your final destination.

How To Use Uber’s Driver Destination Feature

  1. Open the Uber Driver app and click on the magnifying glass icon at the top of the screen to open the destination filter page.
  2. Enter your desired location in the “Filter Trips Toward” bar and tap “Set Destination” to confirm your selection. C. Your location will be shown as a pin on the Uber map and you will see a “Finding Matching Trips” message displayed on the screen.

If you set arrival time, you may get rides that are not on the way to your destination. However, the app will notify you once it detects you are nearing your arrival time and will start matching you to rides to your destination.

Can An Uber/Lyft Driver Refuse Long Trips?

Typically, when you receive a ride request you cannot see the rider’s destination unless you accept the request. This means you cannot know if the ride is long or short before accepting the ride request.

You can decline once you accept the request and see the passenger’s destination. Although, this may affect your ratings and will cause the app to reduce the number of ride requests you get.

Another tactic used by drivers to reject long rides without hurting their ratings is to stall and force the rider to cancel. This way if the rider cancels, their ratings are not affected and they get the mandatory cancellation fee.

However, many people see this tactic as illegal so we will not advise you to try it.

According to Mashable, there are signs that Uber will roll out a new feature that will allow drivers to officially reject ride requests. Drivers will get trip information beforehand and can choose if they want to accept a ride request.

Such trip information includes destination, estimated ride time and mileage, ride type, and potential earnings range.

What Kind of Trips Do Uber Drivers Prefer?

Being an Uber driver comes with several perks, and you can do it as a part-time job. And apart from the easy requirements, the job can be pretty profitable. However, as with every other kind of job, most drivers prefer certain trips above others, and a knowledge of this can help you when requesting a ride.

Most Uber drivers prefer short trips since they can carry more passengers—and make money quickly. However, some drivers prefer longer trips since they can make more money at once. Still, it’s usually a good idea to let them know if you plan on taking a long trip so they can decide if they want it.

While Uber drivers typically prefer short trips in busy cities with surges and ride bonuses, they’ll take longer trips if they feel the pay is worth it. However, it’s more common for these drivers to accept long-distance rides if they can avoid dead miles.

Is A Long Distance Uber Trip Worth It?


If you’re someone who doesn’t want to rent a car or put a lot of miles on your own and doesn’t want to fly or take a train, a long distance Uber is an excellent option.

There are a few reasons why.

1. Convenience

When you’re dealing with flights, you have to schedule way ahead and deal with delays.

Uber lets you make your ride request at your convenience when you need them.

2. Security

Uber has many safety measures to protect both the driver and the passenger.

For example, drivers all have background checks performed, and Uber makes it easy for a rider to report any concerns.

3. Less Stress

Schedule your trip, put your bags in the trunk, and sit back and relax while your Uber driver does the rest.

What could be easier?

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