What is UberPool and how does it work?

UberPool is Uber's carpooling option (the name itself being a combination of "Uber" and "carpool").  Basically, it allows you to request a ride from an Uber car that is already carrying another Uber customer (or on its way to pick them up), as long as that car has room.  Then, that car will drop you off after the people who requested their rides first are dropped off.

The downside to using UberPool is that your car will probably take longer to pick you up and drop you off.  But if you aren't in that big of a hurry, UberPool can save you money... up to 50% of a regular UberX fare!

How to use UberPool

Getting a ride with UberPool is not radically different from getting a regular Uber ride, as we detailed in our How to Use Uber tutorial.  However, there are two major differences.

  1. When you are selecting your pickup (and drop-off) point and tier of Uber service, be sure to select (Uber)Pool.

  2. While your Uber car is on its way to its destination, you will be reminded at the bottom of the screen that you are carpooling with someone, and are thus paying a reduced fare.  Also, you will see the drop-off points of other people you are carpooling with (the smaller circles), in addition to your own drop-off point (the larger circle with your ETA inside).

That's a bit of information about UberPool and how it works!


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