Updated January 17, 2023

How Much to Tip Uber Driver

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You should absolutely tip your Uber driver. Here's how much you should give to say thanks at the end of a ride.

Waiters receive a 20% tip. So do massage therapists, hairdressers, and tattoo artists - the list goes on.

Uber drivers are no exception. They safely navigate you through busy streets, cyclists, and rush hour to get you where you need to go. It's not an easy earning opportunity and can get pretty stressful.

Adding a tip at the end of your ride is the biggest compliment you can give them. And this monetary gesture helps them make ends meet.

Calculate How Much to Tip Uber Driver

Use this guide to figure out how much to tip on your next Uber ride.

How much should you tip your Uber driver?

You should tip Uber ride 10% - 20% of your ride payment as a common courtesy. 10% if the ride was fair and 20% if the rider went above and beyond. This means the driver helps you with luggage or bags or you bring your pet along, etc.

What does Reddit say?
Redditors suggest tipping 10% if it's a straightforward ride where you're waiting for the driver outside your building.

Is it OK not to tip the Uber driver?

You don't need to tip for every ride especially rides where you felt uncomfortable during the ride or the car was very messy or smelly.

But if the ride got you where you needed to go in a safe and efficient manner, you should tip at least 10%.

10% is acceptable for average service and 15% - 20% for exceptional service.

How to tip the Uber driver on the app

It's super easy to tip your driver through the app. At the end of your trip, the Uber app will prompt you to rate your driver.

After providing a rating, you have the option to add a tip. You can always give a tip in cash as well.

How to tip the Uber Eats driver
The process is the same for Uber rides and Uber Eats. At the end of your delivery, you'll be asked to give a rating for the transaction. Then you can choose to provide a tip for the service.

Do you tip Uber drivers cash?

You can definitely tip Uber drivers in cash. In fact, some drivers may prefer it and choose to not accept tips through the app.

If you have a few dollars, you should give that to the driver at the end of the trip as a gesture of appreciation.

Do Uber drivers prefer cash tips?
Some drivers may prefer cash tips. You can ask your driver near the end of the trip which one they prefer before tipping. However, tipping through the app is the easiest option.

How much to tip the Uber driver going to the airport

If the service was good, you should tip your driver 15% - 20% for a ride to the airport. Airports are known for being chaotic and filled with traffic. This is a nice gesture of appreciation.

How much to tip the Uber driver for a long trip

If you're traveling a long distance, you can tip the standard 15% to your driver.

While Uber drivers typically make more for a longer trip, you can always give them an extra tip if the pickup or destination was inconvenient or difficult to get to.

When to tip the Uber driver extra

You're never required to tip the Uber driver extra. But there are some special circumstances where additional compensation might be appropriate:

  • If you're riding with friends who are especially rowdy and/or intoxicated
  • If you or a friend leaves their car dirty (especially if vomit is involved)
  • If you or a friend breaks something in the driver's car
  • If the driver picked you up in an inconvenient location

How much to tip an Uber driver for returning a lost item

Uber charges you up to a $20 fee once your lost item is returned.[1] This is to compensate the driver for their time and the entire amount is given to the driver.

You can certainly give the driver an extra $5 - $10 tip if the item was valuable/important to you or it was a speedy return.

How much to tip a Lyft driver

You would tip a Lyft driver 10% - 15% for average service. And up to 20% for great service.

Interested in earning your own rideshare tips? These delivery driver apps are a good side hustle option and let you earn on your own schedule.

Bottom line

Uber rides are super convenient and get you where you need to go. Be sure to tip 10% - 20% at the end of the ride as a common courtesy to the driver.


  1. ^ Uber. Get paid $20 for returning lost items, Retrieved 4/24/2023

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