On Fri Sept 17 at 3:17 pm, I took Uber from Point A in Bethesda MD to Point B in Washington DC. The total fare was $38.08. On Friday Sept 22 at 6:25, I went from Point B to Point A (by a different, longer route), and the fare was $18.23. Both rides were exactly 30 minutes. How is it possible that one ride cost more than twice as much as the other?
On Fri Sept 17 at 3:17 pm, I took Uber from Point A in Bethesda MD to Point ...
The Guru Take
Difference in Fares
This is a great question. There is a formula used to calculate the price of your ride which includes the distance and travel time. However, rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft also consider the current demand when they issue fares. This means that the more people requesting a ride at once, the more expensive it will be (generally). The surge pricing model is used to incentivize drivers to work during busy hours when many people are requesting a ride. So, this might be why one of your rides was more expensive than the other.