Will I be charged for the distance traveled by the driver to come pick me up?
The Guru Take
Not usually. Uber experimenting with long pickups.
No, in overwhelming majority of the cases, you will not be charged for the trip drivers make to get to your location for pickup. The charges will only be incurred from the time of the pickup and the actual drive to your destination. Once you are picked up, you will owe the base charge (i.e. "flagdrop") or minimum fee, and after that, you pay for the distance and duration driven.
There are a few exceptions.
- Cancellation Fee: If you cancel a ride before the pickup, you can be charged a flat-rate cancellation fee. How do I cancel an Uber ride? When do cancellation fees apply? (Rider's Perspective)
- Long Pickupf Fee: This is something Uber is rolling out in limited cities where, if a pickup takes more than a certain amount of time, you will start to be charged the distance driven by the driver to arrive at your location. In most cases, the clock does not start until 8 to 10 minutes in to the drive. What are Long Pickup Fees by Uber? When does it apply?