We all know Uber can get you to your destination, but when you’re just running a quick errand, what you really want is to get there and back. The question is, does Uber do round trips or do you always need to wait for a new ride home?
Uber has added a huge variety of ridesharing features since its early days, but making a single request that includes a return trip is something that many riders still don’t know how to do.
Luckily, it is possible. If all you need to do is make a quick stop, you don’t have to waste time waiting for a new driver match or spend extra on booking fees.
In this article, we’ll explain how you can request a round trip and save money on the Uber app.
- Does Uber Do Round Trips?
- How to Request a Multi-Stop Ride
- Adding Stops During Your Trip
- How Much Do Uber Round Trips Cost?
- Frequently Asked Questions
Uber doesn’t have a dedicated round trip option, but it is possible to request a single, round-trip ride by using Uber’s multiple stops feature. This feature allows you to add up to two extra stops to your trip, for a total of three destinations, the final of which can be your original pick-up location.
There are two major stipulations included in this service. First, you cannot add multiple stops to shared rides (namely, UberPool and Express Pool). Second, you can only spend a max of three minutes at each destination. If you’re not back in your vehicle within this three-minute window, your Uber driver can cancel the trip, or extra wait time fees may be added.
With this in mind, be aware that adding a return trip to your route is only a good option if you need to make a quick stop — perhaps if you’re dropping off a package or retrieving an item you left in a previous Uber ride at an Uber Greenlight Hub — and are willing to pay for at least UberX.
If you need to complete a full shopping trip or otherwise spend more than three minutes at any destination, you’ll need to request a brand new ride for your return. To reduce your wait time for your ride home, you can always ask your Uber driver if they’re willing to wait for you — since Uber matches you with the nearest driver — which they may be willing to do during slower times. However, they’re not obligated to oblige.
To request a round trip ride with Uber’s multiple stops feature, start by opening your Uber app on your smartphone. Tap the “Where to?” bar on your home screen to input your first destination. Update your pick-up location if needed.
Then, tap the plus sign on the right-hand side of the destination bar. You must tap this plus sign before entering any drop-off location.
You should now have two destination bars.
In the first “Add a stop” bar, enter the first place you’re headed. If this is the only place you’re going before your return trip, enter your starting address in the second bar and tap “Done” to make it a round trip. Ignore the extra “Add a stop” bar that appears.
If you have one more place to go, enter your second destination in the second “Add a stop” bar. When the additional bar appears, enter your starting address as your final destination to make it a round trip.
You’ll then see a list of Uber ride options and their prices. Select the one you want to request, make sure your payment method is accurate, and tap the confirmation button at the bottom of the screen.
If you forget to add your extra stop before you request your ride, you still don’t have to worry about requesting a separate return trip. While your Uber request is active, your on-trip screen will allow you to add a stop (or even change a stop) at any time.
Simply tap “Add or Change” next to your destination address before you’re dropped off, and you’ll be able to make your ride a round trip.
If you already got dropped off and your driver already ended the Uber trip, you unfortunately will have to request a new ride.
There aren’t any extra fees for adding additional stops to your trip. Instead, the cost of your round trip will simply be priced based on your local Uber rates for your requested ride type.
That said, your total multi-stop trip fare will naturally be more expensive than fares for a one-stop trip. Uber charges per-mile and per-minute fees, so you’ll pay for the time and distance it takes to get to both stops.
At the same time, adding multiple stops to a single trip can actually help you save money. Instead of paying two booking fees and two base fares, as you would if you requested two separate trips, you’d only have to pay each of these flat fees once.
As long as you avoid a cancellation fee — which can range from $5 to $10, depending on your requested ride type — by returning to your Uber ride within three minutes, setting up a round trip is a great deal.
All Uber round trips are still subject to surge pricing, which increases fares during times of high demand. Plus, at the end of your ride, it’s custom to leave a tip (usually at least 15%) for your Uber driver.
Uber’s multiple stops feature is a great option when you’re looking for a round trip ride. For more information about riding to your destination and back, read these frequently asked questions:
1. Does Lyft do round trips?
Just like Uber, Lyft doesn’t specifically offer a round trip feature. However, you can add multiple stops to any Lyft ride. This alternate rideshare app also charges for multiple stops based on standard Lyft rates and allows drivers to cancel if you take more than three minutes to return to the vehicle.
2. Can I still use Uber promo codes on trips with multiple stops?
Yes. As long as your requested ride type is eligible for your Uber promo code and the promo code is not designated for one-stop trips only, you should be able to use the discount on trips with multiple stops.
3. Can I split fares on Uber round trips?
Absolutely. Even when you’re using the multiple stops feature, Uber still allows you to split fares with your friends. However, keep in mind that fares are evenly divided between each passenger, so if a rider is dropped off at the first destination, they’ll still be charged based on the cost of the full ride, which includes the return trip.
4. If I need to pick something up, can I bring those items into my round-trip Uber ride?
Yes. If you’re picking up groceries, a package, or something similar, you can definitely bring those into your Uber car. Just make sure to request a ride type that can accommodate the size of whatever you’re picking up. For example, if you’re picking up a furniture item or a large package, you’ll probably need to request an UberXL ride since UberXL vehicles have 6 seats and plenty of space.
If you do have larger items to pick up, we also recommend calling your driver before they arrive to ensure they can accommodate larger items. Even if they can, they may still need to push down seats or move some items around to make it work.
Keep in mind that Uber drivers are not required to help you bring any items into their car or to your door. If they do put in the extra effort, make sure to give them a bigger tip (usually 20% or more).
Make Your Uber Ride a Round Trip
While the Uber app may not have a dedicated round trip feature, it’s still easy to get to your destination and back with one request. By using the rideshare company’s multiple stops option to your advantage, you can turn your ride into a round trip without accruing any unexpected fees. As long as you only need three minutes or less at your destination before heading back home or back to work, this is a convenient option for you.
If you’re doing an Uber round trip for work and want to make sure you get reimbursed, learn how to find your Uber receipt for any trip in our guide.