During the explosive growth of rideshare, Uber quickly became a global company that dominated the transportation industry. Still, this doesn’t exactly mean Uber is available everywhere quite yet. The first step to becoming an Uber driver or rider is figuring out if you’re in the boundaries of your local Uber coverage map.
Uber doesn’t provide one definitive resource to help its users figure out every city in which they can use the company’s services. For example, Los Angeles is listed as an Uber city, but a handful of cities included in the Los Angeles market (including Long Beach and Burbank) are not specifically defined. In addition, products vary widely from city to city.
However, with the right tips and tricks, you can easily figure out if Uber is an opportunity that you can pursue for extra cash or for a convenient ride on a night out.
- What Countries Is Uber Available In?
- 3 Ways to Find Cities in the Uber Coverage Map
- What Uber Services Are Available in My City?
- Frequently Asked Questions
What Countries Is Uber Available In?
While Uber originally started in the United States, where its San Francisco headquarters are located, it’s actually available in all six of the world’s inhabited continents. Within these, Uber services nearly 70 countries.
Here’s a complete list of countries with Uber markets across the globe:
- South Africa
- Hong Kong
- Korea (South Korea)
- Saudi Arabia
- Sri Lanka
- Taiwan (Republic of China)
- United Arab Emirates
- New Zealand
- Czech Republic
- Turkey (includes Asian parts of Istanbul area)
- United Kingdom
- Costa Rica
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- United States
3 Ways to Find Cities in the Uber Coverage Map
While most major metropolitan areas located in Uber-serviced countries can depend on the availability of the ride-hailing app, it can be tricky to figure out what Uber’s boundaries actually are without a visual Uber coverage map of the world. In this section, we’ll provide three methods for determining if Uber is available in your area.
1. Use the Uber Estimate Tool
The easiest way to figure out if Uber is available exactly where you need to go or where you want to drive is using Uber’s price estimator tool. All you need to do is enter your pick-up and drop-off locations and wait for the tool to load.
If Uber is available in your area, a list of price estimates for the city’s available services will appear below the “Request a Ride” button. If Uber isn’t available, you’ll instead get a message that says, “Sorry, a price estimate is not available for that trip.”
If you get the latter message, a foolproof way to ensure the lack of price estimate isn’t due to a glitch is tapping the “Request a Ride” button. If Uber truly isn’t available in your area, you’ll get a message that says, “The pickup location you entered is outside Uber’s service area.”
Admittedly, this tool has its limitations for helping you figure out market boundaries, but it’s an efficient way to see if Uber fits your exact needs.
2. Use Uber’s City List
Another efficient way to check Uber’s global availability is through its “Find a City” page. This is a complete list of all of Uber’s official markets around the world. Simply hit CTRL+F or Command+F and type in your city, or manually scroll through the alphabetically organized list to find your city.
The downside of this method is that surrounding cities included in the listed markets are not specifically listed. As an example, Tacoma, Washington is included in the Seattle market but cannot be found on the list.
3. Find Your Nearest City Page
Your city page is perhaps the greatest resource for figuring out Uber’s availability, thanks to one fact alone: It includes a visual Uber coverage map for your market. This is actually a fairly recent addition to Uber’s website that finally provides a definitive resource to help locals figure out their riding and driving options.
To find your city page, head back to the aforementioned “Find a City” page and find the Uber market closest to you. Then tap on your city’s name, which should be hyperlinked, to get to your nearest city page. The Uber coverage map should be displayed at the very top of the page and allow you to zoom in to view the clear-cut boundaries for Uber services.
If your market isn’t hyperlinked for any reason, you can take one of the following routes to find your nearest city page:
- Type the URL “uber.com/global/en/cities/city-name” into your browser’s address bar. Replace “city-name” with the name of your closest Uber market and press enter. For example, if you’re in the London area, you’d type “uber.com/global/en/cities/london” to get to the London city page.
- Google “Uber” with your nearest Uber market. For example, “Uber New York City.” Your nearest city page will likely appear as a top result. The title of the page will be displayed as something like, “New York City: a Guide for Getting Around in the City.”
What Uber Services Are Available in My City?
For riders interested in the exact variety of Uber services available in their area, finding your rideshare options is as simple as using the Uber price estimator tool and waiting for services to appear. You don’t even need to download the Uber app on your smartphone to get an exact answer.
However, anyone interested in becoming a driver will also want to know if Uber is even hiring in their city or for their vehicle type. This is an important step to take before filling out an Uber application because Uber sometimes stops accepting new drivers if supply is too high for demand (most common for higher-tier products like Uber Lux) or local regulations kick in.
Plus, UberX is available in virtually every U.S. market, but some international cities only accept professional taxi drivers on their service due to local laws.
To figure out if your desired Uber service is available in your city and accepting drivers:
- Type the URL “uber.com/drive/city-name/vehicle-requirements/” into your address bar to get to your local vehicle requirements page for drivers. For example, “uber.com/drive/washington-dc/vehicle-requirements/” will work for the DC area.
- Scroll down to view different Uber products in the city. If the company isn’t accepting drivers for a service, the service description will include a message like “Onboarding is paused” or “We are not accepting new sign-ups.”
Frequently Asked Questions
Once you’ve figured out if Uber is available in your area, all that’s left is figuring out whether or not Uber is the best rideshare service for you. Here are three frequently asked questions to aid your decision:
1. Does Uber operate in all airports located in their markets?
No. Due to different airport regulations, Uber sometimes is barred from offering pick-ups and drop-offs at airports, even if those airports are within the boundaries of their local Uber coverage map. To find airports in which Uber can operate, head to the Uber airports page and find your airport.
2. Is Uber available 24/7 in all cities?
Yes, Uber does not place any time constraints on when drivers can accept trips or when riders can request rides. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you can easily get matched at 4 a.m. Because drivers aren’t required to commit to specific hours and riders clearly aren’t required to request at any time, you may find it more difficult to earn or catch a ride at odd hours in smaller markets.
3. How does Uber coverage compare to Lyft coverage?
Compared to Uber, Lyft is actually available in significantly fewer cities around the world. This is because the company only operates in the United States and Canada, where coverage is comparable to Uber’s. Take a look at this complete Lyft city list to see if your city is covered.
Find Your Best Rideshare Options
When you know how to find your local Uber coverage map, as well as how to efficiently find Uber services available in your area, you can quickly figure out if the Uber app or Uber Driver app is worth signing up for. Uber is undeniably the largest rideshare app in the world, but ultimately, joining the platform is only worth it if it meets your financial needs in your proximity.
Brett Helling is the owner of Ridester.com. He has been a rideshare driver since early 2012, having completed hundreds of trips for companies including Uber, Lyft, and Postmates. In 2014 he acquired Ridester.com to share his experiences with other drivers. His insights are regularly quoted by publications such as Forbes, Vice, CNBC, and more. He is currently working on a book about working in the Gig Economy, expanding his skill set beyond the rideshare niche. Read more about Brett here.