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Uber Multiple Stops: How They Work and What To Know

Last updated: January 28, 2022
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If you’re an Uber passenger and you need to make multiple stops during your ride, you’re in luck.

Uber offers a feature called “multiple stops” that allows riders to add multiple destinations to their trip.

Although it sounds relatively simple, there are a surprisingly large number of details to know about when using the feature on your next Uber ride.

In this article, we’ll explain how the feature works and give you some tips on using it effectively.

Can I Make Multiple Stops on an Uber Ride?

Yes, you can make multiple stops on an Uber ride.

Just enter the addresses of your destinations into the app and hit “add stop.”

Uber’s Multiple Stop Policy

Uber allows riders to add up to two stops to their trip.

However, keep in mind that adding more than one stop will likely increase your fare.

The policy means you can enter three destination addresses when you include your final destination.

Are Uber Multiple Stops Available During COVID?

Yes, you can use the multiple stops option while taking an Uber ride during these times known as “COVID”.

Multiple Stops FAQ

Choosing to use multiple stops during an Uber trip often brings up various questions.

Let’s review two of the most common questions asked by Uber passengers.

How Long Will Your Driver Wait at Each Stop?

Your driver will wait for a maximum of three minutes at each stop.

If you’re not out within that time frame, the driver can cancel the trip and move on to their next Uber rider.

What Can You Use Multiple Stops For?

There are two main reasons why passengers might want to use multiple stops during their ride.

1. Picking Up Another Rider on the Way

If you’re picking up another rider on the way to your final destination, adding their address as a stop on your trip will make things easier for both you and your driver.

Make sure to follow all Uber rules while picking up friends.

2. Quick Errands

Sometimes, passengers need to do quick errands en route to their final destination.

In this case, using multiple stops provides a convenient way to get everything done without wasting time waiting for another Uber driver to come to pick you up at each stop.

Are Multiple Stops Always Available?

In some cases, Uber doesn’t allow its passengers to use the multiple stops feature.

Multiple Stops on UberPool

When using UberPool, your driver will only pick up riders going to destinations along the route.

If you need to make stops at more than one location while using the UberPool ride option, then you’ll need to get out of the vehicle and hail a different Uber driver.

You can’t do anything with UberPool except share your ride with other Uber riders that you don’t know.

Uber lets you ride with one other friend when requesting an UberPool ride.

However, you can’t select the option to make a stop along the way to pick up another friend.

The purpose of UberPool is to help align riders going in the same direction.

If you need to use the multiple stops feature, you can’t use UberPool.

By the way, UberPool isn’t currently available in many areas due to COVID.

Multiple Stops on Uber Lux

When using Uber Lux, you can add multiple stops to your trip.

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Uber Lux allows you to order a luxury vehicle.

Since it’s a luxury trip where you aren’t sharing the ride with strangers, you can use the same multiple rides feature in the same way you can when using the regular UberX option.

How Much Do Multiple Stops Cost?

It’s difficult to give you a specific cost for the multiple stops feature.

Each ride’s cost depends on a variety of factors, such as the distance between each stop and the time spent making those stops.

Generally speaking though, using multiple stops will likely increase your fare.

Keep this in mind when planning your trip and budgeting for your overall transportation costs.

Suggested Read: How much does Uber cost?

When Can You Add Multiple Stops?

You can add multiple stops on an Uber ride both when you’re booking the trip and during the trip.

How to Request an Uber Ride With Multiple Stops

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Uber makes it simple to add your multiple stops while requesting the ride.

Doing so can be done in just a few steps.

1. Choose a Pick-Up Point

First, enter the address for your pick-up point in the “Enter pickup point” box on the Uber app.

If you’re not sure of the exact address, you can also search for places near you by tapping on the magnifying glass icon next to the text box.

Then, type in your destination’s name or address in the “Where to?” box.

2. Add Additional Destinations with the “+” Button

Once your pick-up and destination addresses go through, tap on the “+” button near the text box.

Doing so will open up a new screen where you can enter the addresses for your additional stops.

Input each destination’s address, then tap on “Add stop.”

You can add up to two additional stops on your trip.

You don’t have to input all of your destinations at once.

If you want to add more later, you can do that during your trip.

3. Book Your Ride as Normal

Finally, tap on the “Request UberX” or “Request UberXL” button to book your ride.

As long as everything gets entered correctly, your driver will take you to all of your stops without any problems.

How to Request Multiple Stops During a Ride

Take these steps if you need to add additional stops during an Uber ride.

  • Open the app and look at the “on-trip” feed. The feed shows you the current route so you can see where the driver picked you up and where he or she will currently drop you off.
  • Tap on the “+” sign again so you can add a new stop.
  • Enter the address. The driver will get the notification to re-route to this new destination and make the stop for you.
  • Hop out to do a quick errand or pick up a friend.
  • Then, your driver will continue driving you along your route.

How to Request Multiple Stops for a Ride for a Family Member

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The process isn’t any different if you’re requesting multiple stops for a family member.

Remember, you don’t need to physically sit inside the Uber car when using your phone to start an Uber trip.

  • Open your Uber app
  • Enter your family member’s pickup location in the “Enter pickup point” field
  • Enter their destination address in the “Where to?” field
  • Tap the “+” button to enter one or two multiple stop locations
  • Choose the UberX or UberXL option
  • An Uber driver will now make their way to your family member’s pickup location

Multiple Stop Tips

You need to keep a few tips in mind when selecting Uber’s multiple stop option.

Abiding by these tips will help you remain respectful to your driver and also avoid needless frustration on your part.

1. Inform Your Driver

It’s always a good idea to let your driver know about your multiple stop plans before getting in the car.

That way, there won’t be any surprises and your driver can plan for the extra time it might take to get you to all of your destinations.

You can do this by opening up the Uber app and sending a text message to your driver.

Just type “Hi” (or whatever works best for you), let them know that you’re going to stop at one or two different destinations on the way to the final destination address, and hit send.

Your driver will also see that you’ve added multiple stops and will adjust their route as necessary.

However, letting them know personally helps to set up a positive trip together.

If you’re feeling chatty, feel free to call your driver from the app, ask them how they’re doing, or share some small talk.

It’s a great opportunity for both of you to get to know each other better.

Don’t monopolize the conversation or take too long, however.

Simply let your drivers know your plans to make multiple stops and let them know you didn’t want them to discover any surprises on the trip.

2. Keep Stops Under Three Minutes

When it comes time to get out of the car during one of the stops, always make sure you let your driver know how long the stop should take.

That way, they know if they should stay parked where they let you out or if they need to look for a more suitable place to wait.

If it’s a busy city area, your driver may need to drive around the block a couple of times so they don’t get a traffic ticket.

Remember the Uber rule for driver waiting time: It’s three minutes.

If your driver doesn’t see you return in three minutes or less, it’s their option to end the trip and go find a new passenger.

If you think your stop might take a little longer than three minutes, then let your driver know about it before getting out of the vehicle.

Quality communication is the main thing in these situations.

You shouldn’t have any issues if you’ve established a good relationship with your driver throughout the entire trip.

Make sure you stick to whatever time frame you told your driver.

If you received their approval after telling them the stop might take four or five minutes, make sure you do everything in your power to get back within those four or five minutes.

Even an agreeable driver will end your trip after waiting six or seven minutes if you told them you’ll get back in the car within four minutes.

You’ll now need to potentially wait for another ten to twenty minutes waiting for a new driver to pick you up.

3. Understand How Uber Splits Fares on Multiple Stops

If you’re taking an Uber trip that includes multiple stops, there’s a good chance you’re wondering how the fare gets split up.

After all, it can get confusing trying to understand how each ride gets billed when there are several different destinations involved.

Here’s a breakdown of how Uber calculates fares for trips with multiple stops.

  • The first stop will get charged at the regular Uber fare rate
  • Each additional stop after the first one will get charged an extra $.50
  • If you make a final destination change (meaning you end your ride at a different address than what you initially put in as your destination), then there’s an additional $.50 charge

Multiple Stops for Drivers

If you’re an Uber driver, you might wonder how the process works for you.

Is it a fair process or do you get penalized in any way whenever your passengers add multiple stops?

The good news is that Uber makes the process simple for you to accept multiple trip rides.

All you need to do is accept the ride the same way you accept a ride without multiple trips.

Swipe to accept and you’re on your way.

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If a rider adds a new destination you’ll see the full route in your driver app

It’s also easy to see what’s going on as your passengers add additional trips while your original trip occurs.

The app shows the new address you need to re-route to.

It also reveals the full route so you can’t forget where the final destination address will take you.

You’ll be paid for the additional time spent at each stop

Don’t worry about getting cheated in any manner when taking passengers through multiple-stop trips.

Uber pays you while you wait for your passenger to pick up a friend or to run a quick errand at the supermarket.

Share All sharing options for: You can now make multiple stops on your Uber trip

Did you know that you can share your multiple stops trips with your family and friends?

You can do so if Uber uses its Follow My Ride feature in your city.

Here’s how to turn it on to start using it.

  • Choose “Follow My Ride” in your Uber app’s settings area
  • Select the people to share your rides with by choosing the “Select Contacts” button
  • During any trip, check that you’re sharing by looking for the blue check at the top left

Wrapping Up

The Uber multiple stops option turns the transportation app into a far more flexible tool when you need to take trips.

It allows you to pick up friends on the way to the football game, make a stop for alcohol on the way to the party, or run a quick errand into the grocery store while making your way to the birthday party.

Open your Uber app and give it a try!

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