A Newbie’s Guide to Uber’s Different Ride Types and Options

A Newbie’s Guide to Uber’s Different Ride Types and Options.

Uber’s Different Ride Types and Options: Uber is a ride-hailing transportation company founded in 2009 and is well known for its taxi phone app of the same name. As of December 2018, Uber was available in 63 countries and over 700 cities worldwide.

Uber’s 4 Basic Levels of Service


Want a private ride for the least amount of money? This is your option.

While the Uber website describes their economy rides as “affordable, everyday rides for up to four people,” this is a little misleading.

Economy options include UberX and UberXL, and with UberXL, you can get a ride for up to six people.


Premium rides are Uber’s higher-end luxury ridesharing options. These rides will cost a little extra, sometimes twice as much or more than UberX.

The driver will pick you up in a luxury car such as a BMW, Mercedes, or high-end SUV. Options include UberBLACK, UberSUV, and UberLUX.


Accessibility options are for people with wheelchairs and families who need car seats for child riders. Services include UberACCESS, WAV, and UberX + Car Seat.

These options will also cost a little more than a standard UberX ride.


UberPOOL (sometimes called POOL) rides are shared rides with other people who are headed in the same direction. This is the cheapest, but slowest option.

As with using a shuttle to go to the airport, you will have to wait while the Uber driver picks up and drops off other passengers on the way to your destination.

It is also not always available when you might need it.


The Differences Between UberX, XL, Pool, Comfort, Green, Select, and Black

  • UberX seats 4 passengers*. UberX cars are typically sedans such as Toyota Prius, Honda Accord
  • UberXL seats 6* passengers in an SUV and minivan. XL costs more than UberX
  • There’s also, Uber Pool and Express Pool (Temporarily unavailable due to Covid-19) are a shared ride with another Uber user heading in a similar direction as you
  • Uber Comfort seats 4 in a larger vehicle with more legroom
  • Uber Green is a ride in a low-emissions hybrid or electric vehicle. Includes a $1 fee
  • Uber Select is Uber’s entry-level luxury service that seats up to 4 passengers. Select cars are typically BMW, Mercedes, Audi, etc
  • Uber Black and Uber SUV is Uber’s luxury service. Commercially registered and insured livery vehicles, typically a black SUV or luxury sedan. Black is the most expensive Uber service

*Due to Covid-19 restrictions, seating capacities have lowered to 3 passengers for sedans and 5 passengers for SUVs.

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