Rider Question:ย โ˜… How many people can ride in an Uber? In this post we will explain the passenger capacity for the most common vehicle types.

Answer: We have put together a table on Uber rider capacity. Some services may not be available in your city.

uberXย  (low-cost option ) – 1-4 ridersuberBLACK (Luxury option) – 1-4 riders
Uber Car Seat – (low-cost| $10 surcharge)1-4 riders (including car seat)UberSELECT (Premium option) – 1-4 riders
uberPool (shared riding option) – 1-2 ridersuberX WAV (wheelchair accessible) 1-4 riders
uberXL – (low-cost SUV option) 1-6 ridersuberSUV (Luxury SUV option) – 1-6 riders

ย It’s very important to know how many can ride because if you overbook your trip, you could very well get hit with an up-charge adjustment email from Big Brother Uber. Meaning your trip can cost more than you expected..How Many People Can Ride In An Uber

โ˜› Here’s an example of when you can get hit with an Uber up-charge.ย 

You are leaving a party with some friends. It’s 7 of you guys altogether so you decide to order 2 separate rides, maybe.

You requested an uberX that can hold up to 4 riders because it’s 4 of you including yourself. Your driver comes to pick you guys up and you realize that he is in something like a Chevy Tahoe that can clearly hold at least 2 more passengers, you then decide that you will let 2 of your other friends ride and the remaining friend decided to just catch an Uber solo.

So 6 of you guys jump in an uberX ride, however, keep in mind that uberX max is 4 people. The driver might have even said that it was cool. Heck, you might not have even asked was it okay, you just assumed.

So a few hours later you get an email stating that your driver advised Uber that you had more than 4 passengers, therefore, you have been charged extra. So you are now mad and decide to complain to Uber.

Well, good luck on getting your money back.

Because technically, you are the one who is not following Uber’s passenger policy.

You can argue the fact that your driver came in a bigger vehicle so you thought it was all good, but understand that the Uber app actually shows you the “Max Passenger” before you even book a trip. Even if the driver said it would be okay, he could have said okay under the assumption that you knew the policy. After all the app shows the capacity.

Don’t believe us, open up your app now and you will see it does! This mean that, Uber doesn’t care if the driver shows up in a stretch limited edition limo, if you are paying for 4 passengers, then that’s how many that needs to accompany you on your ride.

Drivers Can Drive Larger Vehicles

See uberX drivers are not limited to driving small sedan style cars. They have the free will to drive any approved Uber vehicle they want to on the system. An uberXL or uberSUV driver can also drive uberX if they would like.

And yes, your child can be considered as a passenger too. Mainly, the ones who requires a seat. Not a lap child.

How Many People Can Ride?

Conclusion: Make sure you are following the capacity policy to avoid paying more. For example, if you order an uberX, you are allowed up to 4 riders. No matter what size vehicle your driver is in. If you would like to take more than 4, you need to cancel this trip and re-order an uberXL or SUV.


Page Updated: 3/1/2017
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