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How to pay cash in Uber explained

Usually, people who take Uber rides pay with credit cards, but Uber also allows you to pay in cash. However, this is only available in some countries. If you are in a location that allows you to pay for Uber rides in cash, you can check it on your app. However, you need to set it up in advance to do so.

In this article, we’ll look at how you can pay for an Uber ride in cash and tell you about all the steps.

How to pay cash for rides in Uber

The first thing you need to understand – paying with cash is available not in all cities, so your current location may be not eligible. However, Uber is adding more and more cities to the pay-with-cash method, so it’s worth trying, especially taking into account that for a lot of people that’s more convenient, than paying with their credit card.

Currently, there are around 55 countries where you can pay cash, so the chances of your location support paying cash are extremely high.

If you want to pay cash for the ride in Uber, you have to follow these steps:

  • First of all, open the Uber app on your mobile device;
  • Go to the “Wallet”;
  • Choose “Ride Profiles” and “Payment Method”;
  • Find a “Cash” option and select it. You can also select it as your default payment method.

There are no booking fees or surcharges. However, Uber advises cash users to carry a sufficient amount of cash with them, as there may be additional unexpected charges.

Also, mind the fact that sometimes the driver may not have the exact change. Uber will usually cover the cost the first time. In subsequent scenarios, the app will add some credit to the profile.

If you pay cash – you will also get a receipt via email after paying cash.

Keep in mind that you won’t be able to pay in cash unless you have set your payment method as cash. If your card is a registered payment method, but you want to pay in cash, it won’t be allowed.

Should you pay cash to Uber driver?

Yes, while paying with a credit card – Uber charges the amount automatically, in case you choose to pay cash, you will need to pay a driver once you’ll arrive at the destination.

That’s up to you to decide whether you would give driver tips, but I suggest taking this decision basing on the exact country’s culture. For example, in the US tips are welcome, while in Japan they would be seen as a way to offend a driver.

Also, keep in mind that there may be a dispute about the price – in this case, it’s always better to contact support, rather than argue with the driver, Uber customer service will help you to resolve the problem.

As I already said, if you’ve chosen another payment method – you can’t pay cash. So keep that in mind.

What’s the difference between paying cash and Uber Cash?

Don’t confuse paying cash with Uber Cash (even I confused them for the first time), but they are different features. While paying cash is just an option, that allows you to pay with cash. Uber Cash is a virtual wallet with money on it that you can use to pay for Uber rides and for Uber Eats.

How to pay with Uber Cash explained

  • Go to Uber app.
  • Go to Payments.
  • Tap on Add Funds and add them to your Uber Cash balance.
  • Choose the funding method.
  • Tap on Purchase.
  • Now, you can go to the Wallet.
  • Then, go to the Ride profiles and choose Payment Method.
  • Here, you need to find Uber Cash and select it.

There are a lot of funding ways – you can use a credit card, debit card, PayPal, and even Venmo, so you’re free to choose the one you like the most.

But keep in mind that Uber Cash isn’t international – that means you can use your funds only in-country you’ve purchased funds in. So that’s not the best option for traveling.

How to pay cash with Uber Eats

You can’t cash with Uber Eats in the US, as for now. However, Uber is expecting a pay-with-cash feature among different countries.

Here’s how you can pay cash with Uber Eats:

  • Open Uber Eats app.
  • Choose a restaurant for delivery.
  • Make your order.
  • Go to View Cart.
  • On the bottom of the screen – tap on Payment Method.
  • Choose Cash.
  • Tap on Place Order.
  • Pay with cash for a driver once your food is delivered.



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