This page provides information about when you’ll be charged by Lyft, and how Lyft charges are calculated.
Select your situation below for details:
If you believe you were overcharged or charged in error after reviewing the following information, select 'Contact Support' below so our Support team can assist you.
Here are some common reasons riders believe they were overcharged for a ride. Check to see if any of these situations may have applied to your ride:
Higher price than expected
Riders may see higher ride costs when there’s more demand for rides. If your upfront price was higher than expected, it might have been busier than usual. Learn more about price calculations.
Drivers are encouraged to use GPS to navigate to your destination, but are allowed to take alternate routes to avoid construction, blocked roads, or heavy traffic when necessary. If you believe a more efficient route was available, let us know and we’ll review your ride.
Separate charge labeled 'LYFT *PENDING AUTH'
When you create a Lyft account, update your payment method, or request a ride, you may see a pending transaction in addition to your ride charge on your payment method. This isn't an extra charge, but a temporary authorization we use to verify your payment method. The authorization will never actually process but may show as "pending" on your bank statement.
The final ride fare you see in the app includes applicable toll fees, which are priced based on the local electronic toll collection system. Learn more about tolls for riders.
Added on a per-ride basis, the Service Fee helps support the Lyft Platform and related services, including a broad spectrum of operating costs and safety measures like insurance and background checks.
If you or a member of your group causes physical or cosmetic damage to the interior or exterior of your driver's car, we'll assess a damage fee and charge your default payment method. Learn more about damage fees.
Paid for a ride I didn’t take
Here are a couple reasons you might see a charge from Lyft. Check to see if any of these situations may apply to you:
Unexpected charge labeled 'LYFT *PENDING AUTH'
When you create a Lyft account, update your payment method, or request a ride, you may see a pending transaction on your payment method. This isn't a charge, but a temporary authorization we use to verify your payment method. The authorization will never actually process but may show as "pending" on your bank statement.
If a driver started a ride without, or you believe a different rider took your Lyft ride, let us know by selecting 'Contact Support' below and we'll investigate.
Family member or friend's ride
If you don’t recognize a Lyft transaction, check whether your family or a friend used your Lyft account or a shared credit card to take a ride.
Credit or coupon didn’t apply
Any valid ride discounts or Lyft credits on your account are automatically applied to eligible rides. See the ‘Rewards’ tab of your Lyft app to check for limitations and expiration dates. Learn more about ride discounts and Lyft credit.