How to estimate a Lyft ride's cost

If you'd like to see an estimate for your ride, head to our cities page, choose your region, and enter your pickup and drop-off locations. Heads up: You can always request a ride without entering a destination.

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Payments for rides are calculated based on these factors:

  • Distance: total miles traveled
  • Time: total minutes traveled
  • Base Fare: the amount the ride starts at
  • Ride type: different ride types (e.g., Shared, Lyft XL, or Lyft Lux) have different base fares. See our cities page for your region's ride types and their base fares.
  • Service Fee: added to each ride charge
  • Prime Time: a percentage added during busiest times

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Upfront prices

Passengers in most cities may see upfront pricing when requesting a ride. We use upfront pricing because we want passengers to know what their ride will cost in advance. As a heads up, some passengers may not see upfront pricing.

Upfront prices are a close estimate of your ride total calculation, including fees, taxes, tolls, Prime Time, and any promotions. If your destination changes or a stop is added, the upfront price you saw won't apply any more. Instead, your fare will be calculated based on time and distance as usual.

If your upfront price for a ride looks high, it might be busier than usual. This can happen when there are more ride requests than available drivers.

Passengers on iOS who enter pickup and drop-off locations won't see a Prime Time notification when requesting a ride because the total price is shown up front (Android users will still see the Prime Time notification). See more about upfront pricing on our blog.

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Other factors

Shared ride charges are calculated before the ride. Because we are aiming to match you with passengers along your route, you're required to enter a drop-off address up front and given a fixed price.

During your ride, if you change your destination, make multiple stops, or attempt to abuse the Lyft platform, we may cancel the fare quote and charge you a variable fare based on the time and distance of your ride.

In select cities, after entering your destination, you’ll see the exact price of your ride before tapping ‘Request’. Note: If this isn’t yet available, you’ll see the ‘Fare Estimate’, which tells you the ride's price range.

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