- There isn’t a distance limit to how far Uber can take you, but the company has established an eight-hour time limit on trips.
- Uber drivers can take passengers between cities and states, though certain markets, like New York City, require drivers to have specific licenses.
- If you’re planning a longer trip on Uber, you should call your driver as soon as you book your trip to confirm that they’re okay with the distance — they have the right to refuse.
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There have been some very long Uber trips in the past, like a 400-mile trip from Williamsburg, VA to New York City back in 2016, a 650-mile trip from the DFW airport to Nashville, or the epic cross-country stunt by YouTuber Mr. Beast, who took a 2,256-mile Uber ride from North Carolina to California in 2017.
These days, however, you can’t use Uber to drive cross-country — not in one trip, anyway.
There isn’t a limit for how far an Uber can take you, but there is a time limit
Uber now limits the duration of any single trip to eight hours. Assuming you’re taking a highway trip with no traffic, that means your Uber could easily take you 400 miles before the time limit kicked in.
On the other hand, if you were trying to make it from, say, Cleveland to New York City, eight hours may not be enough time. But while Uber rides are limited to eight hours, once one ride finishes, you can always just request another ride.
If you’re planning on taking a long Uber ride, make sure to contact your driver as soon as you connect to ensure they’re okay with the long trip. Uber drivers pay for their own gas and maintenance, and if they can’t find a passenger for their return trip, your long ride may not be profitable for the person at the wheel.
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