Should You Tip Your Uber Driver? If So, How Much?

October 3, 2018

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Uber added tipping to its app over a year ago, but just how much should you be tipping your driver? Brett Helling, a former Uber driver who now runs a driverse resource called, tells The New York Times that he tips between 10 and 20 percent the cost of the trip, based on level of service. International etiquette consultant Julia Boyd agrees. She says you should tip 10 percent for average service, 10 to 15 percent for good service and 15 and 20 for excellent service.

"Many Uber trips can be more expensive than a standard cab. However, a standard cab offers a standard service. Uber drivers will often have exceptionally clean cars and fresh water for their passengers," she explains. She also notes that drivers are providing "a personal service which involves safety and comfort," and that it's an American cultural norm to tip those who provide this type of service. 

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