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Washington, DC is fortunate to have a great public transportation system, making it quite easy to get around the city.

Between the DC Metro, bus system, and Capital Bikeshare, traveling throughout DC, and to neighboring Virginia and Maryland, can be fairly simple.

However, metro track work and traffic can cause major delays.

Uber is a car-sharing service that operates like a taxi but is safer, cheaper, and more reliable.  

With just one click, guests can request an Uber driver to arrive at a specific location and with a specific type of vehicle.

The cost of sharing an Uber for a family or group of friends is often less than the combined cost of individual metro or bus fares. In addition, Uber is usually cheaper than a taxi ride.

We understand that using an unfamiliar car-sharing service can be intimidating, so we've provided some details about how Uber works.

What are the benefits of using Uber? 

  • It's easy! Simply download the app, create an account, and then order your order driver with just one click!
  • It's cashless! Never again will you need to worry about carrying enough cash to pay for a cab. Uber users request drivers through the mobile app, and once their ride arrives, the meter starts. Fares are then automatically charged to the card on file and a receipt is sent via email and will appear on your app.uber dc
  • It's safe! Uber really prioritizes customer safety above anything else. All Uber drivers are required to submit to an extensive background check, including a three-step criminal background screening. Plus, because it's cashless, you never have to worry about any risk or hassle.
  • It's friendly! In our experience, Uber drivers tend to be much friendlier and more accommodating than other services. Every now and then you'll even get a driver who'll offer you a free bottle of water or some candy, just for riding!
  • It's everywhere! Well, almost 😉 Registering for an Uber account in Washington, DC doesn't mean you're limited to using it here. Uber operates in over 70 cities, all locations of which are available to registered users. Also, our exclusive promotional code "DCbyFoot" enables you to use that $20 in any of Uber's many cities.
  • It's family friendly! Uber in Washington, DC recently introduced uberFAMILY, which ensures that, for a $10 surcharge,  your driver will have a car seat so that parents can safely buckle up their little ones. Uber also offers uberSUV, which is ideal for those traveling as a larger group.
  • It's got a lot of variety! Besides just uberFAMILY and uberSUV, Uber also offers uberX (the economy option), uberBLACK (a high-end sedan), uberTAXI (a regular taxi, without the hassle), and uberLUX (a luxury vehicle).

About The Author

Canden Arciniega

Canden is a historian and tour guide in Washington DC with 4 published books about the city. She has written for HuffPost Travel and has been featured in the Washington Post, WTOP, and numerous other DC papers. She's also been interviewed by the BBC, NPR, Travel Channel and Discovery Family Channel. Canden is the producer of our podcast, Tour Guide Tell All With a M.A. in History from University College London and a B.A. in History from Elon University, she is an authority on D.C. history, and has led tours in the city for over 10 years. She currently resides in DC, but has also lived in London and South Korea, and has travelled to 28 countries. Her two children (both under the age of 4) have their passports and own frequent flier accounts.
Updated: January 20th, 2023
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