The Verge looked at the estimated costs of a 15-minute, 5-mile Uber trip in cities across the country:
What we found was surprising: fares vary drastically from city to city. A fifteen-minute, five-mile UberX trip in New York City will put you back $19.75. In Dallas, the same trip will cost you less than $10.
In fact, the formula Uber uses to calculate estimated fares is carefully tweaked to the market it serves. In Miami, for example, the base fee for an UberX trip is $1.20, with a per mile rate of $1.25. Just up the coast in Jacksonville, the base rate jumps to $1.25, but the per mile rate drops to $1.20. In Chicago, the city slaps a Transit Tax & Accessibility fee of $.30 to your fare—Seattle adds $.20.
In fact, Dallas was the cheapest ride among all of the cities they surveyed. Does the Verge’s estimate seem right to those of you who’ve used Uber in Dallas?