There shouldn’t be any surprises about what you’re making with Lyft, so we’re here to help you understand exactly what you’re earning, and why.
WHEN YOU START DRIVING WITH YOUR PASSENGER, THERE’S A…
Base Fare: What we charge your passenger to start the ride.
Cost Per Minute: What you earn per minute in the region where your ride starts. Remember that your pay starts after you tap to arrive. Get details here.
Cost Per Mile: What you earn per mile in the region where your ride starts.
IF YOUR RIDE IS EXTRA SHORT, THERE’S ALWAYS A...
Minimum Fare: This is the minimum amount we’ll charge your passengers, and it includes the Base Fare. If a trip ends before you hit the Minimum Fare, we’ll round up to this amount. Unlike competitors, we do not take the Service Fee out of your Minimum Fare.
IF IT’S REALLY BUSY, THERE MIGHT BE...
Prime Time: When there aren’t enough drivers for all the ride requests Lyft is getting, passengers may pay an extra percentage on top of the Base Fare/Cost Per Minute/Cost Per Mile.
Because Prime Time reflects real-time demand, it changes continually. It might be 25% Prime Time at 5 PM as people are leaving work, and 200% Prime Time at 5:05 PM if a big concert is in town, too. If you’re in a Line ride, Prime Time is based on the time your first passenger requests your ride. See additional details.
WE CALCULATE LYFT’S COMMISSION AS A PERCENTAGE OF THE RIDE FARE.
To keep Lyft running smoothly, we take a 20-25%* commission from the Ride Fare (Base Fare/Cost Per Minute/Cost Per Mile + any Prime Time). A lot of that money goes back into the driver community, funding things like rewards and marketing to get you more rides. You’ll see this reflected in your pay summary as “Lyft Fees.” Remember that you can earn some or all of Lyft’s commission back with the Power Driver Bonus.
IN ADDITION TO THE RIDE FARE, PASSENGERS WILL BE CHARGED FOR...
The Service Fee: This helps finance a range of operating costs, including support and service fees, and safeguards that help keep Lyft passengers and drivers protected, like insurance and background checks. Passengers pay for this. In comparison, the competition takes this out of your Minimum Fare.
Any applicable fees: Certain airports may charge passengers a pickup or drop-off fee. Passengers also cover any venue fees, and other applicable fees or taxes that Lyft is required to collect. The Service Fee, airport fees, and other applicable fees or taxes are not reflected in your driver summaries.
Applicable tolls: While you pay tolls up front, the cost is automatically added into your passenger's payment amount so that you’re properly reimbursed. These will show up in your driver summaries. Get the details.
IF YOUR PASSENGER CANCELS THE RIDE...
We may charge them a cancellation fee on your behalf. The fee amounts are listed on the Lyft Cities pages, and will appear on your weekly driver summaries. For Lyft Line, you’re only eligible to receive a cancellation fee if your first passenger cancels. If any additional passengers cancel, you'll still be paid for the time and distance of your Line route, but Lyft will retain any additional cancellation charges. All cancellation charges are subject to Lyft Fees.
AT THE END OF A RIDE, PASSENGERS MAY ADD…
Tips: We built tipping into the Lyft app to make it easy for passengers to say thanks, and because we know it’s important to our drivers. You keep 100% of the tips passengers choose to give you (fellow drivers share some pointers here).
Your pay structure is the same wherever you drive, but the pricing breakdown is different depending on your region, the season, average ride distance, how many passengers are requesting your rides, and how many drivers are on the road. For Lyft prices, check out your city's page. For payments on Line rides, visit Tax Info & Payment in the Dashboard.
We’re always looking to protect your long-term earnings, and want to stay as transparent as possible with you. If we ever have to change prices, which may happen occasionally to stay competitive and increase passenger demand, we'll be sure to give you a heads-up. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
*Lyft’s commission for Premier rides is different. (Learn more.)
In New York, Lyft collects an 11.4% administrative charge for operational expenses and the Black Car Fund.