Last updated on July 21st, 2018 at 11:14 am
What's On This Page
- Top U.S. Uber & Lyft Cities
- City Hotspots & Recent Uber & Lyft Driver Earnings
- Boston – Best Uber & Lyft Hotspots
- Denver – Best Uber & Lyft Hotspots
- Orange County – Best Uber & Lyft Hotspots
- San Francisco – Best Uber & Lyft Hotspots
- Washington, D.C. – Best Uber & Lyft Hotspots
- Chicago – Best Uber & Lyft Hotspots
- Los Angeles – Best Uber & Lyft Hotspots
- Philadelphia – Best Uber & Lyft Hotspots
Top U.S. Uber & Lyft Cities
The top cities to Uber or Lyft in the U.S. are:
- Orange County, CA
- San Francisco
- Washington, D.C.
- Los Angeles
Lyft is currently offering massive sign up bonuses ($400 – $1000) in all of the above cities. To see what the Lyft sign up bonus is in your city, click the “Lyft Bonus” button below. While Uber no longer offers cash sign up bonuses, they do offer guaranteed earnings when you sign up. To see what the Uber guarantee is in your city, click the “Uber Guarantee” button below.
Keep in mind that when you just start out, your earnings are more likely to be in the $15 to $20 per hour range, even in these markets. After you learn your way around for a few weeks, and figure out the best areas and driving times for your city, your earnings should increase. Almost all drivers earn more during their second 100 rides, than the first 100.
Besides the cities listed above, there are plenty of other great Uber and Lyft markets around the U.S. While overall earnings may not be quite as high in other markets, it’s important to keep in mind that most cities have a lower cost of living than the cities listed above.
Also, I left N.Y.C. off the list. Along with San Francisco, it’s probably the highest earning market in the country. However, it’s very difficult to be approved and get insured to drive Lyft or Uber in New York City. Suffice to say, if you sign up and get approved in N.Y.C., you’ll definitely earn over $20 per hour. Oh, and the Lyft sign up bonus for New York City is currently $400.
City Hotspots & Recent Uber & Lyft Driver Earnings
Below you’ll find a list of hotspots in each city and what some drivers have earned in the past few months.
Boston – Best Uber & Lyft Hotspots
The best areas to drive Uber or Lyft in Boston include South Station, around BU, Fenway, and TD Garden (North Station), Haymarket, Downtown, West End, and Beacon Hill. For more information, check out our Boston Uber & Lyft Driving Guide.
Denver – Best Uber & Lyft Hotspots
The best spots to find riders during the morning rush (and weekend evenings) include Washington Park, Chessman Park, Capitol Hill, and The Highlands. During the evening rush, the busiest spots are York Street, Glendale, and Cherry Creek. Also, Downtown and South Broadway will be busy on weekend evenings.
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Orange County – Best Uber & Lyft Hotspots
On weekend evenings, the busiest areas are usually Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, and Main St. by Huntington Beach. During the weekday morning rush, you can often catch an airport ride out of Anaheim or Irvine heading to LAX. UCI is great for short rides if you are trying to fulfill quests or reach a bonus quota.
San Francisco – Best Uber & Lyft Hotspots
On weekend evenings, the Mission District, North Beach, and the Marina are busy spots, as are parts of Palo Alto, and downtown San Jose. After rush hour during the week, the Financial District is usually a safe bet. Other busy areas in San Francisco include Pacific Heights, Berkeley, Hayward, Fremont, and Nob Hill.
Washington, D.C. – Best Uber & Lyft Hotspots
For the best places and times to drive Uber or Lyft in D.C., check out our Washington D.C. Uber & Lyft Drivers Guide.
Chicago – Best Uber & Lyft Hotspots
For the best places and times to drive Uber or Lyft in Chicago, check out our Chicago Uber & Lyft Drivers Guide.
Los Angeles – Best Uber & Lyft Hotspots
For the best places and times to drive Uber or Lyft in Los Angeles, check out our Los Angeles Uber & Lyft Drivers Guide.
Philadelphia – Best Uber & Lyft Hotspots
For the best places and times to drive Uber or Lyft in Philly, check out our Philadelphia Uber & Lyft Drivers Guide.
If you’re city is not on the list above, don’t fret. You can still sign up and generally earn up to $25 an hour in most Uber and Lyft markets. When you just start out though, your earnings are likely to be around the $15 per hour range. After your first 100 rides (experience counts in this job), you can expect your earnings to increase. If you think driving Uber or Lyft is for you, sign up now while the Lyft bonuses and Uber guarantees are high.