You can find out the cost of a typical app like Uber, Instagram, Tinder and Airbnb.

Or you can calculate the price of your own app using the link below:

How much does it cost to build an Uber-like app?

If you want to create an app like Uber, you actually need to develop two apps: an app for riders and an app for drivers. Payment includes the following services:

  • Design 

  • iOS and Android native app development     

  • Back-end development

  • QA testing

According to our estimates of similar projects: Ryde Hopper and Sudz, and the time it takes to build a taxi app, is about:

$15,000 - $30,000

You can familiarize with the main features of an Uber-like application below.

How does the system work?

Taxi apps implement a request-accept-confirm workflow with two types of users: drivers and riders. It means that you have to build two slightly different apps, which would be connected to your admin portal: one for the passengers and one for the drivers.

Taxi apps like Uber typically have standard features such as the history of orders, profiles, search, admin panel, etc.

Riders need to register their account with the app provider to get started. Once registered, riders can get access to available taxis near their location. The nearest one in the vicinity will be called once the request is generated. In the meantime, riders can check traffic details, track the driver’s location, and get information about the driver's estimated arrival time.

For each taxi app, the process of the order consists of these stages:

1. Find a car

Upon opening a taxi booking application, riders are exposed to cars that are available cars nearby. As soon as the application is opened, the GPS gets activated to track the rider’s current location. At the core of the taxi app development lies the idea of providing a distinctive UI that manages to simplify the rider’s tasks.




2. Book a ride

Rider's generate the request to avail the taxi service from a taxi booking app. Once the rider opens an app, they are shown the taxis located near them within the map itself. Once found, riders can simply tap on the tab ‘book a ride.’ This action prompts the nearest car driver with a ride notification. Upon acceptance, the riders are notified of the taxi's location and expected arrival time. 




3. Ride arrival notification

Once the driver accepts the booking, riders are informed about their ride and are supposed to anticipate the same. Also, once the car reaches the pickup point, riders are again notified about the arrival of their car. This is to alert the user that the car is ready and that the driver is waiting for the rider.




 4. Review and rate the ride

Upon the completion of the ride, riders are expected to rate the ride and driver as a token of their feedback. This may ask whether there is a need for improvement in the car, the driver’s behavior, the driver’s knowledge of roads and the city, or anything that a rider interacts with. These ratings in turn help other prospective riders to know more about the experience that was given.


Uber-like app for passengers

These are standard features you can’t do without when building app like Uber for passengers:



Registration and Login

There are two ways of the registration:

  • to register and login using an email address. Users need to enter their mobile number; they would then receive a verification code, after this step they would need to enter their name, email address and password and they are registered. Then they can use the app to book the taxi/cab.)
  • to register using a social media integration. The other way they can register and login is through Facebook(any required social networking). They would need to enter Facebook credentials and they can proceed to use the app.

In case user forgets the password it can be reset through the app itself.

User Profile

User can enter more of the details here like add her/his picture and enter some more basic details that would help driver quickly verify and confirm the identity of user. An app also allows user to update the personal details.

Home Page

This page would be main page of the application wherein users would have the map available on their home screen. They can directly see their current location on map and ability to book a cab. Before they go ahead to book the cab, they need to enter the address of the destination. After entering the destination it will then come up with a message showing user the current location and destination address.

Ride Estimate

This option enables users to enter location of pickup and destination. In backend app would calculate the distance and depending upon the how many miles the distance is a rough estimate would be shown to user. This would help them understand how much it would be charged from travelling to location A to location B. This option is better for those who are not aware of the distance from their location to destination. In case of other they can estimate the cost from Rate card itself.

Rate Card

Before the user books a taxi, there would be option for rate estimate which would allow them to see what are the charges like base fare of minimum x$ for x Miles then x1$. This would help them to give a rough idea of how much it would cost them.

Cab Booking via App

Once the above process is completed, the application will look for available cab. It will come up with a message that searching for nearest car. Once the driver is selected, the notification will go to the driver, if driver accepts the request it will then be notified to the user. If driver rejects the notification for any reason, the same would be notified to user, so he/she can go ahead with booking other cab or other driver. Before the booking is completed, user will be shown the details of driver like his experience, picture, ratings etc. Same would be the case with driver, they would also be able to check user’s ratings, reviews, picture etc. Users would be notified by SMS once the cab is booked with details of driver, location and time. User can live track the location of driver after the cab is confirmed through the mobile app.

Driver Assigned

In any of above case, whenever a taxi and driver is assigned here is what user can see. In case of mobile app details of driver like his/her name, number and ratings would be displayed on user screen along with the car make and model and plate.

Post Booking

Once user reaches the destination, user can share the ratings and any comments he/she may have. This would help other users know the ratings and comment for any particular driver, this will ultimately help company to improve their service, or if they lack somewhere they can do this as well. User can also have a quick communication with driver through the chat option. If there is something to be informed or asked to driver, chat would help user to communication with driver and vice versa. In some cases if there is a need to have manager on chat that would also be possible. Manager can join chat and help user to solve the issues and assist if required.


After the trip is completed user can share the comments and feedback, user can rate the driver and trip and mention any other details during the ride which will help other users in future.


Amount charged would be displayed on user’s screen and money would be deducted from his/her account. They would need to add credit card details in the payment option in menu of the app.

Riding History

User can go on riding history page and know the details of previously booked cabs and location history as well. This may help they analyze and know where they book cab for and what all locations they have visited till date.

Notification and SMS

There would be some notification like, whenever user accepts request, rejects, or any change in plan etc. User can also be notified for payment and charges. Admin or system can sent SMS or notification if required.


Uber-like app for drivers

These are the main features that an app for drivers needs to include:




The drivers get the platform to register directly from their mobile app, but it gets approved and live only once the admin approves their profile.

Diver Profile

The driver can enter more of the details here like add the picture and enter some more basic details about the car. An app also allows driver to update the personal details.


The driver is provided with 15 seconds to approve or disapprove on any new booking requests. They are shown the PICKUP point along with distance from present location and also the travel distance between the point of pickup and drop.


The driver is allowed to update the passenger when he/she has accepted or rejected the booking, reached at the pickup point, and dropped the passenger.


Navigation suggests the best route to the passenger and onwards.

Booking History

The driver has the access of tracking the booking history and check the status of each that includes cancelled bookings.

Notification and SMS

There would be some notification like, whenever driver accepts request, rejects, or any change in plan etc. Admin or system can sent SMS or notification if required.


Anticipated challenges

Everyone who decides to create a taxi app similar to Uber can face these challenges:

  • Estimation system. It's quite a huge system with a lot of indicators that influence the price. The fare includes (but is not limited to) a base rate, rates for estimated time and distance of the route, and the current demand for rides in the area of the city where you’re requesting a ride. A booking fee and any applicable surcharges, fees, and tolls are also calculated and included. Therefore, the system should be well-thought-out before it can work properly.

  • Payment difficulties. Presumably, there could be two problems with making a payment. The first one can occur if a client doesn't agree with the fare (fare may increase if the rider travels to a different destination or makes extra stops along the route, or the trip takes significantly longer than expected). The second one occurs if a driver has a problem with the car and the trip suddenly cancels. 
  • Cancellation of the order. There should be a set of rules which helps to define what to do when a client cancels their order: whether they should be refunded if they have already paid and whether their account should be blocked if they abuse the system. 
  • Cashless system. Payment can be made by credit card, cash, Apple Pay and PayPal. Therefore, it's important to make a system for drivers that helps them to get their part of the payment regardless of the payment method.
  • Support. It's desirable to have a support system that helps to solve all the problems between drivers and riders with no hassle.

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