Does Uber Eats take cash? It’s a question you might be asking yourself if you’re looking to order food with Uber Eats, but don’t want to use a credit or debit card or another payment method.
In this post, we’ll answer whether or not Uber Eats takes cash. The short answer is that Uber Eats does not take cash in the United States. However, it does take cash in select countries throughout the world.
Does Uber Eats Take Cash?
In the United States, Uber East does not take cash. If you want to pay for your Uber Eats order, you have to pay via the app using a credit card or debit card, or another online payment option. Uber Eats drivers in the US do not carry cash and cannot accept cash payments for your order.
Here’s what you can use to pay for your Uber Eats order in the United States:
1. Credit or Debit Card. Uber Eats accepts all major credit or debit cards (i.e. Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover). This is usually the easiest payment method and the way I usually pay for my orders.
2. Apple Pay. If you have an iPhone, you can pay for your order using Apple Pay. This is a fast, safe, and convenient option to pay for your order since you can add your cards to Apple Pay, then pay with that (rather than having to add your card again to Uber Eats).
3. PayPal. If you have PayPal set up, you can pay for your order using PayPal. You’ll just need to link it to Uber Eats.
4. Venmo. Venmo is another online payment option you can use to pay for your orders. You’ll need to link your Venmo account to Uber Eats, which is easily done via the Uber Eats app.
5. Gift Cards. If you have Uber gift cards, you can use those to pay for your Uber Eats order too.
6. Uber Credits. Some people may have Uber credits in their Uber Eats account. You can use these credits to pay for all or part of your order.
Tipping Uber Eats Drivers With Cash
Uber Eats gives customers the option to leave a tip when placing an order with the app. Uber drivers keep 100% of the tips they receive, so if you tip via the Uber Eats app, the driver will receive 100% of the tip.
If you want, you can opt to tip via cash instead. When your driver arrives, simply give them the cash tip.
One important thing to note is that Uber Eats drivers don’t expect cash tips, so if you don’t tip in the app, the payout that the Uber Eats driver will see is going to be a low amount. If the payout is too low, many drivers won’t accept the delivery request, which means you could be waiting a while for your order to be accepted by a driver.
My advice is to tip in the app so that the drivers see you have tipped and will pick up your order. It’s riskier for a driver to accept an order without a tip and hope for a cash tip.
Where Does Uber Eats Take Cash?
Uber Eats accepts cash payments in a few countries. A few countries where cash payments are accepted include:
- Saudi Arabia
There are more countries that take cash and this is not intended to be an exhaustive list. Rather, it’s intended to be a sampling of countries where Uber Eats takes cash.
In general, the countries where Uber Eats accepts cash payments are ones where cash is regularly used and fewer people use credit cards. This is why Uber Eats in the United States does not take cash, since credit cards and online payment methods are widely used.
In the United States, Uber Eats does not take cash. If you are placing an order, you are going to have to pay for it using a credit card, debit card, or some other accepted online payment method.
You can still leave your driver a cash tip in the United States. However, I don’t recommend doing that unless you are providing a cash tip in addition to leaving a tip in the app. This is because Uber Eats drivers decide whether to accept a specific order based on the payout they are receiving for it. If you don’t leave a tip in the app, the payout is often too small for drivers to want to accept the order.
I hope that information is helpful. Please feel free to leave any questions or comments below. If you’re interested in learning more about how Uber Eats works from the driver’s side, you can check out this post: Uber Eats Driver: Delivering For Uber Eats.