If you’re thinking of delivering for Uber Eats it’s helpful to know what their general distance radius is.
This post covers what the typical Uber Eats delivery radius is, how delivery zones are set, delivery time limits, and more.
The typical delivery radius for Uber Eats is 5-10 miles from the restaurants they partner with. Uber Eats prefers to stay within a 5-mile radius, but there isn’t a set limit. It can be more depending on factors like the area, market, and a restaurant or a driver’s preferences.
Uber Eats uses dynamic delivery and an algorithm that evaluates these kinds of factors to ensure quick delivery whenever possible.
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How Do Uber Eats Delivery Zones Work?
The Uber Eats algorithm ultimately sets the delivery zones and factors in things like location, number of restaurants in the area, the market in that zone, and more.
In more dense areas with many restaurants, the delivery radius might be set to 5 miles or less, whereas it may be 10 miles or more in a rural area. The algorithm can update or readjust as needed, too.
Restaurants that use their own delivery staff in addition to Uber Eats can also specify a set delivery area that they are comfortable with. Likewise, drivers can choose to deliver wherever they want and accept or decline an order depending on its delivery distance.
Does Uber Eats Have A Limit On How Far They Deliver?
There isn’t a definitive radius limit set by Uber Eats. However, restaurants may choose to only deliver within a certain zone that they choose. So if a restaurant owner wants to keep deliveries within 5 miles of their restaurant, they can do so. Likewise, they can offer greater distances.
Merchants usually choose a radius of 10 miles or under for the sake of keeping food fresh and preventing refund requests.
Most drivers say that they’ve delivered just over 30 miles, at most. The typical delivery distance is anywhere between a few to 15 miles from the restaurant.
Is There A Delivery Time Limit?
There doesn’t seem to be a set time limit for deliveries. Just like the Uber Eats doesn’t state just one delivery radius, there isn’t a set delivery time or a specific cut-off.
Many things factor into distances and expected delivery times, which are unique to each area and restaurant. The delivery times often change day-to-day because of things like traffic.
Delivery drivers can choose to accept or decline an order depending on the estimated delivery time and distance shown on the order. Most drivers report their longest delivery times have been just over 30 minutes. The most common distances usually only take 15 minutes or less, though.
Can Uber Eats Drivers Pick Their Own Delivery Zones?
Uber Eats drivers can set their own delivery radius preferences within the app. They can also choose to only be in the app when they’re in their preferred delivery zones so that it only shows deliveries within their original radius.
Drivers can also request to deliver in multiple cities, as well. This request needs to be approved by Uber Eats and they say it can take up to two weeks.
How Far Will Uber Eats Ask Me To Deliver?
You may receive delivery requests that are further than your preferred delivery zones, especially if they’re in a surge area. Likewise, you may get requests if there’s an order but no drivers available.
As always, you should be able to turn down the order if it doesn’t seem worth the drive time or if you don’t want to risk delivering cold food.
Uber Eats Delivery Radius
Uber Eats prefers to deliver within 5 miles of the merchants they serve, and most drivers report 5-10 miles delivery zones as the most common. It can be different depending on factors like the area, expected delivery time, and more. Restaurants and drivers can also set their own delivery zones.
Uber Eats tries to consider the merchants, drivers, and customers so that orders are always delivered promptly and reliably.
As an Uber Eats driver, you want to pay attention to how far you’re delivering so that you can deliver orders on time and still have profit coming in from your deliveries.