Airport Tips for Uber Drivers

What is the average daily income of an airport Uber driver in London? Do drivers need a special permit for airport pickups? 

London is one of the world’s most popular tourist and business destinations. There are hundreds of daily flights landing in London, either for business or vacations. Most passengers take a ride to the city center for hotels or rental shelters which means that the earnings would be worth.

Uber drivers can earn great money through each single airport ride compared to regular rides which sounds like a large promotion among PCO drivers.

In this article, we provide an airport guide for Uber drivers to answer some of the frequently asked questions.

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This article includes:

  • Average daily income of airport Uber drivers
  • How to take airport trips?
  • Best airports to take the passengers
  • Uber London airport waiting area
  • Essential tips
  • Conclusion

Average daily income of airport Uber drivers

Uber London airport
Uber London airport waiting area

As we mentioned earlier, the earnings would be worth as the passengers probably take a ride to the city center for hotels or rental shelters. Besides, the number of passengers is so high as there are hundreds of daily flights landing in London, either for business or vacations. Since the cost of Uber per mile is between £1.50 to £2.50, an estimate will tell you the average of each trip, if we consider that a normal drive takes 10 miles, would bring about £18 (this is only for UberX). Now consider an Uber driver accepting 10 rides a day. If we subtract petrol and parking expenses, the Uber driver can earn £150 per day. This means at least £3000 per month. (considering the average only!)

How to take an airport trip?

Similar to daily trips, airport trips of Uber proceed the same way. Taking Uber airport trips is done through the usual 3 steps:

  1. Find the appropriate choice
  2. Confirm the trip
  3. Start the trip

Note that finding and accepting trips by Uber airport service is similar on both passenger and driver side.

Riders can also refer to Uber’s official website, through searching Uber airport pickup registration and find the closest drivers by selecting the region.

Best Airports to take Passengers

Estimations show that all the 6 airports of London are good places for Uber drivers to find their passengers. Airports of London include:

  • Heathrow airport (the most crowded)
  • Luton airport
  • Gatwick airport
  • City airport
  • Stansted airport
  • Southend airport (the least crowded)

Southend airport has less passengers than the other five while travel to the city is longer and more expensive from Gatwick, Luton or Stansted. Besides, Luton and Stansted are mostly used by budget airlines. However, Heathrow is still the most popular location for Uber drivers.

Uber London airport waiting area

Uber London airport

The only challenge left for Uber drivers is where to park their cars while they are waiting for passengers. In other words, Uber drivers need a waiting area (a parking lot probably) to wait for passengers. There are some parking lot around the mentioned airports that we will say the details:

Uber Heathrow waiting area

A close parking lot to Heathrow airport is in front of the airport which is open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Authorized Vehicle Area (AVA) is the best Heathrow Uber waiting area that can be booked and it is specifically for private hire vehicles and taxis. The fees for this waiting area is £1 per hour (up to 5 hours is allowed) and £3.80 for short-term parking.

Uber Luton waiting area

You can find two different Uber Luton airport waiting areas which are the car park at Asda or the car park on Gypsy Lane. Asda is northeast of Luton airport and Gyspy Lane is west of Luton. Based on the terminal you are planning to work for, you can park in either of them. The point is that both of them are free of charge for the first ten minutes of parking. Note that you will need to pay £1 per minute!!! As long as you are sure the waiting time won’t go beyond 10 minutes, mentioned Luton airport Uber waiting area are rational choices.

Uber Gatwick waiting area

Waiting at the High Street Park in Horley is one of the choices. But it might be full! If you had been booked, it is okay to park in the North or South terminal while you are waiting for the rider. Estimation shows there won’t be more than 30 minutes waiting time for this airport so it won’t make trouble if you park in the mentioned street or airport campus as Gatwick Uber waiting area.

Uber city airport waiting area

Uber London airport
Uber London airport waiting area

Gallions Reach car park at Tesco would be a perfect choice as City airport Uber waiting area as the fee is £3 for short-term parking. Note that the average waiting time for your rider is up to 10 minutes. If you have been booked, go to the City airport’s short-stay car park and leave your car. After that you can meet your rider in person at the parking entrance.

Uber Stansted waiting area

You can find 3 different parking areas around this airport which two of them are free. These two free Uber Stansted airport waiting areas are the Birchanger Green Service Station and the Mid-Stay Parking. The third parking area costs a minimum fee (£3.60 for short-term parking) and it is next to McDonald.

Uber Southend waiting area

As this airport is not very crowded, it is not a good choice for Uber drivers. So, we decided not to mention the Uber Southend airport waiting area at this moment.

Essential tips

There are a few Uber driver airport rules and steps to consider while taking airport trips. These tips help you be a high-ranked driver who is noticed by more riders.

Being on-time

Always be aware of peak hours. Some flights might have delays but most of them are in time and it is essential for you to know the landing times. Sometimes one minute can lead you to lose a rider. The best way to know the timings is to look at the check schedules of each terminal, frequently. In addition, note that the waiting areas mentioned above, can help you to be on time for your riders.

Free up some space

Most airport riders have luggage which means you need to empty the trunk before airport trips. If you helped the riders with placing the luggage, they will be more likely to pay tips and high ranks as well. However it can’t be guaranteed!

Uber to and from airport during Coronavirus

Although COVID19 made huge changes in routines, traveling is undeniable. But note that during the lock-downs, you may not be able to take lots of airport trips.

Don’t forget to prepare safety standards to protect both you and your riders. As Uber says no mask no ride, try to remind your riders the prevention ways.


While transportation has an effective role in everyday lives, private cabs would become more and more popular. This is the time that IT and technology (specially the internet) accompanies daily tasks and creates Uber as a useful transportation method. We hope that this Article was practical enough for Uber drivers to expand their ride ranges.

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