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All About Uber In Lisbon, Portugal


Over the years, Uber has experienced push-back as they launched in certain cities. These push-backs came in form of protests by local taxi drivers, bans and even fines from local police. Uber in Lisbon, Portugal is not left out. In 2016, Lisbon taxi drivers staged protests that resulted in traffic gridlock in the city. Local taxi operators were unhappy that rideshare companies like Uber were exempt from certain transport regulations.

Through all these, Uber has either stood its ground or retreated. In Taiwan, Uber stopped operations after it was banned for operating illegally. The ride share giant later resumed operations after it came to terms with state laws.

In France, Uber’s service UberPOP was quickly banned by the French government due to the unfair competition. The UberPOP service allowed non-professional drivers to drive with Uber, and when they were fined by authorities, Uber stepped in and paid the fines.

Meanwhile, regular taxi drivers were required to undergo formal training. This strategy adopted by Uber prompted an anti-Uber protest in cities in France that quickly evolved to Guerrilla warfare between regular taxi drivers and Uber drivers in France as taxi drivers flipped over and burnt Uber cars.

In Portugal, thousands of taxi drivers united and brought traffic to a crawl prompting local police to be on standby in case of violence. In late 2017, Uber drivers staged a protest citing the unfair fines meted on them by local police in Portugal.

It remains unclear if Uber has been declared legal in the city but the service continues to operate.


Drive With Uber in Lisbon

Driving with Uber in Lisbon is not complicated. Follow a few steps while deciding on a service that suits you and you are well on your way to earning money on your schedule.


The ‘Age-Factor’

Before you can drive with Uber in Lisbon – Portugal, you must know that Uber takes its age policy pretty seriously. This age policy varies for different cities. To join Uber as a driver in Lisbon, you have to be at least 21 years old. If you meet this requirement, please proceed to fulfil the steps listed below:


STEP 1 – Ready Your Documents

  • Must have a photo (clear headshot)
  • Drivers must provide valid driver’s license
  • Drivers must pass a screening process (details below)
  • Drivers must have an accepted vehicle (check below for additional info)
  • A TNC License.
  • At some point during registration, you would also have to take your car through vehicle inspection at an Uber-approved auto shop or Uber activation centre in your area
  • Vehicle insurance document (if you already have a car you intend to use)
  • You (driver) must be the holder of the above, or at least a listed driver
  • Ensure the vehicle registration number is listed
  • Documents must clearly show a valid expiration date


Note-It is essential to upload very clear pictures (jpg format typically has the least issues) in which all of the numbers and information on the pictures are very visible.  The name on the documents must match your official birth name and the name you provide on the Uber signup page.


Uber In Lisbon

STEP 2 – Signup

After you have gathered these documents and met the above requirements, you can move to the next step which is to signup online. The documents that you have gathered are what you would have to submit online. You can go here to sign up with our special referral link. This link redirects to the Uber official signup page.


STEP 3 – Uber Background Check and On-Boarding Process

Uber will typically take between 2 to 4 weeks to perform their background checks. Specifically, they will take the documents provided by the intending drivers in Step 1, and do the following:

  • A comprehensive criminal background check
  • Check to see if you have a clean driving record (to be sure that your license has never been revoked for any reason).

Subsequently, you will be tested on all of the general knowledge that Uber drivers are expected to have. You can prepare for this by asking already-employed Uber drivers for advice on what you should know for these tests. It is expected that as an aspiring Uber driver in Lisbon, you should have great knowledge of the routes in Lisbon without relying a great deal on maps. This knowledge is a must have for every intending Uber driver. After these tests, there will be a few more interviews and some onboarding sessions.


STEP 4 – Get an Uber Approved Vehicle

It is important to note that Uber has various services which require different types of vehicles. You should decide on which of the services you are interested in before buying a car (if you do not have one). See the section below on “Selecting an Uber Service” for more information. Your car will be rejected if it has major cosmetic damage or it is salvaged (was involved in a major accident and had to be fixed with parts from other vehicles or rebuilt). There might be some extra requirements (besides the general) depending on the type of Uber service you choose.


Selecting an Uber Service

Selecting an Uber service is largely dependent on figuring out which one of the available services you can afford. You have a choice between the non-commercial UberX, UberGREEN and the commercial UberBLACK.

UberX is the mid-tier priced Uber service, and it also gets the most patronage from Uber passengers across the globe for this reason. This is the category I would recommend starting out with.

With UberBLACK, riders should expect to be picked up by professionally trained drivers who dress to suit the service. Drivers in this service are held to high standards. It is the most expensive and classiest service with black high-end vehicles. This service always has a limited number of cars operating in cities. Vehicles under this service include Acura: RDX, RLX, TL, TLX, RSX, Toyota: Land Cruiser, Sequoia and others.

UberGREEN involves the use of electric cars in a bid to reduce carbon footprint in the environment.


What to Do if Your Vehicle Does Not Fit Uber Requirements

If your personal vehicle does not fit the requirements that are necessary for an Uber vehicle, it’s not a problem. You do not necessarily have to buy a fancy new car – a used car that meets the requirements of your selected service should do. However, many people tend to invest in a new car before driving professionally with Uber in Lisbon. This isn’t a bad idea if you have the funds. Please see the “Nice to Know” section below for due diligence you should probably carry out if you intend to buy a car specifically for Uber. You also have the option of renting an Uber Car through recommended Uber Rental Partners. You can find out more once you begin the online registration process here: SIGNUP ONLINE.



Uber in Lisbon Rates & Prices:

The current rates for Lisbon services are as follows:

Base Fare: €1

Per Minute: €0.10

Per Km: €0.65

Cancellation Fee: €2.50

Service Fees: €0

Minimum Fare: €2.50



Base Fare: €2

Per Minute: €0.40

Per Km: €1

Cancellation Fee: €6

Service Fees: €0

Minimum Fare: €6



Base Fare: €1

Per Minute: €0.10

Per Km: €0.65

Cancellation Fee: €2.50

Service Fees: €0

Minimum Fare: €2.50


STEP 5 – Uber Cell Phone

Once you have completed the preceding steps, you will have an option to receive an Uber-issued cell phone which will have the Uber driver application installed on it to give you access to Uber riders. However, if you wish to use your own smart phone, that is perfectly fine. You can read more on how to download the Uber driver app here.


Nice to Know

If you want to drive with Uber in Lisbon, Portugal, it is important to know that you will have to bear the cost of car related expenses like fuel, car maintenance, insurance costs, car depreciation, Uber royalties and other maintenance related expenses. If you want to assess the profitability of Uber – whether as a one man business (a sole Uber driver); or as an Entrepreneur with multiple Uber cars in his/her fleet, then you need to download either of our Uber Kits at the top right corner of the pages below:


That is all there is to know about Uber in Lisbon, Portugal.