How To Create Your Uber and Lyft Driving Schedule

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Why Should You Create a Schedule

One of the most important elements to maximizing your rideshare profits is to create a schedule. I have found that when I have a detailed and planned schedule already configured before the week starts, I earn more.

In this post, I will provide you with my schedules I used to gross over 100k driving for Uber and Lyft. I will give you alternatives that may fit your liking as well.

Also, you will learn when the best times to drive for Uber and Lyft are as a full-time or part-time driver.

This information derives from ridesharing in the Bay Area (primarily San Francisco), but you can apply concepts I provide in different markets as well. Some may work some may not work. That is for you to find out.


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How You Should Build Your Schedule


When it comes to building your Uber and Lyft schedule, there are three major factors that you need to consider. 

First, you must understand when there is the highest demand for rideshare drivers throughout the day. When there is a high demand for Uber and Lyft drivers prices per fare increase to 2x, 3x and sometimes more. This is due to surge (Uber) and primetime (Lyft) which is a pricing algorithm system that compares rider demand to driver supply.

Second, Uber and Lyft both offer incentives, promotions, and bonuses to their drivers. These all vary, but these rewards typically deal with completing more Uber/Lyft rides or being in certain regions at certain time periods. To read about Uber and Lyft's biggest weekly bonuses click here.

The third factor is where you live. You may have to wake up earlier to beat traffic so you properly position yourself in higher demand areas. If this is you, early morning airport runs will be your best friend.

Once you understand these three factors building a schedule will be that much easier. 

I suggest you read the linked article below for more information.

Related: 5 Tips To Maximize Your Uber and Lyft Earning



My 100k Schedule


This is the schedule that grosses me anywhere from $1,900 - $2,200 and sometimes more. This schedule is from starting and driving in San Francisco primarily. 


4:00am - 10:00am
5:00pm - 9:00pm

10 Hours

Tuesday - Thursday

6:45am - 11:00am
4:00pm - 8:00pm

~25 Hours


4:00am - 10:00am
2:00pm - 8:00pm

12 Hours


8:00am - 1:00pm
4:00pm - 8:00pm

9 Hours


8:00am - 12:00pm

4 Hours

Total Hours

60 Hours

Remember, schedules I will list for you are always subject to change. The schedule is my base, but I am always prepared to alter it if needed. It all depends on events throughout the week.

By viewing the listed hours, you can see I would primarily focus on driving during morning and afternoon rush hour. 

I don't drive at nights that often, but they are definitely lucrative.

The 4:00 am shifts on Monday and Friday are airport runs. Many people come or leave the Bay Area for business travel. I found that on Mondays and Fridays there is surge/primetime for people trying to make their early morning flights.

These are big fares with no traffic and a great way to boost your profits. 

My hours on Sunday would correspond with how many more rides I had to finish to complete my Uber Quest Incentive.

Related: How Much Do Uber and Lyft Drivers Actually Make?

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Two Alternative Full Time Schedules



Friday & Saturday Grinder

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Monday - Thursday

6:45am - 11:00am
3:00pm - 8:00pm

~36 Hours


6:45am - 10:00am
3:00pm - 11:00pm
1am - 2:30am

~13 Hours


9:30am - 1:00pm
5:00pm - 11:00pm
1:00am - 2:30am

11 Hours


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Total Hours

~60 Hours


The Early Bird

(Morning Airport Runs Master)

Monday - Friday

4:00am - 10:00am
4:00pm - 7:00pm

45 Hours


4:00am - 11:00am

7 Hours


4:00am - 11:00am

7 Hours

Total Hours

59 Hours

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The Best Times During the Day to Rideshare


Let's breakdown the time slots in the day that are the best for Uber and Lyft drivers. As a rideshare driver you need to understand that sometimes you will see great surge/primetime and sometimes you won't. The times listed below give you the best opportunities to see the best surge/primetime so you can make more. I put an * on the three most consistent, best times to drive (in my opinion).

This is a great resource for part time drivers looking to maximize their profits in shorter time periods. 

Related: My Top 10 Uber and Lyft Rides of 2017



Monday - Friday 

*4:00am - 5:30am

Airport Runs

*6:45am - 9:00am

Morning Commuters

3:00pm/5:00pm - 7:00pm

Afternoon Commuters

9:00pm - 11:00pm

Airport Runs/Pick Ups
People Leaving Restaurants



Friday and Saturday Night

9:30pm - 11:00pm

People to Bars/Clubs
Concerts/Sports Ending

*1:00am - 2:30am

People Leaving Bars/Clubs


Saturday and Sunday

4:00am - 8:00am

Airport Runs

8:00am - 11:00pm

Breakfast & Brunch Runs

5:00pm - 7:00pm

People To Dinner
People Heading Home



Sunday Night

8:00pm - 11:00pm

Airport Runs/Pick Ups


Final Thoughts


I hope you now have a better understanding on how to build your rideshare schedule whether you are a full time driver or a part time driver.

Build your schedule. Stick to it and work hard. If you put in the hours and the money will come. 

If you want to make the big bucks be ready to grind.

If you believe I missed any key times, leave me a comment below!


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Sean Marsland

Sean Marsland is the Six Figure Driver. Currently, he is located in California in the Bay Area. He loves entrepreneurial opportunities. Apart from rideshare driving and website developing, he is into personal fitness and outdoor activities.