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One of the conveniences of Uber is that no cash is involved with the transactions. It truly is great: Order the Uber, arrive to your destination, and the ride is automatically charged to your credit card. But the problem with this in developing countries is that not everyone has a credit card.

Many users don’t have access to a credit or debit card and would like to have other payment options.

So Uber is doing something a little different in Panama and beginning on Friday, August 5 users will be able to select cash as a payment option for the first time. The option to pay with credit card is never going away but Uber is hoping to tap into a new market of customers that have previously had a barrier to using the application.

How to be part of the cash payment pilot program:

  1. Within the application, users can select the payment option located in the left menu.
  2. Select payment method as “cash”.
  3. Order an Uber from the app.
  4. Once you arrive to your destination you will pay the amount shown on the app at the end of your ride.

What do you think of Uber accepting cash payments in Panama? Leave a comment below. 

Experience Panama


I'm Joey, a guy from Louisville, Kentucky that packed up and studied abroad in Panamá at the age of 20 and haven't moved back since. What started as a semester trip to Panamá has turned into 10+ years of living in Latin America and becoming a full-time travel blogger. I now rotate between living in Panama City, Bogotá, and Lima. Follow me on Instagram @joeybonura for more updates on my life abroad!

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