This is how much you can earn as a Bolt driver in Lagos

May 15, 2019

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It’s only wise to do a bit of research before jumping into anything. The same goes for finding out how much would you earn as a Bolt driver in Lagos before signing up. This article gives you all the details about the average monthly salary, driver bonuses and all else necessary.

So here are the things you need to know about Bolt payments:

  • You’ll get paid once a week.
  • The payment cycle runs from the first hours of Monday to the last minutes of Sunday.
  • You will receive your pay + bonuses as one payout during the first half of the week. Normally it should take between 1–2 business days to reflect in your account.

How much does a Bolt driver earn in Lagos?

The average monthly earning of a Bolt driver in Lagos is N400,000.

Every time you complete a trip, Bolt charges 15% commission.

There are also ways to increase your earnings as a Bolt driver

#1 Driver bonuses

We all love Bonuses! To qualify to receive a driver bonus, drivers have to satisfy a set of requirements tied to winning a bonus. For example, completing a minimum number of rides within a given time period, maintaining a set acceptance rate or having high ratings to qualify.

To earn more, always be on the lookout for bonuses. Constantly check the messages we send to you (in-app or emails)  as they provide you with useful tips, hacks and information on how to earn more money as a Bolt Driver. Also, always keep an eye on the Campaigns tab in the Driver app. Follow the guide you see when tapping on the campaign.

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Read more on driver bonuses from How to earn extra money with weekly Bolt bonuses?

How to check your bonus balance?

To view your balance, you can either log into the driver portal or select the earnings tab from the home screen of your Bolt Driver app.

Keep in mind that you can only view bonuses earned on the previous day.

#2 The best times for driving Lagos

The more you drive on Bolt, the more you will observe that there are busy hours and not-so-busy hours.

To increase your earnings, you have to think like a top driver. Target peak hours by driving in the morning and evening during rush hour. You can take time off during the low-demand hours to take a break and catch up on personal errands. Think of it like this: more people needing a ride = more opportunities to earn as a driver via the Bolt app.

You too can increase your earnings by driving during busier times, such as 6AM-9AM (Morning Rush) &  4PM-9PM (Evening Rush) on weekdays, and especially all day and night from Friday to Sunday!

How much does a Bolt driver earn in Lagos?

Take advantage of these peak driving times to maximise your earnings and minimise downtimes.

Remember that off-peak hours don’t mean you need to get off the roads. Use your local city knowledge of busy areas like malls and airports as well as the live map feature on the Bolt Driver app to see where the hotspots are at every time of the day.

#3 Driving in the right places

As already stated above, in every city, there are hotspots where lots of people are ordering rides.

Drivers who are in these areas are likely to earn more due to a higher amount of rides and higher surge pricing.

Recommended areas to drive in Lagos include:

  • Lekki
  • Victoria Island
  • Surulere
  • Ikeja
  • Yaba
  • Maryland

Now that you have an overview of the earnings, let’s talk about signing up.

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What do you need to become a Bolt driver?

First off and most importantly, you need to have a car, a few years of driving experience, a valid drivers’ license and some other boxes ticked. There’s nothing complicated and time-consuming. For the specifics about documents and car requirements, head to the article How to become a Bolt driver in Lagos.

Using the Bolt Driver app

You can find the Bolt Driver app in App Store or Google Play. Once you have downloaded the app, log in. You’ll receive your login details directly to your email after your driver application has been approved.

To go online, swipe right and set your radius. When you get a ride request, you will see the pickup address and the estimated time of arrival. Swipe right to accept. When you have reached the pickup point, swipe right to notify the passenger about your arrival.

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To know how to make the most out of the Bolt Driver app, head to this article.

Benefits of Bolt drivers

Signing up as a Bolt driver comes with many perks.

You get:

  • The ability to earn extra from bonuses
  • Access to monthly HMO care
  • Driver shield: A ride-sharing insurance product that covers the driver and rider while on Bolt Rides

Score to keep: driver rating

Leaving a good impression and generally being polite and friendly is especially valuable when you’re interacting with people on a daily basis. And let’s be honest – as a Bolt driver, you are surrounded by people for the best part of your day. People who will rate you and can either leave positive feedback or describe how bad their ride experience was.

High ratings mean that you can continue using the app as well as enjoy great bonuses, while low ratings can lead to you losing your driving privileges.

  • When your passenger has hopped in, always make sure the set destination is final to avoid misunderstandings later on.
  • Keeping your car clean and driving safely will also reflect in the score you’re given.
  • Also, don’t forget to greet your passengers and wish them a good day. It can make a big difference!

For more advice on how to earn and keep a good driver rating, read about the 10 tips on how to keep a good driver rating.

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Also important: activity score

Your activity score gives you an overview of your driving activity per day. It is calculated based on the last 40 journeys and is updated with each new one. If 20% of the last 40 journeys have been rejected, your account will automatically be blocked by the system.

Staying healthy

We just want to remind you that you are your most valuable asset. Take some time to look after yourself; it will pay off.

  • Drink water
  • Eat healthily
  • Sleep
  • Relax

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And that’s it.

Do you have any unanswered questions? will help.

Also, don’t hesitate to send us a message via your Bolt Driver app.

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