The taxi industry has suffered a huge loss by the increased popularity of rideshare apps, notably Lyft and Uber. I personally have been using these apps almost daily for about a year, and I love them. However, I’m shocked by how many people are still on the fence by these apps.For riders, it can be strange to get “in someone else’s car” the first time, but once you realize the convenience, you’ll be hooked.For drivers, it can be a great source of extra income that you can do on your own terms.We have done an in-depth comparison for Uber and Lyft for Drivers and Riders.Whether you’re a rider looking for a quick way to get downtown, or a driver looking to make extra cash for the holidays, we have all the information you need to help you make the right choice.
To get an accurate estimate, check both apps to compare the rates before you request a ride. This way, you get the best deal on a specific trip. You can also compare rates through Fare Estimate. Just enter your starting point and destination, and you’ll see Uber and Lyft’s prices and available vehicle types.The Uber app gives you a better idea of the total cost of your ride. Lyft is improving their app to be more transparent, but it’s still not quite there yet.Both apps are user-friendly and functional. Uber’s app appears to be more sleek and modern, with many features. You get to see when your driver will arrive at your pickup location and give them a rating after the trip. There’s not much difference, except for the fare estimate and interface.Both apps require the rider to rate their experience and ask for feedback. Uber’s is notable because if you give your driver a 5-star rating, you get to give him a compliment and write a thank you note to recognize the driver’s exceptional service.Uber’s app is not only full of features that let you book your ride and estimate your fare, it also allows users to tip their drivers. Lyft’s app is more vibrant, with fireworks going off in the app when a rider gives a good tip.On the downside, the cross-promotion of other services such as UberEATS and other delivery services may be too noisy/create too many distractions for a rider who is just trying to quickly book a ride at a good price.Although ridesharing options are popular in metropolitan areas, smaller towns are slowly catching on. Riders can expect to catch a ride from Uber anywhere they go, while Lyft is becoming more available in different cities.While Lyft is slowly expanding, Uber has a higher coverage area than Lyft. Lyft is a great choice in times of high demand or when there is a driver nearby and you need a low cost ride fast. If you need a ride that looks good, Uber has a better selection of vehicles. If Uber is your choice, then you will pay less with UberPOOL.The most striking difference between Uber and Lyft is the variety of available vehicles.Uber caters to businesspeople and professionals, and has a broad range of vehicles to choose from, including high-end luxury vehicles. Lyft also has higher quality vehicle options available, ranging from a Chevy Tahoe to a Maserati Quattroporte, but they are not as common as Uber LUX vehicles. Many of the Lyft Plus, Premier, and Lux vehicles are similar to the vehicles already included UberX and UberBLACK. To save time and money, decide on the vehicle you want, then do your research.