A Few Differences Between Uber and Lyft Every Rideshare Consumer Should Know

So you are debating whether you should call Uber or Lyft for a ride. Ridester not only helps you narrow down which company is going to offer the better deal, but what the differences are between the two ride share companies. So whether you simply want the fastest route, best drivers, or are looking for the best experience, these are a few of the ways both of the service providers differ.

Areas and hours – 
In 53 countries and about 250 cities, Uber is probably the largest and most well known company when it comes to hitching a ride. Lyft only operates in the US, and only in about 30 states in the country. So if a solid reputation and reliability are important to you, and if you are more comfortable with going with the larger, more well known company, then there is no comparison. Uber is going to win hands down. In terms of hours, both of the service providers off 24/7 routes and you can call and be picked up from nearly anywhere they have drivers in the city.

Services offered – 
Uber has a range of services. UberX is the cheapest, and drivers are typically going to have average cars (such as a Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla). UberXL is the next step up. This is the low cost SUV option, so you can go on a ride with more passengers and split the cost down. UberSUV is the premier service. Nicer and larger cars, newer model cars, and fully licensed and professional drivers which are insured by Uber. There is also UberBlack which is similar to SUV, but in this classification all drivers are professional drivers, not just anyone can apply.

Lyft only offers three services, and they do not have any class which offers a “professional,” driver. This means anyone who has a license, car, and a clean driving record, can apply to be a driver for the company. Lyft cars hold up to four passengers, Lyft plus holds up to six passengers, and Lyft rideshare is similar to a carpool service. This is however only available in major cities and metro areas such as LA or NYC.

Cost/payment – 
In terms of actual pricing, with both services (base level) you are going to pay about $2 per mile. On the other hand, depending on the level of service chosen and if you are going to split the ride with other passengers, you can reduce these fees. Both offer payment apps for you to book and pay directly online. Lyft has a more simplistic system, while Uber is more well known, so they do have a little more in terms of payment options and in terms of making booking a ride easier on their passengers.

Uber is larger, more well known, and provides more services. Lyft has a smaller service area and is limited to the US. Depending on the services you desire, and whether you prefer a larger or smaller company (and culture) these are a few factors to consider when choosing a rideshare service provider.