Coverage & Availability
As of July 2015, Lyft is currently operating in over 59 major cities across the United States; While Uber seems to be expanding it’s borders every time you blink your eyes. Uber car services are currently available in over 312 major cities, On each contintent, Stretching across 57 countries.
Edit as of 11/11/2015: Lyft now services 61 of the top metro areas within the U.S., While Uber now caters to 64 countries and over 347 cities around the world.
Edit as of 2/16/2016: Uber now services over 372 cities/metro areas around the world, while Lyft is servicing 63 different areas around the U.S.
Edit as of 11/28/2016: Both Uber and Lyft have grown tremendously in a very short amount of time. Uber is now operating in over 540 large metropolitan areas/cities, and Lyft is in over 108 as of today (and they’re still all within the United States, but partnerships have formed with Rideshare entities in other countries!).
Lyft is currently offering $50 worth of free ride credit to new riders as well.
Transportation Services & Options
Many people don’t know this, But Uber actually has over 20 car services currently under their belt. Now, Many of these options are only available in certain cities or countries — And many of these services are also quite similar; If not the same – But just have a different name for legal and/or cultural reasons. Lyft keeps it simple, With just 3 straightforward options for you to choose from.
We’ve compiled the master list of all current car services:
- Standard: Seats 4+ (essentially the same as UberX)
- Lyft Plus: Seats 6+ (essentially the same thing as UberXL)
- Lyft Line: Inexpensive – Split rides with strangers going the same way
- UberX: Seats 4+, Budget sedan
- Uber BLACK: Seats 4+, LUXURY sedan
- Uber SELECT: Seats 4+, HIGH-END sedan
- UberXL: Seats 6+, Budget SUV
- UberSUV: Seats 6+, LUXURY SUV
- UberLUX: Seats 4+, GLAMOROUS + LUXURIOUS car option
- UberPLUS: Seats 4+, HIGH-END sedan (essentially Uber SELECT)
- Uber EXEC: Seats 4+, LUXURY sedan (essentially Uber BLACK)
- PEDAL: Seats 4+, Car has a bike rack
- UberFAMILY: Seats 4+, HIGH-END sedan or SUV with (1) children’s car seat & (2) booster seats
- ESPAÑOL: Seats 4+, Driver speaks fluent Spanish, Budget sedan
- For Hire: Seats 4+, Budget taxi-style sedan – Pay as you go
- UberASSIST: Seats 4+, Drivers specifically trained to help elderly/disabled, Fold wheelchairs, Help in and out of car, etc. Note: No wheelchair ramp
- Uber RELIEF: Seats 4+, Activated after natural disasters/etc. Same as UberX but donates ~$1/ride to local Red Cross
- WAV: Seats up-to 4, 1 can be in a wheelchair (wheelchair accessible van)
- People’s Uber: Seats 4+, Budget sedan
- 高级轿车 UberBLACK: Seats 4+, HIGH-END sedan
Typical Price Differences
Lyft (their standard car service – basically the same thing as UberX) also costs just about the exact same as an UberX ride; Assuming no “Prime Time” or “Surge” on both ends ofcourse.
Lyft Plus (basically the same thing as UberXL) is actually, On average, Nearly 40% cheaper than an UberXL ride.
Keep in mind that price models do vary on a city-to-city basis for both Uber and Lyft. Luckily you can estimate total ride cost(s) for both companies through the respective smartphone app OR online through the Lyft Calculator (recently rebranded as EstimateFares.com) or Uber Estimate web apps, Both of which allow you to plug in any locations which sure saves a headache.
High Demand Pricing
Both Uber and Lyft have their own pricing models and algorithms to temporarily increase their ride pricing during high-demand periods such as holiday’s or busy weekend nights. Uber has coined the term “Surge Pricing”. Surge Pricing can fluctuate anywhere from a 20% increase up-to a sky high 900% or 8x the normal fare price. Typically surges are very short lived.
Lyft has also recently followed in Uber’s footsteps, Announcing “Prime Time” pricing. Prime Time follows the same idea; But you’ll only see a 25-200% price increase at most.
Both Surge & Prime Time pricing follow the same idea; By temporarily charging the rider more, They can pay the drivers more; Which serves as instant motivation for many more drivers to get on the road, Keeping up with all the demand for rides and insuring quick pick-up times. That’s the idea, anyway!
We plan on expanding this page often! Especially as each company change their ways. Check back often for an up-to-date rundown of the most recent unbiased facts on both rideshare companies & services.
Last update: 11/28/2016