Lyft is quickly becoming one of the most popular ride-sharing applications in the United States, and is even growing internationally. With their added benefits, ride-sharing apps and are becoming more popular than traditional taxiing services, and there are plenty of reasons why. Needing nothing more than a smart phone to be picked up at your exact location, be dropped off at your precise destination, and simply walking out while your credit card is charged is beyond convenient. And being able to rate your driver and each ride experience makes the service better for every user!
However, there are some concerns with ride-sharing taxis, including lack of certification and formal training. These apps also tend to inflate their rates during peak hours, or when there is traffic or bad weather -- precisely when the majority of people would be using it.
Lyft’s main competitor is Uber, which is now available almost anywhere worldwide, and emphasizes speed and convenience. Curb and Hailo are competitors to Lyft that make it easier to hail traditional taxis, while other competitors like Gett have their own fleets of cars while emphasizing lower prices.
Here is the low-down on six of the most popular competitors to Lyft:
Uber is one of the most popular companies like Lyft. Uber is available worldwide, and is one of the most convenient taxi services that you can find anywhere. Uber offers many different ride options depending on where you live. With Uber, you can estimate fares or your ride's duration, and rate your experience after each Uber ride you take.
Formerly known as RideCharge and TaxiMagic, Curb is another app similar to Lyft. Curb's emphasis is on professionalism; it only works with officially sanctioned, licensed, and insured taxicab drivers or drivers-for-hire. It serves 65 U.S. cities, and has partnered with over 90 taxicab companies accounting for over 50,000 cars. You can easily pay by setting up a credit card in the app, or pay with cash in the car!
A British-based Lyft alternative, Hailo has implemented some unique features, including accessibility-friendly taxicabs, and the ability to see how far you can travel on a fixed fare. Drivers are also able to network with each other, providing updates on locations with high taxi demands, or on traffic or construction, which may slow down driving. Because of the popularity of Uber and Lyft, Hailo is no longer available in North America, but is available in major residential areas in the United Kingdom (including Ireland), Spain, and Singapore.
Like Curb and Hailo, Flywheel is an app like Lyft that allows users to hail professionally-licensed and insured taxi drivers. It uses standard taxi rates, so unlike Lyft, fares never increase because of high demand. Its services are based mainly on the west coast of the United States, particularly in California, Oregon, and the state of Washington.
Gett (previously known as GetTaxi) is a rising Lyft competitor from Israel. Gett uses its own fleet of drivers who are fully licensed, trained, and insured. However, Gett differentiates itself from Lyft and other similar services by always charging flat rates that never increase during periods of high demand, inclement weather, or traffic gridlock. In some cities, you can even get a guarantee that your Gett ride will be cheaper than the same ride with Lyft, rewarding you with travel credit equal to the cost of your ride if it isn’t! Gett’s operating area exists in over 60 cities in the United States, United Kingdom, Israel, and Moscow, but it is growing fast.
Very similar to the other Lyft competitors, Easy Taxi tracks your location to find a nearby driver. Easy Taxi drivers are fully trained and must undergo background checks. You can also edit your location to indicate landmarks, making it easier for your driver to find you. Easy Taxi is available in 30 countries and 420 cities, and covers a lot of southern areas of the world that other taxi apps don’t.
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