If you live in a big city, you’ve probably used Uber or Lyft at some point. Both platforms have become household names for the ease and convenience of getting a ride without the hassle of having to hail one on the street. But how do they differ? Are there other benefits or drawbacks to each service that most people don’t know about? Here’s an overview of how these two ride sharing giants compare—and which one is ultimately more cost-effective:
Lyft vs Uber: Which platform can you count on for a ride?
You’ve probably heard that Uber and Lyft are the two major players in the ride-sharing space. If you’re like most people, however, you haven’t taken a lot of time to compare them side by side and figure out which one might be better for your needs. The truth is that both platforms offer many similar features–but there are also some key differences between them that can impact your experience as an Uber or Lyft rider.
To help clarify things, we’ll take a look at how each service differs from its competitor: what they offer riders; how much they cost; how reliable they are; customer support quality (or lack thereof); driver support quality (or lack thereof); etcetera etcetera ad nauseum until we feel like we’ve covered enough ground!
How does Uber pricing work?
Uber pricing is based on demand. That’s right–the higher the demand, the more expensive your ride will be. Uber will only charge you what it costs to get you from A to B, and no more!
Uber uses surge pricing (also known as dynamic pricing) when there is a high volume of requests for rides at any given time. This means that if there are lots of people looking for an Uber driver at once, prices may increase temporarily so that drivers can earn more money during these busy periods. To help riders avoid paying too much for their trip, Uber provides an estimated fare before each journey begins so passengers know exactly how much their trip will cost ahead of time (you can always cancel before starting).
How does Lyft pricing work?
Lyft has a dynamic pricing system, which means that prices increase or decrease depending on the demand for rides in your area. This makes it easier to get a ride when you need one, but it also means that you might have to pay more than usual at peak times.
Lyft calculates its prices based on distance and time of day (not just distance). The longer your trip is expected to take, the higher your fare will be; similarly, if there are more people requesting rides than drivers available at any given moment in time–during rush hour or late-night hours on weekends–you’ll pay more too!
Which service has more benefits for drivers?
If you’re a driver, there are some major differences between the two services. For example, Uber pays its drivers more money than Lyft does. This means that if you have a car and are looking to make some extra cash on the side (or full-time), Uber is probably the way to go.
But don’t worry–there’s something else that makes up for this difference: tips! Lyft passengers tip their drivers more often than those who take Ubers; in fact, they’re expected to tip at least 20 percent of their total fare when they use Lyft’s premium service (Uber only asks for 10 percent). So while your earnings might not be as high as those made by an Uber driver per mile or hour spent working with them, if you’re able to drive during peak hours or with passengers in tow then there will definitely be more opportunities for getting tips from passengers than just driving solo around town without anyone else in sight!
Both platforms are affordable, but only one is the most cost-effective.
Both Lyft and Uber are affordable, but only one is the most cost-effective.
Both platforms charge a base fare of $1.50 and 20 cents per mile in the United States (with a minimum fare of $2). They also charge an additional $0.25 per minute while you’re waiting for your driver to arrive, or if they’re traveling less than 1 mile away from you when they accept your request. Both companies charge a cancellation fee ranging from $5-$10 depending on what city you’re in; however, Lyft has a lower cancellation fee ($5) compared to Uber’s ($10).
If you’re looking for a ride, we recommend Lyft. It’s more affordable than Uber and offers better benefits for drivers. Plus, the company has been vocal about its commitment to sustainability initiatives like recycling plastic bottles into car seats and using less fuel per mile driven by its fleet of vehicles. If you’re looking for something else entirely–like maybe something that doesn’t involve getting in someone else’s car at all–then check out our other article on how bike sharing services work!