Are you Team Lyft or Team Uber? As ride-hailing has become the norm for Americans and millions of people around the world, it is only natural that many of us try our best to choose the ‘one' that's better, cheaper, and more superior. While there is no easy way to narrow down the ultimate winner, below are some factors you might want to consider when it comes to choosing your personal favorite from the two largest ride-hailing giants in the country.
Availability: Uber is available in the United States and globally, spread across 63 countries while Lyft is only available in the United States and Canada. If you are just looking for ride-hailing services domestically, either one will do the job. In fact, it isn't surprising to learn that many Uber drivers are also Lyft drivers - check the decals on the vehicle the next time you hop on a ride!
Price: With Uber and Lyft are competing fiercely when it comes to pricing, rates are roughly about the same although prices can vary depending on the city you are in. For both ride-hailing companies, demand and traffic are usually the factors determining how much the prices fluctuate. Uber has its famous surge pricing where a surge rate multiplier is applied on your standard fare while Lyft has its prime time pricing where an additional fee in the form of a percentage gets tacked onto your base fare amount. The best way to check whether Uber or Lyft is offering the lowest possible fare is to open both apps on your mobile phone, input your destination and compare prices in real-time.
Subscription service: Are you a frequent rider? If you use ride-hailing services on the regular, it might be a good idea to consider the subscription services offered by Uber and Lyft. Here's a quick look at both subscription services:
Lyft's latest iteration is known as Lyft Pink, and is targeted at riders who use Lyft at least 2-3 times each week. With a cost of $19.99 per month, your Lyft Pink subscription lets you save 15% on each Lyft ride you take, enjoy priority airport pickups, relaxed cancellations, waived lost and found fees, 3 free 30-min bike and scooter rides each month (limited availability) and exclusive offers. You may pause or cancel your Lyft Pink subscription any time.
Uber's iteration of the subscription service is known as the Ride Pass. Available for a fee of $24.99 per month in select US cities - such as Seattle and New York, your Ride Pass lets you enjoy protected prices and savings each time you ride an UberX and UberPool on all eligible routes, regardless of the traffic, weather or time of the day. You can track your savings in the Uber app. With Ride Pass, for a limited time, you may also unlock more perks, such as free JUMP bikes and scooter rides for up to 30 minutes each day where available when you book through the Uber app.
Variety: Uber offers a wider range of vehicles for riders to choose from compared to Lyft. Uber offers UberPOOL; UberX; UberXL; UberSELECT; UberBLACK; and UberSUV. Lyft offers Lyft Line; Lyft; Lyft Plus; and Lyft Premier. The cheapest option for Uber is UberPOOL while that for Lyft is Lyft Line - both are options where riders on the same route share rides.
Want to save even more on your rides?
Use a rewards credit card to pay for your Uber and Lyft rides to make each dollar you spend on rides go further. You can check out and compare our top picks easily on GET.com to figure out which credit card is right for you and your lifestyle.
Some of our favorite credit cards are now offering accelerated rewards on each dollar you spend on Lyft rides from now through March 2022.
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card lets you earn 5X points on Lyft rides through March 2022. That's 3X points in addition to the 2X points you already earn on travel. Chase Freedom Unlimited® and Chase Freedom® let you earn 5% cash back on Lyft rides through March 2022. That's 3.5% cash back in addition to the 1.5% cash back you already earn.
The qualifying Lyft rides that you can earn extra rewards on include regular Lyft rides, Shared Lyft rides, Lux and XL mode Lyft rides, along with scooter and bike rides. That's not all, you can even earn the accelerated rewards when you spend on Lyft subscription and membership products, though keep in mind purchase of gift cards, car rentals, vehicle service centers, miscellaneous fees and other Lyft products and services are not included in this promotion. Other terms and conditions apply.