9 Rideshare App Options: Which One Is Right for You?


Today, finding a ride is just a smartphone tap away through a rideshare app like Lyft or Uber. With these types of mobile apps, it is incredibly easy for riders to secure an on-demand ride to get wherever they need to go.

With the growing list of rideshare companies, which do riders and rideshare drivers think is the best rideshare service? To help you pick the right one for you, here are nine of the best apps that will surely give you a lift. Unless otherwise noted, all the apps in this article are available for both iPhone and Android devices.

Rideshare Apps: Which Suits Your Needs?

Let’s take a look at the world of ride sharing by diving headfirst into the list, starting with the most popular.

1. Uber

UBER is one of the biggest names in the ride sharing industry. It is present in hundreds of cities around the world, allowing anyone who has downloaded the app to be picked up quickly and reliably. The app provides driver contact information to its riders and sends an in-app notification when the driver arrives.

Uber permits its customers to choose the type of vehicle they want, with large vehicles and luxury cars being some of the most common options beyond the basic UberX service. The app even offers shared rides for passengers who want to save on fares.

The Uber app provides tons of features, making it very convenient to use. Here are a few of its features:

Fare Estimate

The Uber app can provide you an estimated cost of your ride before you make a request.

Simply set up your pickup location, key in your destination, and tap “Fare Quote” and the app will determine the approximate cost established from a distance and expected time. So, you’ll never worry about any unexpected charges on your receipt.

Split Fare

Riding with other people in an Uber is made easy with a feature that allows you to split your fare with other passengers. After your trip begins, tap “Split Fare” from the menu and add all the passengers that want to split the ride. Everyone will pay a minimal amount in the form of a transaction fee, but the fare will be divided equally and charged to every passenger’s credit card.

Share ETA

For added security, the Uber app allows passengers to send an ETA to family and friends, so they know when to expect the passenger.

Sending an ETA is easy. Once a ride has started, the rider can go to the menu within the Uber app and select “Share ETA.” The app will then automatically create a text message with the link to the ride. A rider must then only tap “send” and their ETA will instantly be shared.

Request a Ride for Someone Else

In the effort to win customers, Uber recently added new features that allow customers to apply for a ride for someone else. When a customer opens the app, it will provide an option to let the user pick a friend from their contact list, request a ride to the rider’s final destination, and even pay for the trip. This feature started in June 2017.

2. Lyft

Lyft is another big name in the ride sharing industry and the most major competitor against Uber. While Uber is operating worldwide, Lyft conducts business in a large number of U.S. cities. Both Lyft and Uber have similar costs, although they offer different ride credits, premium options, and promotions.

As Uber’s number one competitor, Lyft has it own perks that incorporate a combination of professionalism and fun.

The Map

The home screen of the Lyft app is a map that displays a rider’s real-time location, the area of available Lyft cars, and the ability to choose a pickup and drop-off destination. The map also provides the option to choose from different Lyft services. If you’ve ever used Google Maps, then the imagery will look familiar.

Set Your Pickup Point

For riders to select their pickup point on the map, they only drag the pin to the area where the Lyft driver can pick them up, then tap the “Set pickup button.” If the pickup point is the present rider’s location, don’t move the pin. If you want the pin to move back to your current location, just tap the arrow icon located at the lower right corner and the pin will automatically go back to your current location.

Choose Destination and View Upfront Cost

Once riders are done setting a pickup location, an “Add destination” bar will pop out. They’ll then tap the “Add destination” bar and type in the name or the address of the destination.

After a rider sets the destination, the app will then display the upfront cost of the ride. It also allows users to add multiple drop-offs if riders are in a group and plan to get out before the end of the ride.

Like Uber, Lyft has also recently rolled out new app enhancements. In June 2017, Lyft launched an update to its app that allows both passengers and drivers to save time during rides.