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If you’re finding Uber’s prices too steep, can’t find a driver in your area or are simply searching for an alternate rideshare service, these apps can zoom to your rescue — here in the US or around the world.
The second-largest ride-hailing app in the US offers a service nearly identical to Uber. Enter your current location and destination, and Lyft sends a driver to pick you up. In fact, casual riders may not even notice a difference between the two services.
Lyft can be a great option for people who frequently hail rides. The Lyft Pink subscription is $20 per month and gets you 15% off each ride, plus other perks like priority airport pickup.
Via fuses the convenience of Uber with the efficiency of public buses. You can summon a Via ride at any time, but it’s a corner-to-corner service — and it usually transports more than one passenger at once.
Exact services vary by region, so you’ll want to research what kind of transportation it offers in your city before jumping on board.
Curb is for hailing taxis and other professional drivers. It can be great for folks who want a more standardized experience than typical ridesharing apps.
Instead of getting picked up in someone’s personal car, Curb connects you with a traditional provider. But you’ll still pay for the ride through the Curb app.
With Curb, you can also book rides up to 24 hours in advance.
This transportation service is aimed at professionals and folks that want a classy ride in a black car. It has its own fleet of vehicles and professional drivers. You can book round trips, point-to-point rides with multiple stops or pay by the hour.
Groundlink isn’t new to the scene — it was founded in 2003 — but it’s secured a niche in the upscale market. Its bread and butter is pre-scheduled rides you can book through its website or the app — though its on-demand Ride Now service is available in some of the largest cities nationwide.
Unfortunately, there’s no easy answer to that question. The price of your ride depends on your location, the availability of drivers, demand and more.
The best way to find the cheapest rideshare service is to try all four — Uber, Lyft, Via and Curb — and compare accordingly. It’s unlikely that the difference will be more than a few bucks.
You could also try downloading an app that lets you compare all three services at once. We like Bellhop and GoA2B because they’re free to use and easy to hook up to your Uber and Lyft accounts.
These apps like Uber are either on the up-and-up or out-and-out. For now, they’re only available in a handful of cities.
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If none of these options are quite right, consider borrowing a car and driving yourself — on demand, of course.
DiDi is a Chinese ridesharing app that lets you order taxis and private cars. With over 31 million drivers and 550 million users globally, it’s one of the largest taxi hailing services operating in Asia, Australia and South America.
Its users are so loyal that the only way Uber could enter the Chinese market was to merge with it.
Ola is India’s most popular on-demand transportation app, with peer-to-peer rides, taxi hailing and food delivery services.
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Grab Taxi serves eight countries around Southeast Asia. You can order a taxi or private driver, hitch a ride with drivers on their daily commute, share your ride with others and book seats on coaches.
Cabify connects passengers with taxis through its easy-to-use app. There’s also in-app messaging between rider and driver.
Rideshare service BlaBlaCar is a modern carpooling app that connects drivers on their daily commute with riders on similar routes.
With verified member profiles and reviews, you can even rate how talkative your driver is.
GoOpti specializes in shared and private airport transfers between major airports and remote cities and towns within Europe. You can use it for booking transfers in advance or on demand. It has its own fleet of GoOpti vans with certified drivers.
Here in the US and around the world, there’s a plethora of apps that can get you rides in a matter of minutes — whether you prefer traditional taxis or catching a ride with a peer.
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