Just two weeks ago I used the new ride-sharing service “Lyft” for the first time. I heard it was cheaper than a taxi and extremely convenient. What’s the catch? Well, none. I searched endlessly online and could not find the answer to “How much does Lyft cost?” Immediately I decided to try them out for myself and answer one of the internet’s most pressing questions.
I was flying back to San Diego from a trip to see the fam in San Francisco/San Jose and it dawned on me. No friends would want to take off work at 2:20PM on a Tuesday to pick me up from the airport. I searched for options but didn’t come up with any good ones. Taxi’s from my airport for the 10-mile hop home are $35. A towncar is only $39. But I’d rather spend that money on 10 delicous California burritos or at Seven Grand.
I decided to give Lyft a roll of the dice and downloaded their app.
It’s a piece of cake to “sign-up”. Get the app, put in your credit card info, and you’re ready to go. And don’t get scared that—you pay in the app directly rather than feeling pressured by a driver to give a tip.
What Is Lyft?
I had a great experience with Lyft, which I detailed here on American Debt Project. Right now I just want to focus on how much Lyft costs but take a look if you want to know.
Right now Lyft is only available in select cities, and it’s expanding quickly.
What can you expect? Super-friendly, accommodating drivers. Clean cars. Quick service.
Lyft describes themselves as “on-demand” ride-sharing, or “your friend with a car.” I think the term “ride-sharing” sounds like a carpooling service. This is not.
How Much Does Lyft Cost?
Many people are stating that Lyft is about 30% less than your local taxi service.
What was my experience with Lyft costs? Well, I paid $25 for a 10-mile ride. Compared to about $35 for a taxi. That’s 29% less than a cab. Sounds about right!
What’s the upside beyond the cost of Lyft? I cannot tell you how easy it was to interact with my driver. Did I mention he had candy?? And cold water for me? And I didn’t have to pay for him to wait for me while I was grabbing my luggage off the baggage carousel?
You know what else is cool? To lower the cost for my first Lyft the driver gave me a $20 off coupon! Don’t be sheepish about asking for one yourself.
Lyft is 4 stars in my book. Give them a look at Lyft.me.
[Photo courtesy of Godofredo Vasquez/SFBay]