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You all know what Uber is. It introduced and popularized the concept of an online ridesharing service to the world. If you haven’t heard of Lyft yet, it is also an online ridesharing service, accessed via mobile app, that has emerged as the second strongest contender in the game. At their cores the two ridesharing services are very similar products. Both were founded in San Francisco, and both applications connect people via a mobile online application in need of a ride to (certified) drivers willing to give it to them. Both are paid services.

I’m not going to provide a whole lot of information here because we want this to be written by you guys. If you have used both Lyft and Uber, please share your experiences in the comments so we can build a crowdsourced comparison of the two services. We welcome comments from both customers as well as drivers.


Biggest Outright Differences Between Uber and Lyft

In a practical sense, the biggest difference between Uber and Lyft is that Uber is still far more widespread. While Lyft is growing rapidly, the span isn’t to the level of Uber yet.

  • Lyft is in 220 cities within the United States
  • Uber is 66 countries and 449 cities worldwide

Uber’s brand is more focused on formal professionalism, and Lyft’s company culture encourages friendliness.

  • Uber drivers open doors for the riders, passengers sit in the backseat chauffeur-style, and there are a variety of luxury vehicles you can choose from to ride in for various prices
  • Lyft drivers have pink mustaches on their cars and have been seen fist-bumping customers; they are even encouraged to urge the customer to sit next to them

Prices seem to be more or less the same. With Lyft you have the option to tip, and with Uber you do not.

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Bottom Line

If you have used Uber and/or Lyft, please share your thoughts, opinions, and experiences below so other MileValue readers can become educated about their options.

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