Uber’s reputation as the premier ridesharing app was never going to last. With embarrassing blunders from the former CEO and fierce competition from other companies, it was only a matter of time before consumers started to look elsewhere. Fortunately, they found no shortage of Uber alternatives.
If you’re searching for new ways to get from point A to point B, we’ve compiled all the companies you should consider for your transportation needs. We’ll look at pricing, functionality, benefits, ratings and reviews, detailing everything you need to know about five of the best ridesharing apps available today.
Lyft has gained momentum for its versatility and friendly brand image. It’s one of the most popular ridesharing apps after Uber, with very similar pricing. Its functionality is also similar, and users can hail their ride through the app or a desktop or mobile browser, entering their destination and selecting a ride mode.
Like Uber, Lyft has options for personal and business travel, while also allowing for commuter benefits which save the passenger money by using pre-tax dollars. As for reviews, Lyft presently has 4.9 stars on the app store. If you’re searching for something like Uber, without the scandal, Lyft is an excellent choice.
“Lyft has helped me and my family so many times! I love being able to track my driver’s arrival on the app. Always someone to my rescue in minutes!”
If you’d prefer professional drivers for your ridesharing experience, Curb, formerly “Taxi Magic,” provides taxis to people in 65 cities. With over 50,000 cabs and 100,000 drivers worldwide, its presence is an attractive benefit for those who want the ease of ridesharing apps, but the competence of cab drivers.
As for pricing, Curb charges standard taxi fares which vary from city to city. These are often higher than Uber fees with the inclusion of tips, which will continue to raise prices for most apps until self-driving cars see integration. Still, it has a high rating of 4.7 stars on the app store and an easy-to-use interface similar to Uber.
“All the drivers are more calm and professional than the Uber drivers when I compare the rides. Cars cleaner, more pride and personality. Keep it up!”
— R Stern
Scoop is a carpooling service for co-workers and neighbors, easing the pressures of your daily commute. Your company can partner with Scoop to improve transportation to and from the office, representing one of its primary benefits. The “Managed Carpool Program” is convenient for employers.
In terms of individual pricing, Scoop is inexpensive beside apps like Uber or Lyft. It has the same functionality, with a simple interface which allows the user to view their incoming driver and schedule trips depending on their daily routine. For its ease and functionality, it has 4.8 stars on the app store.
“Transit options along my commute are poor. Scoop makes carpooling much easier. In addition to having someone else in the car I also get to use the carpool lane…”
— Darin M.
Operating in Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C., Via is a carpooling service that accelerates the ridesharing process. Passengers find it appealing because it’s faster and cheaper than Uber or Lyft, and though both brands provide similar carpooling services, Via remains one of the better options available today.
Even with its speed and lower pricing, Via has a comparatively meager rating of 4.3 stars on the app store. Despite this small consideration, its accommodating design makes it the only ridesharing app you’ll ever need, which has other benefits. You’ll also enjoy its easy interface, similar to Uber save for the pickup spot.
“Via is my hands-down favorite ride-share app. The drivers are prompt, professional and decent—which is a necessity when traveling across NYC.”
Juno is a ridesharing app available in New York and select locations in New Jersey. It differentiates itself from the competition with its driver-friendly business model, which provides wages, 50 percent equity and integrated tipping. As the site states, “Juno treats drivers better, drivers treat you better.”
Beyond this benefit, Juno accepts only the highest-rated drivers for their fleet, all human, fortunately, with little chance of repeating any past accidents. With an impressive rating of 4.9 stars on the app store, you can expect a comfortable experience with affordable pricing, especially with introductory discounts. Concerning its functionality, it has the standard interface of most ridesharing services.
“The app is reliable and meets my expectations: displays the info I want, clean and simple UI, makes it easy for me to contact my driver, no unwanted *extras* that don’t work (like Lyft’s pre-scheduled rides, which never work according to plan.)”
Choosing the Right App
Today’s travelers have an enormous selection of ridesharing apps to choose from — plenty of Uber alternatives. Whether you decide on Lyft, Curb, Scoop, Via or Juno, you can feel confident knowing you’ll arrive at your destination without any difficulties.
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