Uber Alternatives: 9 Other Ridesharing Apps for Getting Around in Your City
But which ones are the safest, and which ones are worth your time and money?
We've broken down the 9 best ridesharing alternatives to Uber and Lyft, and which cities each one operates in.
With an app founded by entrepreneur Talmon Marco, Juno is a ridesharing service alternative to Uber focused on providing drivers a fair wage. Juno charges drivers a 30-40% lower commission than similar services, and will eventually offer their long-term drivers restricted stock units (RSUs), allowing them to own part of the company.
Juno riders can choose 3 types of rides:
- SUV-style, for large groups
The app lets you know approximately how much each fare will be based on the type of ride you select, and gives you an estimated arrival time — then, when you’re ready to hit the road, nearby vehicles are called to your location.
Wikipedia states that Gett acquired Juno in 2017 and cancelled the driver equity program. No further information was available about what this merger means for long-term drivers.
More about Juno:
Standard fares on Juno: RideGuru shares that Juno’s NYC pricing falls around the following (outside of times of possible surge pricing):
Initial charge: $2.55
Per Mile charge: $1.75
Per Hour charge: $21
Minimum charge: $8
Juno cities: Juno is currently only in NYC, but plan on expanding so watch this space.
Are there any sign-up fees or specials? We couldn’t find much on either subject, but it's definitely special that Juno riders can use in-app tipping to give their drivers a little extra, and can also enjoy 24/7 live phone, email and text support as needed. Plus, you can find Juno promo codes here.
- Gives customers a socially responsible, ‘driver-friendly’ alternative to competitors
- App usage is free
- Drivers are only charged a 10% commission
- Payments are done directly through the app
- Riders can travel on credit up to 90 days
- Promotional offers may end without notice
- Services are currently limited to NYC
If you care about the hard work of drivers, Juno is for you. Be sure your driver is well taken care of while simultaneously ensuring your trip is hassle-free. Let’s hope they expand outside of NYC sooner than later!
With the aim of providing safe transportation for women, a new ridesharing service called Safr has emerged with unique in-ride security features designed for women, by women to present the top of the line in Uber and Lyft alternatives. If a rider feels unsafe during her ride, for example, they can press the Safe SOS button for help. Drivers are tracked via 24/7 real-time monitoring, as well, to ensure no rides are taken too far off the appropriate route.
Further, Safr drivers are personally vetted and screened through comprehensive background checks to be sure they meet the safest standards. Plus, the drivers, also all women, are paid higher than the industry standard, so you can feel good about using Safr. Additional safety features and more details about Safr can be viewed here.
More about Safr:
Standard fares on Safr: According to Curbed.com, an average Safr ride costs appx 10 percent more than UberX (or around $1 more for an average $12 fare) - BUT the service says it also pays its workforce significantly more.
Safr cities: Safr is officially launched in Boston and Orlando with plans to expand into Atlanta, Dallas, San Francisco, and Washington.
Are there any sign-up fees or specials? We couldn’t find any sign-up fees or recent deals offered for Safr riders, but when you refer a new driver to Safr and they complete 25 rides in their first 30 days, you both get $250. Safr also donates a portion of every fare to charities supporting women, children, animals, and the environment. Find Safr discounts here.
- Women reported this being a fantastic solution and makes them feel much safer to ride in the city, esp at night
- Smart safety features to protect both riders and drivers
- Portions of every fare donated to worthy causes
- Women can empower other women as drivers when they choose this option for a ride
- Their CEO was arrested last year, but it was apparently on totally unrelated matters which had nothing to do with Safr
- Some had trouble with the app being ‘glitchy’ and therefore couldn’t sign up for an account (you can also sign up through FaceBook, fyi)
We think Safr is brilliant for women, riders and drivers alike. With so many issues reported lately on matters of safety with other rideshare companies, this is most certainly a long-awaited and very welcome solution for many women riders. We hope they can get the app glitches fixed — and that the company comes to our town next because we would surely try it out!
Another of our favorite and more interesting Uber competitors is Via. Via brings together the comfort of premium riding and the ethical affordability of public transportation to offer a unique on-demand transit option.
Since their launch in 2012, Via has broadened their availability from Manhattan to all of NYC, Chicago, and Washington D.C. Download their app to get matched with others going your way and ride together along optimized routes for greater efficiency and eco-friendliness. Via has successfully provided over 30 million rides globally.
More about Via:
Standard fares on Via: To give you some idea, according to Crain’s New York Business, Via has been charging $5 to $7 per ride in Manhattan with trips to LaGuardia falling at around $25 and trips to JFK at around $40. Additional passengers in the car are charged appx $5 each as well.
- Washington, D.C.
They also license their technology to other companies for use in Austin, Texas; Kent, UK; and Paris, France.
Are there any sign-up fees or specials? We could only find outdated offers at the moment, but they do offer gift cards for folks in their geographies who could use a ride. Get them here. Find Via coupon codes here.
- Punctual, safe drivers
- Lower prices than cabs
- Some reported having earned free rides when trying the app for the first time, and also later on by sharing promo codes with others
- Occasionally drivers pick up on the wrong side of the street
- Some reported being charged a different amount than quoted on the app
- Some did not like being asked to walk to a nearby destination for pick-up (this is requested often)
Via is likely worth the effort, is affordable and eco-friendly, and comes with a handy app. That said, some drivers are not as ideal as others — please report any that aren’t great. You and Via deserve only the best.
Curb is actually a taxi app — the number one taxi app in the USA to be exact — and, in keeping with modern tech and apps like Uber, it allows riders to hail a taxi via an app on their smartphones.
With 50,000 cabs and 100,000 drivers, Curb connects drivers with riders in nearly every major city. It also provides professional, insured drivers to users through its fast, safe, and convenient app, allowing taxi drivers to remain competitive nationwide.
Currently owned by Verifone Systems and previously known as Taxi Magic, Curb asks users to set up an account after they download the app and enter your pick up or destination point. Don’t know where you are exactly? Stay put — Curb can use your smartphone’s GPS to find you. You’ll then find the estimated fare and you can select a payment preference (some cities offer in-app payment; others offer credit card or cash options) or do so at the time of your ride.
Get the Curb app here.
More about Curb:
Standard fares on Curb: According to Ridester, since Curb is a taxi app, base fares are often higher than ridesharing — but should be cheaper during times of surge pricing. Estimate your ride's cost here.
- Arlington, TX
- Arlington, VA
- Fort Worth
- Las Vegas
- Long Beach
- Los Angeles
- San Diego
- San Francisco
- San Jose
- Washington, D.C.
Are there any sign-up fees or specials? Also according to Ridester, Curb has a special new rider promotion going on, which offers $15 in credit for new riders who download the app and take a ride. Use the Curb promo code: 60p79a. You can also find all the latest Curb promo codes here.
- There are 3 ride options: 1. Ride Now: Request immediate pickup 2. Ride Later: Reserve up to 24 hours in advance 3. Pair & Pay: Use the app to pay for rides you hail with your hand (Available only in NYC, Boston, Philadelphia, Miami, and Las Vegas)
- Keeps taxi drivers competitive in the rideshare economy
- Professional, insured drivers are available
- GPS challenges, esp. with proper pickup/destination locations and memory
- Some had difficulties with the Access-A-Ride program
For the most part, Curb is a perfect service allowing those needing a ride to easily hail those driving taxis without standing out on the street. Don’t bank on GPS though, (never do that!), and if you use Access-A-Ride, be sure you know your rights before getting in any vehicle. You may, unfortunately, need to remind others of them - and possibly their supervisors.
HopSkipDrive is a ridesharing app designed for children created by 3 busy car-pooling moms who recognized the need for more safe transport alternatives for kids. Parents can book rides for their own children at least 8 hours in advance using the company’s mobile app or website.
HopSkipDrive pairs the child with a vetted “care-driver.” Parents then receive a ride confirmation, a photo of the driver, and notifications at the times of pick-up and drop-off — or they can track the ride live in real time with the HopSkipDrive app.
And, as HopSkipDrive CEO Joanna McFarland explains, “You can book HopSkipDrive for tomorrow, next week, or the entire next school year.”
More about HopSkipDrive:
Standard fare on HopSkipDrive: The San Diego Union Tribune cites costs starting at $16 per trip for private rides, but parents can share costs by sending kids in carpools, reducing the fare to as low as $7 per child.
HopSkipDrive cities: Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, and the Bay Area of California as well as Denver, Colorado
Are there any sign-up fees or specials? HopSkipDrive promo codes can be received from a current riding family and are valued as one credit, or a single ride up to $20.00. You can also find more HopSkipDrive discounts here.
- A great solution for busy families with parents needing to be 2 places at once
- Safe, vetted drivers
- Parents receive photos and bios of drivers ahead of time, as well as their vehicle and license plate number
- Easy to use app
- A few complained about driver punctuality and customer service attitude (but they were in the minority; HopSkipDrive maintains a solid 4 stars on Yelp)
- Minimum rider age allowed is 6 (unless accompanied by parent who brought their own car seat)
HopSkipDrive is a brilliant solution for super busy families. Most reported experiences have been stellar on the Yelp review site. Feel free to call customer service and ask as many questions as you need to in order to feel comfortable placing your child in a stranger’s car - I know I would! But overall this seems like a great idea if you’re pressed for time and have kids waiting for rides.
When Michael Broome visited the Bahamas, he was struck by how difficult — and pricey — it was to get a taxi or any alternatives to Uber and Lyft when he needed one.
After he returned home, he came to create GetMe Ride, allowing customers in his favorite vacation spot to not only hail taxis through a super handy smartphone app, but to also control their orders and track their drivers and routes through the app’s GPS technology.
GetMe drivers are thoroughly vetted and certified, must have at least two years of experience, and, according to the Nassau Guardian, the company is contracting more than 75 independent, licensed drivers throughout the country currently.
To use the service, download the GetMe app, create an account, fill in your pick-up/destination, group size/vehicle type, and get ready! Your ride should be available shortly. GetMe Ride also has wheelchair-accessible vehicles and tour buses. Payments are made securely through the app so no cash is exchanged. Register to use GetMe Ride here.
More about GetMe Ride:
Standard fares on GetMe Ride: This information could not specifically be found, but the company states that the cost per ride will be calculated per mile, with a flat rate set for luxury vehicles.
GetMe Ride Cities: None int he continental U.S., but it's available to plenty of Americans who visit the Bahamas, and they plan to expand to Jamaica as well.
Are there any sign-up fees or specials? None could be found.
GetMe Ride pros:
- 85 contracted drivers are currently set to work for GetMe Ride
- Free download works with iOS and Android
- Fully endorsed by Minister Kwasi Thompson of Grand Bahama
- Local taxi union was impressed with the app; happy that it caters to local taxi drivers
GetMe Ride cons:
- Not found on any review sites yet
GetMe Ride sounds like a great option for anyone visiting the Bahamas! Although other options already exist, they probably don’t offer booking this conveniently.
San Francisco-based Wingz offers transportation primarily to and from U.S. and international airports, but has also recently expanded to offer Uber alternatives including around-town rides and working with senior care facilities.
Previously known as Tickengo, Wingz is a peer-to-peer transportation alternative which offers scheduled, private, fixed-price rides in at least 30 major American cities. Wingz also lets users request specific drivers and build lists of their favorite drivers for future rides.
More about Wingz:
Standard fares on Wingz: According to MapHappy, Wingz is higher than main competitors on trips to/from major airports. For example, scheduling times for airport transport from 2 hours to 2 months ahead of time ran up to $34 with Wingz in several major cities (with competitor prices being around $26). However, during surge pricing times, Wingz will probably be cheaper.
- Fort Worth
- Los Angeles
- San Antonio
- San Diego
- San Jose
- San Francisco
- Cheap and friendly
- Easy to book
- Excellent communication and contact with customer service
- Prompt, courteous, professional drivers
- Clean cars
- A few reported mix-ups on pick-up times and drivers not showing up (this was 3 out of appx 22 positive reviews, however)
Wingz appears to be a decent option for airport travel (some have used it otherwise, but most reviews we found were focused on airport travel). Booking far in advance may warrant a confirmation call or email as the date of arrival nears to make sure nothing has been accidentally forgotten or erased.
Somewhere between a peer-to-peer rideshare and a rental car stands Getaround, another Uber alternative where customers find a car to ‘share’, rent it, and then unlock it with their smartphone app. Available in more than ten cities including Boston, Chicago, and Washington D.C., Getaround is setting up to become a top competitor in app-based transportation.
Its 2 main areas of uniqueness are:
- Rental by the hour
- Getaround cars are all accessible via the app - no keys need to change hands
More about Getaround:
Standard fares on Getaround: Starting at $5 - $8 per hour; and booking fees are an additional 3% of the trip price. If you ride over 200 miles in a day, extra fees apply. You must also refill the fuel to the level it was at time of pick-up.
- San Francisco
- Los Angeles
- New Jersey
- Washington, D.C.
Are there any sign-up fees or specials? For your first trip, you’ll need to pay $10 for a DMV check and leave $150 on your card for a security deposit until your rental ends. You can look here for more Getaround promo codes, too.
- Rentals are offered both hourly or daily
- All Getaround cars are accessible via the app - no keys need ever change hands
- Renters can be as young as 19 years old (if they meet certain criteria, i.e. clean driving record; they also pay more for every year younger than 25 they are)
- Insurance is included in the cost of the rental
- Available on both Android and iPhone
- Cancellation less than 24 hours before the trip begins results in a fee of 50% of the trip price
- Late returns are fined $50 per hour the car is late
- Unauthorized drivers are not allowed; anyone caught allowing unauthorized driving is charged $250
Getaround is perfect if you prefer to drive the vehicle yourself (I know I do!), especially if you just need the car for a few hours and don’t want to deal with the rigmarole of renting a car from a major car rental company. It might get a little pricey if you’re younger than 25, though, or if you break any of the aforementioned rules!
Popular with corporate clients, London-based Addison Lee provides premium chauffeur service worldwide with a global fleet of 6,500 cars throughout the UK as well as several American cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Stamford, Princeton, NYC, and Long Island City.
Book your ride easily via app, phone, or the web, or you can call their Global Call Center at 1-888-888-5466 or 1-201-529-1452. Their lines are open 24 hours a day. You may also email them for information at: firstname.lastname@example.org. They are currently recruiting as well (and the benefits look sweet), so interested drivers should apply here.
More about Addison Lee:
Standard fares on Addison Lee: While prices are not listed, you can get a quote here. (Addison Lee prices are said to be appx 50% higher than Uber X, to give you some idea of the range.)
Addison Lee cities:
- Los Angeles
- San Francisco
- Long Island City
Are there sign-up fees or specials? When we called the company today (note: it’s a Sunday afternoon) to get information, we were given personal, polite attention immediately and all our questions were answered. (How often does that happen on a Sunday afternoon??) We were informed that there are none of either currently being charged or offered.
Addison Lee pros:
- Maintains a solid 4-star rating on TripAdvisor
- Polite drivers
- Clean, modern vehicles
- Prompt customer service
Addison Lee cons:
- Expensive to some
- Some reported extra charges per minute when riders are late to board - even if their plane was late arriving
Polite, prompt drivers, clean vehicles, and relaxed rides. Addison Lee is usually perfect if you’re being taken from home to the airport, but being picked up at the airport can be a difficult situation timing-wise, so to avoid extra fees for delay, some chose rides elsewhere.
International rideshare services
Need something in a city outside the U.S.? Don't fret! Just look into some of these:
- In London, for women only: London Lady Chauffeurs
- In Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Belgium, Czech Republic, The Netherlands, Poland, UK, Russia, Ukraine, Germany, India, Turkey, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Slovakia, Mexico, and Brazil: BlaBlaCar
- In Europe: MyTaxi
- In Southeast Asia: Grab
- In India and Australia: Ola
- In London: Kabbee
- In Europe and Africa: Taxify
- In Brazil: 99taxis
- In Singapore: Ryde
- In Russia: Yandex.Taxi