Back in the early days of the Lyft app, the only option you had was to open up the app and hit the big turquoise-green “Request Lyft” button. At first all Lyfts were alike, but nowadays there are three different Lyft services that you can use in most cities. Lyft has added Lyft Plus and Lyft Line to their lineup, but what’s the difference between the three?
In a nutshell, a request for a Lyft will send to you a 4-seater car. A request for a Lyft Plus will send to you a car that can seat 6 or more passengers. Lyft Line is a ride sharing service for commuters who want to split the cost of a ride with strangers. Choose the one that’s right for you!
The difference between Lyft, Lyft Plus, and Lyft Line, and Lyft Premier
- Lyft: An on-demand ride that seats up to four passengers. The lowest cost service.
- Lyft Plus: A car that seats 6 or more passengers. More expensive than Lyft
- Lyft Premier: A luxury sedan that seats 4 passengers. Only available in LA, SF, NYC
- Lyft Line: A ridesharing service that pairs you with other passengers who are traveling along the same route. Similar to a carpool.
That’s about all you need to know about the three Lyft services. If you’re in a group of 4 our fewer, request a regular Lyft. If your group is 5 or more, request a Lyft Plus. If you’re a commuter and you’re interested in carpooling on your regular route, try Lyft Line.
If you want to try any of the three Lyft services, download the app and input my code “freerideshare” before you request your first ride to get a discount on your first ride. My code works for all new users, so give it a try, or give the code to your friend and have them request the ride!
More About Lyft
Lyft is the on-demand ride sharing service that connects passengers with available drivers. Drivers use their personal cars and receive ride requests through the Lyft app. Lyft drivers don’t need a special commercial license to drive for Lyft, but all drivers must have a clean driving record and must pass a background check.
Lyft cars must be model year 2000 or newer and pass a visual inspection. Lyft prices are the lowest among the three Lyft services, and they’re typically very competitive with Uber X prices. Related: How much does a Lyft cost?
If you want to become a Lyft driver, apply here. It’s a fast and easy hiring process.
More About Lyft Plus
Lyft Plus can accommodate groups of 6 or more passengers. Lyft Plus costs more than a regular Lyft, but other than that, it’s the same experience as a Lyft. Lyft Plus drivers receive ride requests for both regular Lyft requests and Plus Lyft requests.
More About Lyft Premier
Premier is Lyft’s luxury service that was recently launched in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay area, and New York City. Premier vehicles will be luxury sedans (think Audi, Mercedes, BMW, Jaguar, Lincoln) with leather interiors. It is the most expensive of all the Lyft services and it’s comparable to Uber Select.
More About Lyft Line
Lyft Line, only available in Los Angeles and San Francisco, is a true ride sharing service in the sense that you share your ride with people you don’t know and split the cost of the ride. To request a Lyft Line, you have to input your final destination. The Lyft app automatically pairs you with a Line driver who is already traveling along your route. You hop in the ride, and along the way your driver will pick up and drop off other passengers.
Lyft Line drivers are the same as regular Lyft drivers. Lyft says that Line prices are up to 60% cheaper than a regular Lyft because you’re splitting the cost of the ride with several people.
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