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 is an on-demand ride that seats up to four passengers. The lowest cost service.
- Lyft Plus is a car that seats 6 or more passengers. More expensive than Lyft
- Lyft Line is a ridesharing service that pairs you with other passengers who are traveling along the same route. Similar to a carpool.
- Lyft Premier is a luxury sedan that seats 4 passengers
- Lyft Lux is the most luxurious and most expensive option. Newer black luxury sedans and SUVs and highly rated drivers
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.
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What is 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.
If you want to become a Lyft driver, apply here. It’s a fast and easy hiring process.
What is Lyft Plus?
Lyft Plus is an SUV and minivan service that can accommodate groups of 6-7 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. Lyft Plus is a good option if you’re going to the airport or transporting luggage.
What is 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. It is very similar to UberPool.
What is 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.
Lyft premier is currently available in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New Jersey, New York City, Orange County, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Silicon Valley, and Washington, D.C.
What is Lyft Lux?
Lyft Lux is the most luxurious and expensive service Lyft offers. Lyft Lux only allows luxury cars 2011 or newer with black paint and leather interiors. Lux drivers must maintain a 4.7 or higher driver rating, which is higher than the normal required rating of 4.6. Lyft Lux is comparable to Uber Black and SUV.
Lyft Lux and Lyft Lux SUV are available in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley.
Comparing Lyft and Uber services
Lyft and Uber each offer a number of services that are essentially the same, but they use different names that make it hard to compare one service to another. Here’s a translation guide:
- UberX is similar to Lyft
- UberXL is similar to Lyft Plus
- Uber Pool is similar to Lyft Line
- Uber Select is similar Lyft Premier
- Uber Black is similar to Lyft Lux
Read about the differences between all the Uber services.
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