Back in the early days of the Lyft app, the only option you had was to open up the app and hit the big “Request Lyft” button. At first all Lyfts were alike, but nowadays there are a few different Lyft services that you can use in most cities. What’s the difference between all of the different Lyft services, and when should you use each one?
In a nutshell, a request for a Lyft will send to you a 4-seater car. A request for a Lyft XL 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. Lyft Premier and Lux are higher-end services when you want to pay more for a nicer car. Choose the one that’s right for you!
The difference between Lyft, Lyft XL, Shared, and Lyft Lux
- Lyft is an on-demand ride that seats up to four passengers.
- Lyft XL (formerly Lyft Plus) is a minivan or SUV that seats put to 6 passengers. It is more expensive than Lyft
- Lyft Shared pairs you with other Lyft passengers traveling along the same route. Split the cost of the ride. The cheapest Lyft service
- Lyft Lux is a luxury sedan that seats 4 passengers
- Lyft Black is the most luxurious and expensive Lyft option. New luxury sedans & SUVs with highly rated drivers
If you’re in a group of 4 our fewer, request a regular Lyft. If your group is 5 or more, request a Lyft XL. 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 “LYFTRSD” 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!
How do you select a different Lyft ride type?
There are a few ways to select a different Lyft ride type before you request your ride. Before you set your pickup location, you can change the ride type by tapping the icon to the left of the pickup address. After you set you pickup location, you can change your ride type by tapping on the image of a car that is placed above your credit card information.
Here are images from the app that show you how to change your ride type.
Find the Cheapest Insurance Quotes in Your Area
What is Lyft?
Lyft is an on-demand ridesharing 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.
How much does Lyft cost?
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. That link is my referral link, so if you sign up to drive using my link I may receive a commission from Lyft.
What is Lyft XL?
Lyft XL, formerly known as Lyft Plus, can accommodate groups of up to 6 passengers. Lyft XL vehicles are minivans and SUVs, so it is a good option for large groups and transporting luggage. Lyft XL costs more than a regular Lyft. Lyft XL drivers receive ride requests for both regular Lyft requests and XL Lyft requests.
What is Lyft Shared?
Lyft Shared (formerly Lyft Line) allows you to share your ride with a stranger and split the cost of the ride. When you request a shared Lyft, you’ll be paired with another shared Lyft user who is heading in a similar direction as you. Your driver might pick up and drop off other passengers along the way.
Shared Lyft prices can be up to 60% cheaper than a regular Lyft because you’re splitting the cost of the ride with another person. It is very similar to UberPool.
What is Lyft Lux?
Lyft Lux (formerly Lyft Premier) is a luxury service that was recently launched in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay area, and New York City. Lyft Lux vehicles will be luxury sedans with leather interiors (Audi, Mercedes, BMW, Jaguar, Lincoln, etc). It is the most expensive of all the Lyft services and it’s comparable to Uber Select.
Lyft Lux 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 Black and Lyft Black XL?
Lyft Black (formerly Lyft Lux) is the most luxurious and expensive service Lyft offers. Lyft Black only allows luxury cars 2011 or newer with black paint and leather interiors. Black drivers must maintain an average rating of 4.7 stars or higher, which is higher than the normal required driver rating of 4.6. Lyft Black is comparable to Uber Black and SUV.
Lyft Black and Lyft Black XL are available in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley.
What is Lyft scooter?
Lyft offers an electronic scooter rental service in Santa Monica, California and Denver, Colorado. It is similar to other scooter companies like Bird or Lime: You use the Lyft app to locate and rent scooters.
How do Lyft services compare to 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:
- Lyft is similar to UberX
- Lyft XL is similar to UberXL
- Lyft Shared is similar to UberPOOL
- Uber Select is similar Lyft Lux is similar to Uber Select
- Lyft Black and Black XL are similar to Uber Black and Black SUV
Read about the differences between all the Uber services.
Try Lyft with my promo code ‘LYFTRSD‘ — Works for all new users!
Give Lyft a try! If you’ve already requested a Lyft, try one of my tricks for existing users to get more free Lyft credits. If you sign up using my code, I may receive a bonus from Lyft.