Uber and Lyft are the world's best-known rideshare companies; they completely changed the travel industry and opened up the world of the sharing economy, making it easier, cheaper and more convenient to get around. But, if you’re anything like the rest of us, you may find it challenging to get around in a city with many travel options. It seems like every day; another app pops up offering ridesharing services. But which ones should you choose? For this reason, we've compiled a list of our favorite rideshare apps and other alternative ways to make your commute more straightforward and efficient.
Try Monthly Parking Apps
What if you could pay one monthly fee and park at any city-approved lot or garage worldwide? That's precisely what monthly parking apps do for you. These services allow users to pay a flat rate for unlimited access to a network of garages and lots around the globe. They're great for travelers who don't want to spend time finding parking or worry about meters running out (not all cities have them).
Monthly parking apps also make it easy to find offbeat locations and learn about new spots on your next trip. For example, when I was road-tripping across the USA, I decided to stay in Washington DC, for a month to take my time taking in the sights. Monthly parking in Washington DC is far cheaper than parking somewhere different every day. In addition, I could park within walking distance of convenient public transport and get around the city. Pricing varies depending on location but starts at $100 per month, which isn't bad considering how much time this saves you!
Car Share Companies
Car share companies are a great alternative to Uber and Lyft. It often works out cheaper and is far more environmentally friendly. What is car sharing? Well, car sharing is slightly different from your ordinary car rental; you can rent a car for a few hours at a time. The biggest car-sharing company in America is Zipcar. You can find a car, rent it for as long as you want and then return it to the exact location.
If you're looking for a kid-friendly ride-sharing service, HopSkipDrive is the right choice. This service connects families with drivers who can safely transport children of all ages. In addition, the drivers are experienced and trained to handle your little ones and even provide entertainment if needed.
Avail is an app that allows you to rent cars by the hour, day or week. You can rent a car for as little as $8 an hour, which makes it ideal for people who need a car on short notice and don't want to commit to a monthly payment plan. While this may seem like it might be more expensive than other services (like Zipcar), adding in all the extra fees after using their service can quickly bring your total cost up to $40 or more per hour, making Avail very competitive with Uber and Lyft.
Easy Taxi is a taxi-hailing app. It was launched in 2010 and is available in more than 100 cities worldwide. It has about 200,000 drivers who operate from its platform. The service is available in the US, UK, Canada, Brazil and Argentina.
The company's goal is to make it easier for you to get a ride from one place to another whenever you need one—without worrying about how much your fare will cost or when your driver will arrive (or not).
The ride-hailing app Via is an excellent option for those who want to travel in style and avoid the surge pricing of Uber and Lyft. The service is available in most major cities across the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Moreover, it’s easy to use: All you need to do is open up your app, request a ride, pay through the app (you can pay with cash or card), get picked up by one of their stylish vehicles driven by drivers who have been background checked by Via themselves.
The best part about using this service? You can split the cost with friends or family members if they also travel with you. Or if someone else has already requested a ride at roughly the same time as yours—maybe they ordered one right after you did—you can get picked up together for no extra charge! A nice feature that other services don't offer is that users can share rides with other passengers going on similar routes within minutes of each other; this way, everyone saves money while helping reduce congestion caused by too many cars driving around town at once.
Wingz is a ride-hailing company based in San Francisco that provides customers with private drivers. It's a subsidiary of Uber and operates similarly, but unlike Uber, the company has a rating system for drivers and riders. You can rate your driver after each ride to help them improve their service. You'll also be able to see how other riders rated their experience with each driver before you get into the car so that you can choose who you feel most comfortable riding with next time.
Hailo is a London-based car hire app that allows users to book a taxi in cities across the UK. It was founded in 2011 and launched its services in London in 2012. The company's goal is to make it easier for people to get around their city by eliminating the time spent waiting on street corners or calling local taxi companies to see if they have any available cabs.
Hailo works with licensed private hire cabs, minicabs and black cabs, so you can choose which type of vehicle suits your needs best. There are also different pricing options available depending on how far away from your destination you are travelling:
- Zone 1-2: £2 per kilometer; £0 for waiting time
- Zone 3: £3 per kilometer; £0 for waiting time (min charge applies)
We hope these alternative transportation apps will help you find a better way to get around. But if you don’t see any of these services in your area, don’t fret! There are plenty of other options out there. Likewise, there are plenty of cheaper ways to get around than Uber and Lyft. And while no one should settle for less than the best service they can afford, sometimes it's nice to know there's a little extra wiggle room in your wallet.