TaxiFareFinder Releases Entity Based Autocomplete

Share Button

TaxiFareFinder is excited to announce the release of our newest feature, Entity Based Autocomplete. With user suggestions and feedback in mind, our new entity based auto complete allows visitors to enter locations or establishment names into the “TO” and “FROM” fields on any TaxiFareFinder calculator. The autocomplete fields will help you fill in your desired location or establishment name without you having to type the complete address. Additionally once you have populated both the “TO” and “FROM” fields, TaxiFareFinder will automatically calculate your fare, eliminating the need for you to click on the “Get Fare” button.

In the screenshot below you will see that we started to type in Logan Airport and after only typing in “LO”, Logan Airport appeared as the first option. This will save our users time and effort as they will not have to research and type in the full address of their desired location. The new entity base autocomplete will work with virtually any place you would like to get a taxi to or from, such as Fenway Park, Legal Seafood’s, or Mikes Pastries.

Let’s try out another city. Below we are using our Chicago Fare Finder and have chosen to take a taxi from Wrigley Field. After typing “WR” in the “FROM” field, Wrigley Field showed up as the first option.


This new feature will undoubtedly make the overall experience of using TaxiFareFinder easier, faster, and more convenient for our users.


Merry Christmas!

Share Button

Back Seat Confessional by Dmitry Samarov

Share Button

Something about sitting in a taxi inspires people to unburden themselves. The stories often begin before their butts even hit the back seat. Like the confessional curtain, a cab door invites a certain sort of privacy and discretion. It’s a space apart from the everyday, a place to reflect and think aloud without the usual consequences and recriminations. In my 12 years behind the wheel I heard secrets, admissions of guilt, as well as every kind of soul-searching imaginable. I had no training in counseling— whether spiritual or therapeutic—yet over and over passengers felt free to unburden themselves. The best I could usually do was just to listen.

What do you tell a woman at 3am who tells you she can’t decide whether to stay with her boyfriend? The boyfriend who refuses to acknowledge her religion or even respect it. The one her family hates and her priest counsels her to leave. The one she loves anyway.

How about the drunk man who tells you at the end of the ride that he has no money to pay and that he’s going to go upstairs to his apartment and kill his wife, who he believes is cheating on him?

The soldier, about to be redeployed, talking on his cellphone about witnessing unprovoked killings in Iraq.

Not all the things people shared were extreme, upsetting or unsettling but most of them made me have to reckon with strangers’ lives in a way I was often unprepared for. The question I was most often left with after they’d paid and left the cab was: why did they feel so free to share?

Anonymity had to be a large part of it. Stumbling into a cab after a frustrating night out at the bars, most of them figured that they’d never see me again and thus were free to unload whatever was bothering them. The fact that there was usually a partition between us and they were looking at the back of my head, rather than facing me, probably helped as well. They couldn’t tell their friends and family what they told me because they’d likely have to explain themselves, justify their actions, apologize, or otherwise backtrack. I never made any such demands, nor any demands at all except for paying the amount on the meter at the end of the ride. Surely the sum was much less than a shrink or spiritual adviser would’ve charged them on average.

The fact that I kept quiet and let them talk likely encouraged them to keep going. I was never one of those chatty cabbies. I didn’t offer unsolicited opinions or hold forth on the events of the day. In fact, most rides in my taxi passed in silence aside from my asking where they wanted to go and thanking them on their way out. I always figured that they were entitled to whatever sort of ride they wanted. After all, they were paying for it.

I tried my best not to intercede but every once in awhile I couldn’t help myself. After listening to a sobbing woman describe in detail all the ways that her ex-boyfriend treated her like dirt, there was no way I couldn’t tell her that it wasn’t a good idea to go to his place at 5am, just because he had drunk-dialed to say he missed her. Come to think of it, I didn’t even drive her anywhere. She got in and launched into her story and we just sat there, double-parked outside her apartment building. After I talked her out of the ride, she gave me $5, got back out and went home. As I’ve mentioned before: I had no qualification to offer counsel and no way to follow up to see if anything I suggested made any difference. There was no section in cabdriver class to cover these situations.

Nevertheless—despite not signing up for it any way, shape or form—throughout my 12 years driving a taxi in Boston and Chicago, people would plop down in the back seat tell me all their troubles. I couldn’t have been the only one this happened to. It has to be something inherent in the odd public/private space of a taxi that inspires this intimacy, this longing to talk of private problems. And what do you do with these secrets, these stories that passengers have left you with?

In my case, these stories turned me into a writer.


This piece was written by guest writer Dmitry Samarov. Dmitry is an extremely talented writer and artist, if you would like to learn more about Dmitry and his experiences check out TaxiFareFinder’s interview with him conducted in May of 2013.  To read more from Dmitry, visit his website:

The Coolest Taxi Ads You’ve Ever Seen

Share Button

Since you’re on this site, you probably use taxis on a regular basis.  And if you use them in big metro cities, then you probably have seen some cool advertisements on the outside of the taxis.

In recent years, advertisers have become really creative with taxi ads.  These days, you see ads ranging from static backlit displays on top of the taxi to full wraps that cover the entire taxi.  Taxi ads are one form of outdoor advertising.

Taxi top ads are the traditional illuminated two sided displays on taxi tops.  You’ve probably seen them on taxis in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and other metro cities.  They have been around for a long time, and advertisers love them.

Taxi trunk ads are on the rear of the taxi (usually the trunk) and are geared towards the pedestrian, passenger or driver who views the ad from behind the taxi.

Full taxi wraps are complete wraps of the entire taxi – both sides, the front and the rear.  They are usually more expensive to print and install, so you will see less of them.  But when they are out on the street, they look fantastic.  Fashion brands love to wrap the taxis with their newest designs – and sometimes even stage the taxis outside of fashion shows.

Digital taxi tops are a relatively new thing.  Flat screen displays are installed on taxi tops, and each advertiser’s ad rotates in a pool with other advertisers.  So you may see one ad for 8 to 10 seconds, and then another ad for 8 to 10 seconds and so on.  And because of the ability to change creative easily, you may see one ad in the morning and a different one in the afternoon.

Finally, taxi TV displays have brought the advertising inside the taxis.  While different people may have different opinions about the appropriateness of taxi TV ads, they are here and hot.  The displays are on the backs of seats in major cities and play a combination of news, sports, weather and entertainment segments.  Between the segments, you may have seen 15 second or 30 second ad spots.

And now that you have a full primer on taxi advertising, check out these cool taxi ads from different cities.


As you can see, there are various types of taxi ads and they can be very creative.  They range from taxi tops to full taxi wraps to the brand new digital ones.  Advertisers will continue to experiment with creative as the technology improves.  Which ad formats do you think are most effective?  Have you seen any cool ones?  Share in comments.

The Night Before Christmas by Bob Gersztyn

Share Button

One of my favorite nights to drive a cab was Christmas Eve, because for the most part it was a happy night with generous passengers. Unfortunately some people needed to do some last minute shopping and were either heading to or coming from the downtown business district or the mall. Even if you didn’t get trapped in a parking lot and weren’t going directly there you had to drive down one of the grid locked streets at some point, but that usually ended by 6:00 or 7:00 PM, when the retail stores started closing to let their employees enjoy Christmas. Then the destinations changed as people started to head to parties at friends and relatives houses in residential areas. At the same time all the hard core bar fly’s, were heading to the same bar that they frequent 364 days a year. I say 364 since some of my hard core bar fare’s didn’t like to go to the bar on New Year’s Eve, because they said that there were too many amateur drinkers out that night.


Christmas Eve is also a spiritual time and some people go on a spiritual quest that night. Whether they head to a Protestant church for communion and Carols, the Catholic church for Midnight Mass or the local bar to talk to the bar tender about God, life, death and everything in between, it’s all for the same purpose. Sometimes the cab driver unwittingly becomes a character playing a part in an ancient myth as his part in the spiritual equation.

The thing about spiritual matters is that they know no boundaries, like the ones that theology and logic places upon them. Life is a fine edged walk that balances the sacred and the profane in each person’s sphere of existence so that they are able to function in society as well adjusted human beings. Sometimes that balance gets out of kilter and help is needed to get it back on track. In some of the classic myths, the main character goes on a quest for either a sacred object or a female soul mate that fulfills his destiny. Then during that quest he gets in trouble and nearly fails, but is helped by some formerly unknown ally in the form of an animal or human being, who becomes his friend.

Sometimes the friend is a cab driver, as was the case at around 1100 PM on this Christmas Eve, after I had been driving since 4:00 PM when I began my shift. The call was at an apartment complex in a middle class neighborhood. When I arrived and found the apartment I knocked on the door and when it opened a man dressed in black slacks and a patterned green, red and blue sweater shirt called me Bob by name. He must have asked the dispatcher my name for some reason, I thought. He looked to be in his early 40’s and was about 5 and half feet tall and a little on the pudgy side, but not fat. He wore wire rimmed glasses and had blondish hair that was starting to look shaggy and then he told me his name.

“My name is Marvin, Bob,” he said and then he handed me 2 – 50.00 bills and said, “I need a friend Bob, will you be my friend? I just want to talk and I don’t care where you drive. I know that you have to drive people to make money and I want you to drive me until you use the $100.00 up and then you can bring me back here. I’ll give you a $20.00 tip if you’ll do it.”

I thought to myself, I could go park somewhere and just let the meter run for a couple of hours at $40.00 an hour or I could drive around town and stay off the highway for $2.70 a mile. So I extended my hand in friendship and shook Marvin’s, as he got his jacket and locked his door. When we walked down the hallway to the exit, I noticed that he walked with a severe limp and seemed to move with difficulty. After we got in the cab and I started the meter I headed downtown and on the way there Marvin began to talk.

“I was married for 10 years,” he said, “and was madly in love with my wife and I thought that she was in love with me. I had a successful accounting business and had half a dozen clients that earned me 6 digits a year. I lived in a nice neighborhood and had a beautiful house and lots of friends. Then about 3 years ago I started to get sick and was beginning to have a difficult time keeping my business caught up, so I hired someone to help me out. He had recently graduated from Willamette University with a degree in accounting. He began to do more and more of my work and my wife was my secretary. To make a long story short, I was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy and was losing control of my motor functions when I found out that my wife was having an affair with my new assistant. I didn’t want to but we got a divorce and she got the house and  half the business with my former assistant and her lover running her half. All our friends sided with my former wife and I found myself completely alone, then one of my best clients left and my business began to take a nose dive, so now I work for the state and live in the apartment that you picked me up at.”

I was getting overwhelmed just listening to Marvin’s story and began to wonder whether it was worth the fare to be Marvin’s psychoanalyst, but then I once had a calling and was a church pastor. Once you get a calling, it doesn’t go away, it just evolves. I concluded that about 25 years ago when whatever unnamable power that everything is connected to, also known as God or the Wholly Other, made it plain that I wouldn’t be in the full time paid ministry anymore, but instead I was to meet people one on one right where they were living. The best way to do that I found is by having an ordinary every day job, so you can relate to the people that make up your parish. My parish then became my everyday life. Then, while living and working together, you can talk to people and live what you talk in the same circumstances as them. By your example and sometimes your words you influence them or move them in the right direction, even if you don’t know what the right direction for them is.

As usual my instructions could be found in the Bible, in Luke 12:12, which states, “For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.” So I turned my attention back to Marvin as we hit downtown which was desolate with almost all the bars closed and every one either at home or in church.

“Sometimes I get so lonely that I have to pay a girl to come over and help me feel better,” Marvin said and then asked, “is this wrong?” Before I even considered how to respond he continued, “she was so pretty and her name was Delilah, she didn’t care that I had muscular dystrophy and it only cost $100.00 for ½ hour.”

For some reason the first thing that popped into my mind to respond with was a joke that another passenger told me one night as I drove him and his drunk friends. So I asked him if he wanted to hear a joke, to which he said “yes.”

“A leper goes to a prostitute and after they have sex and he pays her, she thanks him for the tip,” I said.

He burst out laughing, saying, “I get it! I get it! Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, I get it! Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha…..”

After that the rest of the time that we drove around we talked about religion, morality and how to get through life without going crazy. After he found out that I had been a pastor back in the 1970’s, he asked me if I was a good shepherd. I told him that I tried to be, even when there were some black sheep in the flock. He asked me if I’d pray for him and I said that I would. We talked about every aspect of life that Marvin wanted to discuss until he exhausted himself. The meter was rolling over $99.00 as we turned off the main road onto the private drive that led to his apartment complex. I walked with him back to his apartment and before he went in he hugged me and handed me a $20.00 bill as he wished me Merry Christmas and walked into his apartment..

“Merry Christmas,” I answered him, as I turned to walk back to my cab.

It was 1:45 AM and when I cleared my fare and I immediately got another one when the rain turned into snow as the temperature began to drop. It was a personal request for my number at Player’s Lounge. I guessed that it would be the same guy that I drove earlier around 10:00 PM. He was an interesting character who claimed that he was visiting a friend that he met in college. He said that he was from Houston, Texas and his father was a Multimillionaire that he worked for. I picked him up at the Red Lion earlier and then we picked up his friend who was a woman. It seemed to me that he was trying to get into her pants when I dropped them off 5 hours earlier. I expected them both to be falling down drunk, but they seemed only slightly drunk. They wanted to go to Noble’s Tavern, which I told them would be closed by now, but he said that they didn’t care because his car was parked there.


On the drive there he was trying to convince his female friend to let him come over to her house or go with him to the Red Lion. She said that she had to wrap presents and he said that he’d help her. This went on until we got to Nobles and then they decided to drive his car to her house where he would help her wrap presents. The fare came to $9.40 and I tried to convince him to have me drive them there, rather than chancing a DUI, but he said that he wanted to drive and pulled out his wallet to pay me. I turned on the dome light, because it was dark where we were parked in an unlit area where I couldn’t see clearly, but he immediately told me to turn off the light. I started to argue that I needed light, but decided that it wasn’t worth the hassle, plus it was Christmas day now and Christmas is all about giving, so if I get screwed, it could be a Christmas present. He handed me a $10.00 bill and said to keep the change as he and his female friend opened the back door and left, as they left their tracks in the accumulating snow.


I had a couple more calls driving people home from parties and even taking a nurse to the hospital for her early morning shift before it was time to gas up at 3:45 AM. When I went inside the AM/PM Arco station I pulled out my small wad from my right pocket that I always kept under $50.00, in case I got robbed. My gas came to $35.00 and when I was picking through my $10.00 & $5.00 bills, I found a $100.00 bill. I knew that I had not taken any $100.00 bills the entire night, but immediately remembered the Texas multimillionaire’s son that wouldn’t let me turn the dome light on. I drove back to the office in the accumulating snow where I would do my paperwork, drop my envelope for the night and head home to bed before the snow got too deep and Santa arrived at my house.


Bob Gersztyn is a veteran taxi driver from Salem, Oregon. He drove for 9 years and has been a freelance journalist for 20. He has published 4 books on gospel music and has 2 blogs. and He is also a wonderful photographer, all of the pictures used in this post are his own!

Animal Taxi Monday 12.15.14

Share Button

“Hey Mom, do you think you could give me a boost?”

Happy Animal Taxi Monday!

Click here to view all of our Animal Taxi Monday pictures.

Benefits of Investing in Hybrid Taxis by Sam Green

Share Button

Hybrid taxis are starting to become more common in the UK, and with an increasing consciousness of environmental sustainability that’s hardly a surprise – but some people are still unsure of what exactly the benefits of investing in hybrid taxis are. So, here’s some information about the environmental and health benefits of hybrid taxis, to enable you to make an informed choice.


Environmental Benefits

There are a multitude of benefits environmentally to switching part or all of your fleet to hybrid taxis. Firstly your emissions will be significantly reduced – this I’m sure is no great surprise, but it’s still one of the primary benefits of using hybrid taxis. The major background of global warming is carbon dioxide emission into our atmosphere, of which transportation is the second largest contributor. For every gallon of gasoline burned, 20 pounds of carbon dioxide and other green house gases enter the atmosphere. By switching to hybrid cars you can slash your fleet’s emissions, all the more important where you’ve got a significant number of cars out on the road. This is a benefit in terms of your business and your branding, as well as in terms of doing your bit – you’ll be letting people know that you and your company care about the environment, and that when riding with you they can be assured they’re reducing their carbon footprint while still getting where they need to go in comfort. Hybrid taxis also reduce noise pollution significantly, particularly as most have a start-stop engine system, meaning that they won’t idle when stationary with the engine on – particularly relevant to the kind of urban driving that your taxis undertake on a daily basis. Idling a car is not only a totally unnecessary waste of fuel, but also a major contributor to emissions and noise pollution, so by removing it completely you’re instantly removing a significant portion of the environmental concerns caused by frequent urban driving. Once a hybrid has rolled to a stop, the internal combustion engine is shut down to conserve fuel and eliminate emissions, at which point the car’s battery pack takes over, until the vehicle is once again moving at a quick enough speed to require the ignition of the gas engine.


Health Benefits

The environmental benefits of hybrid cars are certainly more discussed in the media, but there are also significant health benefits that mustn’t be overlooked. When living in a city your respiratory system is constantly exposed to emissions of all kinds, primarily traffic related – and this is no less true just because you’re the one driving the car. In fact the proximity to the fumes means these emissions are effectively being blown into your face, so it’s more damaging to us than larger-scale industrial emissions that might often cause more concern. Vehicle related pollutants are on the rise as a primary cause of asthma, lung disease, and a whole host of other respiratory problems – so by switching to hybrids you can make a dent in this risk to the public and your drivers’ health.


Other Benefits

Some people are deterred from investing in hybrid cars for their fleet as initially they require a bigger financial outlay than traditional non-hybrid taxis; however it’s best to see it as just that – an investment. In financial terms it’s an investment in a car that will create significant savings on fuel costs once in use, particularly without the idling that we’re all so familiar with in urban driving. But it’s also important to see the bigger investments in our environment and our health, even though these benefits can be difficult to see over a small timescale. Another potential deterrent is doubts about the performance of a hybrid taxi. Sure you’re not going to be rally driving around the streets of your city, but you still need to know that you can get where you want to, when you need to. The secret to the high performance of many hybrid vehicles is the fact that electric motors deliver their maximum torque instantaneously, rather than having to wait for the motor to spool or rev up each and every one of its lb-ft are available as soon as you hit the accelerator.

As you can see, the benefits of the hybrid car speak for themselves and although initially the cost of the vehicle may be higher than a non-hybrid taxi, the benefits to our health and perhaps more significantly, the environment, are well worth the money. In a world where we are so greatly concerned about reducing carbon emissions and our carbon footprint, as well as becoming more ecological in ourselves, a hybrid car is no doubt a huge step forward. Environmental benefits aside, the monthly savings due to more efficient fuel consumption and the readily available tax incentives are a fantastic encouragement to make the change to a hybrid taxi.


The Unusual Reasons For Taking A Taxi Hall Of Fame by Gene Salomon

Share Button


You know what we need now? Another Hall of Fame. I had a fare recently which brought me to this realization. It’s only right that excellence should receive acknowledgement, after all.

Picture by Eugene Salomon

Now the great majority of taxi rides are pretty mundane. A to B is what they’re all about and the reasons for them are things like getting to train stations, going home from work, arriving at the theater, meeting up at a restaurant, and so on. But every once in a while one of them steps out from the crowd, turns, faces the wannabees, and pirouettes like a duck in Swan Lake. These are the Unusual Reasons For Taking A Taxi. They might include:

1. The quintessential “Follow that taxi!” seen so often in movies.

2. The reverse of that, which is “Lose that taxi!” (or another vehicle) that’s following the passenger.

3. Having some kind of sex in the back seat.

4. The No Destination Ride. Just drive.

5. The Shake the Paparazzi Ride, in which the passenger, a celebrity, wants to go just far enough to be out of sight of the frenzied photographers.

6. The “I’d Rather Die in Your Taxi” Ride in which the passenger, who has just had a heart attack, chooses to go to his hotel room rather than to a hospital.

7. The Getaway Ride. Unbeknownst to the driver, the passenger, who has just committed a crime, is using the taxi as his means of escape.

8. The Commandeered Taxi Ride. A cop suddenly jumps in and orders the driver to take him to a crime scene. No, not a doughnut shop! Who said that?

9. The “I Just Want To Be Able To Say I’ve Seen It” Ride in which a tourist who has only a few hours before he must catch his flight, takes a cab across the Brooklyn Bridge for the sole reason of catching a glimpse of the Statue of Liberty.

I’ve had all these rides over the years. And then a few nights ago, this happened…

Picture by Eugene Salomon

Two twenty-something party girls in tight dresses kind of hailed me on 8th Avenue at 26th Street at 4:30 in the morning. I say “kind of” because it was one of those tentative arm raisings that people sometimes do when they think they want a cab but they’re not quite sure. I stopped anyway. It’s the time of night when I’m looking for that one last ride. The shift ends at five.

They didn’t open the back door and get in. Instead they both came over to the window and one of them quite desperately asked me this question:

“Can you take us to a bathroom?”

They had been in a nearby club until closing time, 4 a.m., and then they’d found themselves out on the sidewalk in a little section of Chelsea that had nothing going on at that particular hour in the early morning. Everything was closed, not an all-night diner or even a deli anywhere in sight. And now whatever they’d been drinking was heading for the exit. It had become an emergency. If they’d been guys there would have been no problem. They could have just found a dark corner somewhere and fired away. But ladies do not squat in public places. Absolutely not! Help!

Of course the first thing I had to do was make fun of their situation in a good-natured way. After I got that out of my system, I told them not to worry, they’d come to the right place. Yessir, a veteran cabbie knows where all the bathrooms are. They jumped in and we started cruising uptown on 8th Avenue. Only seven blocks later, at 33rd Street, I pulled over at the north side of Penn Station. Pointing to the entrance, I told them to go down the escalator, walk a few steps to the left, and that’s where the Ladies Room is located. I know the station well.

I might as well have told them they’d won a year’s supply of Grey Goose. They were ecstatic. The $3.90 fare, which consisted only of the first drop and one click of the meter, had taken merely twenty seconds to complete. I felt a little guilty to be charging that much for such a quick ride and said, “I don’t know if I’m ripping you off or rescuing you” to the damsels in distress.

“You’re rescuing us!” they squealed in unison, then handed me six dollars and hurried off toward the escalator.

“Aww, shucks, m’am, I’m just doin’ my job,” I blurted out Jimmy Stewart style, although they were too far away to hear me. I shoved the bills in my shirt and drove off into the sunset, a hero.

Actually, the sunrise.

It was 4:30 in the morning.

Eugene Salomon,  a seasoned New York City taxi driver since 1977, is a guest blogger with His blog Cabs Are For Kissing includes a wonderful range of stories from his experiences driving a cab. He is also the mastermind behind the picture- based blog Pictures from a Taxi. All of the wonderful pictures you see in this blog post today, are in fact, all his works of art that he has taken during his shifts! Lastly but definitely not least, Eugene is the author of Confessions Of A New York Taxi Driver.

Which Rideshare App is Your Favorite?

Share Button


Everyone seems to have an opinion on which Rideshare App is the best. Some folks swear by Uber, others love Lyft’s pink mustaches, and traditionalists won’t say a bad word about their good ol’ taxi companies! Now that you saw our Rideshare App Guide, detailing the many different types of apps, we want you to tell us which one is your favorite. Take our poll to the right of this post and let your opinion be heard!

Your Rideshare App Guide

Share Button


Getting a ride from point A to point B used to be a simple process. You either called a taxi to pick you up or if you lived in a metropolitan area you hailed a taxi at a moment’s notice. Now, with the introduction of ridesharing app-based services finding the best transportation choice has become a lot more complicated. Lucky for you, the TaxiFareFinder team has compiled the most extensive rideshare app guide on the web! Whether you need an 11pm ride to a party or mid-morning transportation to a business meeting, we guarantee one of these rideshare services will fit your needs.




Text Version

Your Rideshare App Guide

You may have noticed the recent uptick of rideshare apps in your home city; with each one a little bit different than the next. Here’s a handy guide on what each company has to offer.

Uber – The Rideshare App with all the Fixings

An on-demand car service that allows users to request a ride through their Android or iPhone app. Once a driver is signaled through the app, it usually takes less than 10 minutes for a car to arrive at your door. During this brief wait period, Uber allows you to track the cars location so you know exactly when to expect its arrival. The app provides a cashless payment process by charging all Uber rides to an on file credit card attached to your account. One thing to note though, sometimes Uber enacts surge pricing during peak travel times, meaning your fare could double, triple, or even cost you up to 7X the normal amount! On the plus side, when surge pricing is in effect you will be notified within the app before you request a ride. This app is rapidly gaining wide spread popularity and now operates in over 40 countries. Uber is also known for the many  ride choices they offer, see below for descriptions of each.

Uber X – This is Uber’s budget option. An everyday car with seating for up to 4 people.

Uber XL – A larger version of Uber X. An everyday SUV with seating for up to 6 people.

Uber Black – This is Uber’s original service. A high-end sedan with seating for up to 4 people.

Uber SUV- This is one of Uber’s more expensive (and in most cities, the most expensive) option. A SUV with seating for up to 6 people.

Uber Taxi- This is your typical taxi. Uber has an agreement with some taxi cab companies allowing you to book a typical taxi but pay through the Uber app.

Uber EXEC- This is Uber’s “corporate” ride. A mid-tier car with seating for up to 4 people.

Uber LUX- This option is only available in a few cities and it is Uber’s most expensive option (Mercedes S class, Jaguar, Bentley, 7-Series!). A high-end luxury car with seating for up to four people.

Uber POP- This option is only available in a few cities abroad. It allows any individual to become a part time driver and pick passengers up in their own cars. Uber states this option is even cheaper than uber X!

Lyft – Pink Mustached Cars Driven by “Friends”

An app that enables peer to peer ridesharing by connecting passengers who need a ride with available drivers in the community. Lyft’s tagline is “your friend with a car” as these community drivers use their own personal cars for picking up passengers. Lyft drivers distinguish themselves by placing a fuzzy pink mustache on the front of their vehicle. Lyft operates in major U.S. cities and they claim their prices are 30% lower than typical cab fares. The app also lets you pay via credit card, making Lyft another “cash-less” ride service.

Sidecar – The Choice is Yours App

This app’s differential factor is that the drivers operate with their own personal cars AND set their own fare prices. The price you pay will be what the driver deems reasonable based on the quality of their vehicle, the current demand for vehicles, and any other incentives they want to offer (water, snacks, candy basket, or even in car joke telling)!

Sidecar’s selling point is that the app user can scroll through the different drivers and rides offered in their area and pick the option that best suits their needs and budget. The app will show you the exact car’s make and model plus any extra amenities offered by the driver. Also, you will see the ride price up front so there are never any surprises with sidecar when you get your receipt. Sidecar is available in a few major US cities and due to the competition between drivers, prices for the consumer tend to be low!

Hailo – The App to use when ‘Hail-o’ing a Taxi

Founded in London, this app connects passengers who need a ride with a taxi or licensed car. The Hailo theory is that passengers will be able to get a taxi quicker through the app than by waiting on the sidewalk and taxi drivers will have less down time resulting in a win-win scenario. The fares will vary based on the city and taxi company so it is not easy to predict your fare. Also, this app charges a small service fee for using their app but there is no surge pricing so you should always expect relatively normal fares. Hailo is available in about 20 cities mainly throughout Europe.

CURB – The App Tailored for Dispatchers

CURB, formerly Taxi Magic, is owned by the parent company, RideCharge, Inc. This is another app for hailing existing taxis and for-hire professional drivers. Their local partners (taxi companies and private for hire cars) set the fares, so prices will vary. The app allows you to either pay via credit card or cash. The differentiating factor for this app is that it is tailored for dispatchers. With CURB, dispatchers will continuously be supplied with significant data regarding  where their cars are and how many fares their cars have picked up. CURB is currently only available in the United States but they do operate in over 60 cities!

Flywheel – The West Coast Start Up App

This west coast start up app (originally known as Cabulous) is still struggling to gain popularity, drivers, and partners. Currently only operating in San Francisco, Seattle, and Los Angeles, Flywheel connects app users with local taxi drivers (much like CURB and Hailo). Users pay through their phones the standard taxi fare plus a $1 service fee.

TaxiBeat – The European SideCar

The European version of SideCar. Originally founded in Athens, TaxiBeat is now available in NYC, Rio De Janiero, Sao Paulo, Paris, and Mexico City. With TaxiBeat you choose your driver based on your needs. You can choose the nearest vehicle if you are in a hurry, the nicest car if you are trying to impress, or even the language spoken by the driver if you are looking to connect. Each driver creates their own profile and sets their own prices allowing you to choose the best option for you. After your ride, you are prompted to rate your driver and vehicle so future customers know exactly what to expect.

MyTaxi – Hail a Taxi without a Surcharge

Another start up modeled after Hailo. The two main differences are that MyTaxi does not charge a surcharge for hailing a taxi and the app is available not only on iPhone and Android but also on Blackberry and Windows devices. MyTaxi mainly operates in European cities but recently started supporting Washington, DC.

Gett – The App that Favors Frequent Riders

This app operates similar to many others; you tap a button, within minutes your car arrives, and at the end you pay via your credit card stored on the app. The main difference is that Gett has a rewards program for their frequent riders. Gett calls these riders “Gett-Setters” and through using the app they earn points towards free rides and even gain invitations to exclusive Gett events. This app is a popular choice among corporate clients as the app provides a full selection of business ride options. Gett is currently available in 24 cities globally including New York, London, Moscow, St Petersburg, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

Looking for a one-stop price-checker to better sort through your options? TaxiFareFinder has released a convenient Uber, Lyft, Taxi Comparison Calculator, RideGuru, to give you the power to discover the least expensive transportation option in your city. Through TaxiFareFinder’s RideGuru tool you can compare options and choose your ride based on price ahead of time. This way, you are always in control and aware of the final cost. Be prepared and get where you need to go!