Taking a Taxi or Uber with Young Children, a 2019 Guide

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Traveling with young children comes with a whole new set of challenges but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t throw in the towel! It will take a little bit more research but the reward of seeing your little one explore the world is well worth it. Today we wanted to answer one of the most popular questions we receive, “How do I take a taxi with a baby or toddler?”. “Do I need a car seat?”. “Are their any ride services that are family friendly?”.

These questions are very important but also difficult to answer as car seat and for hire vehicle laws can change from region to region. To start, most cities require that a child is secured in a car seat in taxis or rideshares but in two major cities, New York City and Las Vegas, taxi cabs are currently exempt from the car seat law. This makes it legal for children to ride in taxi cabs without a car seat (please note, we do not condone this and still strongly encourage parents to bring their own car seat to secure into the back of the taxi cab). Even in regions where a car seat is not mandatory most taxi companies will have car seats on hand if you call and reserve the car ahead of time and ask for a car seat. While this takes some extra planning, you will thank yourself when you do not have to lug a car seat around all day!

Uber and Lyft on the other hand always require children who are of car seat age to be safely secured in an age appropriate seat. You are allowed to bring your own child seat if you wish or you can order Uber’s family friendly option, Uber Car Seat (also know as Uber Family). Uber Car Seat will bring you a car already equipped with a forward facing car seat. These car seats can accommodate children who are at least 1 years old and are between 22 and 48 pounds and 31 and 52 inches. If your child is younger than this or under the height/weight requirements you will need to bring your own carseat. Unfortunately, Uber Car Seat is only available in a few cities and be aware that a $10 surcharge will be added to your ride.

Currently Uber Car Seat is available in Philadelphia, NYC, Washington DC, Baltimore, Orlando, Istanbul Turkey, and Cluj and Bucharest Romania.

Lyft also offers car seat rides but only in NYC (and through their Disney Minnie Van Program). The Lyft car seat requirements for height, weight, and age are the exact same as Uber’s, however, the surcharge is slightly less at $8.98

Finally, there are other services that cater specifically to families traveling with young children. These service will always provide car seats and booster seats without you having to book ahead. To see if there is a child-friendly rideshare service in your area check out this article here.

Ready to start planning your trip? We suggest you look up your estimates fares in advance to find out which car service is cheapest for your family on RideGuru.

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