The Difference Between Lyft, Lyft Plus, and Lyft Line

We receive many questions everyday about the differences between Lyft, Lyft Line, and Lyft Plus. While it is understandable that the differences between the three can be confusing, they are, in fact, all very different from one another. Each of these three Lyft services has something unique to offer in a variety of different situations. Take a look at our Lyft Services Cheat Sheet below to learn which Lyft is best for you!



The lowest cost service. This is on the same level as an UberX. A request for a Lyft will send to you a regular 4-seater car. Some of the vehicles you might ride in when using Lyft are Toyota Prius, Honda CRV, Ford Escape, Nissan Maxima, Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Ford Escort, Nissan Altima, Honda Civic, and Mazda 3




Lyft Line

A carpool type ridesharing service that pairs you with other passengers who are traveling along the same route. Lyft Line drivers are the same as regular Lyft drivers but Lyft Line prices are up to 60% cheaper since you are splitting the cost of the ride with several strangers. Lyft Line is currently only available in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Some of the vehicles you might ride in when using Lyft Line are Toyota Prius, Honda CRV, Ford Escape, Nissan Maxima, Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Ford Escort, Nissan Altima, Honda Civic, Mazda 3, Dodge Caravan, and Kia Sorrento.



Lyft Plus

The best option for larger groups wishing to travel together. A Lyft Plus car can seat 6 or more passengers. The fare prices are slightly more expensive than a regular Lyft to compensate van and SUV drivers for higher vehicle running costs. Some of the vehicles you might ride in when using Lyft Plus are Dodge Caravan, Kia Sorrento, Toyota Highlander.

Rideshare Carpooling Services

On demand ridesharing services are becoming increasingly popular in today’s society, and with the introduction of the carpooling feature, the way of transportation may be changed for good. These services claim that carpooling will reduce the number of cars on the road, and help solve problems of congestion in large cities, pollution, and parking challenges.

Uber Pool:

Uber Pool is the carpooling service where you can share a ride with another person who happens to request a ride along a similar route. With this service, you and the other rider will split the cost of the ride. The way you request Uber Pool is the same way you would request your typical Uber—just press the button to request a ride and select the “Uber Pool” option. Once Uber finds a match for you, you will be notified of the driver’s first name.

A criticism of Uber Pool from passengers is that if the next passenger does not show up and you requested Uber Pool, you will be charged the full Uber X price, with no discount. Passengers expect to be getting a cheaper ride, but often there are no matches in the area and passengers are forced to go out of their way and still pay the non-discounted price.

Uber drivers also have strong opinions on the carpooling service—many say it is not fair for them because they have to drop off and pick up multiple passengers and not get paid extra. Uber raves that the feature allows people to communicate more and meet new people, but drivers claim that most people do not speak to each other, and they do not seem to benefit from the carpooling aside from the discount.

Lyft Line:

The Lyft Line service is very similar to Uber Pool. To request a ride, all you have to do is select the “Line” option when you open the Lyft app on your phone, and Lyft will build your line for you. One aspect of Lyft line that differs from Uber Pool is that the price of your trip is fixed after you select the “Line” option, meaning that even if they do not find another passenger, you will still be paying the discounted rate. When the “Line” arrives, Lyft will text you and you can then enter the car. The feature that gives the rider a discount regardless of the other passengers arriving is similar to what Uber Pool had when it first was introduced, but Uber’s policy has since been changed.

Other services:

Uber and Lyft are not the only companies who have this “carpooling” feature—the ridesharing app Sidecar also has something called “Shared Rides” where the user can get a discount for sharing a ride with another passenger traveling on the same route.

There are mixed reviews of the carpooling service for on-demand ridesharing apps, but who knows it may soon replace the need for public transportation, and perhaps even the need for personal vehicles!

Felicia is an intern at Unleashed, LLC. She is from upstate NY, and is currently pursuing a Marketing degree at Bentley University. One day she hopes to travel the world and visit every continent.






Lyft Vs Lyft Line

When Lyft first launched they only offered one simple service, a ride. Users would open the app and tap a big green “Request Lyft” button and, voila, a Lyft car arrived. Now, if you’re currently living in San Francisco or Los Angeles, you might have noticed an additional service called Lyft Line; a new service developed by Lyft to help support their growing user base and demand for alternative ride options.

What’s the difference between Lyft and Lyft Line?

Traditional Lyft

When a rider requests a traditional Lyft car, a driver will be notified via the app and a four door car will arrive at their location within a few minutes. This ride is reserved exclusively for the rider who requested the car and any passengers who might be in their party. The rider will then simply enter their final destination in the app’s GPS or will give their driver proper directions. Once the car has arrived at the destination, the app will charge the rider for the duration of the trip from pickup to drop off.

Lyft Line

Lyft Line is different from the traditional Lyft option as it functions more like a carpool. Riders who request rides through Lyft Line will be riding with other riders, allowing the cost of the ride to be split among all parties. With Lyft Line, riders are required to input their final destination prior to their trips. The app will then pair that rider with a Lyft Line driver who is already traveling along their chosen route. The catch is that there may be other riders in the car when a rider gets picked up, or the driver may stop and pick up additional riders as the trip progresses.

The benefit of Lyft Line is that Lyft claims the prices are up to 60% cheaper than the regular Lyft fares. The idea is simple, riders are splitting the bill with several people, so everyone only has to pay a portion of the overall cost instead of the whole bill.

Have you tried Lyft Line yet? Did your Lyft Line car make many stops along your route to pick others up? Let us know your experiences and opinions below!


David Pemberton is a Bay Area writer, currently serving as the Communications Manager for Breeze. Breeze offers a flexible lease option on fuel-efficient Prius cars, specifically for drivers interested in driving for rideshare or on-demand services. Learn more at