RideGuru iPhone App, a Travelers Best Companion

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Want to compare the cost of taxis, limos, Uber, Lyft and others while on the go? Wish there was one app that could hail any taxi or rideshare for you? Check out the new RideGuru iPhone app, the search engine for all rideshares.

The RideGuru iPhone and iPad application compares rideshare and taxi rates across hundreds of services (Uber, Lyft, Ola, Didi Kauidi, Fasten, traditional taxis, limo networks, etc) in thousands of cities worldwide to bring you the best deals no matter where you are traveling.

Not only does RideGuru save you money, it also saves travelers time by allowing users to quickly filter their results to find a car that fits their specifications. Once the perfect ride has been found, simply hail or dispatch your desired ride straight from the RideGuru app.

According to the Press Release released today, “RideGuru is known to be the most robust rideshare comparison tool in the world. Through its vast support of all rideshare, taxi, and limo companies worldwide, users will feel secure in finding a local ride even if their destination is off the beaten track.”

If you plan on using rideshares or taxis during your upcoming travels, download RideGuru and travel with confidence!

To learn more about the RideGuru mobile app click here.

To view the Press Release please click here.


To view a Text Only Press Release please see below.


Rideshare Aggregator, RideGuru, Now Available on App Store

Boston, MA, August 22, 2017

Calling all travelers!  This innovative rideshare search engine saves you time, money, and energy.

RideGuru, the rideshare comparison app, is now available for iPhone and iPad users. Powered by the popular travel website, RideGuru, the RideGuru mobile app is a search engine for rideshares and other on-demand ground transportation services. Users can compare costs of various rideshares and taxi services worldwide, then hail their desired car straight from the app.

Since RideGuru’s release in September 2016, the site has stood out as the aggregator of taxis, limos, and rideshares. Not only does RideGuru compare large on-demand car services such as Uber and Lyft, it also scours rates from hundreds of smaller services to bring the user an array of travel options. Through its vast support of all rideshare, taxi, and limo companies worldwide, users will feel secure in finding a local ride even if their destination is off the beaten track.

Ippei Takahashi, the CEO/President of Unleashed, LLC, states, “Thanks to the adoption of on-demand economy, there has never been so many ride options available. There are great offerings out there, but unfortunately, the consumers are either not aware of them or lack the visibility into the services they have access to.  That’s what we are trying to fix with RideGuru: provide visibility to the users and encourage competition between the providers.”

Lillien Kenyon, the business and operations lead at RideGuru, adds “Most travelers compare the costs of airfares, hotels, and car rentals. We want to bring the same philosophy to rideshares, saving travelers both time and money.”

The RideGuru app supports more than 100 rideshare services from companies such as Uber, Lyft, Juno, Grab, Curb, Fasten, Wingz, and Zum.  Users can filter the choices, by entering number of passengers, car type, accommodations, and other specialty features, such as rideshares for women and children or “shared rides” like UberPool and Lyft Line.

Once users have made their selection, they can dispatch the ride from Uber or Lyft directly, with similar dispatch support coming soon for other rideshare companies.

RideGuru is known to be the most robust rideshare comparison tool in the world.  To learn more about RideGuru’s groundbreaking fare comparison technology visit RideGuru.

About RideGuru
RideGuru, a product of Unleashed, LLC, is an all-inclusive rideshare and taxi information source. RideGuru is not another transportation service, instead, it is a search engine to help you find the best ride from point A to point B. It scours rates from hundreds of services worldwide to bring you the best deals.

About Unleashed, LLC
Unleashed, LLC is a Boston-based technology company that specializes in creating websites and smartphone applications to provide users with the information they need for daily decisions. The company is best known for creating the popular travel site TaxiFareFinder.com. TaxiFareFinder, released in 2007, is an online resource for all things related to taxis and rideshares. TaxiFareFinder is best recognized for its groundbreaking, location based, taxi and rideshare fare calculators.











Why does Uber want to track your location?

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uber locationWe love it when Uber tracks our rides, but our every move? Not so much! With Uber’s recent update, the app now has permissions to track your whereabouts even when you are not using the Uber app. This has upset many users who feel it is not Uber’s business to know where they are traveling to and from at all times.

RideGuru wrote an interesting article on the subject, bringing light to why Uber would want your location information. According to RideGuru, one reason that this update helps to improve the app is by better identifying ETA estimates and the best pick up locations in certain areas. RideGuru also states that another reason Uber wants to track your movements is “that they hope to eliminate how often riders have to cross the street after being dropped off to get to their destination. Uber believes this is a safety hazard and that new location data from their users could help to solve this issue.”

Is Uber crossing the line though? Head over to RideGuru to read the full article and give your opinion on if Uber should be allowed to track their users locations.


More than One Taxi Company Shows it’s Possible to Compete with Ridesharing’s Big Two

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taxipeople-1Fast Taxi of Albany, NY has just launched a full service transportation app to compete with the outdated taxi system currently in place in Albany, a city where Uber and Lyft are still banned legally.  In just 3 weeks after launch, the company has over 40 vehicles servicing the area and is growing rapidly. Based on popular ridesharing apps, Fast Taxi has taken advantage of all the great features many consumers have become accustomed to, such as:

– Sending pickup address via gps
– Finding closest driver based on users position
– Tracking driver to your location
– Paying with credit card automatically
– Getting transparent fare estimates

You would expect the clear benefits of ridesharing technology to catch on in every city. The politics of how these companies suddenly started competing with local taxi businesses, however, is an entirely different story. One key point to mention is that most ridesharing apps provide no real form of insurance to their riders, and their drivers are not vetted up to the standard the rest of the transportation industry uses. This is where Fast Taxi, a company who intends for the inevitable ridesharing wars to arrive in Albany, has setup core principles and added new standards to put the customer first. Improvements featured in Fast Taxi and not typical of other ridesharing apps include:

– Fully insured rides
– Allowance of cash payments
– No surge fees
– Advanced bookings
– Fair, transparent pricing powered by TaxiFareFinder
– No account needed (web booking only)

The Fast Taxi App has been very well received in Albany and the company is expected to grow it’s operation throughout the entire state of New York in the coming year. You can expect the trend of taxi service styled ridesharing apps to grow rapidly for the unseen future.

Disclaimer: This post is a guest post written by Fast Taxi of Albany, NY



Help Us to Keep Rideshares Transparent!

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With the release of our new site, RideGuru, the TaxiFareFinder/RideGuru team has become passionate about bringing transparency to the ridesharing community. Rideshares, such as Uber and Lyft, have their benefits but they also can be hampered by a lack of transparency.

Take a look at the video below to see how RideGuru is helping to bring insight into the ridesharing industry and let us know your thoughts below!

Uber: How to Download and Use the Uber App

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  1. Download the Uber app from the app store on your smartphone. Uber is available for download on: iPhone (iOS 7 or newer), Android (Jelly Bean or newer), BlackBerry (BB OS 7 only), Windows Phone 8.
  2. Create an account. Once you have downloaded the Uber app, you will be asked to create an account. Enter your name, email address, phone number, and credit or debit card information. Be sure to enable location services when the option appears, as this will allow for more accurate GPS capabilities when requesting a ride. Once you have filled in your account details read Uber’s terms and conditions to make sure that you are OK with Uber’s terms and privacy policy before continuing on with the service.
  3. Click the Sign Up button. Once you have filled in your account details and read over the terms of service, click the sign up button. Your account will be created and you will be sent an email confirming your new Uber account. You’re now ready to start using Uber.
  4. Fill in the details for your first ride. Once you have completed your account creation, you are ready to take your first ride! You will need to set your pickup location; an address will be auto-populated based on your GPS location but double check to make sure that it is accurate. You can input an address manually if it is incorrect. Next, you will need to choose which level of service you want. Uber offers several types of services based on vehicle type, size, and cost. For the full list of Uber services with descriptions please click here.
  5. Request your ride. Once you submit your request, a nearby Uber driver will be notified of your pickup location. A time estimate will be provided and you will be able to watch your Uber car arrive utilizing the driver’s GPS location. All details surrounding your driver and ride will be provided, including: driver photo, contact information, vehicle make, and license plate number. If you need to give your driver any additional details, you can contact your driver at this stage!
  6. Enter your end destination. Input the address of your final destination while you wait for your ride to arrive. This will save time and provide a route ahead of time.
  7. Enjoy your ride. Once you see your Uber ride approaching your pick up location on your Uber app, start looking out for your Uber car. Once you locate your ride, simply hop in the vehicle. The GPS will provide the driver with a route, but you are able to suggest a better way if you wish. Once you arrive at your destination, simply exit the vehicle. The trip cost will be taken out of your debit or credit card automatically. If you wish to tip, you may do so in cash. Once your ride is over your will receive a receipt via email with a breakdown of the ride, including fare and route explanation.
  8. Rate your experience. Once your ride is marked as complete, you will be prompted to rate your Uber drive. The rating is out of 5 stars, keep in mind Uber drivers must maintain a 4.6 rating in order to be eligible to drive for Uber.


Extra help articles on Uber:

Please click here to learn about Uber’s Surge Pricing

Please click here to learn how to calculate the price of your Uber ride.

Find your Uber Fare with UberFareFinder (Video)

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New to Uber? Need an Uber estimate? Want to avoid Surge Pricing? Check out UberFareFinder.com!

With UberFareFinder.com, you can easily find the price of your Uber ride whether you are riding in an UberX, UberXL, Uber Black, Uber SUV, and so on! UberFareFinder will estimate the price of your ride for every Uber car service available and will even display real-time surge pricing so you can better decide which ride is right for you. Once you have chosen your Uber car choice, you can even dispatch your ride straight from UberFareFinder.

To learn more about UberFareFinder.com, check out this helpful tutorial!

Our YouTube Channel

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When you are looking for advice or help it is always nice to have a plethora of helpful articles right at your fingertips but sometimes you may not have time to read through multiple articles, searching for the answer to your question. Our team here at TaxiFareFinder, knows how valuable your time is and while we love creating various articles to help answer any and every rideshare and taxi question imaginable we also created a YouTube channel for those seeking fast information.

We have videos on “What is Ridesharing”, “How to use our RideGuru tool”, “How to Order an Uber or Lyft “, and more! Check it out today and let us know what other videos you would like to see in the comments below!

Click Here to Visit Our YouTube Channel.



Uber, Disney World, & a Little Pixie Dust!

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Spring break is just around the corner and many families are getting ready to take a trip to most magical place on earth, Disney World. While it is easy to dream about filling your Disney days with pixie dust, fairy-tales, and magical memories, the reality is that planning a Disney trip takes, well, a LOT of planning. Luckily, our team is here to give you the ultimate guide on using Uber and Lyft at Walt Disney World resorts, so you can go ahead and cross “transportation” right off your to do list!

First, if you haven’t heard of or used Uber before, check out this helpful article here or watch this video to get started!

Now that you are an expert on Uber, let’s talk about using Uber for airport transportation, park to park transportation, and general Orlando transportation.


Airport to Disney

If you are flying into Orlando International Airport, it is important to note that, only Uber Black (The luxury Uber option) and Uber Family (Designed for families, car is equipped with at least 1 car seat), are allowed to pick up passengers at this airport. The regular Uber services, such as UberX and UberXL currently do not have permission to pick up passengers here. While you can take an Uber Black or an Uber Family, be aware that prices will be much more expensive. If you are trying to keep to a budget, we would recommend still using an UberX from the airport, via one of the two ways outlined below.

  • Find an off-site parking shuttle that you can hop on at the airport, it doesn’t matter where you go! Once you are off airport grounds (an airport parking lot, close by hotel, etc), you can easily call an Uber car to come pick you up.
  •  If you would rather not deal with taking a shuttle, some Uber passengers recommend “dropping” your location pin in your Uber app outside of the airport and then immediately calling your Uber driver to let them know that you are actually at the airport. If you decide to go this route, the best method is to do a pickup at the departures drop-off area. Keep in mind that while most drivers will be happy to accommodate this “gray-area” hack, some drivers will not.

Overall the cost of an UberX for Orlando International Airport to Walt Disney World resorts should only be $15 – $25 depending on where you are staying. If you would like to take a tried and true yellow cab, you might end up paying a little more but you will be able to easily grab one at the airport taxi stand and you know you are getting a licensed professional driver!

Pro Tip: If you are flying into Sanford Airport, you can request any level of Uber service to pick you up at the airport, even UberX!


Park to Park Transportation

While Disney has a wonderful transit system full of buses, ferries, and monorails, sometimes it is just easier to quickly hop in a car rather than wait in the hot sun for a bus that may be a bit behind schedule. Using Uber can help you and your family to navigate the parks more efficiently. Keep in mind, we are not suggesting that you use Uber for all your Disney transportation, but more as a complimentary add-on to the vast array of transportation provided to you by Disney. See below for our top suggested times on when it may be more helpful to order an Uber than to take Disney transit.


When to Use Uber for Park to Park Transit:

  • Traveling between resorts to visit family, friends, or for a little sight-seeing. Disney doesn’t provide transportation between most resorts so this saves a lot of time.
  • Early morning reservations. Although Disney will provide early transportation to most things (such as early dining reservations in the parks), the buses don’t run as frequently. You can often save quite a bit of time by using Uber.
  • Whenever, it is “rush hour” at Disney, this includes park openings and closings, we would recommend using Uber as it is never fun to spend the beginning or end of your day in long bus lines! Watch out for Uber Surge Pricing at these times as many other park-goers may have the same idea.



Just like it is difficult to get an Uber from Orlando International Airport, there are also a few spots in Disney where it can be difficult to order an Uber.

  • Magic Kingdom; at the moment only Disney buses/monorails/ferries are allowed on Magic Kingdom grounds. However, you can walk to The Contemporary Resort and get an Uber from there, though during busy times the security guards at The Contemporary may not allow this.
  • The Casitas at Coronado Springs Resort. You can get an Uber at the main building at Coronado Springs Resort, just not in the Casitas sections themselves.
  • Disney Springs; you can currently use Uber in Disney Springs, but will most likely have to coordinate a pickup spot with your driver and that could be the parking garage, a valet area, bus stop, etc., and not necessarily where you’re located due to the extensive construction.
  • There may be more areas within the Disney properties where you will have trouble ordering an Uber. Usually, if you walk to a “less frequented” area nearby you will be able to order your Uber just fine. Meanwhile, keep us updated on any areas you had trouble ordering an Uber in while in Disney by commenting below. We will continue to update this article!

Pro Tip: It is always a good idea to contact your Uber driver either via text message or phone call to let them know exactly where you are located. Sometimes the Uber app can be a bit finicky and send drivers on a round-about route to pick you up or perhaps it may send them to a close-by but wrong pick-up location. To avoid any stress simply communicate with your driver as soon as you request your ride


Disney to Universal

Quite possibly the best use for Uber while you are at Disney world is for taking day trips to other nearby attractions such as Universal Studios. By using Uber for your off-site transportation, you can save on rental car and parking costs at other parks. A typical Uber price from Walt Disney World resorts to Universal studios is only about $15-$25, depending on which resort you are staying at.


When Not to Use Uber

While integrating Uber rides into your Disney vacation might seem like a no-brainer there are a few situations where you might not want to use Uber.

  • If you have children 5 and under, it might be more of a pain to use Uber, as well as more expensive. Florida law requires children 5 and under to be in car seats at all times and unfortunately, those are not always available in Ubers, unless you use UberFamily, which is more expensive. You could also bring your own car seat but then you would be lugging it around the parks all day!
  • When the surge pricing is too high to make an Uber ride worth it. Sometimes Uber surge prices can get out of hand and a $9 Uber ride will end up costing you over $30. In these instances it is probably better to brave the bus lines and wait for your free magical Disney transportation.


Want a quick and easy way to estimate how much Uber will cost you for your Disney trip? Check out UberFareFinder.com to estimate your Uber ride, check in on surge pricing, and order your Uber straight from the site!

Uber: How to Calculate Your Fare

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Have you ever wondered how Uber calculates their fares? Maybe you have questioned why sometimes after a really short ride you are still charged as much as some of the longer trips you’ve taken? There are a few key components that go into calculating and estimating an Uber Fare, and we are here to explain each factor, as well as how they work together to create the Uber pricing formula.


How is My Uber Fare Calculated?

Your Uber fare is first based on 4 main criteria:

  • Base (or initial) fare – A flat fee charged at the beginning of every ride
  • Cost per minute – How much you are charged for each minute you are inside the ride
  • Cost per mile – How much you are charged for each mile of the ride
  • Booking Fee (Formerly ‘Safe Rides Fee’) – A flat fee to cover Uber’s ‘operating costs’ (Not included for Uber’s more luxury services like UberBlack or UberSUV)

Here’s how Uber uses the 4 main criteria above to calculate your fare:

Base Fare + (Cost per minute * time in ride) + (Cost per mile * ride distance) + Booking Fee = Your Fare


Other Key Factors in Determining Your Uber Fare

There are a few more factors that will play into your Uber Fare that are not included in the 4 main criteria.

Tolls and Fees: Uber requires all passengers to pay for any tunnel, bridge, or toll charges that are incurred during the course of the ride. These charges will be added to your fare total at the end of your trip.

Uber Surge Pricing: Uber surge pricing has a scary connotation but it is actually a fairly simple and, at times, positive principal. Uber surge pricing is when Uber rates increase to guarantee reliability and availability of cars. When the demand for rides cannot be met by the number of current drivers on the road, prices will increase. This encourages more drivers to turn on their app and hit the road since they will make more money than usual. Uber will always notify you in your app before you request a ride if there is surge pricing so you will never be caught off guard. Surge pricing helps to guarantee that there is always a ride available, if you are willing to pay the price!

Your Uber fare, with surge pricing, is calculated by multiplying your total fare (before tolls) by the surge price multiplier. For instance if the surge amount is at 2x your total fare will be doubled, if the surge amount is 3x your total fare will be tripled.

Surge Pricing Example: If your total fare at the end of your trip is $12 and there was a 2x surge in effect, your new total would be $24. Then Uber would add on any incurred tolls.

For more information on Uber Surge Pricing visit this help article here.

Uber Minimum Fare: To encourage drivers to pick up short rides that will not yield much profit, Uber sets a minimum fare for each service. This helps to fairly reimburse drivers for short rides. If the combination of the above criteria results in your fare being lower than the minimum fare, you will be charged the minimum fare price instead. The minimum fare amount changes from city to city.

Minimum Fare Example: It is raining and you decide to take an UberX only two blocks down the street to stay dry.  After your trip ends and you add up the four different variables (as shown above), you calculate that your fare would only be $3.24. But in your area, the minimum fare for UberX is $5, so you will be charged $5 instead of $3.24.


Uber Fare Prices Vary Based on City & Car Service


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The four main criteria factors that we outlined in section 1 (base fare, cost per minute, cost per mile, and booking fee) all vary from city-to-city, and across the many Uber services (UberX, UberXL, UberSUV, UberBlack, etc). To learn more about the differences between each Uber car service visit this help page here.

Now that you understand all the factors that go into your Uber Fare and how time-consuming it would be to calculate it on your iPhone calculator, try UberFareFinder’s Fare Calculator! UberFareFinder will calculate your Uber fare using all of these factors with one easy click of a button. UberFareFinder will even include real-time surge pricing estimates and allows you to book your Uber car straight through the site!

Happy Travels!

All-In-One Uber Guide

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Confused by the numerous ride options offered by Uber? No worries – we’ve compiled an infographic breaking down each option by car type, number of passengers, and more criteria. Happy riding!