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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!

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Lyft: How to Calculate Your Fare

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Have you ever wondered how Lyft calculates their fares? Do you want to try to estimate your Lyft fare? There are a few key components that go into calculating and estimating a Lyft Fare, and we are here to explain each factor, as well as how they work together to create the Lyft pricing formula.

 

How is My Lyft Fare Calculated?

Your Lyft 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
  • Trust and Safety Fee – A flat fee to cover Lyft’s ‘operating costs’.

Here’s how Lyft 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 Lyft Fare

There are a few more factors that influence your Lyft Fare that are not included in the 4 main criteria.

Tolls and Fees: Lyft 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.

Lyft Prime Time Pricing: Lyft Prime Time pricing is when Lyft rates increase to guarantee availability of cars. When the demand for rides cannot be met by the number of current Lyft drivers on the road, prices will increase. This, in turn, encourages more drivers to hit the road since they will make more money than usual (due to the increased Prime Time price). Lyft will always notify you before you request a ride if there is Prime Time pricing so you will never be caught off guard.

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

Prime Time Pricing Example: If your total fare at the end of your trip is $15 and the Prime Time multiplier was 2x, your new total would be $30. Then Lyft would add on any incurred tolls.

Lyft Minimum Fare: To encourage drivers to pick up quick rides that will not yield much profit, Lyft sets a minimum fare for each service. This helps to justly 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: Say you are in a hurry and you decide to take a Lyft only two blocks down the street.  After your trip ends and you add up the four different Lyft fare factors (as shown above), you calculate that your fare should only be $2.98. But in your city, the minimum fare is $5, so you will be charged $5 instead of $2.98.

Lyft Maximum Base Fare: In some cities, there is also a maximum base amount that can be charged. This is designed for unusually long rides. The maximum base fare amount is as follows; $500 in New York City and New Jersey, $240 in Los Angeles, $200 for all other regions.

 

Lyft Fare Prices Vary Based on City & Car Service

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 Lyft services (Lyft, LyftLine, and LyftPlus). To learn more about the differences between each Lyft car service visit this help page here.

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

Happy Lyft-ing!

Introducing UberFareFinder, LyftFareFinder, and CurbFareFinder!

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The TaxiFareFinder team is extremely excited to announce the release of our three new rideshare based websites, UberFareFinder.com, LyftFareFinder.com, and CurbFareFinder.com. Each of these three new websites has been created with the same standards that we hold for TaxiFareFinder and have proven to give highly accurate fare estimates for the respective rideshare companies that they represent. On top of being able to give precise fare estimates that include real-time surge and prime time pricing, users are also able to hail their desired rideshare car directly from each Fare Finder website. Once a visitor finds a ride estimate he or she likes they can simply click on a “Request Service” button, where they will be taken directly to the designated rideshare companies’ website or mobile app to dispatch a car without entering any additional information!

We are thrilled to expand our technology into the rideshare space and we hope this family of Fare Finder calculators will help to bring transparency to the taxi and rideshare industry as well as help our fans to find the best deal. Try out the new Fare Finders today to learn which rideshare company is the best option for you.

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To view a Text Only Press Release please see below.

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TAXIFAREFINDER EXTENDS FARE ESTIMATES TO UBER, LYFT, AND CURB

TaxiFareFinder.com, the leader in publishing taxi rates and information, has been a longtime favorite of travelers for their fare estimating tool. Now, the developer has extended its fare estimation to rideshare services, Uber, Lyft, and Curb. They are offered as three different websites, UberFareFinder.com, LyftFareFinder.com, and CurbFareFinder.com.

Boston, Massachusetts – March 15th, 2016 – Unleashed, LLC, the Boston based technology company best known for TaxiFareFinder.com, announced today the release of three rideshare based websites, UberFareFinder.com, LyftFareFinder.com, and CurbFareFinder.com. Each website is designed to introduce users to the respective rideshare services, rates, and fare estimates in a quick and user-friendly way.

Unleashed, LLC president Ippei Takahashi states, “With accurate fare estimates for Uber, Lyft, and Curb, our team at Unleashed hopes to bring further transparency to the travel industry.  It is our goal to equip travelers, so they can be informed, plan accordingly, and travel safely.”

The fare calculation support extends internationally and to virtually all cities Uber, Lyft, and Curb operate in. The sites are also capable of producing estimates for each companies’ different rides and services, such as varying vehicle types.

In order to get a fare estimate, users simply need to enter their “origin” and “destination” locations. The users can enter not only addresses, but also city names, landmarks, business names, zip codes, and coordinates (latitude and longitude). If the users do not have the exact location, the page can suggest locations through auto-completing fields.

For the benefit of those who immediately need a ride, the fare estimates displayed are in real-time, even taking into account Uber’s surge pricing and Lyft’s prime time rates. These warnings enable users to avoid unforeseen charges, choose the best ride option available, and be informed of the cost they will incur.

Once users have found an estimate and a service they are satisfied with, they can click on a “Request Service” button, where they will be taken directly to the designated rideshare companies’ website or mobile app to dispatch a car without entering any additional information.

The new Uber, Lyft, and Curb Fare Finder calculators will be an invaluable feature for those needing to research the cost of a trip before leaving home, or for those needing to verify their fare after the fact.

 

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. With taxi and rideshare rates for more than 2,000 international locations, TaxiFareFinder is the proven, trusted trip companion for travelers around the world.

The Difference Between Lyft, Lyft Plus, and Lyft Line

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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!

 

Lyft

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.

TaxiFareFinder’s Top Help Articles

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One of our aims here at TaxiFareFinder is to help our users learn everything there is to know about taxis and rideshares. Whether you are new to the industry or are a veteran driver or rider, we hope you can learn something new from our large selection of help articles. We recently compiled the most viewed articles from our newsroom and wanted to share them in one easy place for our fans. Take a look at our top 5 help articles below and let us know in the comments which article is your favorite!

 

Taking Taxis with Infants, Toddlers, and Young Children – Learn everything there is to know about the rules, regulations, and expectations around young children, car seats, and taxis.

 

How to Tip your Taxi DriverThe ultimate guide to tipping your taxi driver; from the appropriate tip percentage to the tipping policies in various countries.

 

Your Rideshare App Guide – An easy to view infographic that outlines the differences between the many available rideshare companies such as Uber, Lyft, and Curb.

 

Which Airports Allow Uber and Lyft Pickups – Find out if your local airport supports Uber and Lyft pickups!

 

 

Uber vs. Taxi Price Comparison – Learn about the price differences between UberX, UberBLACK, and traditional Taxis.

How to Contact Uber and Lyft!

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For creating and implementing top of the line technology both Uber and Lyft can be a little hard to get in touch with when you have a question or concern. Every day our support email is flooded with questions regarding Uber and Lyft and how to get in contact with these two companies. In order to make life a little easier for our readers, our TFF team has compiled the best resources for contacting Uber and Lyft when you need their help!

 

Uber Contact Information

  1. If you are a passenger and have a question regarding a recent Uber ride, the fastest way to get the help you need is to simply reply to your Uber ride’s e-mail receipt! We notice that most customers seem to get a response within a few hours.
  2. Email Support@Uber.com . As Uber does not have a contact phone number, email is your best bet for reaching a human being. Luckily their response time through email is fairly quick (2-3 hours). Also, once a service rep has replied to your claim you can simply email that service rep back directly if you wish to continue speaking to the same person. On the flip side of the coin, if you wish to speak to a different representative simply email support@uber.com again and most likely a different representative will get back to you.
  3. If you are a social media user, try tweeting at Uber (@Uber). While we haven’t personally had the best luck with responses from Uber via twitter, if you create enough buzz we bet they will respond fairly quickly!
  4. As a last resort, try using their Help Center (https://help.uber.com/?_ga=1.260272717.1773021183.1424970143). We know it’s not fun searching through articles trying to find your answer but they do have a lot of valuable information available on their Help page!

 

Lyft Contact Information

  1. The best way to currently contact Lyft is through their help center (https://help.lyft.com/hc/en-us). They have lots of useful articles and resources for both riders and drivers. If you do not find the answer you need, you can email them using their webform (https://help.lyft.com/hc/en-us/requests/new) and a customer representative will get back to you!
  2. The Lyft support team has created a twitter handle specifically for support help. The handle is @asklyft and it is available every day from 7AM to 9PM. This is a great way to get a quick response from the Lyft team!

Lyft Partners with Google’s Waze

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If you are an Uber driver or rider than you are most likely aware that the Uber GPS capabilities are frankly, no good. Uber’s in app GPS has long been a point of tension for Uber drivers, causing many drivers to ditch the app’s GPS completely and use their own source of navigation. Surprisingly, Uber has yet to make any big efforts to integrate a better routing application for their drivers.

Lyft, however, saw Uber’s misstep as a way to gain some ground on the rideshare giant and announced on Tuesday that they are joining forces with Google’s Waze to improve their in-app navigation and to help drivers avoid traffic congestion. By integrating Waze, drivers will also be able to improve the efficiency of both rider pick-ups and drop-offs by updating their routes in real time based on traffic, accidents, and other contributing factors.

According to The Verge, “Drivers will be able to switch seamlessly back and forth between Lyft and Waze using a new “Return to Lyft” button. And to help keep their customer ratings high through more efficient trips, Lyft says that Waze, which uses crowdsourcing data to reduce traffic and improve routing, will now be the default navigation tool for all of its drivers.”

Lyft is the first and currently the only rideshare company to use Waze’s technology. If Uber wants to keep their drivers happy they may have no choice but to follow suit!

New to Rideshares? Watch these Helpful Tutorials!

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Did you know that TaxiFareFinder has created multiple videos to help you learn everything you need to know about taxis, rideshares, and fares? If you are new to the rideshare world or are curious how to find an estimated trip fare, take a look at some of these short videos below to learn more!

 

What Is Ridesharing?

 

RideGuru Tutorial – How to Use RideShares

 

What is RideGuru? Learn How to Compare your Rideshare Fares!

Lyft Lowers Prices in these 33 Cities

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Last week the internet was abuzz with the news that Uber had lowered their fares in over 100 cities. Passengers were happy, drivers were upset, and Uber hoped everything would work out in their favor. However, Lyft wasn’t going to sit back and let Uber win this battle without a fight and in a typical “anything you can do, I can do better” move, Lyft announced that they were going to lower prices as well in 33 cities.

Lyft announced their big price drop in a blog post stating , “Many people make New Year’s resolutions to save money, work out more, and eat out less. We don’t want that to leave you standing out in the cold, though — we think that with these lower prices, Lyft can help you keep your New Year’s resolutions. During the new year — and all year long — affordability matters. We always want to be the most affordable option to get where you’re going. Lowering prices during a seasonally slow time, like the cold winter months, helps us make sure you can always get safe, affordable rides wherever you’re going.” The new prices were said to take effect on January 15th.

Unlike Uber, Lyft insists that despite the price cuts they will still continue to maintain their position as the most generous of Rideshare employers. In a statement to Re/code, Lyft made it known that their company pays drivers more than any comparable service, and that drivers average hourly earnings increased 13 percent in 2015! It seems like Lyft’s kinder disposition towards their drivers is working in their favor as Lyft drivers haven’t yet started attacking the company for cutting into their wages.   Unfortunately, the same could not be said for the relationship between Uber and their drivers.

Full List of Affected Lyft Cities

  • Bakersfield, California
  • Baltimore, Maryland
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Detroit, Michigan
  • Fresno, California
  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Jacksonville, Florida
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Memphis, Tennessee
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Modesto, California
  • Norfolk, Virginia
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Omaha, Nebraska
  • Orange County, California
  • Orlando, Florida
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina
  • Sacramento, California
  • San Bernardino, California
  • San Diego, California
  • San Francisco, California
  • San Jose/Silicon Valley, California
  • Santa Barbara, California
  • Sonoma/Napa Counties, California
  • Spokane, Washington
  • Tampa, Florida
  • Toledo, Ohio
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Washington, D.C.

 

 

Ride-Sharing Around the World

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You may already be familiar with Uber, the popular rideshare service in the U.S., but did you know there are many other rideshare companies just like Uber all around the world? Check out these many different rideshare applications to learn more about what services they have to offer and how they may differ from Uber!

 

 

Uber 

In the United States, Uber is the largest player in the rideshare industry, supposedly valued at over $50 Billion! Uber was founded in 2009 in San Francisco, California, and is currently available in hundreds of cities across the world.

The Uber app is available on your smartphone, and its platform connects passengers with available drivers through GPS capabilities, and alerts the passenger what time the vehicle will arrive. All payments for the ride are processed through the app. Uber takes a percentage of the ride fee, while the rest is automatically deposited to the driver.

Uber X is the standard version of the service, however there are also services such as Uber Black and Uber SUV, which provide a higher quality vehicle, and larger vehicle, respectively. Uber Pool is another service that allows riders going in the same direction to share a ride, and split the cost.

Uber drivers are independent contractors of the Uber, and they drive on their own time. Uber drivers are not licensed taxi drivers, however, there is an Uber Taxi service (the uber app hails you a standard taxi) that has been tested in multiple cities. The availability of this feature is dependent on local regulations.

To estimate your Uber ride check out UberFareFinder.com

 

 

Lyft

Lyft is a rideshare service very similar to Uber. Also founded in San Francisco, Lyft is one of Uber’s biggest competitors in the US market. Lyft is not available in as many cities as Uber, but it is still very prevalent around the world.

Lyft is also an on-demand service through a smartphone app, with drivers who are paired with passengers looking for a ride. The payment method is identical to Uber’s. Like Uber, there are different services such as Lyft Plus and Lyft Line. Lyft Plus is a six-passenger ride and Lyft Line is the carpooling service similar to Uber Pool.

There are currently no features on the Lyft app that allow users to request a ride from a licensed cab.

Recently rideshare companies such as Didi Kuaidi, the rideshare giant in China, have been investing in Lyft in order to stand strong against Uber.

To estimate your Uber ride check out LyftFareFinder.com

 

Didi Kuaidi 

In February of 2015, Didi Dache and Kuaidi Dache, two of China’s largest taxi-hailing services, merged to create a world leading smartphone transport service.

Didi Kuaidi is different from US-based services like Uber and Lyft in that it connects different taxi services to passengers looking for a ride. They provide three different ride requests: on-demand, pre-reservation, and airport pickup. When a passenger requests a ride, they can either request an on-demand ride (similar to Uber and Lyft), or book a ride ahead of time. This reservation capability is not available for Uber and Lyft.

 

 

Hailo

In Ireland, Hailo is a smartphone ride-hailing app that works very similar to Didi Kuaidi. Hailo is a taxi-hailing app, different from the private car hires of Uber and Lyft. Nearly all of Dublin’s taxi drivers now use Hailo and similar to Uber, they are only charged if they get a fare request. Drivers of Hailo can also chose to drive at their convenience, as there are no weekly or monthly requirements.

Hailo was launched in Dublin 2 years ago, and it is the most popular service in Ireland. The company charges 12% commission, and the payment process is identical to Uber and Lyft, where you pay by credit card through the mobile app.

Hailo+ or HailoBlack are services also offered to passengers. Hailo+ is for larger vehicle requests, and HailoBlack is the same idea as Uber Black, which gives a more luxury experience than the standard Hailo car.

One of the main differences between Hailo and Uber is that Hailo allows a pre-selected tipping option for customers. With Uber, there is no platform where you can tip your driver. Hailo also allows passengers to pre-book rides, similar to Didi Kuaidi.

 

 

GrabTaxi 

In Singapore, an app called “GrabTaxi” is the main player in the industry, and it is a taxi-hailing app that aims to improve the local taxi markets by introducing a simple and easy way for passengers and drivers to capitalize on matching supply and demand. This mobile app, similar to those discussed previously, relies on technology to match taxi drivers with passengers.

GrabTaxi was founded in June 2012 in Malaysia, and it currently serves 26 cities across six countries in Southeast Asia.

GrabTaxi started out connecting its users with licensed taxis, but it has since expanded to cover Uber-style private cars. They have also introduced a motorbike taxi service in Vietnam, Indonesia, and Thailand. The company stated that they currently have 110,000 drivers on their platform with 11 bookings made per second.

 

 

Ola 

Ola is another taxi-hailing app that exists most prominently in India, holding around 60% of the market share of taxi-hailing services there.

Passengers first are prompted to enter their current city and destination, but unlike other apps, it does not automatically pair you with a driver and car. The app then searches available taxis in your area, and provides you with a list of results and prices of different cars from different operators. You are able to view ratings of operators, and then chose which operator you would like based on your preferences.

You can request a ride on-demand, or you can also reserve your ride ahead of time. Ola accepts both cashless and cash payments upon delivery. With Ola, you will not be surprised about the fare you have to pay because all of their pricing is listed on their website.

To estimate your Uber ride check out OlaFareFinder.com

 

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.