Many people would say that Uber and Lyft are the best request-a-ride services. They certainly are the most popular ones, globally. That being said, there are a ton of alternatives out there. Some of those alternatives are available in some regions only, others are also global, like Uber and Lyft.
Down below, you’ll see a list of our favorite alternatives to Uber and Lyft. In that list, you’ll find all sorts of request-a-ride applications. Some of them are focusing on carpool services, others are direct replacements for Uber and Lyft. We tried to avoid listing services that are not available in the US, though you may find one or two down there. Ola, in particular, was too significant not to mention, for example.
Many of these apps and services are quite great, actually. Some of them offer more affordable fares than Uber and Lyft, and don’t have any major drawbacks. Just because something is popular doesn’t mean there aren’t equally good alternatives out there, or even better ones. That being said, check out the list down below if you’re interested.
Top 9 best Uber & Lyft app alternatives for Android 2020 downloads
Below is a little more information on each app, a suggestion for the type of user the app is best suited to, and a direct link for easy downloading.
All download links go to the app’s Google Play Store listing. Users are always recommended to download apps from Google Play or an authorized app store.
BlaBlaCar is one of the most popular services for carpooling in the world, though it’s not available in the US. This app has a really high rating in the Play Store, and for a good reason. The app works great. I’ve personally used it on a number of occasions, and never had any issues with it. That actually goes for people I shared a car with as well.
How does it work? Well, you can use this app from a driver’s or from a passenger’s perspective. If you’re going somewhere, you can find people to keep you company on the way, and also help cover the gas bill. The same goes for if you’re a passenger, you can find someone who is going in your direction, avoid using a bus / train, and save money that way.
All you have to do if you’re searching for a drive is type in where you’re going, and that’s it. The app will show you drivers that are going in the same direction, their rating, and so on. You get quite a bit of info on drivers, so that you can pick the best one for you. If you’re a driver, you’ll need to keep a good rating in the app in order to attract other people. The app is free to use, by the way.
Bolt is more of a direct replacement for Uber and Lyft, and it’s actually quite great. The app works great, and the whole system that’s in place works really well. The app is immensely easy to use, similar to Uber and Bolt, but not identical. You can see the price for your ride before your order it, just to be sure.
You can share the details of your journey within the app, and you can also pay inside the app if you want. Simply fire up the app, set your destination, request a driver, and that’s it. You’ll be able to see the driver’s location on the real-time map, within the application. After you’re done, leave a rating and pay. That’s it.
Bolt is currently available in over 30 countries, and over 150 cities all around the world. If the name doesn’t sound all that familiar, there’s a reason for that. This is a rather new name for this app, as it was renamed from ‘Taxify’ back in March 2019. It has been about a year and a half since then, but some people still remember it as ‘Taxify’.
Wingz is an alternative to Uber and Lyft that is available only in the US, and it’s a bit different. In fact, it’s not available everywhere, only in parts of California, Florida, Oregon, Texas, and Washington. That being said, this app offers one rather interesting feature, it allows you to request the same driver you’ve used before.
You can actually compile a list of your favorite drivers, and request any one of them, if available. That will give some people peace of mind, that’s for sure. The app also allows you to book a private ride ahead of time, so that you don’t have to do it at the last minute. This is actually the main focus of this app, booking rides in advance.
The Wingz app is really simple in its design, and it’s not cumbersome to use by any means. Truth be said, it could use a bit of flair here and there. The app is free to download, and use. It seems like people do have some issues with the app, though, at least based on the Play Store comments. I haven’t experienced any, but your mileage may vary.
Flywheel is one of the least popular apps on the list, and one of those with the worst rating. This app is also quite limited in terms where it is available. It can be used in the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, Sacramento, and San Diego only. You cannot use it in other parts of the US, nor outside of the States.
That being said, Flywheel’s app is really simple to use. It’s not exactly the prettiest around, though it’s not ugly either. It’s a good balance between the two, and the overall simplicity is something that will appeal to many people. You can request a cab using this app, and pay automatically with your phone.
You can see your cab arriving on a real-time map, and know exactly when will it pick you up. There is also an option to call your driver directly through the app, if that is something that you need. Flywheel uses licensed cabs, and they all use standard fares.
Via is yet another low-cost ride-sharing application. Do note that this app is also quite limited in terms of availability. It will be of use to you only if you live in specific parts of the US, including NYC, Washington or Chicago. If you’re from wherever else, you won’t be able to use this app, at least not at the time of writing this article.
How does this work? Well, as you’d expect. You book a ride via the app, get picked up, share your ride with others, and save cash while doing it. This is more of a carpool service, than your regular taxi-hailing service. The whole goal is to save money and reduce carbon emissions. The thing is, once you book a ride, the app will direct you to a nearby corner to meet the driver.
The app does this so that the Via driver and its passengers never have to go out of their way. This also saves time, money, and reduces carbon emissions. Via also promises low-fares for everyone, and good customer service. People seem to be mostly happy with the service, although there are some complaints about that in the Play Store, and complaints about the app as well.
If you’re looking for a carpool service, and you’re from the US, Waze Carpool is a great choice. This app allows you to plan your rides, and match them with other commuters. Not only is it eco-friendly, but it’s also affordable. On top of everything, you’ll have someone to talk to, if you want.
Waze, as most of you know, is owned by Google. So, you’re essentially getting Google’s product here. The app will keep you notified on your scheduled rides. It also allows you to filter your matches based on gender, workplace, and personalized groups. Do note that this app is for riders only.
If you’re a driver, by any chance, and want to offer rides to others, you’ll need to download the original Waze app. Once you do that, and fire it up, hit the carpooling icon to get started. Do note that Waze Carpool is mostly used in the US, but it’s also available in Brazil, Mexico, and Israel.
Cabify aka Easy Taxi is an alternative to Uber and Lyft which gives you some additional options. This app offers you a chance to choose how to get around. You can even choose which service you prefer along the way, Cabify Lite, Easy Taxi, MOVO, and so on. These are somewhat different.
Cabify Lite is ideal if you want to ride with a private driver. You can even select preferences such as a specific radio station and car temperature. Easy Taxi are an ideal option for those of you who are looking for the most affordable, and easiest solution. Cabify Executive, on the flip side, is similar to Cabify Lite, but it comes with a superior type of vehicle.
Easy Economy is yet another option, and it offers you a chance to get around in a taxi at an even more affordable price. MOVO is an option as well, you have some additional options for getting around as part of this, such as scooters. The last option is ‘Cabify Pets’, and this allows both you and your pet to get a ride, together.
Gett is also known as Get Taxi, which is its former name. This service is somewhat popular in the US, and it keeps on growing. The US is not the only region where this service is available, though, as the company branched out across the ocean. Gett offers you a chance to use the app’s cashless payment, and pay via an online method instantly.
This service is meant to offer you a ride when you needed, but you can also schedule a ride if you want. You can do that two weeks in advance, which is not something many other such services offer. Gett also offers you a ton of choices in terms of cars. You can get any car from any provider.
This app offers you a chance to get anything, from the limo to chauffeur, taxi to ride-hail. It’s up to you, whatever you need. This is also one of the best-designed ride-hailing apps that we’ve seen out there. It’s quite simple, and yet it has many useful features. The UI is simply a joy to use, to say the least.
Ola is one of the most popular ride-hailing services, though it’s only available in India. You can imagine how huge of a market that is to make Ola so popular. It seems like users are lately having some issues with the app, but for the most part, the app is really well-designed, and it works fine.
This app offers multiple travel options. It has a ton of vehicles to offer, and it’s available in over 100 cities all over India. You can set a pickup location by using this app, and view all the available ride options near your location. You can choose your preferred payment option via the app as well.
Ola will keep you informed on trip details, and you can also track your ride in real-time. The app offers 5 layers of safety, and a secure OTP. The app’s UI is really well-designed, it not only looks well, but it’s highly functional as well. There are a number of additional options included in this app as well.