Many people don't take taxi's anymore, due to the rise in ride sharing services and they all have their own apps to hail a ride. There are many available out there, and some regions have different options. Which are the best ride sharing Android apps out there? Let's have a look.
This is definitely the definition of "ride sharing". Instead of hailing a car to take you some place, Waze Rider will hook you up with someone that is already heading in that same direction. It's basically carpooling, and cheaper than getting a taxi. It's great because it helps keep cars off the roads. However it is only available in a few cities right now.
Uber is easily the king of ride sharing. Right now, Uber is available in just about every major city and in most countries. Uber has made it easy to just pull out your phone and request a car to come pick you up and take you to your destination. The app does have some nifty features, including the ability to split the fare between you and a friend, and the ability to see the route Uber is putting you on.
Using the Grab app, you can grab a car, a bike or even hitch a ride with someone. The app is only available for those in Southeast Asia, unfortunately, but it gives you the ability to choose different methods of transportation. Being able to find a bike to grab and use to get to your destination is a big deal in Southeast Asia, and it's a popular part of this app too.
Gett – NYC Black Car App
Getting a taxi in New York City can be pretty rough. Luckily Gett is here to help. With the tap of a button on your smartphone, you can request a Black Car to come and pick you up. It's a bit more luxurious then the typical yellow cabs found in the city. Additionally, they offer rides for a flat $10 to anywhere in Manhattan, which is pretty impressive.
Lyft – Taxi App Alternative
Lyft isn't as popular as Uber, but it is slightly cheaper, especially on longer rides. The Lyft app allows you to quickly request a ride, and you can see the route you're taking to your destination. Additionally, you can expense your ride – say you are on a business trip or something similar – through the app thanks to Expensify being integrated.
Easy – taxi, car, ridesharing
With Easy, you can book a taxi or share a ride with someone, all through the app. Easy is available in 420 cities, and makes getting from Point A to Point B much simpler. Like many other apps on this list, it will find your location, and then you can select to have a car meet you there and pick you up within a few minutes.
Hailo – The Taxi Booking App
Hailo is another great ride sharing app that is really popular in Europe. It's similar to Uber, but it's more popular in Europe, which means there are actually more cars around to pick you up, instead of having to wait for long periods of time. The app works just like the majority of the ones here, it uses your location to find you and then you request a ride.
This is more car sharing than ride sharing. Zipcar allows you to find cars to basically rent by the hour. So instead of being driven around, you can drive yourself around. Zipcar is available in most major cities in the US and across the UK. Additionally they are located on many college campuses. Making it easier for college kids to use a car to go do some grocery shopping or go to the mall without owning a car.
Curb – The Taxi App
Curb is another ride sharing app that isn't quite available everywhere, but it is currently available in over 60 cities throughout the US. Curb will allow you to request your ride through the app, and then also pay for that ride in the app without having to do a single thing.
Meter for Uber and Lyft
This is another app that isn't actually a ride sharing app, but it is pretty useful for those that use ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft. This is essentially a meter for your ride. Just open the app and start up your ride, after you choose which service you're using, and it'll start to meter your ride for you. So you'll have a better idea of what you'll be paying once you reach your destination.