Uber and Lyft comparison in Houston

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HOUSTON – Lyft has returned to Houston and that means another choices for Houston’s ride-sharing crowd.

So how does Lyft stack up to its biggest competitor, Uber? Booking, price, and user experience are just some of the things to consider. With information from Digital Trends and Ridester.com, check out a comparison:


  • Both Uber and Lyft rely on location-based data
  • Both Uber and Lyft work like Google Maps with street addresses or points of interest.
  • When you have a destination, the apps will estimate your ride cost based on the service you choose, the time of day, and how far you’re going.
  • Both Uber and Lyft will also give you an estimate of how long it will take for your driver to arrive at the designated pickup spot.
  • Lyft offers a dropoff/pickup option and also to schedule for a later pickup
  • Uber’s differentiator is an estimate of your arrival time before you ever hit “go.” Lyft won’t give you an ETA until you request your ride.
  • After you request a pickup, both Uber and Lyft show a real-time visual of your driver’s progress to your location.


  • Both Uber and Lyft offer discounts: Lyft: Earn $5 credits for each friend you refer, up to $500, with your personal invite code. Uber: Friends get $5 off each of your next four rides when they start riding and use your personalized code.
  • Both have fare estimate functions: Uber Fare EstimateLyft Fare Estimate
  • Both companies have higher prices at certain times. Uber calls it "surge" and Lyft calls it "Prime Time."

Here’s the standard pricing structure for each app:

Uber has a broader range of services (vehicle types). Here’s how they work: