Uber Or Lyft? This Shows The Cost Comparison Of Each Service In Every State

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Uber or Lyft? When it comes to getting a ride from the airport (or wherever), that is the question. And the answer might be easy for some people. Maybe you have an allegiance to one of these two rideshare companies. Maybe you downloaded one of the apps and you couldn’t possibly be bothered setting up a second account no matter what it would cost you. The cost difference can’t be much, right? 

Well, as it turns out, one of the apps does reign supreme in most states. However, the data from a recent study shows that for the frugal rideshare user, you might want to have both apps installed on your phone. 

Here is a full map of Uber vs. Lyft by state

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While looking at this by state is helpful, it doesn’t tell the entire story. That is why CashNetUSA dissected this at the city level for the 150 biggest cities in the US. One of the wildest findings is that using Lyft in New Orleans will wreck your wallet way more than Uber will. By how much?

On average, a Lyft ride in New Orleans will cost you $12.20 more than taking an Uber for the same exact ride. (Enter exploding head emoji here.) That is nuts. In fact, it is more than nuts, $12.20 can buy you a whole meal at a fast casual restaurant.  

Here is the whole map of Uber vs. Lyft in major US cities

map of uber vs lyft in us cities
Cash Net USA

Key findings of the study include:

  • Uber is the cheaper option in the majority (33) of states.
  • Wisconsin is the state with the biggest gap between companies: a six-mile ride costs $4.71 less with an Uber.
  • Uber is $12.20 cheaper than Lyft in New Orleans, LA, the biggest disparity at city level.
  • Lyft is cheaper by $9.33 in New York City.
  • Uber and Lyft fares are highest in New York state, where they’re on average $39.19 and $35.68, respectively.
  • Utah has some of the cheapest Uber prices, where trips cost $14.42 on average, and average Lyft prices are lowest in Oklahoma with trips costing around $14.51.

In some states and cities the price difference might not be enough to make you open two accounts (who can blame you?), but if you are constantly traveling in the United States, the cost savings of having access to both could be immense. And who doesn’t like cutting expenses and saving money? That’s rhetorical. 

C. James

C. James is the managing editor at Wealth Gang. He has a degree in finance and a passion for creating passive income streams and wealth management.