Are Guests Hailing Rides at Your Event? Here’s Which App to Recommend

We outline the differences between five popular services

Whether your event incorporates some drinking festivities or attendees without cars want to get out and about to do other things, hailing rides to and from your meeting location will be inevitable. If an attendee asks for advice on which ride-booking app to download prior to the day, it’s helpful to understand the nuances between each. 

From cost-efficient van-pooling styles to wide accessibility and reach, here are five apps to consider recommending—and why. 

Uber

What it is: When it comes to ride-hailing apps, Uber (despite some recent public controversies) reigns supreme. Even with annoying surge prices, you’re paying for accessibility. The app is available in most major cities, with 30,000 drivers in Manhattan alone. 

Who should ride: Guests who are in a hurry or are commuting to and from a location not in a major city 

Where you can find it: Most major cities 

Lyft

What it is: Uber and Lyft are nearly identical, but Lyft is known for being a bit more warm and fuzzy. Drivers typically stock snacks and bottled water, and are usually up for a chat. The app is also known to have lower surge prices than Uber. 

Who should ride: Guests who value a friendly driver or free snacks and bottled water, or simply those who can’t snag an Uber ride 

Where you can find it: Most major cities

Via

What it is: Although only available in New York City, Chicago and Washington, D.C., Via is innovating the ride-hailing game and primed for expansion. The service is the cheapest (a flat rate of $5 to go anywhere in Manhattan during the day) because you’re usually riding with a van full of other people. The caveat: Via operates during select hours and days in Chicago and D.C. (but 24/7 in New York).

Who should ride: Cost-conscious guests who are OK with sitting next to other attendees or strangers en route to the destination, or those who are certain they will be returning home before midnight on weekends

Where you can find it: New York City, Chicago and Washington, D.C.

Arro

What it is: Old-school yellow cabs are a classic, and some of your attendees might even prefer them. With Arro, riders can summon a cab with their smartphone and set up automatic payments. No fumbling for a cash tip afterward. The downside? Classic cab prices. 

Who should ride: Attendees who prefer old-school ride services or who might not be so comfortable sitting in the backseat of a stranger’s car

Where you can find it: New York City, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco and Houston 

Wingz

What it is: Exclusively for rides to and from the airport, riders can book in advance, select the schedule, and know the pricing and driver ahead of time. 

Who should ride: Guests who want to take the worry out of scrambling for a ride and plan their pickup times in advance

Where you can find it: Metropolitan areas of Austin, Dallas, Houston, Phoenix, Portland (Oregon), Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Diego, Seattle, San Francisco 

BlaBlaCar

What it is: Arguably the most popular ride sharing service in Europe (and available in 20 other international countries), BlaBlaCar famously tells you how “chatty” your driver is (hence the name). You can also select female-only drivers or passengers. 

Who should ride: International attendees looking for a dependable, safe ride, or a solo female traveler looking for added piece-of-mind en route to an event

Where you can find it: Over 40 major European cities, including ones in France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, The Netherlands and The U.K. It’s also available in Brazil, India, Mexico and Ukraine