Passengers pay for Lyft rides exclusively through the app, but can tip drivers either in the app or using cash.
Add or update payment info
- Open the Lyft app
- Tap your photo in the top left
- Tap 'Payment' to add or update payment info. The 'Payment' tab also lets you choose which payment method to use on your next ride.
You can also change your payment method before requesting a ride by tapping the payment method shown on the request screen.
After confirming your pickup and dropoff locations but before selecting 'Request Lyft,' you'll see the default payment method for the ride under the ride type and fare estimate. If you select the default payment method, you'll be able to change or add a payment method.
If a charge fails for a ride, you'll be asked to manually re-enter your payment info the next time you open the app. Once you've re-entered this info, the ride charge will process on this payment method. After, we'll email your ride receipt.
If your card is about to expire, we'll prompt you to update it.
Accepted payment methods
Lyft works with major credit cards (like American Express, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover), debit cards tied to checking accounts, and prepaid cards. Passengers may also use PayPal (for iOS and Android users), Apple Pay, and Google Pay.
Note: In order to add PayPal, Apple Pay, or Google Pay, passengers must also have a valid debit or credit card on file.
Lyft and its third party processors only process and store your payment card information in compliance with Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards.