When you take a Lyft Shared ride, your driver may pick up and drop off other riders that are headed in the same direction. You’ll always pay less for a Shared ride than you would for a standard Lyft ride.
Shared rides are now available in certain cities. If Shared rides are available in your area, you’ll see the ride mode as an option when you request a ride.
Keeping our community safe
We’ve made some changes to how Shared rides work with the safety of our community in mind.
You can only have one rider per Shared ride pickup (previously, they were limited to two per pickup). Drivers and riders aren’t required to wear a mask during rides, but you can keep wearing one if it makes you more comfortable.
Due to local regulations, riders and drivers are required to agree to our Health Safety Commitment:
Los Angeles, CA
New York City, NY
Orange County, CA
San Bernardino, CA
If your driver or co-rider isn’t following the commitment, you can cancel the ride. This includes:
Wearing a face covering at all times
Leaving the front seat empty
Avoiding recirculated air
Your driver can cancel the ride if you have any other people with you.
We’ll never put more than a total of two riders in a car at one time (in addition to the driver).
Requesting Shared rides in advance
You can request a Shared ride in advance for a bigger discount.
You may see Shared rides with ‘No surprise pickups’ in your app when you request in advance. This means we’ll show you all the other pickups along your route before you get in the car.
If you don’t see ‘No surprise pickups’ in your app, you may be matched with other passengers during your ride.
If you have other riders with you or need to make multiple stops, you should request a standard Lyft ride or a Lyft XL ride instead.
In order to keep Shared rides running on time, your driver will only wait at your pickup location for one minute.
Shared rides can take you from one point to another. You can’t make any stops or change your drop-off location once you request a Shared ride.
The order in which you’re dropped off is determined by your drop-off location (not by the order in which you or other co-riders are picked up).
Your driver may pick up and drop off other riders going in a similar direction while you’re in the car. Our system will give your driver directions based on the most efficient route for the whole trip.
Shared rides may take longer than standard Lyft rides when there are other pickups and drop-offs along your route. If you’re in a rush to get to your destination, we recommend requesting a different ride type.
How to share a ride with other riders
Please be considerate of your driver and any co-riders you’re sharing a ride with.
To help make the ride safe and comfortable for everyone:
Keep calls quiet and use headphones
Leave your pets at home (this doesn’t apply to service animals)
Don’t take up too much space with luggage
Avoid eating or drinking to prevent accidental messes
If you have pets or luggage with you, we recommend taking a standard Lyft ride.
You can let us know about any issues or safety concerns after the ride when you rate your driver and co-riders.
A Shared ride is always cheaper than a standard Lyft ride.
Your discount amount depends on your city, driver availability, and the likelihood of being matched with other riders. You can get a bigger discount when you request a Shared ride in advance.
Your app will show you the price you’ll pay before you request the ride.