Review of Popular Transportation Apps


Now that we don’t have a car, we’ve started utilizing the variety of apps now available on our phones to get around. We are all for taking the bus where we need to go, as it is almost always significantly cheaper. Sometimes though, we find that if it’s more than one bus to get only a few miles away, it’s actually cheaper and easier to take Uber. It also comes in handy when I have a cartload of groceries from Target. Other apps help us avoid traffic and catch the next bus. Here are the ones we have used so far.


An overview and review of the most popular transportation apps available in Los Angeles and other cities. Uber, Lyft, Curb, Sidecar, Waze, Moovit, Transit, Go Metro, NextBus, and Relay Rides.


uber-logoWe’ve used Uber the most of the taxi service apps. In our experience it has been reasonably priced and every driver has been incredibly nice and helpful. We’ve only had one slightly negative experience. While the driver was very nice, they were careless on their music choice while our kids were in the car. Uber is definitely our go to because I find it more simple to use and usually cheaper than the others. An additional benefit is that they background check their drivers. Plus Uber (thanks to Capital One) brought us free ice cream last week. That was pretty awesome!
If you haven’t used Uber yet, and would like to sign up, enter this code when you do to get your first ride free (up to $20) Signup Code: 5w2le
(Uber is available on Apple App Store, Google Play Store, and Windows Store)

lyftlogoI’m not sure we’ve used Lyft beyond the free credits a sign up code will give you for your first ride. We went to a restaurant with the kids and both drivers (there and back) were lost/confused. Maybe they use a different GPS system than Uber? They were nice divers, but in the end I had to complain about the trip back and got a refund. The first driver taught me about Waze (see below) so that was helpful. Whenever I want a ride, I check both of these popular apps and Uber is always cheaper. Sorry Lyft, but this frugal girl likes to save. Maybe the longer trips cost less though, I don’t know because I haven’t taken one yet.
If you haven’t taken a ride with Lyft yet, enter this code to get your first ride free (up to $20) Signup Code: Tiffany640763
(Lyft is available on Apple App Store and Google Play Store)

siecarlogoSidecar is the next one in line. We haven’t used it yet, but from my understanding, each driver sets their own price. You go into the app and see who is available at that moment and then proceed to choose your ride either by price, driver, or car type. The choice is yours. These drivers are background checked just like Uber so there is a little extra security there.
(Sidecar is available on Apple App Store and Google Play Store)

curblogoCurb is an app that hooks you up with a taxi or private sedan driver nearby. You can schedule your ride up to 24 hours in advance and still pay through your app just like with the other apps. This app connects you to a local taxi service where the drivers have gone through a background check. You can also pay with cash.
If you haven’t signed up with Curb yet, enter this code for a $10 credit Signup Code: 51a25m
(Curb is available on Apple App Store and Google Play Store)

wazelogoWaze was introduced to me by our very first Lyft driver. It’s a user supported app that shows you the local traffic and best routes to take. When you are using it, you send alerts to the program on how the flow of traffic is. Other people logged in will be able to see when their path is blocked or slowed so they can choose another route if they wish. Super handy on the Westside of Los Angeles. Remember to turn off the app when you get out of the car. 
(Waze is available on Apple App Store, Google Play Store, and Windows Store)

MoovitlogoMoovit is my favorite app to use for bus schedules. Even when I know which bus I am taking and what time it should be there, I still open up this app because it will tell me the real time arrival in case the bus is running early or late. It is easy to put in your location and your destination, then reverse them to come back home. Each time to enter a trip you get all the route options available to you and can easily adjust the time if you are flexible. It will also save the places you search for easy access next time. The app has recently been updated and has had major improvements made so if you tried it in the past and wasn’t fond of it, give it one more shot.
(Moovit is available on Apple App Store, Google Play Store, and Windows Store)

transitlogoTransit App wouldn’t function properly on my LG G Flex. I got it to work once and it just wasn’t as efficient as Moovit, so I went back. Hopefully the problem gets solved soon.
(Transit is available on Apple App Store and Google Play Store)

gometrologoThe Go Metro App is a bit limited on information. You can search all the metro bus schedules and pick up the same information their website offers you. If you’re like me though, and you’re going to have an app taking up space on your phone, you want it to do something more than a website already offers since you can just look at the site on your smartphone and not take up memory space. The main feature that would be different from the site is being able to save your favorite locations.
(Go Metro is available on Apple App Store and Google Play Store)

nextbuslogoNext Bus is a newer app used by the Santa Monica Big Blue Bus and LA Metro Bus system. It will locate you and show you which lines are nearby as well as when they arrive. If you want to schedule a trip, it redirects you to Google. I still find the Moovit app to be more thorough and beneficial when I am out exploring the world without a car. You don’t have to download the app to utilize these features either. You can visit their mobile friendly site while you are out and get the same results.
(NextBus is available on Apple App Store, Google Play Store, and Windows Store)

relayrides-iosRelay Rides app is a super easy and simple way to rent a variety of cars from an actual person once you have signed up and been approved by the company. Read my full review on using Relay Rides here.
Sign up with Relay Rides using Code: 501361rqvLm7 and recieve $25 toward your first trip.
(Relay Rides is available on Apple App Store and Googe Play Store)

There are a handful of other great apps in other locations. My reviews are based on living in Los Angeles. Most of the apps mentioned offer service in multiple cities. Check them out, one of them is sure to suit your transportation needs.

All of the reviews and opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own and I was not compensated in any way to talk about or list any of the apps I chose to include. I may, however, receive a bonus in addition to you receiving a bonus if you sign up to any of these apps using my special codes. I would greatly appreciate this as we continue our journey living without a car. Free to you and saves our family some money. Thank you!


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