Berlin’s Best Ride Sharing Apps

Courtesy of BlaBlaCar
Courtesy of BlaBlaCar
Lily Cichanowicz

Owning a car is an expensive liability, and many people opt to find alternatives to doing so. Ride sharing makes cities more eco-friendly and it provides an affordable substitute to owning a car. With mobile phone apps becoming increasingly pervasive and user friendly, ride sharing apps are quickly replacing traditional means of organizing transportation. Here are the best ride sharing apps to use in Berlin.

Drive2Day

Drive2Day is more expansive in reach than most ride sharing apps. For free, users get access not only to ride sharing options to their desired destinations, but they also receive information about bus and train trips to the same place. This way, users can compare the different modes of transportation to find the best price for their journeys. Simple and user friendly, the transactions are made directly between drivers and riders, and accessing the app is as simple as logging onto Facebook. Drive2Day is optimal for intercity travel throughout Germany.

Drive Now

In addition to a number of ride sharing apps, Berlin is host to a few excellent car sharing options as well. DriveNow is one of the most popular in this regard. With 1,170 cars in service, it’s never difficult to find a vehicle in the vicinity. This option is ideal for those looking to drive within Berlin proper, as the extensive network of cars typically exist within the bounds of the S-Bahn Ring. Getting involved with the DriveNow service is as simple as registering and locating the nearest available car on the mobile app. The best part is that whenever users are finished driving they can simply leave the vehicles anywhere within the city limits.

BlaBlaCar

BlaBlaCar is one of Berlin’s most popular ride sharing apps for carpools. The app allows users to enter the desired destination and preferred time for departure and then matches them with drivers who have vacancies. All bookings and payments are done online or via the app. Drivers can set their own prices per passengers, and the rating system ensures quality and safety on the part of both driver and passenger. In addition to other safety features, BlaBlaCar has a ladies-only option to keep female users feeling secure. Prices from Berlin to places like Leipzig, Hamburg, and Dresden can be found for well under €20, making this a great affordable option.

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WunderCar

WunderCar is a widely-used ride sharing app developed by a startup based in Hamburg. It has since become popular in more than 80 countries around the world. Unlike other apps, WunderCar calculates fixed prices, making the platform more egalitarian and taking the pressure off of drivers to set appropriate prices themselves. Drivers can then accept or request carpools as they are automatically matched with people whose desired routes match their offers. The focus here is more on environmental sustainability and community building than profit making, as decided in the fixed prices, which are only meant to cover basic costs on the part of the driver.

Allygator Shuttle

Perhaps the most unique ride sharing app on our list, Allygator Shuttle combines the trappings of both ride sharing and car sharing into one resource. The app matches people looking to go on similar journeys with Allygator Shuttles. The Allygator Shuttle staff drive the vehicle, making it a secure and reliable driving service. You can find Allygator Shuttles perusing the city every weekend within Berlin proper, meaning that it is an ideal way to save money on taxi fares, whilst also ensuring that you have safe transportation home after a night out. Plus, Allygator Shuttle is always looking for new drivers to join the team!

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