How Uber and Lyft pricing in Vancouver compares to other Canadian cities

Jan 24 2020, 11:55 am

After the provincial Passenger Transportation Board (PTB) announced yesterday that it had officially approved applications for ride-hailing operators Lyft and Uber in the province, both companies went live this morning, along with the  unveiling of their pricing structure.

For Uber customers, there will be a booking fee of $2 and a base fee of $2.50, equalling a total of $4.50. The per-kilometre rate is 70 cents, and the per-minute rate is 33 cents.

For Lyft, the base fare will be set at $2.50, along with a service fee of $2.50, for a total of $5. The cost-per-kilometre will be 65 cents, and the cost-per-minute will be 33 cents.

So, how does this pricing structure compare to other major cities in Canada? We’ve taken a look at the breakdown.

Calgary

In Calgary, Uber charges a $2.30 initial fare, and taking one will run you 90 cents per kilometre, and 17 cents per minute. Minimum fare here is $5.95. Lyft is currently not available in this market.

Edmonton

In Edmonton, Uber charges a $2.75 initial fare, and taking one will run you 85 cents per kilometre, and 25 cents per minute. Minimum fare here is $5.40, and like Calgary, Lyft is currently not available in this market.

Toronto

In Toronto, Uber charges a $2.50 initial fare, and taking one will run you 81 cents per kilometre, and 18 cents per minute. Lyft is available in this market, with an initial cost of $2.75 and a service fee of $2.75. Choosing Lyft over Uber here will run you 19 cents per minute, and 75 cents per kilometre.

Montreal

In Montreal, Uber charges a $3.45 initial fare, and taking one will run you $1.70 per kilometre, and 63 cents per minute. Minimum fare here is $3.45. Lyft is currently not available in this market.