Public transportation in this city sucks. But thanks to Silicon Valley startups (we love them, we hate them!), we have no shortage of other ways to get around. So here’s your comprehensive guide to hitching a ride--pros and cons included.

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WORK SHUTTLES

ChariotPrivate van service running crowdsourced routes along preselected stops
Best for: People working in downtown San Francisco
Pros: Vans arrive every few minutes; you can pay and make seat reservations via their app
Cons: Limited routes; designated pickups and drop-offs; doesn’t service any of the Sunset District

MagicBusPrivate bus service to and from the South Bay, Peninsula and East Bay
Best for: People working in the Peninsula
Pros: Buses come equipped with Wi-Fi; you can pay with pretax commuter benefits
Cons:
Routes and schedules are not set but generated dynamically every day depending on demand

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COMMUTER CAR SERVICES

ScoopCarpooling app for daily commuters
Best for: People looking for flexibility
Pros: Doesn’t hold you to regular commute times; guarantees a ride home even if a carpool isn’t available
Cons: Your employer has to have signed up for the service

HoveeRide-sharing app that matches you with friends, coworkers and others in your network
Best for: People looking for a more social carpooling experience
Pros: It’s like LinkedIn but for your commute
Cons: Enough people in your network have to be looking for a ride at the same time

CarzacCarpooling service with an app focused on drivers
Best for: Commuters who plan to drive but don’t mind picking up a few others along the way
Pros: Drivers get to choose the number of pickups and meeting spots
Cons: Riders chip in for the cost of gas in addition to the cost of the ride 

DuetCarpooling service for daily commutes
Best for: Commuting with folks in your neighborhood
Pros: Rides are scheduled in advance; chat function allows riders to coordinate details in real time
Cons: You can’t hail a ride the morning of; if you cancel a confirmed carpool, you might have to pay a fee

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RIDE SHARING

UberMost popular on-demand ride service
Best for: People who are looking for a quiet ride
Pros: Short wait times
Cons: It can get expensive... #surgepricing

LyftOn-demand ride service known for its pink mustaches
Best for: Anyone looking for a more social ride
Pros: Often partners with local businesses, nonprofits and events to provide low-cost or free services
Cons: Drivers can be pretty chatty

FlywheelRide-service app that lets you book taxis on demand and pay via your phone
Best for: People who want to support SF’s taxi network
Pros: No surge pricing; you can easily schedule rides to airports
Cons: Not as fancy as Uber; not as cheap as Lyft

Summon ((formerly InstantCab): Ride-service app with a flat $12.50 fare for 20-minute rides
Best for: People looking to schedule rides in advance
Pros: $30 flat fare to SFO; $50 flat fare to OAK; no surge pricing; you can request specific drivers
Cons:
No on-demand service

KangoRide-service app for kids that coordinates rides with vetted, kid-friendly drivers
Best for: Parents who need help picking up or dropping off their kids at home, soccer practice, etc.
Pros: Eases stress on parents; drivers go through extensive background checks and must have prior experience in the child-care industry; can can also book drivers as babysitters
Cons: Well, you’re trusting your kids to strangers booked via your phone

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CAR RENTAL

GetaroundPeer-to-peer car sharing and local car rental service
Best for: Anyone who occasionally needs a car but doesn’t want to be committed to a monthly or yearly plan
Pros: No monthly or annual fees
Cons: Hourly rates can add up 

ZipcarCar rental service that pairs you with cars in your neighborhood or at the airport
Best for: People who usually rent a car at least a few times a year
Pros: Easy, on-demand access to cars
Cons: One-time application fee and annual membership fees 

Carma (aka City Car Share): Car rental and carpooling service
Best for: Anyone who wants the option of renting a car or joining a carpool depending on where they’re going
Pros:
Lots of options and flexibility
Cons: Monthly membership fee

Turo (formerly RelayRides): Peer-to-peer car rental service with an emphasis on day or weekend trips
Best for: Those looking to get away for the weekend
Pros: Offers car delivery to your house or to the airport so you can skip car rental lines
Cons: Not as prevalent as the other car rental services in SF

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UNIQUE RIDES

ScootElectric scooter rentals
Best for: Anyone looking for a fast, easy way to get around and effortless parking
Pros: No motorcycle license required; helmet included; ability to take one-way rides anywhere in SF
Cons: Very little storage space for things like groceries 

BoatboundPier-to-pier boat rental marketplace
Best for: If you’re looking for a weekend adventure to get across the bay
Pros: You no longer need a friend with a boat; you don’t need a boating license and can hire your own captain
Cons: It will set you back a few hundred bucks…but then again, you’re on a boat

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