Does Puerto Rico Have Uber & Lyft? (2023)

Puerto Rico offers multiple transportation methods.

If you’re coming to Puerto Rico, you’ll be glad to hear that Uber is readily available for you while visiting the Island!

I’ve lived in Puerto Rico for 14 years; and I was here when Uber was first announced.

In this article, I will cover everything that you need to know about Uber, Lyft & other ride-sharing services in Puerto Rico:

Does Puerto Rico use Lyft or Uber?
Is Uber expensive in Puerto Rico?
Is Uber in Puerto Rico safe?
Does Uber run at night in Puerto Rico?
Does San Juan have Lyft & Uber?
Is taking a taxi better than using Uber?
Can I rely on Uber to explore Puerto Rico?

 

Does Puerto Rico use Lyft or Uber?

In Puerto Rico, Uber is the most popular ride-sharing app you can use.

Lyft is not operating in Puerto Rico. 

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Experience the convenience of Uber in Puerto Rico, an easy way to get around San Juan.

Uber debuted in the metro area of Puerto Rico in 2016 and has since been a great alternative to travel around during your trip here.

You can order an UberX, UberX VIP, Flash, Uber Pet, Comfort, and Black.

You might find online that the ride-sharing apps in Puerto Rico are Uber & Lyft. However, this is false.

Uber is the only ride-sharing app available in Puerto Rico.

 

Is Uber expensive in Puerto Rico?

You’ll be glad to hear that Uber is less expensive in Puerto Rico than it is in busy cities like New York. 

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Uber is an affordable way to get around San Juan if you are only staying for a few days.

You can expect a range of $5-$10 USD per ride, depending on where you are heading.

However, during peak hours, rides can go from $15-$20 USD.

A taxi can cost you a minimum of $20 USD per ride, so Uber is relatively cheap in Puerto Rico.

You’ll usually see the price surge late at night and around popular areas like Old San Juan, Condado, and Isla Verde.

 

Is Uber in Puerto Rico safe?

Taking an Uber in Puerto Rico is safe.

Not only is it safe, but Uber is very reliable. I would often use Ubers at times I did not have means of transportation, and it’s much cheaper than taking a taxi. 

Uber drivers, just like in the US mainland, must go through background checks for safety measures. 

Below is a video on what transportation is like in Puerto Rico:

 

Does Uber run at night in Puerto Rico?

Yes!

Uber runs at night in Puerto Rico.

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Uber is active at night, but be aware that costs may surge compared to the daytime prices.

You can order an Uber 24/7 from anywhere in the San Juan/Metro area. 

Late at night is when price surges occur, be aware that you might spend double what you would pay in the day if ordering an Uber at night.

However, Ubering at night is safe and recommended if you’re going to party late at night.

 

Does San Juan have Lyft & Uber?

The only ride-sharing app San Juan has is Uber.

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Uber is the only ride share app available in San Juan.

This is because Lyft has yet to reach Puerto Rico. 

You only have two options when transporting around the metro area: Taking a taxi or ordering an Uber.

 

Is taking a taxi better than using Uber?

Ordering a taxi in Puerto Rico can be expensive and only takes you to certain parts of San Juan.

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Taxi rates may be higher than Uber depending on your location and time of day.

Touristic zones set taxi rates, so if you’re looking to get around Puerto Rico without a rental car, taking a taxi everywhere may not be budget-friendly

Below is a video of what taxi services are like in Puerto Rico:

With Uber, you can expect reliable transportation at an affordable cost. 

I recommend reading our How to Get Around Puerto Rico article to learn more about transportation methods during your trip to Puerto Rico.

 

Can I rely on Uber to explore Puerto Rico?

Uber only operates in the Metro region of Puerto Rico.

The metro region consists of the municipalities of San Juan, Bayamón, Guaynabo, Trujillo Alto, Cataño, Carolina, Toa Alta and Toa Baja, and more.

Although it covers a big portion of the island, keep in mind that the farther away you are from San Juan, the more expensive the ride will be.

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If you don’t want to stay within the metro area of San Juan, you are better off renting a car.

Most drivers are located in the San Juan area as well. You’ll easily find a ride from San Juan to Arecibo, but you might not find much luck getting an Uber from Arecibo back to San Juan.

Get a rental car if you want to explore the island without restriction and worry about transportation availability. 

Check out our Renting a Car in Puerto Rico article to learn more.

You might find renting a car more cost-efficient and flexible than depending on Uber.

However, if you’re not staying in Puerto Rico for long (less than a week) and plan on staying around the area, you’re better off using Uber as your main point of transportation.

 

 

FAQ section

Do they have Lyft in Puerto Rico?

Puerto Rico does not have Lyft.

What is the most popular ride-sharing app in Puerto Rico?

The most popular ride-sharing app in Puerto Rico is Uber.

 

Final thoughts

Uber is the only ride-sharing app in Puerto Rico.

If you’re planning a trip to Puerto Rico and often use Lyft, I recommend that you create an Uber account for when you land.

Depending on your stay and plans, renting a car can be cheaper than taking an Uber daily.

If you’re staying for less than a week, you can rely on Uber to take you around the area. If you’re planning on staying for more than a week, I suggest renting a car for your transportation needs.

To learn more, read our article Renting A Car In Puerto Rico – All You Need To Know.

Before visiting Puerto Rico, check out our article 30 Travel Tips & Things to Know Before Traveling to Puerto Rico.

Article by

Miguel Concepcion

Writer at PuertoRico.com. I’ve lived in Puerto Rico for 14 years and have experienced every inch of this stunning island. Growing up in Puerto Rico has helped me truly learn about the rich culture and extensive history this island has to offer. I share my local knowledge in all of the articles that I write. 

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