Financial Travel Tip #91 – Saving on Transportation with Ride Sharing

by Nora Dunn on August 3, 2013

If you want to save on transportation expenses (or alternately if you own a car and want to make some cash during your road trip), consider ride sharing.

I touched on ride sharing as an option in a post about car sharing, ride sharing, and vehicle delivery as ways to get from A to B effectively. But tis the season for road-tripping; so ride sharing is worth a little more exploration.

Ride Sharing Sites

Ride sharing sites vary by country and region. Here are the main ones (you’ll notice Europe is better developed and active in the ride share department):

Worldwide

eRideShare

Carpooling.com

HitchHikers

USA

Zimride

Canada

Kangaride

Europe

BlaBlaCar

RoadSharing

Ridefinder

Pricing

The price of the ride varies depending on the route, country, vehicle, and space available (ie: for luggage). But you can certainly expect to pay less than public transportation, and similar to couch surfing, you might make some new friends in the process.

Some of these sites handle payment transactions, and in turn might charge a transaction fee. Again, it’s minimal.

Security

As with any internet service that connects two strangers to ride together, stay together, volunteer together – or heck, even date each other – choose a ride-sharing partner with a well-filled out profile, checkable references, and arrange to meet in a public place so you can measure each other up before embarking on the journey.

Experience?

I don’t have any personal experience with ride sharing, however I hope to try it out during some upcoming travels. Do you have any experience with ride sharing? If so – where, what site did you use, and do you have any tips?

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Priya August 7, 2013 at 11:40 am

I had no idea there were ride-sharing sites. This is cool! Recently on a trip, I found people from meetup.com to take a day hiking trip with and to drive to and from the place. That’s more for people people and making friends but it worked out!

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Priya August 7, 2013 at 11:40 am

meeting people*

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theprofessionalhobo August 7, 2013 at 2:08 pm

Hi Priya – It’s nice to share the fun (be it driving, hiking, or touring) with other travelers. It’s a process of discovery unto itself!

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