We're taking a cruise at the end of June. We need a ride from IAH airport in Houston to the cruise piers in Galveston. I assume that Sundays are a busy time because of the cruise ships loading and unloading passengers, many of whom are going to and from the airports. How can I get an accurate idea of the price of a ride thru Lyft for this time and place?
Surge pricing Houston to Galveston
The Guru Take
Try this technique. Pull up the fare one week prior to the trip.
The scenario you outline regarding the cruise ships loading and unloading may provide a rush of riders to that route, and it can certainly trigger surge pricing. However, I wouldn't automatically assume there will be sure pricing, because those busy times are scheduled and expected. As you may know, surge pricing is based on supply-and-demand, and when an event is known or recurring, drivers will know to be in those locations at those times and rideshare companies will boost incentives to migrate the drivers there.
Similar thing happens on Monday mornings when there are rushes of people who go to the airport. Yes, surges can happen, but it is not as bad as travelers imagine.
With tha said, if you would like to check the potential surge for a particular route (for a trip in the future), try this technique. Pull up your Uber app or UberFareFinder one week prior to your travel day, and set the route to the one you are planning. See if there is surge pricing. This should give you a good idea of what kind of price you should expect.
On a related note, here are instructions on Uber and Lyft pickups at IAH.