When is the cheapest time of day to get a Lyft car ride?
The Guru Take
The base fare does not change throughout the day. Surge pricing may change the price.
Typically, the price of taking a Lyft does not change throughout the day. The base fare is primarily based on distance and duration, and the rate is set for each service type (e.g. Lyft Plus) and for each city.
Depending on how busy the drivers are, surge pricing can apply, and it is referred to as "Prime Time." During these Prime Times, your fare can be applied a multiplier that can increase what you pay. The Lyft app will warn you fo this before you begin the trip.
If you are curious about "cheapest time of day", you may want to avoid these times where surges are possible. They typically happen during unexpectedly busy times, and they often happen during commute times, during events, Friday and Saturday nights when people are out, etc. For more, take a look at this thread:
Exception: Uber and Lyft both have been experimenting the concept of "upfront pricing." This is a guaranteed pricing that is not based on distance, duration, or potentially not even surges. These can apply at all hours and potentailly be affected by the location/routes you travel.