Traveling to Florida, directly from The Villages, is now easier than ever thanks to the ride-sharing company Coupling – they have been operating here successfully since last year and have completed tens of thousands of trips across the country.
Taxis, Uber, and Lyft can be handy for short distances near villages, but they prove difficult or too expensive when trying to visit friends and family who may live further away. On average, Hitch rides are ten times cheaper than long-distance Uber/Lyft rides.
Daily trips go between The Villages and Gainesville, Jacksonville, Ocala, Orlando and Tampa – and will soon add Tallahassee. Hitch also offers dozens of other routes to and from most major cities in Florida. A list of these routes can be found here.
The best part is that you have many options on How? ‘Or’ What you want to travel with Hitch. You can share it with other members of the community for as little as $20 per seat, and even have the option of linking it to your Facebook account to see if you have any friends who are also heading in that direction. Or, you can upgrade to their Premier service for private door-to-door trips, starting around $75.
Book the same day or for those who are super planners, book up to 60 days in advance.
Passengers can also use the dynamic drop off option to stop on the way to their destination.
Safety is the top priority at Hitch and what sets them apart from any other service available – they require extensive background checks on their drivers, all of whom must be at least 21 years old with a license, registration and insurance valid. They also only use sedans with four or more doors, so you know your ride will be comfortable.
Gone are the days of hesitating to ask family and friends to travel long distances to pick you up or to use expensive planes or slow buses. You can also feel comfortable asking customers to come to the Villages when you know how safe, affordable and comfortable it is to use Hitch.
Hitch also offers reliable, long-distance, same-day delivery service. That’s right. If you forgot an important item such as medicine or a computer during your visit, the drivers can collect it and bring it to you. You can also make the delivery of meaningful and unusual gifts a reality. (Delivering homemade food between mother and son is how the business was started!) To say it’s affordable is also an understatement, with average same-day delivery being 10x cheaper than FedEx services. or UPS.
Hitch is offering Village residents their first three rides at 50% off – Just use code VILLAGES50.
Feel free to check out Hitch further by going to ridehitch.com to learn more, and download the Hitch app here for IOS phones or here for Android.