The Free Ride and FRED San Diego is a fun and easy way to get around. Best of all - you guessed it - it's free to ride! By using eco-friendly, electric cars and collaborating with great sponsors, The Free Ride offers a fun and useful service at no cost to the consumer.

Tired of trying to wave The Free Ride down? Now, users can create an account and request rides on-demand. Users can select pick-up and drop-off locations, receive real-time driver ETAs, and have the ability to connect with transportation providers anywhere within the coverage areas. The cars are fun, green, and even come equipped with photo booths. Never has getting around been more interactive or exciting!

For more information, please visit our website at
Service is available in CA, FL, NY and NJ

What's New

Version 2.4.2

Updated for latest versions of iOS and fixed a bug that drained battery in background mode.

Ratings and Reviews

3.5 out of 5
51 Ratings
51 Ratings
SueMentors ,

Great Service for San Diego visitors-and it really IS free!!

Surpassed when or hotel told us about this app and service. It had exceeded or expectations because it's literally 'pick you up wherever you are' and 'drop you off at any place within the service range.' we waited longer for 1 pickup, perhaps because it was lunchtime and we were down at Seaport village. Even so, the app tells you the driver's name and ETA and keeps you updated with alerts as well as on the map.

This service alone has made our downtown SD stay pretty seamless, very efficient, and so pleasant without parking or traffic hassles.


Developer Response ,

Hello SueMentors, thank you for the review! We're so glad to hear you enjoyed your rides and we look forward to having you along for more soon.

piontkowski ,

App still runs in background for no reason

Have used the service from other people’s phones and the rides are good and convenient. This app is still bad though. Just downloaded for myself last night. This morning my phone battery is 1/4 of what it was last night and the battery settings page says this app ran for 10.5 hrs in the background. My settings are the same for this app as other ride sharing apps I have: background app refresh is off and location services are set for “while using”. But while those apps suspend properly after pressing the home button, this one sees fit to keep running in the background somehow. Doing what exactly? Luckily swiping up stopped the bleeding.

Developer Response ,

Hello rpiontko, thanks for the review and for the feedback we're glad to hear from you! thanks for the review and for the feedback we're glad to hear from you! We're happy to let you know we've released an update that should curb battery drain and we are continuing to work on further updates that will increase efficiency. If the issue persists please contact us at We hope to have you along for another ride soon!

VBCar ,

App completely drained my phone battery

The only reason I’m not rating this app as one star is because this really is a wonderful concept. However, I’m concerned about some security issues. Yesterday I noticed my battery draining much faster than usual (despite having a healthy/new battery) so I decided to check my battery settings. Over the last 24 hours, 53% of my battery went to this app! 27% over the past seven days! Worst part is that my phone says The Free Ride had access to my audio and background activity - honestly I don’t know why that access was necessary for an app like this. Please work on these issues for your next update but for now, I’m uninstalling.

Developer Response ,

Hello VBCar, thanks for the review and for the feedback we're glad to hear from you! We're so grateful that you reported this issue and we're happy to let you know we've released an update that closes off access to the microphone and curbs battery drain. Please email us at so we can arrange to send you a thank you gift.


The Free Ride Inc
8.6 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2017 The Free Ride, Inc.


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