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DiDi vs Uber: Comparison for drivers

Find out how these two popular rideshare apps measure up against each other for drivers.

Chinese ridesharing app DiDi first hit Australian shores in 2018 and is here to give current favourite Uber a run for its money. If you're a driver and are weighing up your ridesharing app options, you can find everything you need to know about how DiDi and Uber compare to one another in this guide.

Looking to ride? Check out our comparison for passengers to see which offers the better ride for price, deals and more for you.

DiDi vs Uber

Prices and fares, side by side.

Feature

DiDi

Uber

How prices are determinedBase fare + rate per km + rate per minute (and short distance fee where applicable)Base + time + distance + extras (surge pricing, tolls, etc)
Percentage of driver's earnings taken by the company15%Varies from approximately 20% to 30%
Surge pricingNo surge pricingHas been known to reach 8x normal fare in Australia and is enabled automatically based on rider demand and driver availability
Availability28 cities including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth, Geelong, Newcastle, Gold Coast, Sunshine CoastAustralia-wide, with over 6 million drivers worldwide
App design and user interfaceAlmost identicalAlmost identical
Ride typesDiDi Express, DiDi Delivery, DiDi Travel, DiDi Max and DiDi AdvanceUberX, UberBLACK and UberPOOL

Which rideshare pays drivers the most?

DiDi is likely to be more lucrative per ride for drivers. While rider fares are cheaper for DiDi passengers than for Uber passengers, DiDi takes a substantially smaller cut of the driver's earnings than Uber does. This means that the much lower driver commission fee negates the lower fare and drivers take more money home per ride.

However, this will vary based on the number and type of trips you do.


Why would I NOT use DiDi?

Does Uber have advantages over DiDi for drivers?

  • Availability. Although it has more drivers worldwide, DiDi is not as widely available or as well known as Uber in Australia (yet). However, after launching recently in Sydney (16 March 2020) and being officially the largest ridesharing service in the world, this will likely change over time. As DiDi is less well known than Uber in Australia, there may be fewer users per area. For this reason, it might be worth drivers keeping their options open and being active drivers for both platforms.
  • Surge pricing. While passengers might favour the typically lower and less active surge pricing of DiDi, drivers might feel otherwise. Although DiDi will typically offer its drivers a larger cut of the total, higher surge pricing might lead driver-partners to stick with driving for Uber during peak hours or busy times.

DiDi vs Uber company history

DiDi Chuxing (DiDi) was founded in Bejing, China in 2012. Didi is the second most valuable private Chinese company in history, with a valuation of $56 billion and having raised more than $20 billion since its inception (according to Crunchbase). In addition to its 21 million drivers, DiDi has a worldwide user base of 550 million people. This makes it the largest ridesharing service in the world.

Uber was founded in San Fransisco, USA in 2009. Uber's earnings are about $15 billion a year in revenue and it operates in 72 countries. In addition to its 6 million drivers, Uber has a user base of roughly 130 million people worldwide.

Where can I hire a car for Didi or Uber?

Name Product Price Per Week (from) Insurance Included? Membership Fee Excess Distance Cost
Splend Flexi
$188
Yes
$275 (26 week rental period)
$0.10 per km
Get access to fuel discounts, referral bonuses and member only benefits when you rent a rideshare car with Splend. Flexi and Flexi own options available.
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DriverLend
$77
No
$0
$0 per km
Driverlend is a finance broker. Lease or buy a car with Driverlend and you could get up to 20% discount on dealership prices for a new vehicle.
More Info
DriveMyCar Uber Rentals
$160
Yes
$0
$0.10 per km
Get insurance, maintenance and 24-hour roadside assistance in the all-inclusive price. Discounts available for longer rental periods.
More Info
Europcar Uber Rental
$195
Yes
$0
$0.25 per km
Benefit from 24/7 roadside assistance, a wide range of vehicles and no signup fee to start driving with Uber. A minimum four-week rental period applies.
More Info
Hertz Uber Rental
Hertz Uber Rental
$217
Yes
$0
$0 per km
Benefit from 24/7 roadside assistance, no lock-in contracts and no joining fees. Rego and comprehensive insurance are included in the cost.
Splend Flexi own
$319
Yes
$990 (Joining fee)
$0.10 per km
Rent a car and pay it off as you go with no lock-in contract, membership benefits and flexible rental options
More Info
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Bria Horne

Bria Horne is a writer for Finder, with a specialist knowledge of personal loans, car loans and business loans. Originally from the UK, Bria has been a professional personal finance writer in Australia for over 2 years. She has an M.A and B.A in Philosophy and Literature from the University of Sussex, and previously worked on the UK’s leading hospitality publication. See full profile

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