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Driver rideshare comparison

Find out which rideshare company you should drive with: Uber, Bolt, Ola or Didi?

Uber dominated Australia's rideshare scene for a long time. It was the only player in the space since 2012, but the global rideshare giant paved the way for others.

In 2018 we saw the launch of not one but three competitors: Bolt (Formerly known as Taxify), Ola and Didi (Melbourne).

If you are currently driving with Uber or are looking to sign up as a driver with one or more of these rideshare companies, we've done the hard work for you and compared the platforms for drivers.

This is what you need to know.

Where are the rideshare companies operating?

Gold CoastYesNoYesYes
Hobart YesNoNoNo

How does Uber, Bolt, Ola and DiDi compare for driver fees?

Name Product Estimated Earnings (AUD) Fees
$1.51 per km (Source: RideShare Drivers United)
$1.70 per km (Source: RideShare Drivers United)


Uber drivers in Australia can expect to take home 75% of their weekly Uber income. Uber says you can expect to earn between $35-$40 per hour and will guarantee you this income when you start out. You can use the calculator below to get an idea of how much you will earn minus expenses.

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Bolt (Formerly known as Taxify)

Bolt takes a commission fee of between 10-15% from the final price per order. It also offers a fairly lucrative bonus program designed to encourage drivers to increase more trips.


Ola offered new drivers that signed up to its platform on or before 15 February 2018 an introductory rate of 7.5%. Its standard commission rate is 15%.


Didi charges a fee of 5%, which is the lowest driver fee across the board. DiDi also doesn't charge a booking fee.

Use our calculator to work out how much you'll take home each week

Tip: Set your hourly rate based on where you are driving mostly, time of day, suburbs.

Disclaimer: While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this calculator, the results should be used as an indication only. It doesn't take into account your financial circumstances and they are neither a quote or guarantee of your income as a rideshare driver.

What are the requirements to drive for Uber, Bolt and Ola?

  • Be over the age of 21
  • Have access to a vehicle that meets Uber's requirements (eg. less than ten years old for UberX)
  • Have a valid full driver's licence
  • Have held your driver's licence for at least 12 months
  • Be listed as an insured driver for your vehicle
  • Be able to pass a background check
  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Be registered for an ABN and GST
  • Have a valid full driver's licence
  • Have held a full licence for 12 months
  • Be listed as an insured driver for your vehicle
  • Be able to pass a background check
  • Be authorised to become a rideshare driver
  • Have a vehicle that meets the requirements
  • Have a hire car licence or certificate
  • Have a third-party property insurance policy
  • Have a valid driver's licence
  • Be registered for an ABN
  • Be over the age of 21
  • Have a registered ABN
  • Have access to a vehicle that meets DiDi's requirements (less than ten years old, minimum of 5 seats)
  • Have a valid full driver's licence for the state you are driving in
  • Have held your driver's licence for at least 12 months
  • Be listed as an insured driver for your vehicle
  • Be able to pass a police background check

Is it easy to be removed as a driver?

Uber has become notorious for its stringent customer rating system which has seen drivers complain about not being allowed to drive because of difficult customers. Here's how easy it is to be kicked off the driving platform:

  • Uber: Uber will start to notice drivers whose ratings slip below 4.6. While it may not automatically block their accounts, they could be called into an Uber centre to discuss any reasons behind the low rating and how they can improve it.
  • Bolt: Drivers must retain acceptance rates above 70% and cancellation rates below 30%. If drivers don't maintain this they will get automatically blocked. A driver's account may also be blocked due to low ratings, impersonation, incorrect pricing, irregular or suspicious activities or any form of misconduct. A driver's activity score, which is calculated using the last 100 rides, can also see drivers blocked. If drivers accept and complete every ride successfully the score will be adjusted positively as long as they have not rejected or cancelled more than 20% of the rides. If 20% of the last 100 rides have been rejected then the driver will be blocked.
  • Ola: Ola has not made this information available as of yet. However, in other markets where Ola is operating, such as India, driver incentives are tied to ratings. Anecdotal evidence also indicates that if a driver's rating falls below 3.5 they are not allowed to access the platform.
  • Didi. Didi is still relatively new to the scene in Australia, to this information hasn't been released yet.

How does the service compare for riders?

Fare calculation(Base fare + rate per minute + distance) x surge pricing + booking feeBase rate + rate per km + rate per minuteBase fare + price per km + price per minuteBase fare + rate per km + rate per minute
Minimum fare
  • Sydney: $9 + $0.50 booking fee
  • Melbourne: $7.50 + $0.50 booking fee
  • Brisbane: $7.50 + $0.50 booking fee
  • Canberra: $8 + $0.50 booking fee
  • $7 in Perth
  • $9 in Sydney
  • $10 in Melbourne
$6.98 + No booking fee
Surge pricingYes, has reached 8x normal fare.

Yes, dynamic pricing is capped at 1.5x normal fare.

AvailabilityAustralia-wide with 60,000 drivers

Sydney and Melbourne with over 4,000 drivers

Perth, number of drivers unknownMelbourne, Sydney, Perth, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Geelong, Newcastle.

Summing up

  • Uber is the most widely-available platform but all three will soon be available in Sydney and Melbourne.
  • Ola and DiDi are the only platforms that don't charge riders surge pricing.
  • DiDi has the lowest drivers' fees, with drivers able to take home 95% of their fares.
  • Each calculates the ride cost similarly but costs vary. The minimum fare also varies between platforms.
  • Different incentives are available for drivers on each platform so decide what you want when signing up.
  • You have the option of signing up for multiple rideshare platforms.

Rental options for rideshare drivers

Name Product Price Per Week (from) Insurance Included? Membership Fee Excess Distance Cost
Splend Flexi
$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.
More Info
$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
$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
$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
$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
$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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    NathanAugust 28, 2019

    How old does my car have to be in order to drive for Uber, Ola and DiDi?


      JeniAugust 29, 2019Finder

      Hi Nathan,

      Thank you for getting in touch with Finder.

      To drive with Uber, your car must be a 2010 model or later, while with Ola, an eligible car must not be manufactured before 2009 and with Didi, the car should be at least 10 years old or less.

      I hope this helps.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!


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    SyedFebruary 17, 2019

    Hi, can I drive a car older than 10 years? I have a Honda Accord 2007.

      JohnFebruary 18, 2019Finder

      Hi Syed,

      Thank you for reaching out to finder.

      Different Uber categories have different vehicle requirements. Please see below list for more information:

      UberX: 10 years old or less (from current year)
      UberSELECT: 10 years old or less (from current year)
      UberXL: 10 years old or less (from current year)
      UberASSIST: 10 years old or less (from current year)
      UberBLACK: 6 years old or less (from current year)
      UberLUX: 6 years old or less (from current year)
      UberSUV: 6 years old or less (from current year)
      UberEATS (car): 1990 model or newer

      Hope this helps!


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    SameerNovember 23, 2018

    i had an overseas since 2006 and in Australia i am driving since January 2018 on it but last week i got a WA Driving License. Will the uber consider driving with my overseas driving license towards their one year drivers license condition or i have to wait for another one year before being eligible to drive as Uber driver

      JohnNovember 26, 2018Finder

      Hi Sameer,

      Thank you for reaching out to finder.

      Uber requires that you have your Australian drivers license for 1 year first before being eligible to drive for Uber. Overseas licenses will not be used towards the 1 year condition of Uber. Hope this helps!


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    KaranOctober 24, 2018

    I have been working for ola Around 3 weeks and their pay format looks totally dodgy whom should we contact to raise this in Australia and ola is investaigated

      JohnOctober 24, 2018Finder

      Hi Karan,

      Thank you for reaching out to Finder.

      I am sorry for the experience you have encountered with OLA. You may reach out to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to make a consumer complaint.


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    PaulAugust 5, 2018

    The Uber claim of $35 – $40 per hour is overstated. In Brisbane it is more likely to be $25 – $30 per hour.

      JeniAugust 15, 2018Finder

      Hi Paul,

      Thank you for getting in touch with Finder.

      This amount of $35 – $40 per hour is the average income before Uber takes its 25% cut. You may use our Uber driver income calculator to work out how much you can earn as an UberX driver in Australia. This Uber Fare Estimate & Cost Calculator allows you to input your earnings and your costs.

      I hope this helps.

      Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any other enquiries.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!


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