DiDi decreases fares by 10% to better Uber’s rates

Stephanie Yip 6 December 2018 NEWS

Is this the cheapest rideshare in Australia?

Chinese rideshare company DiDi is making travel that much more affordable by reducing its fares by 10% for rides in Melbourne.

Currently available in Melbourne and Geelong, DiDi originally came into the market offering a similar pricing structure to alternate rideshare app Uber.

This new across-the-board discount now makes it cheaper than Uber when looking at base rates alone.

Here's how they now compare for Melbourne trips:

Fee Uber X DiDi
Base rate $2.50 $1.98
Per minute $0.35 $0.30
Per kilometre $1.15 $1.08 for the first 7km, dropping to $0.98 after

Both rideshare companies also impose a $1.10 Victorian Government Levy fare on each trip.

The rate changes don't just benefit the passenger either. On top of the 10% rider discount, DiDi has reduced its services fee for drivers from 20% to just 5%, letting driver-partners earn 95% of fares.

Abigail Holman, DiDi's State Manager for Victoria, said that "when we launched in Melbourne earlier this year, we did so with a clear goal, to make rideshare more affordable while providing driver-partners with opportunities to increase their earnings. Australia is one of the most expensive places to rideshare in the world; but unfortunately while riders have been paying, driver-partners have not seen this reflected in their earnings."

While these rates only apply for journeys in Melbourne, we think it's only a matter of time before DiDi rolls them out to trips in Geelong as well.

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