Discover who takes the prize for best value and best ride between DiDi and Ola.
Uber has been dominating the Australian ride-share market for almost a decade now but we’ve since seen a stack of new competitors entering the space.
DiDi, a Chinese favourite, and Ola, India’s most popular service, both popped onto the scene in Australia in 2018 with competitive prices and free ride offers.
We’ve done the maths to figure out who deserves your ride dollars with a closer look at deals, fees, locations and ride extras.
TL;DR: Our verdict
The winner: It’s a tough call but Ola wins overall as it's more widely available. If you're in Melbourne, Newcastle or Geelong and keen for a cheap ride, though, DiDi wins hands-down.
DiDi vs Ola: Features compared
|Where is it available?||Ola|
|Which types of cars can I book?||Both|
|Does it take cash?||No||No||Both|
|Does it take card?||Yes||Yes||Both|
|Does it deliver food?||No||No||Both|
|Does it allow dogs?||Assistance animals are accepted. Pets are accepted at the discretion of the driver.||Not as a standard. Some drivers may accept pets upon request.||Both|
|Do fares include GST?||Yes||Yes||Both|
|Does it have child seats?||No||No||Both|
|Does it pick up from airports?||Yes||Yes||Both|
|Does it have maxi cabs?||No||Yes||Ola|
Which offers the best price? Fees compared.
We compared DiDi and Ola side by side to see which app came out as the cheapest.
Fees were calculated on the most economic fares in Melbourne.
|Fee||DiDi||Ola||Which is better?|
|Charge per minute||$0.30||$0.35||DiDi|
|Charge per kilometre||$1.08 for the first 7km, dropping to $0.98 after||$1.15||DiDi|
|Cancellation fee||$6.00||$10. Free if cancelled less than 5 minutes after driver accepts ride||DiDi|
DiDi offers extremely competitive prices, so if you’re after the cheapest ride then DiDi is easily the top choice.
What are the deals like?
Both DiDi and Ola offer $20 off your first ride. DiDi also gives riders the chance to earn free rides by sharing referrals.
DiDi vs Ola: Which won?
Ola is the overall winner as it's available in most major cities and rates are not too far off DiDi’s super-competitive price structure.
- Cheaper fares overall, with lower rates for booking fee, minimum fare and charge per kilometre
- Available in more cities across Australia
- Provides a maxi cab option