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DiDi and Taxify are two of the newest ridesharing apps to hit the Australian market, both testing the waters with limited availability in some of Australia's largest cities.
Taxify has been quickly embraced as an alternative to long-time favourites such as Uber. Chinese powerhouse DiDi has come in offering some of the most competitive rates we've seen.
We took a closer look at vehicles, locations, rates, policies, deals and more from both DiDi and Taxify to help you decide.
The winner: Taxify pulls ahead of DiDi as it's more widely available and has a wider range of vehicles. If you're in Melbourne, Newcastle or Geelong though and looking for a cheap ride, DiDi comes up ahead.
|Where is it available?||Taxify|
|Which types of cars can I book?||Taxify|
|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?||It's up to the driver whether or not to allow a pet in the car but service animals will always be accommodated.||Assistance animals are allowed, while other pets are allowed with the driver's permission.||Both|
|Do fares include GST?||Yes.||Yes.||Both|
|Does it have child seats?||Not as standard.||While some drivers may have child seats, this is not standard and it is best to bring your own if needed.||Both|
|Does it pick up from airports?||Yes.||Yes.||Both|
|Does it have maxi cabs?||No.||Yes.||Taxify|
We compared DiDi and Taxify side by side to see which app came out as the cheapest.
Fees were calculated on the most economical fares in Melbourne.
In all categories, DiDi saves even just a little off the fare and works out to be extremely competitive overall. DiDi is easily the best choice if you're looking for the cheapest ride.
|Fee||DiDi||Taxify||Which is better?|
|Charge per minute||$0.30||$0.35||DiDi|
|Charge per kilometre||$1.08 for the first 7kms, dropping to $0.98 after||$1.15||DiDi|
Both ridesharing apps offer riders $20 off their first ride.
Taxify and DiDi also give riders the chance to earn free rides by referring friends and family.
|Last checked||Code description||Code|
|10 Sep 2019||Get $20 credit||FIN****|
While DiDi comes up cheaper overall for rides, it's currently only available in Melbourne, Newcastle and Geelong. If you're travelling around Sydney or Brisbane, Taxify is your only choice out of the two and comes with a variety of vehicle types to book.
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