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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.

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Chinese ridesharing app DiDi first hit Melbourne in mid-2018 and as of 16 March 2020 it has now also launched in Sydney. But can the relative newcomer to the scene 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.

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DiDi vs Uber

Prices and fares, side by side.

Feature

DiDi

Uber

How prices are determinedBase fare + rate per km + rate per minuteBase + time + distance + extras (surge pricing, tolls, etc)
Percentage of driver's earnings taken by the company5%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
AvailabilitySydney, Melbourne, Geelong, Newcastle, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and Perth with 21 million drivers worldwide (number of Australian drivers unknown)Australia-wide, with over 3 million drivers worldwide (60,000 in Australia)
App design and user interfaceAlmost identicalAlmost identical
Ride typesDiDi Express and DiDi MaxUberX, UberBLACK and UberPOOL

DiDi vs Uber: What's the verdict?

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.


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 $6.5 billion a year in revenue and it operates in about 63 countries. In addition to its 3 million drivers, Uber has a user base of roughly 110 million people worldwide.

Where can I hire a car for Didi or Uber?

Data indicated here is updated regularly
Name Product Price Per Week (from) Insurance Included? Membership Fee Excess Distance Cost
Splend Car Rentals
$199
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. Rent-to-Drive and Rent-to-Buy options available.
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.
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.
Splend Rent-to-Own
$269
Yes
$275 (26 week rental period)
$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
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