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Ola vs Bolt (formerly Taxify)

We've compared Ola and Taxify to see which offers the better deal for you.

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Bolt (Taxify) seized operations in Australia in April 2020. The information below is about the services they were previously offering.

Ola and Bolt (Taxify) are two strong players in the Australian ridesharing scene, with both looking to disrupt Uber's monopoly.

The most obvious way they're doing this is by out-competing Uber's low prices, but which of the two actually has the lowest rates? And which has the best vehicles, drivers, policies and deals?

TL;DR: Our verdict

The winner: It's a tough call but we're giving this one to Ola for being more widely available throughout Australia and charging less overall. Bolt (Taxify) is better when searching for a more pet- and child-friendly ride.

Ola vs Bolt (Taxify) in Australia

FeatureOlaBolt (Taxify)Verdict
Where is it available in Australia?
  • Sydney
  • Melbourne
  • Brisbane
  • Perth
  • Gold Coast
  • Canberra
  • Sydney
  • Melbourne
  • Brisbane
Ola
What types of cars can I book?
  • Sedans
  • SUVs
  • Sedans
  • SUVs
  • Accessible vehicles
  • Minivans
  • Luxury sedans
Bolt (Taxify)
Does it take cash?NoNoBoth
Does it take card?YesYesBoth
Does it deliver food?NoNoBoth
Does it take dogs?NoAssistance animals are allowed, while other pets are allowed with the driver's permission.Bolt (Taxify)
Do fares include GST?YesYesBoth
Does it have child seats?NoSome drivers have child seats, but it is best to bring your own if needed.Bolt (Taxify)
Does it pick up from airports?YesYesBoth
Does it have maxi cabs?YesYesBoth
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Who offers the best price? Ola vs Bolt (Taxify): Fees compared

To determine which offers the better rate, we compared Ola and Bolt's (Taxify's) fees and charges in Sydney. Keep in mind that fees and rates may vary from city to city and may alter depending on surge/peak pricing.

FareOlaBolt (Taxify)Which is better?
Base fare$2.27$2.50Ola
Booking fee$0.50$1.65 + $0.10/kmOla
Minimum fare$9$9Both
Charge per minute$0.36$0.40Ola
Charge per kilometre$1.32$1.45Ola
Cancellation fee$0 if cancelled less than 5 minutes after driver accepts ride$0 if cancelled less than 5 minutes after driver accepts rideBoth

The verdict?

Ola has undercut Bolt (Taxify) in more ways than one with its fees making it the ultimate winner. Note that these prices don't include surcharge levies and tolls.


What are the deals like?

Ola and Bolt (Taxify) offer discounts on your first ride and promo codes for referring friends. Various limited-time offers are also available depending on your location and ride type.

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Ola vs Bolt (Taxify): Who won?

Ola edges ahead in this game with cheaper rides (at least in Sydney) and availability in more cities around Australia.

Here's a list of both of their winning points:

Ola:

  • Available in more cities across Australia
  • Cheaper when comparing rates in Sydney

Bolt (Taxify):

  • Wider range of vehicle types
  • More child-friendly
  • More pet-friendly

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