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Uber vs DiDi

Find out if Australia's newest ridesharing app, DiDi, will win you over from Uber as a passenger.

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Uber is a long-time favourite as the original ridesharing app but with more apps making their way into the Australian market it's time to take a closer look at which offers the best deals.

Chinese app DiDi made an appearance in Australia in mid-2018 and the company is delivering prices that are very competitive.

We took a closer look at fees, deals, locations and more to help you decide which ridesharing app is best for you.

TL;DR: Our verdict

The winner: Uber wins overall as it's more widely available and offers a range of cars, including maxi cabs for larger parties.

If you're in Melbourne, Newcastle, Geelong, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast or Perth though and simply searching for a cheap ride with a sign-up discount, DiDi wins hands-down.

DiDi DiDi
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Free rides in Sydney

Get a free ride up to $15 on weekends until 1 November 2020. Valid for Sydney rides only. T&Cs apply.

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Deal ends

DiDi DiDi
Exclusive

Get $20 credit

Get $5 off each of your first four rides in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Geelong, Perth and Newcastle. Valid on all dates for new users. T&Cs apply.

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DiDi DiDi

Up to $50 off rides

Get $5 off 10 rides in Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide and Newcastle. Valid for new users only. Maximum of 4 rides per day. T&Cs apply.

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DiDi DiDi

Up to $100 off Sydney rides

Download Didi app to receive discounts and other perks. Valid for new Sydney users. T&Cs apply.

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Uber vs DiDi: App features compared

FeatureUberDiDiWinner
Where is it available?Major Australian and regional cities including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Byron Bay, Townsville and Geelong.Melbourne, Newcastle, Geelong, Brisbane, Perth, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast.Uber
Which types of cars can I book?
  • Sedans
  • SUVs
  • Luxury sedans
  • Vans Larger vehicles (Uber Assist)
  • Sedans
  • SUVs
Uber
Does it take cash?NoNoBoth
Does it take card?YesYesBoth
Does it deliver food?Yes, through the Uber Eats app.NoUber
Does it allow dogs?Assistance animals are accepted. Yes, so long as the driver confirms their permission.Assistance animals are accepted. Pets are accepted at the discretion of the driver.Both
Do fares include GST?YesYesBoth
Does it have child seats?NoNot as a standard.Both
Does it pick up from airports?YesYesBoth
Does it have maxi cabs?YesNoUber
Sign-up discountNo.Yes, $20 with our exclusive code.DiDi
Catch your rideshareRide with UberRide with DiDi

Which offers the best price? Fees compared.

We compared Uber and DiDi side by side to see which app came out as the cheapest.

Fees were calculated on the most economic fares in Melbourne.

UberDiDiWhich is better?
Base fare$2.00$1.98DiDi
Booking fee$0.55$0.00DiDi
Minimum fare$7.50$6.98DiDi
Charge per minute$0.36$0.30DiDi
Charge per kilometre$1.16$1.08 for the first 7kms, dropping to $0.98 afterDiDi
Cancellation fee$10.00$4.00DiDi

The verdict?

DiDi offers extremely competitive prices, so if you're looking for the cheapest ride then DiDi is easily the first choice.


What are the Uber vs Didi deals like?

DiDi offers riders up to $20 off first rides whilst Uber no longer offers a discount on first rides, whether you have a referral code or not. Uber and DiDi also give riders the chance to earn free rides by sharing referrals.

DiDi DiDi
Exclusive

Free rides in Sydney

Get a free ride up to $15 on weekends until 1 November 2020. Valid for Sydney rides only. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Deal ends

DiDi DiDi
Exclusive

Get $20 credit

Get $5 off each of your first four rides in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Geelong, Perth and Newcastle. Valid on all dates for new users. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

DiDi DiDi

Up to $50 off rides

Get $5 off 10 rides in Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide and Newcastle. Valid for new users only. Maximum of 4 rides per day. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

DiDi DiDi

Up to $100 off Sydney rides

Download Didi app to receive discounts and other perks. Valid for new Sydney users. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Popular DiDi coupon codes

Last checked Code description Code
28 Sep 2020 Get $20 credit FIN****
21 Oct 2020 Up to $50 off rides TRY****
23 Oct 2020 Free rides in Sydney ********
16 Oct 2020 Up to $100 off Sydney rides ********

Uber vs DiDi: Which won?

Uber is the winner as it's available in all major cities and has a wide range of vehicles and services, including maxi cabs and food delivery.

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

Uber

  • Available in all major Australian cities
  • Wide variety of vehicles including maxi cabs and assistance vehicles
  • More than just a rideshare, Uber also delivers food

DiDi:

  • DiDi offers cheaper fares across all aspects including booking fee, minimum fare and charge per kilometre

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