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These days, Uber is far from the only ridesharing service on the market. Ola, an India-based company, is putting itself in direct competition with Uber and bringing its services to Australia in the process.
Find out which company can give you the best deal on your next ride with our comparison of their locations, vehicles, drivers, prices, fees, apps, policies, offers and more.
The winner: Uber has won this war being more widely available around Australia and for offering a wider range of vehicle choice. It also offers food delivery via Uber Eats which Ola doesn't. Both are just as price-competitive as the other, charging the same rates outside of special discounts.
|Where is it available in Australia?||20+ cities, including all capital cities||Uber|
|What types of cars can I book?||Uber|
|Does it take cash?||No||No||Both|
|Does it take card?||You can pay through the app with credit, debit and prepaid cards||Yes, paid through the app with credit and debit cards||Both|
|Does it deliver food?||Yes, through Uber Eats||No||Uber|
|Does it take dogs?||Not as a standard. Some drivers may accept pets upon request.||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?||Yes||Yes||Both|
|Sign-up discount?||No.||Yes, $15 with a referral code.||Ola|
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Which offers the best price? Uber vs Ola: Fees compared
Both rideshare services are highly competitive and outside of special promotions charge the same fees overall. The table below outlines rates for each service’s most economical ride in Sydney.
|Fees||Uber X||Ola Prime Sedan|
|Charge per minute||$0.40||$0.40|
|Charge per kilometre||$1.45||$1.45|
It's even stevens outside of promotions.
What are the deals like?
Uber rewards users with credit for referring their friends and has various location- and service-dependent promo codes available, including first-ride discount codes.
Ola also rewards users with credit for referring their friends. It constantly has launch fares as it continues to expand in Australia and offers targeted promo codes on occasion. It also offers first-ride discounts.
For new customers, both ride share apps offer sign-up discounts.
As of the time of publish, Ola offers a $15 credit for new users with a referral code from another active user. From time to time, it also offers discounts on the first few rides for new users.
While Uber used to offer a referral credit, this is no longer offered. So, when it comes to sign-up offers, Ola is the winner.
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Uber vs Ola: Who won?
There's hot competition between these two rideshare apps with both offering a like-for-like pricing structure. Cost aside, the winner, at least for now, is Uber. More established, it offers more ride types, is more widely available and goes beyond rideshare to offer a food delivery service as well.
Here's a list of both of their winning points:
- Available in more cities around Australia
- Offers a wider range of vehicles
- Offers a food delivery service Uber Eats
- Competitive with Uber on price and is a good alternative option to Uber, particularly if you're a first-time rider and want to cash in a discount
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