Uber vs Ola

Discover whether Uber or Ola has the best value and the best ride.

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.

Our verdict

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.

Uber vs Ola

FeatureUberOlaVerdict
Where is it available in Australia?20+ cities, including all capital cities
  • Sydney
  • Melbourne
  • Perth
  • Brisbane
  • Gold Coast
  • Canberra
  • Adelaide
Uber
What types of cars can I book?
  • Sedans
  • Luxury sedans
  • Accessible vehicles
  • SUVs
  • Vans
  • Sedans
  • SUVs
Uber
Does it take cash?NoNoBoth
Does it take card?You can pay through the app with credit, debit and prepaid cardsYes, paid through the app with credit and debit cardsBoth
Does it deliver food?Yes, through Uber EatsNoUber
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?YesYesBoth
Does it have child seats?NoNoBoth
Does it pick up from airports?YesYesBoth
Does it have maxi cabs?YesYesBoth
Get $$ off your first rideRide with UberRide with Ola

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.

FeesUber XOla Prime Sedan
Base fare$2.50$2.50
Minimum fare$9$9
Charge per minute$0.40$0.40
Charge per kilometre$1.45$1.45
Cancellation fee$10$10

The verdict?

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.

The latest Uber and Ola deals

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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:

Uber

  • Available in more cities around Australia
  • Offers a wider range of vehicles
  • Offers a food delivery service Uber Eats

Ola:

  • 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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