Life as an on-demand driver is all about finding the best time and place to work with the highest efficiency possible so you can maximise your rideshare earnings and enjoy a healthy work-life balance. However,

where and when you drive is not all that you can control.

You can also juggle multiple apps to keep downtime to the minimum, or simply drive for the ones that best suit your goals and lifestyle.

At Splend, we always encourage our members to sign up to multiple ridesharing apps. That way you can increase your exposure and thus your chances to receive ride requests at any given time. Relying on more platforms also puts you on stable ground so you have plenty of backup plans in any situation.

Australian rideshare app comparison

Check out the comparison table below, courtesy of Canstar Blue. Please note that the amounts may vary depending on your state and car type. Click on the table headers to read the pros and cons of each of the rideshare providers.

UberX & UberXL Ola DiDi Shebah
Commission rate 27.5% 15% 5%-20%
(based on driver performance)
15%
Base fare From $2 $2.27 $1.98 From $3.60
Booking fee $0.55 $0.5 None $2
Minimum fare $9 $9 $6.98 $11.30 (instant booking)
$18.80 (advanced booking)
Cancellation fee $10 (UberX)
$3-7 (Uber Pool)
$10 $10
Waiting fee $0.6/min $0.3/min $0.55/min None
Payments Weekly Daily Weekly Daily
Surge pricing 8x normal fare No No No

 

UberX & UberXL

Uber is the market leader in Australia. A trusted provider worldwide, the brand has become synonymous with ridesharing over the years and offers drivers additional means of earning income through its cross-delivery, surge pricing, and Uber Pro driver reward system.

Pros

  • Most widely available rideshare provider offering their services in many Australian cities
  • Large customer base – little downtime between rides
  • Intuitive, easy-to-use app
  • Flexible – pick and choose the jobs you want
  • UberPool and UberXL option – get more rides, earn more, and boost your ratings faster with a 7-seater

Cons

  • Relatively high commission rate
  • The surge pricing feature is sometimes unstable
  • Compliance can be problematic – documents, incident investigation, etc.
  • Strong competition due to large driver base

Ola

One of Uber’s biggest competitors, Ola is an Indian-based popular on-demand rideshare that operates across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Adelaide, Canberra, and they also offer their services to rideshare drivers in Perth. They’ve recently made some changes to their service such as improved safety features, and now they also accept Apple Pay.

Pros

  • Wide selection of cars from sedans through SUVs to luxury models
  • 15% commission rate
  • User-friendly app
  • Safety measures for riders and drivers
  • 24/7 customer support

Cons

  • Difficult to find rides outside of the city
  • Still quite new to the market, so there are less riders

DiDi

A new entry in the Australian market, DiDi is no stranger in the rideshare space having operated successfully in China and South America for years. DiDi markets itself as providing rides that are low compared to other providers, but the tradeoff is that it’s listed in less cities. DiDi is currently available in Melbourne, Brisbane, Geelong, Newcastle, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, and Perth.

Pros

  • Flexible commission rate, and affordable fares for riders
  • Generous referral schemes and promos for riders, so you’ll see surges when there’s an active campaign
  • You’ll know the destination before accepting the ride
  • 24/7 customer support

Cons

  • Slow periods due to limited customer base
  • Performance-based commission rate may pressure you to work overtime

Shebah

A female-driven rideshare service, Shebah’s vision is to ensure women and children feel safe when traveling. Men can also use Shebah in certain circumstances, for example when traveling with a child . Shebah is currently available in Melbourne, Geelong, Bendigo, Ballarat, Hobart, Canberra, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, the Gold Coast, and Sunshine Coast.

Pros

  • 15% of commission
  • The safest platform for female drivers
  • Shebah donates 1% of every fare and splits it between three charities
  • You can become a “preferred driver” and have returning riders

Cons

  • Less trips available
  • Problems noted with the app
  • Service is available only during working hours

Which rideshare app should you drive for?

There are many factors to consider when deciding which rideshare provider to drive for. Is your priority having more rides or receiving a higher fare pay? When posed with this question, we understand it may be easier just signing up to one app but our recommendation is to know how many hours you plan to drive before deciding.

In terms of commissions, Ola, Shebah, and DiDi reward drivers by taking less cut of each fare. However, Uber has the most authority in the ridesharing market, and thus offers more work.

With Uber and DiDi, you will be paid weekly whereas Shebah and Ola pay daily. For casual driving, it may be worthwhile to use one of each – say, Uber and Ola –, so you’ll have a smaller daily cash flow as well as a larger weekly payment.

If you drive full time, we suggest to sign up to several rideshare apps, and even food and parcel delivery platforms and minimise your down time between gigs. Once you have a good rhythm and get to know which areas in your city are most popular at particular times, you’ll have a better understanding of which ones fit your lifestyle best.

About Splend

We enable people to make money by driving for on-demand apps such as Uber.

We’re more than a car rental company. In addition to new-model cars and all the essentials to start earning money with Uber as quickly as possible, our members enjoy driver training and dedicated support via a personal account manager, as well as member benefits such as partner discounts and exclusive events.

For more information about Splend, drop by to your local Member Support Centreemail us or say hello on 1800 775 363.