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DiDi vs Uber: Comparison for drivers

Find out how these two popular rideshare apps measure up against each other for drivers.

Chinese ridesharing app DiDi first launched in Auckland at the beginning of November 2020. But can the relative newcomer to the scene give current favourite Uber a run for its money? If you’re a driver and are weighing up your ridesharing app options, you can find everything you need to know about how DiDi and Uber compare to one another in this guide.

DiDi vs Uber

Prices and fares, side by side.




How prices are determinedBase fare + rate per km + rate per minuteBase + time + distance + extras (surge pricing, tolls, etc)
Percentage of driver’s earnings taken by the company5%Varies from approximately 25% to 28%
Surge pricingNo surge pricingYes, is enabled automatically based on rider demand and driver availability
AvailabilityAucklandAuckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Rotorua, Taupo, Napier & Hastings, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Queenstown, Dunedin
App design and user interfaceAlmost identicalAlmost identical
Ride typesDiDi ExpressUberX, UberXL, Exec & Assist

DiDi vs Uber: What’s the verdict?

DiDi is likely to be more lucrative per ride for drivers. While rider fares are cheaper for DiDi passengers than for Uber passengers, DiDi takes a substantially smaller cut of the driver’s earnings than Uber does. This means that the much lower driver commission fee negates the lower fare and drivers take more money home per ride.

Does Uber have advantages over DiDi for drivers?

  • Availability. Although it has more drivers worldwide, DiDi is not as widely available or as well known as Uber in New Zealand (yet). However, after launching recently in Auckland (2 November 2020) and being officially the largest ridesharing service in the world, this will likely change over time. As DiDi is less well known than Uber in New Zealand, there may be fewer users per area. For this reason, it might be worth drivers keeping their options open and being active drivers for both platforms.
  • Surge pricing. While passengers might favour the typically lower and less active surge pricing of DiDi, drivers might feel otherwise. Although DiDi will typically offer its drivers a larger cut of the total, higher surge pricing might lead driver-partners to stick with driving for Uber during peak hours or busy times.

DiDi vs Uber company history

DiDi Chuxing (DiDi) was founded in Bejing, China in 2012. Didi is the second most valuable private Chinese company in history, with a valuation of $56 billion and having raised more than $20 billion since its inception (according to Crunchbase). In addition to its 21 million drivers, DiDi has a worldwide user base of 550 million people. This makes it the largest ridesharing service in the world.

Uber was founded in San Fransisco, USA in 2009. Uber’s earnings are about $6.5 billion a year in revenue and it operates in about 63 countries. In addition to its 3 million drivers, Uber has a user base of roughly 110 million people worldwide.

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