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Old 11th September 2019, 20:43   #46
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I use cabs when my office transport fails. I stay far from office and the distance is about 35kms. In the last 2 months I have paid around 490-530 /- to Uber . When the check the same in Ola it will be more than 800/-.

However other issue which I have notice is they do not prefer ola money / paytm etc. If we pay by cash they are very happy.
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I have almost never found Ola to be costlier. Moreover, Ola drivers tend to cancel after you having waited for 20 mins.
I personally only use Ola now as a last resort.
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Old 12th September 2019, 00:43   #48
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Whatever said and done, I'm an Uber customer when I don't have a car. I cross check the rates only about half-the time if the per km rate is too much. When I was in India in Jan, I found that Ola was consistently 5-25% more expensive than Uber.

I don't know about others, but I've had a fantastic experience with Uber. I get good quality cars and drivers rarely even called me to double-check the location or ask for my destination. Ola drivers are a hit or miss.
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Old 12th September 2019, 10:00   #49
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Ola is about 20-25% higher in Bangalore from my experience, but only about 10% more in Chennai.

Uber is also heavily subsidizing rides in new markets (India still counts as new). At some point, a price correction has to come and Uber will raise prices to be similar to Olas. There's only so long Uber can keep burning through their cash

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Old 12th September 2019, 10:44   #50
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As most of you have indicated, even I felt that Ola has been more expensive than Uber in Blr in cabs and I more often ended up with Uber. However Ola auto has been good with availability and on par with Uber on pricing in whatever cases I have observed till the below case happened.

Once I booked an Ola auto which showed 90rs as the fare for the distance and after riding halfway, I realized that I have left my keys at home and asked him to take me back home. He asked me to end the trip and pay him 1.5 times the meter for the rest of the ride as it was after 10PM in the night. So we closed the Ola trip for 50rs and he took me back to my home and then back to my destination on meter. I was shocked to find that even after paying 1.5 times the meter cost, I ended up paying only 70rs on meter for 1.5 times the original distance for which Ola was charging 90rs.

Then I started noticing a little bit more and this is what I realized. In core city areas of Blr, earlier atleast 50-60% of autos used to come on meter without any discussion. But now with the advent of app based rides, there are very few, if any, who are even willing to entertain customers on meter. Every auto I see has a mobile attached and waiting for rides from the app. So much for progress...
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Old 12th September 2019, 11:58   #51
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Ola has always been more expensive in my experience. Day before I was comparing Ola and Uber prices from JJ Hospital, where i was at the time, to Mira Road. Ubers price was Rs. 530 while Ola was showing Rs. 770 for the same trip.

I have noticed this disparity several times between the two.
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Old 12th September 2019, 18:30   #52
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In Delhi & Mumbai Uber is cheaper whereas in Bangalore, Ola is cheaper and I have observed it almost every time.

Is there a city specific algorithm?
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Old 13th September 2019, 13:35   #53
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Since the day I started using Ola and Uber, found that Ola has always been more expensive than Uber.

But still whenever I am not around and my mother asks me to book a cab, I prefer Ola over Uber for the ease of identification(green bumpers & mostly Grand i10's) and the OTP feature.

For my own use, I don't have any preferences, it doesn't matter to me if it's Ola, Uber, or Rapido, if it's a share-ride, auto, or bike I use anything that is available at the given time.

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Old 14th September 2019, 08:11   #54
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Same is the case in Hyderabad as well.
Ola is always priced higher compared to Uber.
However, I have corporate account with Ola. So there is no dynamic fare/surcharge/peak fare for me. And I find Ola best for the airport pickup/drops, again with corporate booking only.
Once I try through personal booking, the fare jumps up by 30-40%.
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Old 14th September 2019, 08:15   #55
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In Delhi & Mumbai Uber is cheaper .
Is there a city specific algorithm?
You can add Hyderabad also to the list.
I guess yes, the pricing is based on algorithm for each city.

Mods: Please merge above post with this.
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I use cabs when my office transport fails. I stay far from office and the distance is about 35kms. In the last 2 months I have paid around 490-530 /- to Uber . When the check the same in Ola it will be more than 800/-.

However other issue which I have notice is they do not prefer ola money / paytm etc. If we pay by cash they are very happy.

The reason behind this is the Rs. 5,000/- security deposit which the driver has to maintain with the company at all times. In case there is any shortfall in this amount (don't ask me how it occurs though ) the company withholds the transfer of any money to the driver's account till the balance is restored.


I once traveled in an Ola wherein the driver was mighty cross with me for not paying in cash and he's the one who explained the above scenario to me. I was duly chastised! He said the drivers would even be happy to accept PayTM/GPay/UPI payments to their personal accounts if carrying cash is a hindrance for the customers, "lekin inn choron ko paise mat do saheb" (don't give money to these thieves, sir).
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Old 15th September 2019, 17:13   #57
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I'm in Hyderabad for the month and have been using the two apps to get around quite a bit. A few things I've noticed are

1. Ola just doesn't seems to have any micro or mini cabs around, in any part of the city, any day, any time. The app shows only the prime sedan/SUVs which is quite expensive if you're travelling on a regular basis.

2. I check google maps for the prices before booking and have noticed the significant difference in prices even for the share/pool options they have, Ola being more expensive in most cases.

3. I end up using Ola bikes which is 2 minutes away all the time(which is wonderful), they don't complain about online payments(not one complaint in about 10 rides so far), Uber doesn't have bikes or autos on its list in Hyderabad I guess.

On a slightly different note
Since I'm travelling around a lot, I decided to rent a scooter on Vogo and found the process to be exceptionally simple and easy. Prices too were reasonable and comparable to what I'd pay to travel by metro up and down plus the last mile cab/bike. It was slightly on the higher side by about Rs 50 tops, which is not bad considering the fact that you'd not have to wait every time you wanted to get around, or having to call and explain your location to the drivers.
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