Ola, TFS or Uber – Which is cheaper?

The arrival of private cab operators like Meru Cabs, Dot Cabs and Sky Cabs certainly improved the options for comfortable travel within Hyderabad but these services have pretty much relegated themselves to Airport-runs.

The arrival of Ola Cabs, Taxi for Sure and Uber actually heralded the end of dependence on the infamous Hyderabad Auto-wallah whose vocabulary consists of a single word – No.

Like our dear mobile phone companies, the cab companies too now have a variety of service plans and each new plan is slightly more convoluted than the one before.

The table below illustrates the comparison of basic plans from Ola, TFS and Uber. Note that ride time has been calculated at 20 KM/Hour – which sits in the sweet spot of about 15 KM/Hour in heavy traffic situations and 30 KM/Hour speed that we experience in low-medium traffic situations.

Service Plans of Ola Cabs, Ola Taxi for Sure and Uber at Hyderabad (as on 16-Mar-2016):

Ola Mini Ola Micro Ola TFS Ola SUV Ola Sedan UberGO UberX UberSUV
Base 0 35 0 0 0 25 45 120
Minimum Fare 90 50 49 150 100 50 80 160
Minimum Distance 4 8 2 5 4 7 9 8
Std Fare Per KM 7 6 6 18 9 7 9 20
Premium Amount 62 2 37 60 64 1 0 0
Ride Time Charge 1 1 1.5 2 1 0.95 1 2.5

Approximate Fare Chart: (excluding Service tax etc.)

KM Fare
Ola Mini Ola Micro Ola TFS Ola SUV Ola Sedan UberGO UberX UberSUV
1 90 85 49 150 100 75 125 280
2 90 85 49 150 100 75 125 280
3 90 85 68.5 150 100 75 125 280
4 90 85 79 150 100 75 125 280
5 112 85 89.5 150 124 75 125 280
6 122 85 100 204 136 75 125 280
7 132 85 110.5 228 148 75 125 280
8 142 85 121 252 160 104.8 125 280
9 152 118 131.5 276 172 114.65 125 367.5
10 162 127 142 300 184 124.5 165 395
11 172 136 152.5 324 196 134.35 177 422.5
12 182 145 163 348 208 144.2 189 450
13 192 154 173.5 372 220 154.05 201 477.5
14 202 163 184 396 232 163.9 213 505
15 212 172 194.5 420 244 173.75 225 532.5
16 222 181 205 444 256 183.6 237 560
17 232 190 215.5 468 268 193.45 249 587.5
18 242 199 226 492 280 203.3 261 615
19 252 208 236.5 516 292 213.15 273 642.5
20 262 217 247 540 304 223 285 670
21 272 226 257.5 564 316 232.85 297 697.5
22 282 235 268 588 328 242.7 309 725
23 292 244 278.5 612 340 252.55 321 752.5
24 302 253 289 636 352 262.4 333 780
25 312 262 299.5 660 364 272.25 345 807.5
26 322 271 310 684 376 282.1 357 835
27 332 280 320.5 708 388 291.95 369 862.5
28 342 289 331 732 400 301.8 381 890
29 352 298 341.5 756 412 311.65 393 917.5
30 362 307 352 780 424 321.5 405 945
Ola Mini Ola Micro Ola TFS Ola SUV Ola Sedan UberGO UberX UberSUV

Plot of Fare Chart:

Ola TFS Uber Fare Chart 16-Mar-2016

Inferences:

  • If you travel very short distance up-to 4 KMs, Ola Taxi for Sure is the most economical service.
  • If you travel intermediate distances up-to 7 KMs, Ola Micro and UberGo are the most economical services with Uber-Go being cheaper.
  • If you travel long distance up-to 30 KMs in small car, Ola Micro is the most economical service and Ola Mini is the most expensive.
  • Over long distance up-to 30 KMs, considering Ola Micro as the base, Ola TFS is 14.65% more expensive, Ola Mini is 17.91% more expensive, Ola Sedan is 38.11% more expensive and Ola SUV is 154% more expensive.
  • Ola Micro gives you the longest ride for a fixed price and is also the cheapest above distances of 10 KMs.
  • In Sedan category, Ola Sedan has the lowest entry point, but UberX is cheaper from 5 KM distance onwards.
  • In SUV category, Ola SUV wins hands down.
Ola, TFS or Uber - Which is cheaper?
Ola, TFS or Uber - Which is cheaper?
Article compares the various service plans offered by private taxi operators such as Ola Cabs, Taxi for Sure and Uber in Hyderabad.
Rajib Ghosh
Rajib Ghosh

Rajib Ghosh

Based in Hyderabad, India.

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