Uber vs Bolt – South African pricing

Ride-hailing services are becoming an increasingly common solution for South Africans looking to get around.

The two major players in the local market are Uber and Taxify – with the latter recently rebranded as Bolt.

Both of these platforms are popular in Johannesburg and Cape Town, and they deliver competitive pricing and wait times.

We compared the price of an Uber ride versus the same trip on Bolt for five trips, including routes in Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Cape Town. The results are below.


Bolt vs UberX

Trip Bolt UberX
Sandton City to Rosebank Mall R53-R65 (R59) R58
Hyde Park Corner to Wits University R78-R95 (R86) R93
Menlyn Park to Sandton City R344-R421 (R383) R450
Cape Town International Airport to Canal Walk R145-R177 (R161) R206
Two Oceans Aquarium to Camps Bay Beach R77-R94 (R85) R88

The standard UberX and Bolt rides prove evenly matched, although it should be noted that Bolt does not provide a fixed fare price.

To properly compare the price of a Bolt ride to an UberX, we listed the average estimated ride fare for each Bolt trip in brackets next to the fare estimate provided by the app.

Both UberX and Bolt rides can carry up to four passengers, and Uber allows riders the ability to split their fare with others from within the application.

The price comparison for standard ride fares were both conducted at the same time, during off-peak traffic hours on a weekday morning.

These figures show that the average fare for a Bolt ride is slightly cheaper than the same route using Uber, with this gap increasing as the length of the ride grows longer.

The same was true for a 15-minute route tests conducted by MyBroadband last year.


Bolt Comfort vs Uber Black

Trip Bolt Comfort Uber Black
Sandton City to Rosebank Mall R95-R116 (R106) R103
Hyde Park Corner to Wits University R143-R174 (R159) R157
Menlyn Park to Sandton City R502-R613 (R558) R730
Cape Town International Airport to Canal Walk R175-R214 (R194) R330
Two Oceans Aquarium to Camps Bay Beach R91-R111 (R101) R148

In addition to standard rides, both Uber and Bolt offer high-end experiences in more luxurious cars.

These options are branded as Uber Black and Bolt Comfort, and are priced higher than standard rides.

It should be noted that Uber offers other ride options in addition to this, including Uber Van and Uber XL – which can transport at least seven and six passengers respectively.

When comparing Uber Black and Bolt Comfort over the same routes as before, Uber Black is considerably more expensive than Bolt on all but the shortest routes available.

It is important to note, however, that the weighting for Bolt’s fare estimate is unknown and the price of an average ride may be closer to the higher estimate than the lower one.


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