Yet another ridesharing service threw its hat into the ring in Sydney when China’s DiDi platform launched across the city in February. Now, as many Sydneysiders are beginning to swap WFH to working in the office, the company is offering half-price rides every weekday – for the rest of July.
With reduced capacity on the city’s public transport network (to allow for social distancing), the NSW Government is encouraging commuters to walk, bike (on one of the new pop-up bike lanes, if you want) or drive if they can. But, if you don’t have a car — and you don’t fancy riding your bike in the wintry cold — another option is ridesharing.
You can, of course, choose from Ola, Uber or DiDi. If you go with the latter, though, you’ll get a much cheaper trip. The newer of the three, DiDi is offering every Sydneysider five half-price trips (up to $20 a trip) every week in July.
You just need to jump onto the app at the start of the week and use the code DIDIWORK, which will give you five discounted trips (you can then do this each week). Trips must be used between 6–9am Monday–Friday, so, you will need to find another way — or pay full price — to get home.
According to DiDi, lots of Sydneysiders have already been using the app as part of their commute, with the ten most popular destinations in June being nine Sydney train stations, as well as Broadway Shopping Centre.
DiDi Chuxing launched in China in 2012 and has quickly become a huge player in the global ridesharing game — it has since bought out Uber’s Chinese operations and has stakes in numerous companies, including Ola, Taxify, Lyft and Grab.