Uber Vs Grab, who pays better?

“Uber vs Grab – Which platform is better to drive for” This is a million dollar question that every new driver ask when they want to start driving.

Lets do a comparison to make things easier for drivers, so you can make informed decision to maximise your time and effort.

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Fare between the 2 Car sharing Mobile apps

UberX Grabcar Economy
Base Fare $3.00 $2.50
Per KM Rate $0.45 $0.50
Per Min Rate $0.20 $0.16
Commission 20% 20%

Both Uber and Grabcar have their own algorithms to increase prices during periods of high rider demands. It is commonly known as Surge Pricing. When riders’ demand exceeds the number of available drivers on the road, surge pricing kicks in to encourage more drivers to get on the road. Fare can be increased by multiple times during periods of high demand.

Incentives and criteria

Uber Grab
Acceptance Rate N/A 90%
Driver Cancellation Rate N/A Below 10%
Average Rating N/A 4.3
Completion Rate N/A 90.01%


Drivers must fulfil the criteria as defined by Uber and Grab to qualify for the weekly incentives. Criteria for weekly incentives changes frequently. Follow us for for the latest Uber/Grab incentives 

See how is it possible to earn $7400 with Grabcar

Passenger Rating

Passenger rating is a 2 way street on Uber. Both passenger and rider are entitled to rate each other on the whole journey experience. Drivers who are consistently rated poorly may be removed from the Uber system.

Uber allows Driver to see Rider’s rating upfront when they are assigned the trip. Riders who accumulate low ratings may find it difficult to get Drivers to accept their trip request

Grab allows passengers to rate the drivers after every completed trip. Drivers can only rate riders with a happy or angry face. They are not able to see rider’s ratings upfront.

When are the usual periods of high demands

Morning and evening peak hours. 7am to 10am and 5pm to 8pm.

Bad weather conditions

MRT breakdowns

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There is a downside to the Uber system. Drivers are unable to view the destination before accepting a job. It makes it hard for drivers to plan their route. However, the Uber system does allow for driver to set their destination twice a day. Drivers key in their destination and trips that are along the route are paired with the drivers. Each driver can use this feature 2 times a day
Update – Destination trips set by the driver now count towards incentive in the latest 180 days of changes by Uber

Grab displays the destination of the passenger and the fare upfront. With this information available to drivers, it helps Drivers to better plan for achieving the trip requirement for incentives.

UberPool vs GrabShare

UberPool is a low-price ride option that allows drivers to pick-up multiple riders who are travelling in a similar direction. During peak hour incentive periods, UberPool can help the driver hit his trip requirements faster as the driver can pick up multiple rider headed towards the same direction. Each different rider request account for a separate trip count. Uber takes a commission of 10% for any unmatched UberPool trip and 30% for any matched UberPool trip.

GrabShare is Grab’s answer to UberPool. It is generally similar ride option that allows drivers to pick-up multiple riders headed towards the same direction

If you are keen to start driving read more about the driver program for Uber/ Grab and contact us for assistance sign up or find out more on Taxi vs Private Hire (Uber/Grab) Driver – Which is better to earn

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Kim Jio
Commander-in-Chief @ Firstlane Swam to Sunny island to escape from the half-brother who ruled with an iron-fist and feed the family with needles or to dogs. Kim is my family name and Jio is my favorite fruit. Screwing around with Uber & Grab since 2014