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How much does it cost to make an app like Uber or OLA

How much does it cost to make an app like Uber or OLA

Tuesday March 06, 2018,

5 min Read


Those of you who live in largely populated cities where parking a car is mess and city is full of never-ending traffic will always love to use taxi services. Thanks to companies like OLA and

Uber, who has started taxi booking through the convenience of mobile application wherein we need not worry about traffic and parking space, we just have to sit back and relax and enjoy the experience of a personal car without bearing the expenses of a personal car.

Therefore many business owners are running towards building a cab booking app. The app stores are flooded with the car booking apps in last few years. But you are of course reading this article in order to find out the actual cost of building a cab booking mobile application, and therefore we have to first understand the approaches to business process and most importantly functionality of the mobile application. Obviously, the cost will all depend on the level of functionality you want to implement in your mobile application on the first phase. So let's discuss some major points first!

How does the app work?

The app can be elaborated in simple steps as :

A user request for the car on the basis of availability and type required by the user. The details are automatically sent to the nearest driver.

The driver has the option to either accept the ride or decline it.If he declines it, the request will be passed to another driver.

Custom can track the car on a real-time basis and can get to know about the estimated time of arrival.

Custom can pay either in cash or thorough cashless system as per his convenience. Another good feature is custom can estimate the total journey price well in advance.

Lastly after ride completion, driver is rated by the customer on the basis of numerous factor.

When we are talking about the app like Uber or OLA, always keep in mind that these companies use two different kinds of apps and that is Customer app and Driver app.

Driver App Allows :

Editing personal profile

Going off duty and on duty by the app . The only on-duty driver will be displayed on maps.

Activity alert. The alert to the driver if he is chosen with the estimated fare.

Calling to passenger directly through the app .

Generating daily/monthly reports of past booking and earnings.

Customer App Allows:

Manage personal information

Book a cab

Call the driver

Getting an estimate of ride fair

Track the approaching taxi

Automatic payment execution

Rating the driver

How much does it cost to build an app like Uber or OLA?

Well, it totally depends on the level of functionality as required by you and the complexity of those functionalities.

Location & Coverage (Maps, GPS, Routing )

GPS location is generally used to fetch location on a real-time basis, user can easily browse from the list of the available car at the location nearby to him, and can locate the car with map integration. Routing server is required for getting various distance and routes information.

The easy to book looking app for the user have more than unimaginable functionality behind the scenes.

The cost of building:

The developer usually needs 200 hours to integrate the location and routing feature.


Payment can be collected by the driver either in cash or through an online wallet. A user can in advance pre-fill their wallet, and in order to encourage the user to get their wallet refilled, companies offer certain kind of cash back and promotional discounted price. In addition to it, the user can estimate the fare even before he actually starts his journey. To estimate the ride fare, different company may have different criteria, but following, in general, it will be usually calculated on the basis of Base fare, together with cost per kilometre, cost per minute.

The cost of building :

Payment gateway integration is a tedious job. Usually, most payment gateways get integrated within 50 hours and getting fare estimate required 40 hours total to 90 hours.

Registration & Profiles

Most mobile apps required pre-sign up even before they start using the mobile app. Signing up may be either from a phone number, social media or email as per the requirement, and shooting the sign up email or notification on SMS will also be the part of it. Lastly, review and rating will also be done by customer and driver.

The cost of building :

To implement registration and profiles, developers usually need 30 hours.

Communication & Notification

To ensure the privacy of the user and in order to provide regular updates to the user, push notification in the app , SMS and email shooting to the user has been introduced by the cab booking companies to ensure customer convenience. The passenger is able to communicate with the driver as soon as he accepts the rides without even asking the phone number.

The cost of building :

Integration of push notification required 40 hours, and SMS and email integration require additional 50 hours, to the total of 90 hours.


In order to make your app a huge success, a good designing is the only key, with ensures smooth interaction with the user.

The cost of building :

Designing can take between 72 hours to 180 hours which ranges from a simple design to eye-catchy one. Let's consider an average of 100 hours for average app building.

Wireframing with taking 28 hours

The user interface will take 45 hours

User experience will take 27 hours

Our cost starts from $ 40 per hour and hence an app like Ola or Uber can be built within $ 25000, depending on the requirement.

There are few more things which need to be considered while having an app idea of creating an app like Uber or Ola. You must ensure all the functionality as required by you before handing the project to a mobile app development company that is developing an app for you. Contact us now for more information.

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