Happy Hours in Pune

We wanted to give Pune a treat and so we brought back happy hours! :-)

Whats Happy Hours all about?
Get a FLAT 50% OFF on all cab rides take between 11am and 4pm in Pune. Valid till Feb 20th, 2015

Offer Terms:

  • The offer will be applied automatically. No code is required.
  • The offer is applicable for rides completed between 11 AM to 4 PM in Pune.
  • Applicable only for bookings made for the city of Pune. City limits are as defined by Olacabs.
  • Valid only on city taxi rides booked on the Ola app. 
  • Toll/Parking charges are payable at actuals over and above the offer and on which offer shall not be applicable.
  • Offer cannot be clubbed with any other existing offer of Olacabs- only 1 offer per booking is allowed.
  • Cabs will be provided subject to availability.

Awesome discounts in Mumbai

Ola good people of Mumbai! Here is another killer offer for you because we love you so much!

Offer Details:
Use code Sedan250 to travel at FLAT Rs.250 for the first 15km and Rs 21/km thereafter. Offer is valid till Feb 22nd, 2015 and can be used only on immediate sedan Rides in Mumbai.

Offer Terms:

  • The coupon code has to be applied on the app or informed by the customer at the time of booking through the call center.
  • Offer is applicable only on immediate Sedan rides.
  • The code is applicable on instant bookings made by selecting the RIDE NOW option.
  • The offer code has to be applied or shared before boarding the cab.
  • The offer is applicable for pickup or drop from or to anywhere in Mumbai for a maximum distance of 15 kms, after which regular fare of Rs. 21/km for sedans is applicable.
  • In-trip waiting charge of Rs. 2/min post pickup time is also applicable over. First 10 mins of waiting is free.
  • Rs.250 is payable when the travel distance is less than 15kms and the code has been applied.
  • Mumbai city limits are as defined by Olacabs. Valid only on City Rides.
  • Toll/Parking charges extra. Offer cannot be clubbed with any other existing offer of Olacabs- only 1 offer per booking is allowed.
  • Cabs will be provided subject to availability.
  • Olacabs may, at its sole discretion, withdraw / discontinue any offer / discount. Offer validity is subject to dates being revised by Ola Cabs.

Spread the love, this Valentine’s Day!

It’s the day of love, so we’re doubling your referral credit and giving you a chance to win free rides. Only on Feb 14th. Get referring!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

On this day of love, we have some delightful news for you. 20 lucky customers who refer their loved ones on Feb 14th will stand a chance to win free Ola rides for a month! Well, wait. That not all. If your referred friends sign up and take a ride within the next week (14th February 2015 – 21st February 2015), you will get double referral Ola money, i.e. Rs.200 ola money for every friend you refer!

Rules to Participate:
To participate, simply invite your loved ones on 14th Feb 2015 with your referral code. You can share your referral code via email, SMS, Whatsapp, Facebook and Twitter.

Winners will be chosen by a lucky draw and declared on Facebook and via E-mail.
So get referring!

Terms & Conditions

  • Rs.100 extra referral money will be credited at the end of the Valentine week.
  • Referral amount will be credited only if the referred has completed one ride.
  • Free rides are upto Rs.200 per day and will start from 23 February 2015 to 23 March 2015.
  • Rs.200 vouchers will be sent via email daily.
  • Ola Money is valid only on Cab rides.
  • Ola reserves the right to change the terms & conditions at any point of time.
  • Referral amount given will have the same T&Cs as Ola’s existing referral program.

So go ahead, double the fun this Valentine’s Day, refer your loved ones and spread the love!

We’ve come a long way, baby!

One year, 62 cities, 3000 employees, 5 new categories, and it’s all just the start. 

2014 was a very eventful and exciting for us. When we started the year we were in 5 cities, and had 300 employees. Now we’re in 67 cities, have 3000 employees and and our app serves around 200,000 customers every day!

Here’s what else happened in 2014:

  • We had only sedans in Jan 2014 and now we have more categories like Mini, Prime and Pink.
  • We used to add around 10 cars a day and now we add 1000 cars a day.
  • We have more than 60,000 cabs on the platform currently.
  • We went from 15% market share to almost 70% market share.
  • We started a completely new business with Kaali Peeli and Autos
  • We also made huge gains on mobile, with almost 70% of our bookings coming from mobile app, up from 20% last year
  • Our app serves over 200,000 customers everyday
  • Over 70% drivers on its platform are independent driver entrepreneurs

 As Bhavish says, we have a long way to go.  “Being market leaders, it’s our responsibility to be innovating for improving customer experience all the time.”

 So #ChaloNkilo, the journey continues!





Two ways to a Happier Diwali with #Connect!


What are you missing most this Diwali? The presence of a dear friend, the lit-up doorstep of the house you grew up in or how you met relatives with greetings and sweets.  At Ola, we know that Diwali is joy in togetherness and remembering all those who make your life special.  And so we bring to you a special treat this Diwali– update your app to say Ola to  #connect ! With this magic button,  you can send a delicious Diwali gift hamper to anyone, and we’ll get it delivered in one hour to your loved ones in 14 cities!

Now we ask ourselves if we can make this sweeter for you and yes, we can! Here’s presenting (drumroll please!) the #OlaConnect Contest!  cr 01

Ever done something absolutely nutty to be with a loved one on a special occasion? Landed home to wish your mom at midnight on her birthday or delivered a message of love over a long distance call? Threw a crazy birthday surprise party for a friend or delighted someone with a thoughtful yet unexpected present? Share your whacky #connect stories and we’ll give one lucky winner the chance to fly and meet their loved one this Diwali!

Rules to Participate:

To participate, like us on Facebook, share the contest post and comment your #connect stories on Olacabs FB page

To participate on Twitter, follow @olacabs, retweet the contest tweet and  tweet your #connect stories with #Olaconnect .

Terms & Conditions

  • Prize offered is a two-way return flight ticket to any destination up to the amount of Rs 20,000 only and flight taken on or before 31st October only.
  • The contest begins on October  19th 2014 and ends on 21st October 2014 at 12 pm.
  • Participant must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Contest is open only to Indian nationals residing in India.
  • Prizes are offered on ‘NO EXCHANGE, NO REFUND’ basis.
  • Prizes are non-transferable.
  • Olacabs reserves the right to modify/withdraw the prizes, with/without any prior notice. Olacabs has the sole discretion in selecting the winners from all the eligible entries received. Olacabs reserves the right to disqualify any participant who in Olacabs’ sole and absolute discretion is not eligible to participate in the Contest.
  • Olacabs reserves the right to investigate and terminate participation if the behaviour is in a way regarded as inappropriate or conduct found unlawful or illegal. Following is a partial list of the type of actions that participants may not engage in with respect to the Contest:
    • Participants must not impersonate any person or entity.
    • Participants must not express or imply that any statements made are endorsed by Olacabs without our specific prior written consent.
    • Participants must not post, distribute or reproduce, in any way, any copyrighted material, trademarks, or other proprietary information without obtaining the prior consent of the owner of such proprietary rights.

So see you there! We start the contest at 12:30 pm today.



We’re going viral!

We’ve kick-started the festive season with a grandiose launch in seven new cities in the last 10 days! 

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At Olacabs, we have been gripped by a viral fever; it’s called “Keep Launching!” In the last 10 days, we have launched in seven new cities. Say Ola to Surat, Amritsar, Ludhiana, Vishakhapatnam, Nashik, Nagpur and Coimbatore. Now, we are inarguably the finest and widest city-travel service provider in the country!

Intra-city connectivity has always been a major problem in most Indian cities. As a technology-first company, we’re constantly working on ways to figure out solutions for this issue. Our pioneering technology and its robust back-end support works on one principle: leverage the existing city infrastructure and connect city travelers and commuters with a ride of their choice –on-demand, everywhere, every time.

It’s with great pride that we announce our foray into India’s newly burgeoning tier II cities.  Over the last few months, we have successfully built an enviable network of cabs, thereby opening up a new world of travel choices where earlier there were little. Our affordable pricing and seamless booking process (Have you tried our one-touch cab-booking app?) can hook you up with a comfortable ride, in the simplest, quickest and most convenient way.

Ola is fast becoming the ride of choice of today’s smart generation. Our teams are working very hard to expand our service-network far and wide, so you can get an Ola wherever you go. With each launch we are raising the bar; wider choices, better service and smarter features. Go on, get with it, and ride smart!

Join the conversation of Twitter and find out about all the exiting offers we’re running in our new cities.

Spread the love amongst your friends and family in our new cities. Your referral code is a great way to introduce them to the Ola fraternity. Invite them with your referral code, gift then a joining bonus, and earn some good karma points along with some Ola money!

And where do we go next? Watch this space. We’ll be soon in a city near you.

Happy riding!





You have the Power, Mom!

Mother’s Day is not just about thanking them for their care and sacrifices. It’s also a reminder of the spirit of entrepreneurship in them, all life!


Two days ago the world celebrated Mother’s Day, a tribute to the super woman we call Mom. Mother’s Day has become synonymous with the celebration of love, care, sacrifice, and kindness. After all there is no other person in the world who can love you as unconditionally as your mother, right? No matter how many times you bungle up, she’s going to be right behind you.

But Mother’s Day stands for something more than that. It stands for the fiery spirit that can fight all odds and adversity, for a sense of compassion that exists beyond your immediate and touches others who need it and most importantly, for the spirit of creativity and the power to infuse life into new ideas.

This Mother’s Day, we at Ola celebrated this unwavering spirit of entrepreneurship. We asked our users to share inspirational stories of their moms at #mymomsupermom. With over 60 awe-inspiring stories, the response was fantastic. There were stories about women who stepped out of their comfort zone, donned multiple hats, and true to their entrepreneurial-self, started successful ventures and spearheaded new businesses. It was heartwarming to read how proud the sons and daughters of these moms are of their achievement.

A great spirit of creativity and innovation and a never-say-die attitude, that’s what keeps us ticking at Ola. And we recognize there is no greater inspiration for these values than our supermoms. So, take a minute, hug your mom and tell her she’s awesome. You don’t have to wait till the next Mother’s Day to do that.

And for some featured inspiration, read this wonderful article on HerStory by YourStory.com.

Ola Chennai! No secret this is.

The last one week has been hyperactive at the Olacabs Chennai office. A launch team quietly moved into the city a week ago and opened up our first 20 cars for free previews for select customers to begin with and then customers who saw our sparkling clean cars on-road and decided to try us. And over 750 users in a span of a week said Ola to us in Chennai!

With friends from the press, partners in Chennai, select customers as well as drivers and their families, we officially launched Olacabs in Chennai yesterday at the Hyatt Regency. Over 150 cars have signed up on to the Olacabs platform making Chennai the fastest growing city for us. And we are loving the way the city is going gaga over the Ola quality.

While we are going to have another quick story on ‘Why Chennai?’ for the next piece, we are here to stand for the three promises we bring to the table- High Quality, Convenience and Reliability. Being Diwali, we are launching with a bang!

Your first ride is free in Chennai upto Rs 500. No kidding! With Diwali around, we thought we could brighten up your festive plans and on that note make a difference too. Every car, starting today will have a small piggy bank of sorts. Don’t pay for your first ride, instead donate as you like towards brightening the lives of kids in the Sivakasi. All proceeds will go towards education initiatives by the Disha Kalvinilayam of Ma Foi Foundation which works on sustainable education for children to permanently keep them away from child labour.

Hop on, get a feel of Ola in Chennai and brighten some lives as well this Diwali!

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So what do we wake up to every morning? An Ola could just be as simple as getting from the airport to home for you and we’d like it to be that simple for you. But it becomes that simple only because we live up to our mission of making transportation efficient, economical and effortless, for both our customers and partners, every waking second of the day!

And is it only about transporting people? You bet not. We believe that we are the medium for the best things and the most special moments in your life- getting to your dream job interview on time, surprising family by coming back home earlier than you were expected, getting to that meeting on time which where you signed off your biggest deal, that first date with your better half to-be or simply going back home for Diwali unannounced!

And what about times when you are unable to make it? Can we step up for you? This Diwali, we’d do exactly that with hundreds of customers who aren’t home for Diwali by getting their wishes, thoughts and a box of sweet somethings to their loved ones in other cities. Well, we can’t make up for your absence, but we will make sure your presence is felt back home.

Come, connect with us on #Olaconnects.


Raising the Bar

So Bangaloreans, we are at the #barcampblr tomorrow. Barcamp is an open event focused around people, ideas and collaboration. Well, that pretty much matches with our philosophy too! To us, this is one more way to meet more people who are passionate about what we stand for- making your ground transport experience hassle free. This includes traffic, weather, roads, potholes, cops, fares, petrol prices, inflation and all things down on earth!

 We’d look forward to discussing issues/ problems that we look to solve as a business and solicit your participation in solving for larger issues that all of us care about. We would also love to share more around what’s happening back at #olalabs and how we are doing our bit to give shape to the larger dream! Don’t forget to join the session (we don’t know when). 

 And lastly, we’d like to have a lot of fun too, as we always do! 10 cars are available for you to ride back home afresh from SAP Labs after the event. We’re looking to pool in upto 40 folks on a first come first serve basis and you can chum up on the way! To get your ride free, just register at our booth as you walk in at 8am. Some basic info and you could get your ride back free. We have also kept an Ola Luxury for one lucky you, more about that during the event!