Rome2Rio takes instant bookings for trains, flights being tested
The instant booking trend on travel sites is now hitting the multi-modal players, with Rome2Rio taking bookings for rail trips in the UK.
The Australia-based company has enlisted the help of SilverRail Technologies so that rail users can search and book a ticket for all train operators in the UK.
Rome2Rio says it is initially focusing on the UK as European customers account for 65% of its monthly site traffic.
Other markets are expected to launch in the coming months.
Users will be able to use Rome2Rio to search for door-to-door route options and pricing, but secure the rail element of a trip on the site.
CEO Rod Cuthbert says the moves will “allow us to round out our global, multi-modal vision more completely”.
Ferry bookings are also expected to be integrated in the future.
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