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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.

At the same time, Rome2Rio says it is testing flight bookings via Travelport and bus bookings from Distribusion, as part of its instant booking strategy.

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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Kevin May

About the Writer :: Kevin May

Kevin is senior editor and a co-founder at Tnooz. He was previously editor of UK-based magazine Travolution and web editor of Media Week UK from 2003 to 2005.

He has worked in regional newspapers (Essex Enquirer) and started his career at the Police Gazette at New Scotland Yard in London. He has a degree in criminology, a postgraduate diploma in magazine journalism and publishes his first book - a biography about Depeche Mode - in early-2017.

 

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  1. Baljeet Sangwan

    Smashing. Totally. The growing success of Rome2Rio is cause for celebration. Starting out as mostly a multi-modal white-label and what seemed like a B2B offering, they have deftly transformed into a consumer-facing go-to travel search engine and trip planner with a rock-solid foundation. And at this point, from what I can see, neither the mega OTAs nor Google can steal their thunder – a lot like the rise of Airbnb. So: Here’s to Rome2Rio (the little guys, the Davids)!

     
  2. Ian

    Congratulations to Rome2Rio and the team for tackling and solving many of the challenges with multi-modal search My predictions are correct as per my contribution to Tnooz’s “looking back, looking forward” series last year – https://www.tnooz.com/article/online-travel-agency-forward-back/ 🙂

    However… travel search is only as good as the availability of the fares that can be purchased. Will Rome2Rio one day tackle this or is it still up to the end user to deal with the problem of availability for each segment of A->B that they want t book?

     
 
 

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