Point-to-point has a new method of transportation, as Rome2rio
adds carpooling inventory to its options for European journeys.
The Melbourne-based startup is grabbing available carpool inventory from BlaBlaCar
, and slotting it into the available options for point-to-point journeys within Europe.
Rome2rio CEO Rod Cuthbert:
Ridesharing is typically a much more affordable choice than air and rail services, and we’ve made it easy to compare the cost of a rideshare trip to those more traditional options in our search results
Take for example a trip from Frankfurt to Munich, Germany. Deutsche Bahn’s Inter-City Express train service is an obvious first choice, but at an average price of €80 one-way*, it’s an expensive option. At €113 one-way, flying is also expensive and requires getting to and from the airport, security lines and all the stress that goes with modern air travel.
At €19 the bus is the least expensive alternative but it’s quite a slow journey and may be less attractive to some travelers. That makes rideshare a really interesting option. At €20 it’s as cheap as the bus, yet it offers the potential for a relatively fast journey in the luxury of a late-model vehicle, pick-up and drop-off in central locations, and perhaps a more personal, friendly experience all round."
The carpooling inventory slots in just like another transportation option, and can actually be quite competitive with some other overland options like the bus. Users simply make the search and select the carpooling option to book off-site on the partner's website.
Browse other journeys on Rome2rio here.