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Ixigo partners Uber, redbus

DELHI:  Mobile travel marketplace ixigo has partnered with Uber and redBus in India to enable instant bookings for cabs and buses natively within ixigo trains app. The partnership gives Uber and redBus a reach of 10 million train travellers who have installed the train information search app for Android enabled phones.

ixigo uber redbus app screensixigo’s train app users will be able to register for Uber and book a ride, even if they haven’t installed the Uber app on their device. Similarly, they will be able to view bus schedules, choose boarding / drop-off points, select their seats on the bus, make payments and book redBus bus seats without leaving the ixigo trains app.

When a confirmed train PNR exists on the user’s phone, the app contextually reminds users to book an Uber just before departure from their origin and upon arrival at their destination city. If a user’s desired train ticket is waitlisted or unavailable, they are also reminded about the prices and availability of buses for that route via redBus.

Speaking on the launch, Aloke Bajpai, ixigo co­founder & CEO said, “We are very excited about the possibilities these partnerships unfold. Over 8 billion train trips happen every year in India. Local travel to and from the railway station forms an important part of the overall journey experience. In that spirit, we have partnered with Uber to help build a seamless pre and post trip experience. For users who are looking for an alternative to trains, buses are the next most affordable and convenient mode of transport. Our partnership with redBus offers ixigoers more choice & flexibility for planning their travel.”

Commenting on the partnership, Nandini Maheshwari, India business development lead, Uber said, “We are really excited about partnering with ixigo to offer their customers a seamless and hassle free road travel experience, to and from railway stations in over 28 cities across India.”

Manoj Agarwala, Vice President, redBus added – “Train travellers often face the frustration of being waitlisted, and buses are a common substitute for train travel in India. ixigo’s market-leading train app will now offer comfortable bus seats with state and private bus operators across 70,000 bus routes in India. This partnership opens up a valuable new market segment for redBus.”

Launched in 2007, ixigo is a travel search marketplace. The firm says it connects over 80 million travellers with content & deals from over 25,000 online & offline travel & hospitality businesses. Its investors include SAIF Partners, MakeMyTrip & Micromax.

Uber was found in 2009 in the US and has rapidly expanded its global presence. It is available in 450+ cities across 73 countries. The service is available in 28 Indian cities, more than any other country outside the United States and China. 

redBus was founded in 2006 and became part of ibibo Group in 2013 via a 100% acquisition. It is a leading online bus ticketing platform, both on mobile and desktop offering services of 2,300+ bus operators across 70,000 routes in India. The firm also expanded its presence beyond India in 2015 and is presently operational in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Peru.

Musafir Namah Bureau

 

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