India’s leading cab-hailing platform Uber and online bus booking platform redBus have partnered with India’s leading mobile travel marketplace ixigo, which will allow users to book cabs and buses within ixigo’s trains app instantly. The partnership will allow Uber ad redBus to access an extensive network of 10 million train travelers across India’s leading train information search app, ixigo.
Users on ixigo (1) app will now be able to book an Uber ride, within the ixigo app itself. Similarly, a user will be able to schedule bus rides, pick boarding and drop-off stations, select bus seats of their choice, etc. on redBus within the ixigo application. This brings forth a one-stop-solution to all the travel needs of a train traveler who can easily commute to and from the railway station without switching from one app to another.
How will it work?
Once a confirmed train PNR exists on a user’s phone, the app will remind them to book an Uber right before departure from their place and upon arrival at their destination city. However, given that booking train tickets during the on-season is a risky game that might result in the waitlist or unavailability of the train ticket, the ixigo app also reminds a user about the prices and availability of buses going to the same route through redBus.
Aloke Bajpai, CEO & Co-founder at ixigo, said, “We are very excited about the possibilities these partnerships unfold.”
He added that over 8 million train trips take place every year in India, and the local travel to and from the station is a crucial part of the complete journey experience. Users will get a seamless pre and post-trip experience with ixigo’s partnership with Uber. Also, users will be able to get alternatives for train journeys, if any issue comes up, on the ixigo app itself, with collaboration with the redBus.
Nandini Maheshwari, Indian Business Lead at Uber, stated, “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.”