Monthly Archives: October 2012

Indian buses added to Rome2rio

We continue to expand Rome2rio‘s database of train, bus and ferry routes. Today we’re happy to announce new coverage that is particularly useful for our users in India, or anyone travelling to the subcontinent.

Thanks to a partnership with RedBus, Rome2rio now offers extensive coverage of India’s bus network. This map illustrates our improved coverage in India:

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Blue lines represent India’s train network, which were included on Rome2rio since launch. Green lines represent the new bus routes. As you can see, bus coverage is extensive and fills many gaps not covered by train lines.

Bus travel is generally not as comfortable as train travel in India, although deluxe services are often available and are good value. Buses are sometimes faster, often run more frequently and reach many towns and cities in the countries not on the rail network.

Give it a go with a search such as Mumbai to Bangalore and let us know what you think.

Rome2rio comes out of beta, launches mobile UI

As of today, Rome2rio is officially no longer in beta. We’re excited that the product is now stable, relevant, and polished enough for us to confidently drop the beta tag. Of course, this doesn’t mean the product is complete. Far from it. We still have some way to go to reach our vision of mapping out the world’s transport information.

To celebrate, we have also launched a new mobile HTML interface. Until today, Rome2rio was not optimized at all for mobile browsers, and the experience left a lot to be desired. Visit www.rome2rio.com on a mobile device today and you’ll see the new interface:

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We also have a native iPhone app in development, which we plan to launch at the upcoming PhoCusWright conference next month. Come visit our stand if you find yourself at the event.

Rome2rio On Stage

We’re pleased to announce that Rome2rio is on stage at a couple of important events over the next two months.

On October 23, in Sydney, Rod will be presenting Rome2rio at the annual Tech23 “Celebrating Innovation” awards, hosted by the NSW Government. We’re up against 22 other startups, each of which has made the cut from an initial entry list of 500. So, we’re happy to have made it this far.

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In November the team travels to Phoenix, Arizona, where I will present Rome2rio to an audience of 1,000 executives from the online travel industry at the annual Phocuswright Travel Innovation Summit. Again, this is an invite-only event and we’re more than pleased to have made it to the final stage of proceedings.

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Stay tuned for updates.