European Travel Costs To Fall As Rideshare Arrives On Rome2rio

Travel around Europe is set to become less expensive and easier to plan with the integration of ridesharing options into rome2rio.com.

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.

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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 initial release of ridesharing features offers from BlaBlaCar and Carpooling.com. Each operator has built a loyal and fast-growing army of drivers; collectively they manage almost 2.5 million rideshares each month. (See below for more information on the rideshare market.) Rome2rio users wishing to book a rideshare are linked directly to the relevant booking page on the selected rideshare site.

Both Carpooling.com and BlaBlaCar offer a filtering option so that female drivers may choose to only carry female passengers, and female passengers may choose to only see rides driven by a woman. Both sites verify both driver and rider contact details, and a description of the car and the driver’s plans regarding snack and bathroom breaks are listed along with departure time and the ride fee. Riders are able to review their driver after the ride, and drivers may also review riders.

We plan to expand geographic coverage for rideshare across Europe and into other markets over the coming months. In the meantime, Rome2rio users making travel plans in Europe will already see the new rideshare option on their results page for many journey plans.

About The Rideshare Market

BlaBlaCar and Carpooling.com are the most popular rideshare services in the European marketplace, providing Rome2rio with over 15,000 routes, all with daily rides. With a focus on France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Poland, Spain, Switzerland and the UK, rides are offered in a total of 40 countries. Carpooling.com estimates that over the last ten years its rides have helped avoid some 1.4 million tons of carbon emissions.

* Holders of a BahnCard, Eurail Pass or InterRail Pass would pay a significantly lower fare for this journey. On Rome2rio.com all fares are estimated unless specific dates are entered.

Rod Cuthbert

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3 thoughts on “European Travel Costs To Fall As Rideshare Arrives On Rome2rio

  1. Mattias Jägerskog

    Awesome news Rod! This is great to hear. I’m representing Skjutsgruppen, the largest ridesharing movement in Scandinavia. We’re currently working close with both state and companies here in Sweden and have been widely recognized for our work with Open Data. Last week we received a price in Sweden for our open data-work, and we have since long an open API free to use. And it’s free to use exactly for the purpose you’re describing here; to interact more and build mashups. You can read the API documentation in English here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/dm5vtvie46okhsg/skjutsgruppenapidoc_v01.pdf

    If you want to read more about us you can read this article from OuiShare: http://magazine.ouishare.net/2013/09/started-sweden-now-global-movement-international-ridesharing-day/

    And feel free to e-mail me at hej@skjutsgruppen.nu , we would love to talk more with you! All the best, Mattias

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  2. Daniel Smith

    Hi Rod,
    I have just been showing Rome2Rio to my colleague here at coseats.com and cabfriend.com. As coseats.com is Australia’s largest ridesharing company and cabfriend.com is launching now you will want to have us on your indicative pricing listings. Great to hear you were based in Australia too!

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  3. Veganline.com for vegan shoes online (John Robertson)

    http://web.archive.org/web/20150317140804/http://www.compareandshare.com/transport/ worked for a while as a metasearch for liftshare web sites. Since the authors closed compareandshare the archived site only shows results from one rideshare site. I see that your site offers rideshare offers, and a few quick tests in the UK found that all the results came from another rideshaare site.

    Could you combine the code in some way so that you get results from two rideshare sites?

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