Monthly Archives: November 2014

Rome2rio Announces Concur Collaboration

Rome2rio today announced a partnership with Concur, the world’s leading provider of spend management solutions and services, to bring Rome2rio’s journey planning solutions to Concur users worldwide. With this partnership, Concur customers will be able to plan a complete door-to-door trip with Rome2rio and have the itinerary automatically sent back to Concur as a travel request prior to booking a trip.

“This collaboration reflects a growing awareness among business travelers that looking carefully at all the transport options for a journey can have a dramatic effect on the overall cost and efficiency of a trip,” said Rod Cuthbert, Rome2rio CEO. “Most travelers focus on air and hotel costs, however in many cases air is simply not the best option. In other cases, the ‘final leg’ of the trip may have an outsize impact on trip cost. We enable business travelers to look at different travel options, compare costs, and then seek approval for the overall cost rather than only certain elements,” he said.

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​Screenshot example shows ​taxi (US$220) and train (US$20) options from Narita Airport
to a downtown Tokyo hotel.

 

Concur customers will benefit from Rome2rio’s comprehensive coverage of ground transportation options in Europe. “Travelers in Europe have many transport mode options, but it’s been difficult to quantify the relative costs on a side by side basis”, said Jigish Avalani SVP & GM, Developer Services, Platform Services. “Being able to quickly compare the relative costs and trip durations associated with air, rail, inter-city coach, self-drive and new options such as rideshare provides an unique benefit for our customers and aligns with our vision of the perfect trip.”​

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​Screenshot example shows ​various transport options for a typical European business trip.

 

​We expect to complete the integration of the Concur interface for delivery in the first quarter of 2015.

About Concur

Concur is the leading provider of spend management solutions and services in the world, with 20,000 business clients and 25 million users. Through Concur’s open platform, the entire travel and expense ecosystem of customers, suppliers, and developers can access and extend Concur’s T&E cloud. Learn more at concur.com or the Concur blog.

Uber & Bike Share Options Debut On Rome2rio

Sharing economies are on the rise, nowhere moreso than in the transportation sector. With that in mind, Rome2rio users won’t be surprised to learn about the two increasingly popular transport options we’ve added support for this week.

uber

Uber is the major player in the new wave of smartphone-driven taxi and urban rideshare services. The San Francisco-based company is growing rapidly, with coverage in over 200 cities worldwide, all now available in Rome2rio results.

In many of these cities you can choose from the original UberBLACK premium “black car” service or the new UberX “rideshare” service, which is often less expensive than a local taxicab. For anyone who has had an experience with a dodgy taxi driver while travelling in a foreign city, Uber presents a welcome, reliable alternative.

bikeshare

Bikeshare networks have been deployed in many major tourist destinations, with rapid growth over the last few years. We have now incorporated the bikeshare networks of over 100 cities into Rome2rio, including the popular Vélib’ system in Paris with over 1,230 bike stations, and the London network with 720 stations.

Bicycle sharing networks are ideal for short urban trips and for helping with the “last mile” problem of connecting residents to the public transport network.

You will discover both new transport options in a search such as London Paddington Station to Big Ben. In cities where they are present, Uber will also be displayed as an alternative for the final airport-to-destination leg of a journey.

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