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We’ve Updated The Rome2rio iOS App

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“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

One of the most wonderful side effects of travel is the unfettered feeling of freedom you get as you take to the road with a pack and (vague) plan. In our most recent iOS app upgrade we’ve made it even easier to get up and go.

View your most recent searches offline

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We were all too aware of the stress that comes from using expensive data plans and looking for free Wi-Fi while travelling. To help combat this stress and make for an easy, breezy trip we’ve now included the ability to review your most recent searches offline. Perfect for when you can’t remember if it is was the Eurolines or Flixbus from Paris to Aachen that you had chosen.

Book a hotel or rental car on the go

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Sometimes plans change unexpectedly, and you may find yourself in need of a hotel room to lay your head or a rental car to make that speedy getaway. Our latest update now includes better booking functionality – allowing you to secure rental cars and hotels while on the go, straight from your phone.

Everything we’ve always offered, only faster

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When you are travelling, you need to information and need it quick. We’ve made improvements in this release that will make finding out how to get from a to b even faster across all devices.

Keen to try out the new app? You can download it in the Apple store now by following this link. Leave us feedback and let us know how we can make even more improvements.

-Kirsteene Phelan

Rome2rio, based in Melbourne, Australia, is organising the world’s transport information. We offer a multi-modal, door-to-door travel search engine that returns itineraries for air, train, coach, ferry, mass transit and driving options to and from any location. Discover the possibilities at rome2rio.com

Welcoming Katie, Tim & Alex

 

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Meet Katie, Tim & Alex

 

Rome2rio is expanding in every direction; launching onsite ticket bookings, introducing our Global Flight Pricing Ranking and now, welcoming new people to our team. We are pleased to introduce Katie, Tim, and Alex.

Katie joins us after completing her BSc in Computer Science and Interactive Media at Northeastern University. Her passion for travel has brought her to us from her home in the United States to work on front-end projects alongside out front-end team. She has previously worked at Hubspot and Ronik.

Tim is an experienced software engineer with a Ph.D. in Computer Science from ANU. His research focused on measuring search engine quality, something that we’re hoping will come in handy here at Rome2rio. He’ll be joining the data science team, and although he has already getting stuck into making graphs, it’s perhaps more important to note that he has also begun A/B testing the local coffee houses.

Alex studied an Electrical Engineering/Computer Science double degree at the University of Melbourne. He has previously worked for Goldman Sachs and the NBN, and he’ll join our back-end team to work on projects such as expanding our partner API.
It is delightful to welcome such talented developers to our team. Are you interested in joining us?  Keep an eye on our jobs page for opportunities.
-Kirsteene

Rome2rio, based in Melbourne, Australia, is organising the world’s transport information. We offer a multi-modal, door-to-door travel search engine that returns itineraries for air, train, coach, ferry, mass transit and driving options to and from any location. Discover the possibilities at rome2rio.com

Introducing The Global Flight Pricing Ranking

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When Rome2rio first wrote about this topic, back in December 2012, we didn’t realise how much interest our analysis would generate. Tnooz also carried the post as a guest article, and between them, the two pages attracted thousands of readers: not bad for an analysis of airline pricing, heavy on data science and light on celebrity gossip.

Now, almost four years later, we’ve decided to take another look at our model, and see how things have changed. Once again, our analysis is intended to be a conversation starter, not a definitive statement on pricing trends or a given airline’s place in any particular pecking order. Our focus remains on airlines; prices for trains, buses, ferries and taxis tend to be more constant than airfares, which fluctuate with supply and demand. However, airfares do follow certain obvious trends; longer flights cost more, and some airlines are more expensive per km flown than others. We’ve analysed our data to provide a snapshot of global pricing across international and domestic carriers.

Top 50 Global Flight Pricing

To delve further into the full report visit Rome2rio Labs.

-Kirsteene

Rome2rio, based in Melbourne, Australia, is organising the world’s transport information. We offer a multi-modal, door-to-door travel search engine that returns itineraries for air, train, coach, ferry, mass transit and driving options to and from any location. Discover the possibilities at rome2rio.com

A Story Of Fandom And Photobombing

 

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A few of the team at Rome2rio

The team at Rome2rio enjoy hearing from the people who use our product. We get plenty of feedback that helps us to improve all part of the site and the app. We also get lots of fun stories from people who have used Rome2rio and recently we received this email from a user, Fernando.

“Hi, my name is Fernando, and I’m a big fan of you guys; been using the site and following you since way before the app.

The reason I’m contacting you guys is because one of the backgrounds of the site, the one for Granada, on the lake by the Nasrid Palace, features my girlfriend and me as photobombs, and though I know it’s silly, it made us feel very proud as fans.

Because of this, I was wondering if you guys could maybe send us the picture. It would be a nice souvenir. If you guys could put the Rome2rio logo on it, it would be even more awesome, almost like an autograph.

Anyway, thanks in advance, and keep up the good work.”

Thank you, Fernando!  We found the photo you are looking for and it is currently winging its way to you. Enjoy it, and your future travels.
– Kirsteene
Do you have a story about how Rome2rio has helped you that you’d like share?
Email press@rome2rio.com and let us know.
Rome2rio, based in Melbourne, Australia, is organising the world’s transport information. We offer a multi-modal, door-to-door travel search engine that returns itineraries for air, train, coach, ferry, mass transit and driving options to and from any location. Discover the possibilities at rome2rio.com

Welcome Christopher And Phoebe

 

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Christopher and Phoebe

 

Rome2rio  is pleased to be able to support the next generation of computer science talent from home and abroad. We are delighted to introduce two special new members to our team; Christopher and Phoebe.

Phoebe joins us as an intern in our engineering team. She is studying Computer Science at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and, for her last semester, she is taking part in an exchange program at the University of Melbourne. She came across Rome2rio while looking at startups in Melbourne and is excited to work with the team as an intern backend developer.

Christopher joins us as our very first work experience student. He is currently completing year ten at John Monash Science School and is interested in IT, maths, and science. In his spare time, he enjoys programming, making music, gaming, and wasting his time on the internet. Don’t we all Christopher!

With top talent like these two young people entering into Computer Science careers, we are excited for the future of not only Rome2rio but the technology industry as a whole.

-Kirsteene

Rome2rio, based in Melbourne, Australia, is organising the world’s transport information. We offer a multi-modal, door-to-door travel search engine that returns itineraries for air, train, coach, ferry, mass transit and driving options to and from any location. Discover the possibilities at rome2rio.com

Introducing Rome2rio Labs And The Global Connectivity Report

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Rome2rio, with its comprehensive database of global routes and transport information, is a very attractive tool for the casual traveller and globe trekker alike. We’ll help you get from A to B by any means that we can find. (including this nifty cable car option we found in Columbia). The happy side-effect of this database  is that it can also be analysed to uncover interesting global trends and information useful for everyone from journalists to industry groups to your garden variety statistics fan.

Today we launch our new data science imprint; Rome2rio Labs. To kick off the new series we are starting with the Global Connectivity Ranking.  This ranking, which uses data about international connections to measure a city’s global importance, has been analysed and presented in collaboration with esteemed Australian demographer, KPMG partner, and social commentator, Bernard Salt.

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We hope that the findings are discussion provoking! We encourage you to visit labs.rome2rio.com to find out more and look forward to sharing more data stories from Rome2rio Labs soon.

-Kirsteene

Rome2rio, based in Melbourne, Australia, is organising the world’s transport information. We offer a multi-modal, door-to-door travel search engine that returns itineraries for air, train, coach, ferry, mass transit and driving options to and from any location. Discover the possibilities at rome2rio.com

 

 

Rome2rio Announces Partnership With Distribusion

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We recently wrote about our move to direct bookings on Rome2rio; starting with our partnership with SilverRail for UK train tickets. We are now pleased to announce another way that will make booking travel easier – we’ve partnered with Distribusion for bus ticketing.

The partnership allows Rome2rio users to search its site for available bus tickets from 165 operators worldwide. The content has been implemented through the Distribution API and is the 1st step in integrating intercity and shuttle bus bookings into Rome2rio and forms one of our three recent partnerships. Our other partnerships with SilverRail and Travelport will offer rail and flight bookings respectively.

We are really excited to be working on this new functionality for Rome2rio users; we aim to make travel search and booking as easy as possible, and we hope to be able to announce more partnerships that help us achieve this aim soon.

-Kirsteene

Rome2rio, based in Melbourne, Australia, is organising the world’s transport information. We offer a multi-modal, door-to-door travel search engine that returns itineraries for air, train, coach, ferry, mass transit and driving options to and from any location. Discover the possibilities at www.rome2rio.com