While one was able to book bus tickets using the website’s apps on iPhone and Android, this service is targeted at users of feature phones and also smartphone users who don’t have a data connection. This is a good move by MakeMyTrip because a recent study by IDC stated that just 10% of the overall mobile shipments in India are smartphones.
To book a bus ticket by SMS customers should
- SMS @mbus <From-City> <To-City> <Date-of-Travel> <No.of Passengers> to 9664896648.
- MakeMyTrip will respond with choices for different operators on that day & route.
- Users will be required to select the operator of choice.
- MakeMyTrip will respond with template to provide the details and names of Travellers along with a template to make payments using IMPS.
- Customers then have to provide the IMPS Transaction Details.
- On successful payment processing a success SMS will be sent along with an email.
Several bus operators will accept the SMS itself as an e-ticket.
When we tried the service it did not seem to working just yet. Looks like there was a technical glitch and the service is now live.
MakeMyTrip provides Bus tickets for 1300+ operators over 12,000 + routes across India including the inventory for Punbus/Punjab Roadways , GSRTC, Goa and Bihar Road Transport Corporation and Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation.
Just last week, ibiboGroup announced that it had acquired redBus for an undisclosed amount. ibiboGroup has said that redBus.in will continue to run independently and operate as a separate business and the founders and management team will continue to run the business.
According to recent reports, the Indian Railways is also set to announce a service to let customers book rail tickets by SMS next week.
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