Mobile travel marketplace, ixigo has announced a partnership with Uber and redBus to enable bookings for cabs and buses natively within the ixigo trains app.
According to the deal, ixigo’s train app users will be able to register for Uber and book a ride, even if they haven’t installed the Uber app on their device. Similarly, they will be able to view bus schedules, choose boarding / drop-off points, select their seats on the bus, make payments and book redBus bus seats without leaving the ixigo trains app.
When a confirmed train PNR exists on the user’s phone, the app contextually reminds users to book an Uber just before departure from their origin and upon arrival at their destination city. If a user’s desired train ticket is waitlisted or unavailable, they are also reminded about the prices and availability of buses for that route via redBus.
“We are very excited about the possibilities these partnerships unfold. Over 8 billion train trips happen every year in India, and local travel to and from the railway station forms an important part of the overall journey experience. In that spirit, we have partnered with the global market leader, Uber, to build a seamless pre and post trip experience. For users who are looking for an alternative to trains, buses are the next most affordable and convenient mode of transport. Our partnership with redBus, India’s market leading bus ticketing company, offers ixigoers more choice & flexibility for planning their travel,” said ixigo co-founder and CEO Aloke Bajpai.
Launched in 2007, ixigo aggregates and compares real-time travel information, prices and availability for flights, trains and hotels. SAIF Partners, MakeMyTrip, and Micromax have invested in ixigo over the years.