ixigo, India’s leading mobile travel marketplace, has announced a partnership with Uber and Redbus to make instant bookings for cabs and buses in the IBCigo Trains app.
ixigo, India’s leading mobile travel marketplace has announced a partnership with Uber and Redbus to enable instant booking for cabs and buses in the iCigo Trains app. The partnership gives Uber and Redbus access to 10 million train passengers who have installed India’s most popular train information search app for Android.
ixigo’s Train app users will now be able to register for Uber and book rides even if they do not have the Uber app installed on their device. Similarly, they will be able to view the bus schedule, select boarding / drop-points, select their seats on buses, make payments and book Redbus bus seats without leaving the ixigo train app.
When the confirmed train PNR exists on the user’s phone, the app context reminds users to book Uber before departing from their destination and arriving at their destination city. If a user’s desired train ticket is weightlisted or unavailable, they are also reminded by Redbus about the prices and availability of buses on that route.
Speaking on the launch, ICGO Co-Founder and CEO Alok Bajpayee said, “We are very excited about the possibility of this partnership unfolding. More than 8 billion train trips arrive in India every year, and commuting to and from the railway station is an important part of the overall travel experience. In this spirit, we have partnered with global market leader Uber to create a unified pre- and post-trip experience.
For users looking for an alternative to trains, buses are the next cheapest and most convenient mode of transport. Our partnership with Redbus, the leading bus ticketing company in the Indian market, gives ixigoers more choice and flexibility for their travel planning. ”
Commenting on the partnership, Nandini Maheshwari, Undre India Business Development Lead, said, “We are really excited to cover railway stations in and out of more than 28 cities in India to provide our customers with an integrated and hassle-free travel experience. We are offering special promotions for riders who take their first Uber ride through the ixigo train app and encourage them to get around town with the push of a button. ”
Manoj Agarwala, Vice President, Redbus, added: “Train passengers often face the frustration of being on the waiting list, and buses are a common option for train travel in India. ixigo’s market-leading train app will now provide comfortable bus seats with state and private bus opera operators on India’s 70,000 bus routes. This partnership opens up a valuable new market segment for Redbus. ”