About Rome2rio

Rome2rio makes travel planning easy. We are a door-to-door travel information and booking engine, helping you get to and from any location in the world.

Enter any address, landmark, or city as your destination and we will instantly display all your travel and booking options, along with information about accommodation and things to do, in one convenient spot.

Whether you’re after flight, train, bus, ferry, rideshare or rental car info, we’ve got estimated prices, journey durations and booking details from over 5000 companies in more than 160 countries – making us one of the top online travel resources used globally.

Download our app, so you can plan your journey while you are on the road, wherever you are.

Rome2rio

Our story

2007 – While working for Microsoft in Redmond, Washington, co-founders Bernie Tschirren and Michael Cameron meet at a pub gathering for Australian expats.

2010 – On a backpacking trip through Europe, instead of sightseeing, Michael is stuck in his hotel room in Budapest researching options to reach his next destination. He wonders why there is no travel planning service that will solve this for him. He decides to tackle the problem himself.

2010 – Michael floats the idea of a global travel search engine past Bernie, who recalls similar frustrations while organising his trip to Machu Picchu. They both move to Melbourne and set up shop in Michael’s parents’ lounge room.

2011 – Bernie and Michael work on the first prototype and launch Rome2rio to the public in April.

2012 – Viator founder Rod Cuthbert is recruited as CEO. Rome2rio moves into the Inspire9 coworking space. The team raise capital from Australian and international investors, and receive a Commercialisation Australia grant from the government.

2013 – Rome2rio launches its API partnership program, now used by hundreds of travel businesses globally including TripIt, Cleartrip, numerous tourism boards and the Microsoft Knowledge Store.

2015 – Rome2rio hits 200,000 daily unique visits and the business turns a profit for the first time.

2016 – Rome2rio takes its first on-site bookings for rail operators in the United Kingdom, and others soon follow. The Melbourne team grows to 22 full-time employees.

2017 – Rome2rio now has a solid team of 40 people in Richmond’s digital quarter, and is a thriving “cockroach” startup, with over 500,000 daily unique visits.

Meet the Team

Kirsteene Phelan

Kirsteene Phelan

Acting CEO

With 15 years of experience, Kirsteene joins us after working in marketing, media, and management for online marketplace Etsy.com and Inspire9 coworking.

Bernhard Tschirren

Bernhard Tschirren

Co-founder & Chief Architect

Bernie spent five years as an senior engineer at Microsoft working on .NET and Visual Studio. Prior to that he spent seven years at TriniTeq, helping it grow from small startup into a global company.

Andrew Greig

Andrew Greig

Software Engineering Lead

Andrew brings design and leadership skills to the team with prior experience at start-ups and agencies that include 99designs and Isobar.

Ash Verdoorn

Ash Verdoorn

Software Engineering Lead

Ash is an experienced software developer. Prior to joining Rome2rio he worked at Monash University on vehicle simulation and psychological testing applications.

Liz Gibson

Liz Gibson

Senior Global Content Manager

Liz brings 15 years global experience delivering digital content and product solutions for major brands around the world including seven years with Lonely Planet. Her passion for all things travel continues with Rome2rio.

Marco Lui

Marco Lui

Data Scientist / Software Engineering Lead

Marco has a PhD in Computer Science from The University of Melbourne, where he researched natural language processing. He works on data science and analytics problems and is a keen traveler and cyclist.

Miles Izzo

Miles Izzo

Software Engineering Lead

Miles studied Software Engineering (Hons) at Melbourne university. He has ten years of industry experience working on financial modelling, big data, natural language processing and machine learning problems.

Alex Knight

Alex Knight

Software Technical Lead

Alex studied Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at The University of Melbourne. He has industry experience in software / telecommunications engineering and linear programming.

Alisa Tykhonova

Alisa Tykhonova

Global Data Manager

Alisa has experience in digital marketing in both advertising agencies and mobile ad tech startups. Prior to relocating to Australia, she was based in Ukraine, Singapore and Vietnam.

Andrew Hickey

Andrew Hickey

Global Partnerships Manager

Andrew has ten years experience delivering ground transport and logistics solutions for major sporting and cultural events around the world. At Rome2rio he manages data researchers throughout Asia.

Angus Morton

Angus Morton

Software Development Engineer

Angus studied Computer Science at Swinburne University. Before Rome2rio he worked in Android security research and built Android apps for many start-ups. Now he is working on the Rome2rio Android app

Bianca Massari

Bianca Massari

Finance Manager

Bianca is a chartered accountant with 11 years experience in financial accounting, analysis & reporting and strategic finance. She joins Rome2rio after having most recently worked at Thomas Cook in the UK.

Carter Bush

Carter Bush

Software Development Engineer

Carter completed an MSc in Computer Science at The University of Melbourne. He works on content tools at Rome2rio and enjoys coffee and a challenge.

Chantelle Hyland

Chantelle Hyland

Global Data Manager

Chantelle has almost ten years digital project management experience delivering online solutions within both agency and internal educational publishing spaces. Chantelle will be managing data on the site, ensuring the best information and experience for the user.

Charlotte Wilson

Charlotte Wilson

Software Development Engineer

Charlotte studied Computer Science (Hons) at Melbourne University. She spent ten years living in the UK, including working on dynamic advertising and data matching at Amazon.

Chris Lipinski

Chris Lipinski

Global Data Manager

Prior to joining the Rome2rio team Chris spent 10 years with ADP Employer Services, a leading provider of payroll solutions working on product support and analysis.

David Kent

David Kent

Software Development Engineer

David studied Software Engineering and Science at The University of Melbourne. He has worked developing tools and services for communicating climate change projections and water availability forecasts with the CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology and loves getting in and making new things go.

Ellie Cobb

Ellie Cobb

Commissioning Editor

Ellie is a travel fiend, having lived and worked in five countries and backpacked around countless others. She's been lucky enough to combine this with her passion for digital and print media, most recently at BBC Travel and Lonely Planet. She's currently working on Rome2Rio’s travel guides.

Jason D'Souza

Jason D'Souza

Software Development Engineer

Jason studied Games Programming and Computer Science (Hon) at RMIT. He has worked in a range of areas from web development to data migration in companies big and small. He works in the back-end team.

Josiah Walker

Josiah Walker

Data Scientist / Software Engineer

Josiah graduated from a PhD in machine learning and robotics at the University of Newcastle, Australia. After taking a year off to see South America and Europe, he joined Rome2rio's data science team.

Justin Hernandez

Justin Hernandez

Customer Experience Manager

Justin has been perfecting the customer experience for over 10 years while working in global luxury hotels and managing premium card-holders at American Express. Justin leads our growing international customer support team.

Kate Johnson

Kate Johnson

Software Development Engineer

Kate studied Computer Game Design at RMIT. She joined Rome2rio as a content manager and has recently transitioned to the software development team.

Katie Soldau

Katie Soldau

Software Development Engineer

Katie is a front-end developer from the US with a passion for travel and the human side of tech. She has previously worked at startups and corporations in Boston and NYC.

Lucy Joel

Lucy Joel

Software Development Engineer

Lucy joined Rome2rio as a back end intern but after graduating university moved to the API and Integrations team. She loves good food, yoga, her AeroPress and travelling to places which scare her mother.

Manveen Mann

Manveen Mann

Content Marketing Specialist

Manveen comes to Rome2rio with over a decade's worth of experience in digital and print content, marketing, and communications, in the travel and lifestyle, sport and real estate realms. In her spare time, she enjoys all things yoga, food and travel related.

Mark Robinson

Mark Robinson

Software Technical Lead

Mark is a software developer who has worked in mobile, web and financial technologies. He previously had a travel industry hotel focused startup and now works on the Rome2Rio mobile apps. He also eats more burgers than any one man should.

Michael Gorman

Michael Gorman

Software Development Engineer

Michael recently graduated from Melbourne University with a degree in Computer Science. He loves to travel and has spent time backpacking throughout Europe and Asia.

Nick Menichelli

Nick Menichelli

UI/UXDesigner

Nick studied Graphic Arts majoring in Graphic Design and Advertising at Australian Academy of Design. He brings digital design experience from agencies Rodeo and Isobar. He loves travelling to Europe and basking in the sunshine.

Phoebe Lew

Phoebe Lew

Software Development Engineer

Phoebe joined Rome2rio as a Software Development Intern in 2016. After completing her Computer Science degree at the University Of Southern California she rejoined our team and is working on partner integrations

Richard Fothergill

Richard Fothergill

Data Scientist / Software Engineer

Richard is completing his PhD in Computer Science at The University of Melbourne. His thesis involves using natural language processing to aid studying Japanese as a second language.

Rob Bockholt

Rob Bockholt

Global Data Manager

Robert has over 10 years of global travel industry experience, having worked in Australia, the UK and Canada for Intrepid Travel. He brings a wealth of product and destination knowledge to the content team at Rome2rio.

Rodney O'Donnell

Rodney O'Donnell

Data Scientist / Software Engineer

Rodney loves travel and data. Before (re)joining Rome2Rio he completed a PhD in Machine Learning, and has spent 10 years working on fun data problems at Cxense and Microsoft's Bing, and Google.

Simon Nguyen

Simon Nguyen

Software Development Engineer

Simon comes from a background of interactive development, now he focuses on UI. While away from the office, he loves his photography and travelling the world.

Tom Hubble

Tom Hubble

Software Development Engineer

Tom is a front-end developer with a love for user experience and a great interest in psychology and behavioural design. He has previously worked in fast-paced digital agencies in Melbourne.

Global Team

George
George

Europe Data

Dionisis
Dionisis

Europe Data

Anthy
Anthy

Europe Data

Stefan
Stefan

Europe Data

Vasily
Vasily

Europe Data

Sophie
Sophie

Europe Data

River
River

Europe Data

Thomas
Thomas

Sth America Data

Gérman
Gérman

Sth America Data

Ricardo
Ricardo

Sth America Data

Melisa
Melisa

Sth America Data

Ceci
Ceci

Sth America Data

Kimberly
Kimberly

Nth America Data

Kim
Kim

Nth America Data

Thai Tuan Anh
Thai Tuan Anh

Asia Pacific Data

Sojeong Ko
Sojeong Ko

Asia Pacific Data

Angeline
Angeline

Asia Pacific Data

Yanshuo
Yanshuo

Asia Pacific Data

Terry
Terry

Africa Data

Ankit
Ankit

India Data

Markus
Markus

Translation

Catherine
Catherine

Customer Service

Marisa
Marisa

Customer Service

Sarah
Sarah

Customer Service

Antonino
Antonino

Customer Service

Victor
Victor

Customer Service

Andrea
Andrea

Customer Service

John
John

Customer Service

Awards

We have been recognised for our first-class technology by numerous global industry leaders.

People's Choice Award Phocuswright 2012
TRAVELtech GlobalCollect Website of the Year 2013
WITovation Data Specialist Award 2015
WITovation Best Compare Site 2016
Travolution Best Metasearch Site 2016

The Unicorn And The Cockroach, PauseFest 2017: Michael talks about start-up businesses in Australia

Co-founder Michael Cameron makes Rome2rio’s award-winning presentation at the 2012 PhoCusWright Conference Travel Innovation Summit

Michael returned in 2013 with a presentation focused on our 2013 innovations