European Travel Costs To Fall As Rideshare Arrives On Rome2rio

Published March 31, 2014

Travel around Europe is set to become less expensive and easier to plan with the integration of ridesharing options into rome2rio.com.

Ridesharing is typically a much more affordable choice than air and rail services, and we’ve made it easy to compare the cost of a rideshare trip to those more traditional options in our search results.

Take for example a trip from Frankfurt to Munich, Germany. Deutsche Bahn’s Inter-City Express train service is an obvious first choice, but at an average price of €80 one-way*, it’s an expensive option. At €113 one-way, flying is also expensive and requires getting to and from the airport, security lines and all the stress that goes with modern air travel. At €19 the bus is the least expensive alternative but it’s quite a slow journey and may be less attractive to some travelers.

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That makes rideshare a really interesting option. At €20 it’s as cheap as the bus, yet it offers the potential for a relatively fast journey in the luxury of a late-model vehicle, pick-up and drop-off in central locations, and perhaps a more personal, friendly experience all round.

The initial release of ridesharing features offers from BlaBlaCar and Carpooling.com. Each operator has built a loyal and fast-growing army of drivers; collectively they manage almost 2.5 million rideshares each month. (See below for more information on the rideshare market.) Rome2rio users wishing to book a rideshare are linked directly to the relevant booking page on the selected rideshare site.

Both Carpooling.com and BlaBlaCar offer a filtering option so that female drivers may choose to only carry female passengers, and female passengers may choose to only see rides driven by a woman. Both sites verify both driver and rider contact details, and a description of the car and the driver’s plans regarding snack and bathroom breaks are listed along with departure time and the ride fee. Riders are able to review their driver after the ride, and drivers may also review riders.

We plan to expand geographic coverage for rideshare across Europe and into other markets over the coming months. In the meantime, Rome2rio users making travel plans in Europe will already see the new rideshare option on their results page for many journey plans.

About The Rideshare Market

BlaBlaCar and Carpooling.com are the most popular rideshare services in the European marketplace, providing Rome2rio with over 15,000 routes, all with daily rides. With a focus on France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Poland, Spain, Switzerland and the UK, rides are offered in a total of 40 countries. Carpooling.com estimates that over the last ten years its rides have helped avoid some 1.4 million tons of carbon emissions.

* Holders of a BahnCard, Eurail Pass or InterRail Pass would pay a significantly lower fare for this journey. On Rome2rio.com all fares are estimated unless specific dates are entered.

Rod Cuthbert

Written by
Executive Chairman of Rome2rio
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