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Focusing On Our Global App

​Over the last two years we’ve experimented with various ways of getting Rome2rio’s journey planning technology into the hands of users. Our web-based desktop solution is by far the most popular, with over 3 million unique users each month, and…

Rome2rio retreats north to Townsville

Last year the Rome2rio team decided to escape Melbourne’s drab winter for a week by setting up shop at Palm Cove (near Cairns in Australia’s far north). That company retreat resulted in the development and launch of Rome2rio’s hotel feature, which…

Mapping The Most Photographed Places In the World

I recently stumbled upon this article about a neat tool that visualizes photographed locations around the world as a heat map: Looking at the visualization, it struck me that it correlates quite closely with the train, bus and ferry transport…

Manually Collected Route Data Proves Popular With Users

While much of the data we collect and manage to support our mission of “organising the world’s transport information” is available electronically, an important slice of that data is not. What’s interesting is the inverse relationship between that hard-to-get data…

Rome2rio Team Continues To Grow

Three new staff have joined the Rome2rio team in the past month. We’re thrilled to welcome to the team: Rodney O’Donnell: Rodney joins our development team with plenty of experience in search and big data problems. He spent 2.5 years…

TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin: Rome2rio “Under The Hood”

Two companies with ties to Rome2rio presented at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in Berlin last week. Wanderio, an Italian startup based in Rome, presented their multi-modal booking solution; while WhatNow?! Travel presented an app designed as an in-destination travel guide.…

TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin: Rome2rio "Under The Hood"

Two companies with ties to Rome2rio presented at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in Berlin last week. Wanderio, an Italian startup based in Rome, presented their multi-modal booking solution; while WhatNow?! Travel presented an app designed as an in-destination travel guide.…

A New Look For Rome2rio

This week we rolled out a new brand, logo and design for the Rome2rio website. The new look is the culmination of several months of hard work that involved rebuilding the HTML and CSS structure of the site from scratch.…

The Bus Is Coming!

At the PhoCusWright Innovation Summit last year, on-stage critic and well-known industry figure Evan Konwiser made an interesting comment after the Rome2rio presentation: “Additionally, nobody wants to travel on CoachUSA, I’m sorry.” We know where Evan was coming from. Historically, US travelers…

Does Multi-Modal Matter In Asia?

How important is multi-modal search in the Asian travel marketplace? That’s a question we’ve been hearing more often lately, as partners who are integrating Rome2rio into their European sites consider the implications for other markets. To better understand the potential…

Multi-modal: An Existential Threat For OTAs & Meta-search Sites

​There are good reasons why travel search results are limited solely to air travel, despite the fact there’s generally a variety of  ways to get between the origin and destination you’re enquiring about. Principal among them is that our industry…

Multi-modal: An Existential Threat For OTAs & Meta-search Sites

​There are good reasons why travel search results are limited solely to air travel, despite the fact there’s generally a variety of  ways to get between the origin and destination you’re enquiring about. Principal among them is that our industry…

In Online Travel, Three Events Matter

A nice surprise today: at the annual Traveltech industry conference in Sydney, Rome2rio was announced Australia’s Travel Website Of The Year for 2013. The award is judged on five criteria: innovation, design and usability, meeting the brief, speed, and content. Winning this year’s award was…

An Online Travel Hot-Spot in Melbourne

It’s easy to find articles about the wonders of the Silicon Valley ecosystem, and hard to disagree with the general gist of the proposition that companies growing up in that environment enjoy advantages over their remote and too-often lonely competitors.…

Cleartrip’s Waytogo Remains True To “Make Travel Simple” Goal

Cleartrip, the leading Indian OTA, has launched a beautiful integration of Rome2rio’s multi-modal journey planner. Customised to the specific needs of the vast Indian marketplace, Cleartrip’s Waytogo product is ideally suited to an environment where air travel often takes a…