I was having a conversation with a friend of mine who used to work in the airline industry and another one who’s a transportation correspondent for one of the major radio networks and was introduced to a new app called Rome2Rio.
I’m always looking for tools to help plan our latest escape, so within moments of hearing about it I downloaded it to my phone. I’ve only spent the last couple of days playing with it, so there are probably plenty of features left for me to find.
The app starts out with the simplest of questions “origin and “destination.”
You simply type in those two answers and hit search. For example, if I type in Washington, DC as my origin and Los Angeles, California as my destination and hit search this super-aggregator quickly gets to work. The most unique aspect of this app is that it gives you more than airline options, it also includes travel by train, bus routes, and self-drive time with estimated costs associated with the route.
The aggregator also includes associated costs like subway or bus tickets to airports. The same can be said for train, bus, or car. Each mode is displayed in a similar format that allows you to click through each subsection to gain more detail.
A important thing to remember about this app is that it doesn’t provide booking. When you click through the links you are sent to, for example, the American Airlines website where you then would search their site for the listed flight. The same goes for the bus routes, which in this case takes you to the Greyhound site.
I love trying out new travel apps. Some are better than others and some you even come to rely on (thanks TripAdvisor). I don’t have a verdict for Rome2Rio yet, but it’s a free app and definitely worth playing with to see if it meets your needs.