Travel search marketplace ixigo has launched intercity cab booking on its web, mobile web and app platforms with 250 intercity cab operators, who will work to display the lowest fare within 2 minutes. This service will be available in Delhi (NCR), Jaipur, Agra, Chandigarh, Rishikesh, Dehradun, Jammu, Shimla, Manali, Meerut and Alwar, with plans to expand to all its operational cities over time. Users can also book a one way ticket.
The company claims that it gets over 2,000 cab queries daily with an average ticket size of Rs 6,000. It expects the intercity cab service to be bigger than intra-city cab booking over time. Ixigo aggregates cabs in 300 cities in India in tie ups with AHA Taxis, GetMeCab and OneWay.Cab. It says that it conducts background checks on drivers listed through its vendors.
In April 2015, ixigo launched an Android app called ixigo Cabs which would aggregate cab info from places near the users, tying up with major taxi aggregator apps and curated a list of taxi operators in major towns. It then stated its plan to expand to inter-city rides in the future. In August 2015, ixigo acquired Rutogo, an intercity cab aggregator for an undisclosed amount to help in scaling ixigo’s cabs app by building a marketplace for intercity taxi owners and vendors.
Cab booking without internet and GPS
Last month, ixigo launched a service wherein users could call for a cab even in places without an internet connection and GPS on its ixigo cabs app. Users could book cabs from Uber, Ola, TaxiForSure, EasyCabs etc. using the user’s location through existing PNR confirmations on a phone and SMSes for when the internet connection doesn’t work.
In March, it launched ixibook, a service which would allow users to book flights and hotels within the ixigo app, in a partnership with online travel agency Cleartrip and OYO Rooms respectively.
Ixigo has been padding up its service with multiple offerings:
– In November last year, it launched a meta search called Super Value Hotels for curated budget hotels on its platform, with a collection of 2,500 budget hotels across 80 cities. It would aggregate and compare deals across hotel aggregators and online travel agencies where users would be able to compare hotel prices, ratings, reviews and amenities.
– In August, it acquired Desi Backpacking Travelers, the company that ran IndianBackpacker, for an undisclosed amount. The company added a ‘booking’ section to the IndianBackpacker website.
– Last month, online travel agency Yatra said that it would start aggregating cabs from online cab aggregators Ola and Uber on its mobile app starting this week. Users can also book cabs outside their city as well as self-drive cars (timeline not mentioned) from companies like Myles, Zoomcar and EasyCabs through tie ups.
– In December 2015, Uber halted its Pune-Mumbai intercity and auto booking service. In March this year, it also stopped offering its UberBLACK service.
– In September 2015, ridesharing app BlaBlaCar raised $200 million in a series D round of funding to accelerate growth in Europe and focus on existing markets like India.