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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

The Online Option For Bus Tickets

With online train and flight ticket bookings becoming extremely popular with the Indian traveller, it was just a matter of time before the bus operators joined the party. KPN Travels was probably one of the earliest ones to offer this. redBus is the latest entrant in this space. I guess redBus will tie up with lot of bus operators and in turn offer a wider choice to the passengers.

A general observation is that the bus operators open up their booking only few days / weeks before the actual departure date. Indian Railways allows you to book tickets upto 60 days in advance. IIRC, the maximum period a bus operator allows is a 2 / 3 weeks before the actual departure date (those in the know can validate this info). In order to cater to people who plan their trips in advance, the bus operators could open up their bookings earlier so that the passengers needs are met.

I tried querying for some random dates in October for a trip from Bangalore to Chennai. The search results currently offer tickets in Sharma Transport for Volvo A/c (Rs. 525) and Volvo A/c Semi Sleeper (Rs. 550). The results don't offer any other choices. One possible reason could be that redBus currently offers only tickets in A/c buses. If redBus attends to some of these issues, it can cruise to victory.

15 Comments:

  • Thanks Kaps.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:08 PM  

  • Good Info...

    http://apunkadesh.blogspot.com

    By Blogger Apun Ka Desh, at 11:02 PM  

  • hey, good stuff.. thanks..

    By Anonymous sirpy, at 5:27 AM  

  • One minor irritant is that the redBus website works well only on IE.

    Sigh!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:18 PM  

  • The reason is that it would be difficult for a bus operator to manage the cancellation process like the Railways...The more the number of advance bookings, the greater the demand variability and hence higher the risk.

    By Blogger Jayesh, at 11:35 AM  

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    -Madhur

    By Anonymous Madhur Khandelwal, at 1:58 AM  

  • There is already a competition for redbus.
    Customer Needz (www.customerneedz.com).This site provides more travel options and gives back your money (of course after cancellation charge).But good to see the competition.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:56 PM  

  • It is with no extra charge. www.customerneedz.com is a blessing for people like me who are the software guys who seldom find time to go and book tickets. Now I can book tickets from my desktop through www.customerneedz.com. just take a print out of the ticket and can
    travel.
    The cancellation is also possible in net.
    Everyday the keep adding more cities for return and onward.
    They keep uploading tickets once it is sold.
    Normally the return tickets can't be cancelled if bought from the transporter but this website
    allows the users to cancel the return tickets.
    Founder is an IIMB alumni. Thanks for intension of doing good services.

    By Blogger Sathiya, at 6:02 PM  

  • There is more compition now, with ticketvala and easyticket into market. www.easyticket.in launched its services and seems to be good.

    By Blogger Vas, at 4:02 PM  

  • Also being done by www.realindia.in
    This site has been around for a long time now - earlier than redbus ...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:44 AM  

  • www.customerneedz.com One stop shop for all bus tickets. Sharma, Diwakar, Sugama. Tirupathi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Mumbai. Pay through credit/debit card, bank transfer.
    www.customerneedz.com is a blessing for people like me. Iam a native of Chennai and I am working in Bangalore. I go home every alternate weekend. With the exceitement of going home also comes an hatred of challenging the heavy Bangalore traffic to buy a bus ticket.

    Recently I have come to know about a website where we could book bus tickets online. www.customerneedz.com has partnered with all major bus operators to sell their tickets online on www.customerneedz.com One can buy tickets of players lik e Kallada,Diwakar travels, Sharma Travels, Shama Travels, We support all major destinations in South India like Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbator, Erode, Kozikode, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Kurnool, Tirupathi, Mumbai, Pune etc.,

    We accept all major credit/debit cards.All this facility comes for absolutely no extra charge. Another best thing is that there is return tickets available from Major cities.

    By Blogger smbmanian, at 9:27 PM  

  • There is another online bus ticket booking www.gobyroad.com
    which is very strong on Pune - Mumabi route.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:49 AM  

  • All this websites for booking i have used, but none of them have better services. I like only one, though they don't offer ticket booking, they help a lot to customers like us who are on a tour and are not aware about other facilities. For example if you want to travel from Bangalore to Hyderabad or From Ahmedabad to Mumbai, then i think that IndiaTransit.com is the best website i have come across. It looks like the only site that offers public transportation information too. Please post more links like this and other websites, so people like me can get a lot of information from this blogpost.

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:48 PM  

  • Travelyaari is an online bus tickets service provider. It is the only fully online bus ticket reservation system in India. It has the largest bus ticket inventory for more than 1000 routes in India. View bus seating arrangement before you book.

    By Blogger Delly News Blog, at 6:24 PM  

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