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17 Aug 2022
Uber Will Be Trialing Train and Bus Ticket Bookings in the UK
Uber has confirmed that it has begun testing bus and train bookings in the United Kingdom. The company says this feature will be available to several customers in Brighton, London, Birmingham, Nottingham, Leeds, Newcastle, and Manchester for the next few weeks.
Uber says that users will be able to choose from over 90 transport operators in these cities during the test period; however, it's unclear if users will be able to book taxis through Uber during this time frame.
The company began testing a feature that allows citizens to book rail and bus travel simultaneously as traditional rides. By allowing its users to book transportation types alongside car rides, Uber aims to become a one-stop travel shop.
"We're excited to launch our new travel offering this summer, allowing a seamless door-to-door travel experience across the United Kingdom," said Andrew Brem, GM of Uber United Kingdom.
Omio, a Berlin-based company, has partnered with Uber on this feature. Omio has an app but also provides a business-to-business API to some of its developing third parties, including the London North Eastern Railway and KAYAK.
The Omio app supports over 1,000 transportation partners in 37 countries. Their specialty is train and bus/coach travel, but they also offer air and ferry transportation.
Uber has agreed with Omio that the ride-sharing company will pay the company to license its technology and take a percentage of trips booked via the Uber app.
In a statement, Jamie Heywood, CEO of Uber in the United Kingdom, said
"Uber hopes to become a one-stop-shop for all your travel needs."
"You have been able to book rides, bikes, boat services, and scooters on the Uber app for several years, so adding trains and coaches is a natural progression," he added.
Uber's largest market outside the United States is the United Kingdom.
According to CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, the new feature brings Uber closer to the vision of becoming the "Amazon of transportation."
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