Planning a trip can be almost as much fun as actually taking it but it can also be very time-consuming and at times a little frustrating. We’re always looking for new and better ways to travel (especially if there’s a money saving element involved), so when we heard that one of our travel blogging friends was involved in a new journey planning website which had managed to raise $4 million in investment funding we were just itching to get the gossip.
We were at TBEX Girona in 2012 when we met Tara Meyer and we immediately bonded over a few glasses of Spanish wine and talked travel, music and tattoos. The next thing we heard was that Tara was involved GoEuro, an exciting multi-mode travel search platform which aims to solve all your Euro trip planning problems. The idea for the new venture was inspired by the founder’s difficulty in planning a four-month trip around Europe online and after raising the capital they needed in March 2013 (led by Battery Ventures and Hasso Plattner Ventures) the Berlin-based travel platform was launched in May 2013. We may be a little biased but after trying GoEuro a couple of times for ourselves we could easily see how it attracted this sort of investment.
How GoEuro Works
GoEuro is a one-stop shop for searching out the easiest and most cost effective way to get from one place in Europe to another. Travellers are able search to and from any location in Europe (even small towns and villages) and the results bring back journey options which compare and combine air, rail, bus and car rental. You’ll then be able to make decisions on the best option to take based on the price, travel time and convenience, cutting out the need for time consuming multiple visits to other websites.
It’s the kind of website that definitely fills a gap in the market. There maybe similar websites out there but during the short time that GoEuro has been running, the site now contains the largest selection of transportation connections and providers with the best coverage in Europe, making it a very attractive and reliable resource for travellers.
So far GoEuro is only optimised for the UK and Germany and as yet the platform doesn’t include urban public transport options (London buses for example) so the site is much better suited to longer distance trips, but if all goes well the company will be looking to expand….so travellers watch this space.