Skyscanner adds train bookings

Skyscanner Adds Free Train Booking Feature to App

Travel fare aggregator Skyscanner successfully expands its services by adding train booking service for users in the UK.

Travellers in the UK can now use Skyscanner to book and purchase train tickets.

The Edinburgh-based company says that iOS users can purchase tickets in the app without paying any booking fees. Travelers can also use a railcard to complete the purchase.

Chinese online travel agency Ctrip acquired the company in 2016 for £1.4 billion. Trip.com, the international travel booking service also owned by Ctrip, will power the new train service.

Skyscanner’s chief technology officer Bryan Dove explains their position with Ctrip. “Being part of the Ctrip group allows us to take advantage of elements of Ctrip’s technology and experience and bring that value to Skyscanner’s travellers.”

“The launch of our train booking product is one such example,” he adds. “Our focus has always been on making travel as easy as possible and our new train feature will do just that, with the benefit of no booking fees.”

Currently, the new train booking feature is only available for iOS app users in the UK. An Android version will be launched soon according to the company.

Skyscanner has become one of the top players in the business offering comparison sites for flights, hotels and car hire. It boasts over 50 million users monthly and over 70 app downloads.

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