AbhiBus Services, an online e-ticketing platform that aggregates solutions to 3000 private bus operatives has partnered with ticket booking platform, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC).
With this connection, IRCTC will get the bus inventory across 100,000 Bus routes and IRCTC customers will get options to book tickets for Sleeper/Non-sleeper, Ac/Non-AC buses as per their need.
IRCTC provides over 9 Lakh train tickets every day, at the same time, this collaboration will begin a bus ticket booking window to IRCTC consumers wherein Abhibus will allow the bus ticketing option on IRCTC’s platform PAN India.
Abhibus is one of the oldest members in bus ticketing and has provided to over 45 Million customers for a date since it began its Online Passenger reservation system before launching the e-ticketing platform- Abhibus.com and its mobile apps.
IRCTC plans to reduce travel booking for its consumers wherein if they find train tickets on the waiting list, they can immediately refer to bus availability without jumping from one platform to another.
Since the lockdown was relieved in September 2020, AbhiBus has witnessed a huge increase of nearly 200% in demand over the last 4-5 months. This has agreed with AbhiBus remaining able to bridge the supply gap by onboarding over 150 new private operators and 3 new Government RTC operators.
Their overall bookings have grown to over 100% of the pre-Covid peak numbers. This sheer rise in numbers can be associated with the fact that travel emotions have changed significantly as the festive season approached with a 32% month-on-month increase in October & 36% in November from a booking’s viewpoint. Not surprisingly, Goa has been the number one destination for both short-term and long-term visits with 45% of Goa visitors having booked their return on the AbhiBus platform within 4 days of stay and the rest booking their return after 15-20 days of stay.
Currently, with its tie-ups with several state transport corporations including APSRTC, TSRTC, KeralaRTC, PRTC (Puducherry), OSRTC, KTC (Goa), MSRTC, GSRTC, UPSRTC, BSRTC, HRTC (Himachal), RSRTC, Haryana Roadways, WBTC to name a few, AbhiBus has regularly clocked over 30,000 bookings per day, over the last three months.