bustripping - Make Bus Travel Easy
I founded bustripping after taking a bus trip from New York to Boston. There were many bus travel options for this route, but unlike the airline industry, there were no online sites that provided side-by-side comparisons for all available routes. Airline travelers are accustomed to using sites like Kayak, Orbitz, Expedia, Travelocity, Priceline and others to book plane tickets. However, none of these sites offered the same comparison-shopping for bus travel.
bustripping is based in New York City but is live in multiple countries. The next step is to grow our presence in the online travel space and continue to change the way people find and travel by bus.
After hatching the idea, the next step was figuring out how to make it happen. I have a limited background in coding, so I went about trying to learn everything I could about how Expedia, Orbitz, and Kayak worked. I decided to follow a Kayak model of showing tickets, but not handling transactions. This would be the quickest way to get the site built and off the ground.
The bus industry in the U.S. generates $6 billion a year. It's also the fastest growing mode of transportation in the U.S. It's grown year-over-year since 2006, each year growing by 6% - 9%. The industry size and growth convinced me that there was a large market with money to be made.
After a search of more than 50 developers ranging from individuals to large companies, my partner and I found a company to build the site and the app. From there, we set out to cold call and email bus companies to partner with bustripping. It has all paid off.
Press & Promotions
bustripping received positive press and promotions even before we officially launched the live product. Skift named bustripping a start-up to watch in January 2013.
We've had multiple publications pick up our story since then, including Crain's, tnooz, and the New York Times. To see a list of our press releases and articles about bustripping, visit our press page on bustripping.