These days, there are many apps and websites that help in travel arrangements. Using these apps and websites, one can easily book hotels, tours and train or flight tickets. However, booking bus tickets was still difficult. Recently, I came to know of an app that tries to make even booking of buses easy.
This is ‘Travelyaari – Book Bus & Tour‘ app. It’s the flagship product of Mantis Technologies Pvt. Ltd. It brings all the key stakeholders like service providers, agents, OTAs and consumers onto a single platform to provide end-to- end ticketing solutions. The app’s page on Google Play primarily showcases how it can be used to book bus seats online. However, when I tried this app, I found it has lots of other features too. Let’s see what it offers:
To book seats in a bus, you just need to add your city of departure, destination and date. The app searches out available buses with information about their ticket price and duration of travel. When you click on any of the available options, it shows you how many seats are available.You can choose your preferred seat from available seats. Then select your pickup location, enter your details and pay the charges. The process is quite quick simple.
The second tab on the Travelyaari app is for booking hotels. You can begin by selecting the hotel location, then dates and number of guests and number of rooms needed. This page also allows you to select facilities like WiFi, AC, Lift etc. Just input your requirements and a list will open up with hotels matching your needs. You can browse through it, select the hotel you like and make an online booking.
The third tab is for booking tour packages. The best thing I liked about it is the amount of information it gives. The general overview of the destination, the itinerary of the tour, what’s included in it and what’s not and the important points related to that particular tour, all this is clearly mentioned. The app also makes it easy to search for tours based upon charges and the duration of the tour.
The fourth and last tab in the app is Activity. From here, you can book a tour based on your preferred activity like cycling, scuba diving, camping etc. Here too, detailed information about every activity tour is given and you can look for a package based upon your budget and duration of the tour.
By making the inventory ‘live’ Travelyaari shows users what bus seats are available. Users can choose the exact seats that they want. In case there is some cancellation from the bus operator, Travelyaari compensates by giving the traveler an alternate same or superior class transport. If that’s not possible, Travelyaari pays the customer double the amount of booking. It also gives timely intimations in case of change in bus schedule.
There are some Travelyaari offers available. These include cashback offers from Mobikwik and Paytm. However, I didn’t find the offers too significant in terms of saving.
Overall, I found the app quite easy to use. The interface is clean and pleasant. I liked the detailed information provided for various packages. Its ability to help user book bus seats from home is quite useful and time saving. The app did feel a little sluggish on an old smartphone.
If the information about bus timings, availability and the bookings remain reliable, than this app can prove quite helpful for those looking for long-distance bus travel. On the other hand, if the reliability of the bookings and information isn’t maintained, than this app can end up creating more problems for the traveler. Like all travel apps, reliability of information and booking is important here.
If you’d like to check it out, then here’s the link: Travelyaari Android App