After its multi-million top-up round back in January, European multi-modal transport journey planner platform GoEuro has made good on its pledge to expand into more markets, adding three more to its roster today.
The new markets bring seven new rail providers and five additional coach companies on stream for the journey planning service, which allows users to compare different models of transport (air rail, coach) to figure out the faster or cheapest way to travel around the region.
The new markets being added today — Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg — are smaller than the three GoEuro was already operating in (the U.K., Germany and Spain) but do sit at a geographical crossroads in Northern Europe where travelers from the larger economies are likely to need to pass through to reach each other.
The Eurostar, which connects the U.K. with the continent, also passes through the Benelux region. And Belgium is home to Brussels, the seat of the European Parliament.
GoEuro said the new train partners are SNCB (Belgium), NS and NS HiSpeed (Netherlands) and CFL (Luxembourg). Through these partners, TGV and Thalys (France) and Eurostar (UK) are also now added into its service.
Coach services have also been added from iDBUS, Student Agency, Brussels City Shuttle (Flibco), and AirExpressBus. These operators join the existing partners Eurolines, National Express and Bestbustravel which operate in the Benelux region and provide service on a number of international routes to the U.K., France and Germany.
GoEuro launched its website in beta back in May in the U.K. and Germany, adding Spain later. It secured a $4M seed to tackle the European online journey planning space a year ago.
Building up comprehensive enough coverage to provide a useful enough service to travelers is the name of the game for all the European journey planning startups. Others in the space include fromAtoB, Waymate and Wanderio.