Wanderu sprouted from an idea of Polina Raygorodskaya and Igor Bratnikov, they were on a cross-country campaign to raise GreenXC and National Parks. Along the way their recorded transportation was cancelled that they struggled to get a bus to their destination. Unfortunately, there are no direct buses at their location, with limited resources they have no idea which bus or bus station will get them there. Due to this unexpected transportation problem, they thought of a market within the travel agency. In 2012, Wanderu was born.
Wanderu is a new American travel startup, which provides a simplified way to search and book bus or train travel. They are working directly with hundreds of ground travel carriers, to help millions of wanderers find the best transportation option at a reasonable price. Wanderu now caters 90% of its services to the US and the remaining with some major hubs in Canada. Their partners include the largest providers in the world, including Trailways of New York, Greyhound, BoltBus, Megabus, Grupo Senda, Peter Pan Bus Lines and Amtrak. It is a member of the American Bus Association.
We are fully aware that Wanderu has been around just almost 3 years in business and they have already received recognition from several departments and competitions:
- A finalist of MassChallenge in 2012
- The winner of the 2013 South by Southwest Interactive Accelerator Award
Have you ever wondered who is the green monkey on Wanderu’s logo? Well, here I found a page where Wanderu explained a brief history of “Chiku” and his purpose, click here.
Wanderu looks more like an online travel agency if you’ll first see their page because it shows a wide photography of a clear blue sea as its background. Travelers won’t even know it’s a transportation meta-search engine till they start searching.
We noticed, there’s only one result shown per search. Too bad, we were actually hoping for at least 2-3 results to compare from.
Why NOT Wanderu?
On Trustpilot, Wanderu is getting an overall score of 6 from 10, well this is because there are only two customer reviews shown. However the most recent review posted by their consumer is a negative one dated on October 12, 2015.
Mr. Sabala said that he was scammed by Wanderu. He said “Ordered a greyhound bus ticket from Houston to Dallas Texas. Paid by credit card and got confirmation number. Was told I would get an email with instructions on how to print the ticket. Never got the e-mail. Took my daughter to the terminal and was told by greyhound they do not print tickets sold by agents. Missed the bus!!!” With this, he gave Wanderu a 1 out of 5 score rating.
- Website URL: www.wanderu.com
- Contact Number: 815-255-5294
- Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Head Office Address: 80 Bedford St 2nd Floor Boston,MA 02111 United States
In the end, I think Wanderu is just like Abhibus wherein travelers can find and compare transport tickets of their desired location to destination. The difference of this online transport companies is: Abhibus only caters bus services and Wanderu serves with bus and train. However, Wanderu is not a BBB accredited company.
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