FREE NOW announced at the Web Summit 2022 that users of its Super App can now book public transport services through its app as well as taxis, private cars, eScooters, eBikes, eMopeds, and carsharing.
The first venture that enabled access to public transport via the FREE NOW app was signed with Rheinbahn in Germany. Users of the app will now be able to book tickets for buses, trams and underground trains directly in the FREE NOW app for all tariff zones of the Rhine-Ruhr Public Transport Association.
The partnership will now provide access to Europe’s biggest transport network and the largest urban transport area. This will include major cities like Düsseldorf, Dortmund, Essen, Bochum, Wuppertal and Duisburg.
Initially, users will be able to purchase single tickets, day passes, and 48-hour passes, and the ticket sales are now possible due to a partnership with Dutch aggregator Tranzer.
“We’re pleased that we’re now the first private mobility platform to be able to offer our users public transport tickets in the biggest population and the largest urban transport area in Europe. This is an important next stage for us and, for the first time, we’re enabling end-to-end ticketing for different modes of transport in our app. Linking different mobility offers is crucial to succeed in transforming transportation in Europe. FREE NOW actively supports this as a partner of public transport. Our goal is to make urban mobility in Europe more sustainable, intelligent, and interconnected.” said Thomas Zimmermann, CEO at FREE NOW.
The company has said that the new travel options are primarily aimed at remote workers who only travel to their place of work occasionally, as well as business travelers and tourists.
Further partnerships with other transport companies in Germany and across Europe are said to be planned for 2023.