TRAVELSTART LAUNCHES ONLINE BUS BOOKING PLATFORM

WebInTravel | November 21, 2019

Travelstart.co.za has launched a new online bus booking platform. The platform, available at bus.travelstart.co.za, will help customers save time and money by comparing bus tickets from competing companies and serving the cheapest fare for a return or one-way route within South Africa, or to neighbouring countries. The platform lets customers search, book and pay for bus travel from numerous suppliers such as Greyhound, Eldo Coaches, Citiliner and Intercape. Customers can book tickets for up to ten passengers in a single booking and can filter search results by bus company, coach class and price. Payment can be made by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express) at the time of booking, or at Pick n Pay stores countrywide.

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International online travel agencies provide benefits to many parties – travelers, accommodation providers, and local economies. This paper seeks to explain how this industry works, clarify its benefits, and provide advice on how regulators can work with the industry to ensure the best outcomes for all.

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International online travel agencies provide benefits to many parties – travelers, accommodation providers, and local economies. This paper seeks to explain how this industry works, clarify its benefits, and provide advice on how regulators can work with the industry to ensure the best outcomes for all.

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