SilverRail, the transformational technology business dedicated to supporting train companies in attracting, interacting and transacting with their customers, has announced a new partnership with Wanderu, enabling its customers to book trips to 340+ destinations throughout Canada with VIA Rail.
Wanderu is a ground travel meta-search website and mobile app that allows users to find and book the best deals on bus and train travel throughout North America. This partnership with SilverRail enables Wanderu to extend its service across Canada to now include rail bookings. From February 2016, Wanderu customers are able to book VIA Rail tickets by deep linking into Via Rail Canada’s website, made possible by integrating the SilverCore API. This means Wanderu customers can now enjoy travel across Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan.
VIA Rail train tickets are now available both online at wanderu.com and through Wanderu’s smartphone app for iOS and Android as part of their ongoing efforts to make travel booking more efficient and less stressful to their users.
On the company’s partnership with SilverRail, Polina Raygorodskaya, CEO and Co-Founder of Wanderu, said “VIA Rail travels daily to hundreds of destinations that no other carrier serves, and that allows us to provide Wanderu users with many new opportunities to explore North America. More importantly, people from as far as California and Mexico can now easily travel to all these places in Canada, using Wanderu thanks to our unique routing technology that automatically combines various bus and train travel options to build the most convenient and affordable travel itinerary in case there aren’t any direct trips available from point A to point B.”
Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, President & Chief Executive Officer at VIA Rail commented saying: “We are excited about our partnership with SilverRail and Wanderu. There’s never been a better time for American travellers to discover Canada in the unique way that only train travel can offer. In addition, 2017 will mark the 150th anniversary of Canada as well as VIA Rail’s 40th anniversary. It’s a great time to get onboard.”
Cameron Jones, Chief Commercial Officer at SilverRail said: “This partnership highlights the importance of rail in end-to-end journeys. Trip planning is just not complete if travellers have not been presented with all of the available travel options. We’re thrilled that by connecting to our simple unified global rail API, Wanderu can now add VIA Rail, as well as having the option to add all of our other connecting rail content going forward, which includes: Germany, Spain, Sweden, US, UK, Belgium, Netherlands and Luxemburg.”