Didn’t get a bus/train ticket? Don’t have money to take a flight? Then I think Its better you can try the Carpooling (ride sharing) service by Blablacar.
BlaBlaCar is a trusted community marketplace that connects drivers with empty seats to co-travellers looking for a ride. Over 10 million people use BlaBlaCar every quarter creating an entirely new, people powered, transport network. With a dedicated customer service, a state of the art web and mobile platform, and a fast-growing community of users, BlaBlaCar is making travel social, money-saving and more efficient for millions of members.
French company Blablacar, which raised $100 million last year, operates as an online marketplace, allowing drivers or motorists on long-distance journeys to offer spare seats to passengers. The owner of the car then shares the cost with co-travellers who sign up for the journey. In fact to spur demand in new markets, it even pays drivers a set amount per passenger to help them cover the costs of inter-city trips.
While in Europe, this model has emerged as a cheaper alternative to trains, in India too the model can prove to be very convenient especially for not-so long distances such as Delhi-Jaipur, Mumbai-Pune, Delhi-Chandigarh etc as last minute train and bus bookings can prove to be cumbersome.
How it works? Find a ride with a trusted car owner and save money on your travel, even at the last minute.
1. Find a ride
Just enter your departure and arrival points and your travel date, then choose a car owner offering a ride going your way. Take a look at the Ride Comment for information about the car owner, their reasons for travelling and other journey details.
2. Get in touch
Click on Contact Car owner and send a private message to the car owner to book your seat with them. You’ll then get their phone number.
3. Travel together
Be at your planned meeting point on time. Bring exact change to pay the car owner the agreed contribution during the ride.
Do you have empty seats? Rent your empty seats to trusted co-travellers, and share the costs of your city-to-city car journeys with people just like you!
1. Offer Your Ride Online
Add your departure and arrival points, the date and time of your departure, and the price per co-traveller. Fill out the Ride Comment to give more information about you and the details of your journey.
2. Your Co-travellers Contact You
Co-travellers will contact you to confirm journey details by private message or phone. If they send a private message we will notify you immediately by SMS.
3. Travel Together
Be at your planned meeting point on time. Should you be delayed, send a quick message letting your co-travellers know. You can easily recognise your co-travellers thanks to their member profile picture.
4. Your Co-travellers Pay You
Your co-travellers will pay you the agreed contribution during the journey. It might be useful to have a bit of change on you.
For any other doubts and read their terms and conditions about safety, have a look at their FAQ.